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What are sororities all about anyway?
A sorority is a group of women bound together by common principles, goals, and experiences. Probably the most important thing to a young woman entering college is the "home away from home" environment that sorority membership offers. Immediately upon joining a sorority, you belong to a group of women who are sincerely interested in you and your well-being.
Other immediate benefits include academic support, opportunities for leadership development and community service. During the recruitment process, you determine the group that best shares your goals and ideals -- the women you want to share friendships with for a lifetime.
When you accept a bid from a sorority, you enter a short period of time for learning about your sorority's history and expectations of its members, which is known as pledging. At the end of this period, your sorority's highest ideals and symbolism will be revealed to you at your initiation.
As a member of a sorority, you'll enjoy many experiences with your sorority sisters. You'll attend dances, theme socials with other Greeks groups, Parents' Weekend, and Greek Week. You'll have support in developing study skills and gaining academic achievement. Your exceptional successes might be recognized through scholarships, campus awards and chapter acknowledgements.
Leadership opportunities are endless. There are many positions within your sorority, from a committee member on up to chapter president. Your sisters can also open many doors for you in campus involvement.
Why would a young woman want to belong to one?
As a member of a National Panhellenic Conference sorority, you'll have the chance to meet sisters from all over the state and the country. Your sorority chapter will participate in campus and regional Panhellenic activities, where you'll work with other sororities to promote the Greek system and philanthropic endeavors.
Sorority membership means friendships for a lifetime. After college, sisters are welcomed into alumnae organizations. Alumnae organizations include members from all over the country. Alumnae organizations continue the goals of promoting personal and professional development in a social atmosphere.
Sororities and sorority membership mean many things to many people. No other type of organization can offer a young woman so much during her college days and beyond.
Did you know?
Sorority membership helps keep students in college.
Sorority members perform at a higher level in the classroom than students not associated with Greek life.
Alumnae members achieve greater success.
Sorority alumnae contribute more to their alma maters and have a stronger commitment to their universities.
Greeks play a bigger role in civic groups, religious organizations and volunteer activities than non-Greeks.
Greeks are also more likely to stay active after graduation.
Three-fourths of the members of the U.S. Congress are Greek.
Experience of a Lifetime
Membership is purely voluntary...but belonging to a sorority can enrich your college and alumnae years. Membership is a privilege -- and along with the responsibilities that go with that special privilege, you will receive an experience to be cherished for a lifetime!
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