Get All You Can Out of College

College life is daunting to say the least. Getting caught up with school work and making friends simultaneously is tough. It can be a full-time job trying to make the most of your college experience. One way that I’ve found can be very effective in achieving that goal is by joining a fraternity or a sorority.

Mention the term “Greek life” and many people will bring up scenes of the movie “Stomp the Yard”. There are nine historically Black Greek letter organizations that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council, or NPHC for short. All these organizations collectively are called the “Divine Nine.” These nine organizations have rich history and have had many influential and powerful members join. When you join a fraternity or sorority, there are many benefits and it can leave an everlasting impact on your life. Yet, many students try to avoid Greek life becThe Fraternity Way or The Hard Way | #DoMode - www.hashtagdomode.comause of the negative preconceptions that it is all about strolls, hazing and partying. In spite of these allegations, Greek life offers many social, academic and professional benefits to its members.

The Benefits of Being in a Fraternity

Social networking is a very important part of college. Social media sites connect people and allow them to make tangible networks they can utilize in a variety of ways. Greek life provides students with a network of peers who will know them by name. Greek organizations help build networks for students that prove very beneficial when looking for internships, employment, recommendations or employees. These connections are one of the main reasons students should join a Greek organization.

Academics are a huge focus of Greek organizations. Many organizations require a certain grade point average upon even being considered for entry. Members have access to tutoring help and valuable advice from upperclassmen in the organization.

I, myself, am a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated. The organization was founded on the campus of Howard University, January 9th, 1914. Phi Beta Sigma was built on the principles of Brotherhood, Scholarship and Service.  The Fraternity Way or The Hard Way | #DoMode - www.hashtagdomode.comThese core principles lead me into making my final decision to join the fraternity. The brotherhood aspect means a lot to me, coming from such a close knit family of all males and playing sports through the years. Scholarship was a given.  Being a part of any organization your grades and studies must be up to par and always be the main focus through your educational journey. Last, but not least, service. Before Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated, I was a very selfish and inconsiderate individual when it came to giving back and helping others, but through many hours of community service and the many smiles I have received I have seen the bigger picture.  As Robert Green Ingersoll said, “We rise by uplifting others.”

Life is all about growing and maturing into a better person than you were yesterday. It’s harder for some than it is for others, and we all move at our own pace during our journey of finding who we are. However, through joining a Greek organization the process was sped up. The organization surrounded me with a group of people that I can actually relate to and are goal-oriented, which works toward progression at all times. Through joining this Greek organization, I am constantly urged to be better, and act accordingly in the eye of the public. Joining a fraternity has solidified my #DoMode and I am glad I made the leap.