Why You Should Join A Fraternity

Why You Should Join A Fraternity

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Some people enter college knowing they want to join Greek life. Maybe older friends, siblings, and family have convinced them that it is essential to the college experience. If you’re like me, this was not the case at all. I knew absolutely nothing about Greek life. Although my mom was in a sorority and my uncle was in a fraternity, I had heard very little about it.

The summer before freshmen year, I frequently found myself Googling if guys joined fraternities or sororities. Once school started, I would often be corrected after calling Kappa Sigma a sorority and Sigma Kappa a fraternity. I have now been active in my fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, for over a year. I was hesitant to join for both spiritual and monetary reasons. However, I have learned and grown more than I thought I would. As a result, I have developed these five reasons why you should join a fraternity as well.

1. Connections.

This applies both during your college years, and afterwards. If you join a good fraternity, older brothers are already involved on campus through organizations such as IFC (Interfraternity Council), SGA (Student Government Association), orientation, and SAB (Student Activities Board). These brothers can tell you more about the organization, help you get involved, and even gain a position. If you join a national fraternity, you have brothers around the nation and globe. Some may be businessmen, entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, actors, and athletes. You can connect with these men through your national fraternity. Alumni from your specific chapter are a great resource as well. They typically live close to your college campus and may frequently visit the fraternity on weekends or for alumni events. These men can help you find good jobs after college.

2. Get out of your comfort zone.

A fraternity allows you to meet people you would have never met before. It’s easy to become complacent and to stick with what and who you already know. The unknown is scary, but Greek life forces you to branch out. Meeting new people and making new friendships helps you grow as a person. Some of the guys in my fraternity are my closest friends. If I had never joined, I would not have met them or been as close to them as I am now.

3. Help the community.

Although Greek life is often ridiculed for hazing and alcohol, fraternities and sororities do a lot for both national and local Philanthropies. They do hours of community service and create events in order to raise money to help others. At University of North Georgia, some examples include Kappa Delta Shakedown, Phi Mu Miracle Madness, Pike Fights, and Sigma Chi Dahlonega 5K Dash. Not only do these events raise thousands of dollars, but they are a lot of fun for everyone involved.

4. Prepare for your career.

In reality, a fraternity is a business. A fraternity wants the best men during rush just as a business wants the best employees. A fraternity wants to generate profit to help local and national philanthropies. A business wants to generate profit to pay employees and stimulate the economy. Fraternities want to beat other fraternities just as a business wants to beat the competition. Every week, fraternities have chapter which is basically a business meeting. Some brothers hold executive positions while others hold chair heads. Chapter allows brothers to work out logistics for events, create new ideas, and find ways to make the fraternity better. As a result, every brother is able to improve his organization, leadership, and public speaking skills. Obviously, these skills are essential to your career regardless of the field.

5. Brotherhood is real.

Joining a fraternity is an excellent way to generate genuine friendships. The classic cliche about fraternities is that you’re paying for your friends. While you may be paying to join an organization, I would argue that you are not paying for friends. In reality, you’re paying for brotherhood. Being in a fraternity frequently reminds me of playing sports in high school (specifically football). Not everyone on the team was exactly like me and not everyone was a close friend. However, I loved each and every one of those guys due to the time we spent together and the difficulties we experienced together. A fraternity is the same way. While you may be closer to some brothers than others, you still have a unique bond with each and every guy. In my opinion, this is the most important reason to join a fraternity.

If you are unsure about joining a fraternity or Greek life, in general, I hope this article has helped highlight the positives. Like anything, fraternities do have negative aspects but, in my opinion, the positives far outweigh the negatives.

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Choosing the caption for your Instagram can be almost as challenging as deciding on a filter. So, if you’re ready to post that Insta, but don’t know what to say, here are 44 lyrics for when you need an Instagram caption.

1. “Be young, be dope, be proud.” - Lana Del Rey, "American"

2. “I can’t really see another squad tryna cross us.” - Drake, "No Tellin’"

3. “Darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.” - Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"

4. “I’m throwin' shade like it’s sunny.” - Nicki Minaj, "Want Some More"

5. “I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist.” - Sia, "Chandelier"

6. “Find me where the wild things are.” - Alessia Cara, "Wild Things"

7. “If I was you, I'd wanna be me too.” - Meghan Trainor, "Me Too"

8. “Sweet like candy to my soul, sweet you rock and sweet you roll.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Crash Into Me"

9. “I swear this life is like the sweetest thing I’ve ever known.” - Drake, "Over"

10. “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.” - Lee Ann Womack, "I Hope You Dance"

11. “But if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing’s changed at all? - Bastille, "Pompeii"

12. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” - John Lennon, "Imagine"

13. “You can’t choose what stays and what fades away.” - Florence + The Machine, "No Light, No Light"

14. “She acts like summer and walks like rain.” - Train, "Drops of Jupiter

15. “She’s a good girl, loves her mama. Loves Jesus, and America too.” - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "Free Fallin’"

16. “Lights will guide you home, and ignite your bones.” - Coldplay, "Fix You"

17. “Say you’ll remember me.” - Taylor Swift, "Wildest Dreams"

18. I’ve got thick skin and an elastic heart.” - Sia, "Elastic Heart"

19. “Give me the beat boys and free my soul.” - Uncle Kracker, "Drift Away"

20. “One of these days the clocks will stop, and time won’t mean a thing.” - Foo Fighters, "These Days"

21. “Sunshine mixed with a little hurricane.” - Brad Paisley, Perfect Storm

22. “You are the piece of me I wish I didn’t need.” Zedd feat. The Foxes, "Clarity"

23. “Her mind is Tiffany twisted, she’s got the Mercedes bends.” - The Eagles, "Hotel California"

24. “Life imitates art.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

25. “Nobody said it was easy, no one said it would be this hard.” - Coldplay, "The Scientist"

26. “You’re gonna keep my soul, it was yours to have long ago.” - State Radio, "Keepsake"

27. “Celebrate we will ‘cause life is short but sweet for certain.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Two Step"

28. “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” - Florence + The Machine, "Shake it Out"

29. “There are many things I’d like to say to you but I don’t know how.” - Oasis, "Wonderwall"

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33. “I don’t want to be heard, I want to be listened to.” - Twenty One Pilots, "Forest"

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40. “Know yourself, know your worth.” - Drake, "0 to 100"

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Embrace Your Own Aesthetic And Enjoy The Adventures That Follow

When Drake said "Cause all that mattered was impressin' everybody she's known" I rolled my eyes.

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People who have aesthetic Instagram feeds aren't inherently broken and we need to kill the idea that you must have low self-esteem just because you enjoy drinking Starbucks and posting a picture of the sunset.

Like anything, this is all about balance. There are many people who genuinely only do things to post about it… and I have a few words about these type of "clout chasers". At the same time, though, capturing moments in your life with a photo or planning a trip based on your Tumblr feed doesn't make your experience any less exciting or that excitement any less valid.

Recently, I went on a road trip to Toronto, Ontario. I won't lie; we spent a significant amount of time taking pretty pictures to post later. However, for me, that was part of the adventure. Pictures and especially beautiful aesthetic ones are my keepsakes from the trip. As someone who doesn't have a whole lot of money and was running on a college student's budget, I didn't pick up any postcards or t-shirts. Instead, I took pictures to have memories of myself being there.

To criticize people (and mostly it's girls who get the criticism) for taking the time to capture their moment with photographs is truly funny. "You're wasting your time and not truly enjoying it." However, the time it takes to buy keepsakes and make that purchase is just as much of a waste, so why criticize how someone else chooses to experience their time.

Interestingly enough, another major criticism comes when these pictures are posted to Instagram… as if the only purpose is to show off to others. Firstly, as with any keepsake, a little part of it is to show others what you're up to or some of your accomplishments. Being proud of traveling does not necessarily mean you're bragging about it. What's the purpose of that hoodie that you wear in public that says "Myrtle Beach"? It shows others where you have traveled. Posting it on your timeline is no different. Secondly, my Instagram is for me alone. While any number of articles can tell you about how we shouldn't get caught up in statistics and most people would agree it shouldn't be about the likes, as soon as I start to embrace that mentality and post what I enjoy on my feed, I (and others) are met with backlash for trying too hard.

It's these double standards that drive me insane. To me, it's interesting that they mostly affect women as well.

Men who flex and post pictures at parties are rarely told that they're our partying only for the post, but women meet this type of criticism constantly. Interestingly enough, sororities typically have strict policies on social media conduct, whereas; fraternities rarely do.

The idea that women are the only ones that can be self-conceited baffles me. We're constantly forced to worry about how we appear to the public, yet the moment we do-- we are criticized.

I started "living for the aesthetic" around my sophomore year of high school. As I've grown up, I've realized that this mentality has made me happier. While it's easy to take this to an unhealthy level (i.e. forcing yourself into a certain model, paying for followers, etc), in moderation it's made me feel more in control. Instead of watching these beautiful pictures fly by my feed, I've realized I can create them. I started making flower crowns or taking pictures in a field of daisies.

And then I also realized that it was causing me to surround myself with beautiful, happy things. I started going to more concerts where I could enjoy my time with artists that I liked. I could do these things because I was making a choice to. It looked beautiful on my Instagram, yes, but my social media became more of a journal where I could catalog all of my adventures.

Living for the aesthetic can lead you into some of the best moments of your life. If you want a "classic teenage memory", then go for it. I jumped off of a pier and into Lake Ontario at 1 AM recently. Did I get footage of it? For sure. Is there anything wrong with that? I don't think so. I think I've pushed myself out of my comfort zone just slightly and made a memory for a lifetime.

Yet, when I told someone this story I just got told that I only wanted to be an "annoying Tumblr girl". I just wonder what's so wrong with that? I enjoy pretty sunsets and picking daisies. I like long road trips and music festivals. And I like my strawberry Starbucks refreshers, damn it.

Do I think faking interest in something to look good online is healthy? No, but I think trying something new because you saw it online and thought it looked pretty is a great way to expand your horizons.

Recently, I've seen a lot of people quoting Drake:

"I know a girl whose one goal was to visit Rome

Then she finally got to Rome

And all she did was post pictures for people at home"

And I have some serious problems with this mentality. Posting photos of your adventure online is not shallow nor is it always about impressing people. Oftentimes you're showcasing your achievements for those who are important in your life. True friends would be excited to see posts about what you're doing, not discouraging of your feed. Stop making people feel bad for sharing, that's how we end up becoming detached from each other.

I'm tired of people pretending this is some "deep thought" that Drake had when really it's just another criticism of girls for being too worried about their appearances, even though that's literally all society has ever taught us to be. It seems like now if women do what society has taught them, they get dragged.

Don't be afraid to showcase your adventures. Post what you love to your social media. If what you love is happening right in front of you, don't feel bad for wanting to capture it.

Drake goes on to say "'Cause all that mattered was impressin' everybody she's known" as if girls who care about their Instagram and online presence must only care about that one thing. As if they can't enjoy their feed for themselves and women exist only to serve and impress men. Again, there are totally people out there who are struggling with their public appearance and insecurities, but please stop making fun of them… try helping them. And as for the rest of us, stop assuming our content is to impress you. Our aesthetic is ours alone and we will continue to embrace it.

Basically, stop dragging women for thriving. The end.

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