A letter from Roderick Gill ・e12, about why you should join Greek Life
I could not be happier when I chose to attend The University of Georgia, easily the second best decision of my life, but the first best decision was, without a doubt, joining a fraternity. College is a very important time in everyone’s life; it is a time full of experiences that you will spend the rest of your life reminiscing on, a time to decide who you really are, the most relevant time to set up a strong foundation for the rest of your life.
Joining a fraternity provides you with endless opportunities to improve your life in literally every aspect, be it academically, socially, and most importantly, your future.
A concern of many people is that their academics will suffer from joining a fraternity. Well, the average GPA for people that go Greek is higher than people who do not.
By joining a fraternity, you will greatly mature, quickly understand how important it is to be responsible, and learn that accountability is fundamental to all commitments. It takes every single person’s passionate efforts to make the fraternity as best as possible, and watching how your efforts directly improve the fraternity is phenomenal.
Another point that I learned: Like many things in life, you get out what you put in. This directly applies to joining a fraternity. Every great experience I’ve had in my first year of college has been related somehow to joining a fraternity.
There are so many opportunities for leadership positions in a frat. Whatever role you play, you will learn organization, time management, and how to successfully lead a group of your peers. These leadership positions are not only great resume boosters, but also gateways to other leadership positions because of the experience you have with Greek headship.
Everything you do in college has an effect on your future. Most people go to college to improve their future; it is definitely a major investment in your future, so why not contribute a little more to this investment and in return be provided with endless opportunities to succeed?
By joining a fraternity, you are presented with endless opportunities to succeed in the future that you are so unaware are even possible without joining a fraternity. Greek alumni can be found at almost every business around the country.
Of the nation’s 50 largest corporations, 43 are headed by fraternity men.” “85% of the Fortune 500 executives are alumni of a fraternity.” You may be able to find a connection in an organization, and with that connection, you could land your dream job.By joining a fraternity, you are granted with so many more great opportunities, and I can promise you a much better college experience.
Even though there are a lot of negative ideas about joining a fraternity, you should at least give it a shot, a real fraternity man try, and see if Greek life is for you.