Wednesday, January 27, 2016

College Tyro: Greek Life

One of the most common college questions I get asked frequently is if I'm in a sorority.
This question is almost inevitably followed up with sheer confusion when I try to explain
I'm in a fraternity

Even though greek life isn't huge on campus (I think it makes up less than 10% of BU's 16,000 undergraduate student body and greek houses are banned from on-campus housing), I have a lot of friends who joined fraternities and sororities their freshmen year. While I think "social sororities" are great, the idea just didn't appeal to me mainly because I felt my "social" life was doing pretty great and quite honestly, I'm not a huge fan of big frat parties. 

Like 80% of American college students, I switched my major and college during my sophomore year (universities have colleges within them for different areas of study i.e. engineering vs fine arts) and found myself slightly overwhelmed by the change in atmosphere and lack of acquaintances (and study buddies). While I liked my new major and college, I felt slightly disconnected from my fellow business peers who had already established networks and friends in our somewhat tight knight college. Luckily, I had a friend from home who had just joined a professional fraternity at his university and suggested I give it a shot. 

When I joined the co-ed, professional fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, I immediately gained other dimensions to my college life. Not only did I become more acquainted with my fellow classmates and upperclassmen, but also school officials, professors, and professionals in the area who are also apart of our organization. Unlike "normal" social sororities and fraternities, professional fraternities are often exclusive to business, economic, or hospitality majors who strive to improve their professional, social, and philanthropic values. While the semester-long "rush" process can seem intimidating and intense, the handwork and challenge is well worth it.

After becoming a "brother" of Delta Sigma Pi, I have grown as a student, peer, friend, and individual.
Through events, networking, and bonding experiences, I have seen how rewarding it is to prosper from the help of others and from my own contributions. While we have our similarities, we are actually a diverse group of individuals who are unified by our desire to be well-rounded individuals now and in the future. I strongly believe in creating a diverse group of friends in college, but it is also extremely rewarding to have a brotherhood (or large extended family) of 80+ people with shared interests, goals, and experiences who go above and beyond to support you.

Even if you're not sure about society's view of "normal" Greek life, I think every college tyro should look into a joining a fraternity that speaks to their passions and interests— whether it's businessfilm, chemistry, or community service.

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