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  1. Sarah
    February 16, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    Going Greek had never occurred to me until I got to college. I had reservations against the stigma of “paying for your friends,” or “joining Greek life is all about partying,” but after going through the pledging process and finally becoming a member of Greek life, I realized I made the right decision. Through my Greek affiliation I have gotten involved with several philanthropic events through the university and the surrounding community. I have made the Dean’s list for two straight semesters with mandatory Greek study hours, and I have made friends that will last a lifetime. I honestly couldn’t image college life without being a part of the Greek Community. I recently found a Greek Life post on Union College’s Guidance Blog that was true to my experience of Greek life. Check it out to see if Greek Life is for you.

    http://www.unioncollegeguidance.com/

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  2. Chris Collins
    August 18, 2011 @ 10:28 am

    These are great questions, most of them can be answered on-line but getting the answer from a chapter member allows you to see if the chapter is following the national standard; if they are not, that is another red flag. Other important questions to ask deal with some of the more risque aspects of fraternity/sorority life and vital to making your decision about which organization you join.

    You should flat out ask if the group participates in hazing? The answer you get may surprise you. Be aware that submitting to hazing is just as bad as the act itself.

    Does the fraternity have an active alumni network? A big reason for joing a fraternity/sorority is the NETWORKING! If you have to rely on keeping in touch with college buddies on your own it can be tough. Having an established alumni network is helpful in your transition from student to professional and it allows for a structured way to be mentor in the future.

    Be sure you are committed to more than just the social aspect of the org you join, most if not all require consistent community service efforts as well

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  3. Petula
    August 17, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

    Great questions posed and explained. A lot of young students have joined these types of organizations because they’re popular or cool, but it’s important to associate yourself with organizations that not only have a mission but live their mission. It’ll been a lot as time goes on.

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