Getting the Most from Greek Life

With the freshmen men accepting their bids tomorrow, we come to the end of the recruitment season and the beginning of the Greek experience for many young men and women here on Creighton’s campus.  As you all know, Greek life here is a little different than the stereo-typical fraternities or sororities you see in films like Animal House.

As a junior and a Greek member, I’d like to give you a little advice on how to get the most out of your Greek experience.

  1. Don’t let Greek Life limit your involvement on campus.  One big misconception about Greek life is the idea that it’s the only thing you will have time for once you join.  Although it is a big time commitment, it doesn’t have to limit you from doing other things you love.  Don’t quit the sports club your in, don’t be afraid to apply for other opportunities on campus, etc.
  2. Don’t forget about your other friends.  Another misconception is that you’ll lose your old friends or friends that joined different Greek organizations.  This is not the case at all.  Just because you wear different letters than your friend doesn’t mean you can’t talk and still be best friends.
  3. Meet everyone.  With some Greek organizations numbering more than 100 members, it might seem daunting to meet and get to know everyone, but trust me; it’s worth it.  Make a special effort to get to know the older members.  They have all been in your shoes and can give you advice to help you through difficult times.  I promise, you won’t regret it.
  4. Don’t be afraid to go after a leadership position.  Just because you’re a freshman or new member, doesn’t mean you don’t have the opportunity to get a leadership position right away. Go for it.  It’s a great resume builder and it will show you want to be a contributing part of your organization.
  5. Last but not least: Don’t let it change you.  Some people think that once you join a Greek organization, they will mold you into what they want you to be.  At Creighton this just isn’t true.  You were chosen to be in this organization because of who you are.  Don’t think that they don’t like you and want you to change.

I hope these tips will help you get the best out of your Greek experience.  Congrats to all you new members, and welcome to Creighton’s great Greek Life!

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