When people hear the word “sorority,” I find that oftentimes they make an image in their heads of the stereotype seen in the media (i.e., rich white girl, blonde hair, not very bright, parties all the time, mean girl, etc.). However, like most stereotypes, being a part of a sorority doesn’t mean that you will be like the girl described above, and it also doesn’t mean that you’ll spend the entirety of your college years at parties. In fact, being in a sorority can actually do a great job preparing you for the ‘real world’ after college. So ladies, if you’re thinking of joining a sorority, read on! Here is how being in a sorority can be beneficial to you in the long run:
1. Networking. Networking. Networking.
No matter your major, networking is a skill that is important to master. For many jobs and programs, it’s not always what you know, but who you know. Through a sorority, you meet other people and their connections, and through them you can increase your own social and professional circles. You never know who may be able to help you get your foot in the door!
2. Leadership Skills
Being in a sorority, you may have the option to take on a leadership position, such as president or delegate of a chapter. Leadership skills are always a plus on resumes and for higher education opportunities, like medical school. By holding a leadership position, you can learn about balance, responsibility, and feel empowered to implement plans and changes - all qualities employers look for.
3. Community Service
Being in a sorority is not all fun and games. Movies and TV shows don’t always show this part of Greek life, but sororities and fraternities take part in many community service opportunities. Sororities will work with local charities and/or national organizations to raise funds for groups in need. Helping those who are less fortunate is a great way to learn humility, and may even have an impact on your career decisions later down the line.
Being in a sorority, you will rarely ever feel alone. You will always have a group of girls to lean on, and there will be many times that you will all have to work together to achieve a certain goal. If you’ve ever applied for a job, then you know that being a good team player is something employers love to hear. Learning how to work with others—especially when you are working with opposing personalities and opinions—is a great skill to have for your life after college.
5. Academic Tools
In most sororities, there is a certain GPA that a student must maintain in order to be a member. Having to keep up with your classes is a great way to learn discipline and can help you master your study skills. Doing well in your classes is always a good idea, especially if you plan on going to a professional program later on, like law or dental school.