By: Christopher Harris
After your SPSU Journey Orientation, you’ve had a chance to see some of the organizations that our campus has to offer. The main attraction was, to be expected, the Interfraternity Council’s table.
The Interfraternity Council (IFC) is the council that governs all of the men’s fraternities (to be contrasted by the sorority’s Panhellenic Council and the incorporated fraternity’s and sorority’s National Pan-Hellenic Council). The organizations in IFC are Pi Kappa Phi (my fraternity), Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Kappa Sigma, Sigma Pi, Sigma Nu, Tau Kappa Epsilon, and Theta Chi. You can join any of them, you just have to know the people first.
But why would you even want to know the people or join?
One of the biggest perks that Greek life has to offer is that there is a huge networking base. In my chapter alone, I have over 300 men who are ready to give me the benefit of the doubt and help me get a job, help out with work, have contact information for anything they themselves can’t do, and they’re full of good life advice. Every chapter has alumni support, but the networking goes beyond the chapter. If you say on your resume that you were involved in a fraternity or sorority then it shows the employer that you already have skills that can be applied to the work place. Greek life involves a lot of communication, organizational skills, time management, leadership, initiative, philanthropic skills, and many other things that go great on a resume. The list goes on.
For example, one of our alumni owns a restaurant. On many occasions, we’ll go to the restaurant for an event and we’ll get a special discount. He’s even given a few of us jobs over the years, based mainly on the fact that we share the same fraternity. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.
Going Greek is the best thing I’ve ever done, hands down. It’s led to me growing as a person and becoming the man my parents wanted me to be; it’s helped me gain an appreciation for those less fortunate by helping with my philanthropy, Push America; it’s helped give me skills that I can apply both in and out of the class room (PARENTS, did I mention that Greeks have the highest retention rate among college students?).
The benefits of Greek Life are almost too much to write about in one blog post.
If you have questions about Greek life, whether you’re a student OR parent, feel free to comment below. You can also contact the Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Anne Montgomery.
If you want to wait a semester or year or even more before you go Greek, that’s fine. School comes first, that’s why we’re here. If you don’t want to ever go Greek, that’s fine too. But I highly recommend you at least look into it. The benefits outweigh the costs.