Joining Greek Life Can Boost Your Resume
Being involved in a sorority or fraternity can change not only your college career but your future tremendously. I came to the University of Cincinnati knowing two people at the entire school, and the need to make friends was vital to me. I was in a new state and in a dorm with total strangers. I knew of the stigmas floating around Greek Life, but I took a leap of faith. Since then, I have never looked back. You may think that Greek Life is not for you, but I have compiled a list of reasons why joining can be beneficial for just about anyone.
We attend college to further our lives and create a solid foundation for a career after graduation. I have obtained so many contacts through a social ladder I never would have imagined before once I joined Greek life. So many successful people have been involved in Greek life, and it never hurts to have an extra bond with a future potential employer.
We have all heard the ‘paying for friends’ reputation of Greek Life, and you’re not wrong, I pay a good amount of money to hang out with some of my best friends. I don’t regret it, because I never would have met these people without the organization. However, paying dues, rent, tuition, and basic costs of living has taught me how to manage my money on a tight budget, a skill that will always be useful to me. I also find myself working harder in all aspects of my life so I can stay in this sorority and pursue becoming a stronger, well-rounded woman.
Between work, sorority requirements and being a full-time student, time management is a necessity. Managing all of these roles is a job in itself, and I have learned organization is key. Greek life requires you to take time out of your busy schedule and fulfill more responsibilities than the average student. I have learned to prioritize my school and job, but still make time for extracurriculars. Of course, life often gets in the way, but knowing how to prioritize my tasks will always be necessary.
Putting my sorority and the things I have accomplished on my resume is something I get excited about. I have served on our executive board and managed our housing. I have held two chair positions, one being with philanthropy where I planned events for non-profits in the Cincinnati area, and I have been our public relations chair. If I had not joined, I never would have had the extra motivation to grow from the people who surround me. I never would have learned so much, and I would not have nearly as much experience to showcase on my resume.
I have gained so much more out of my college experience than I could have dreamt of by joining a sorority. It’s so more than making friends, socials, and titles. I have gained knowledge and skills that will further me in all aspects of my professional and personal life. If you told me three years ago I would be writing about how beneficial joining a group of 150 women would be for me, I would have laughed in your face. Believe the stigmas if you must, but don’t knock it ‘till you try it. Greek life is more than you expect.