Joining a fraternity or sorority is a major commitment. Once in the club, the college student will need to devote much of her time to the social and philanthropic activities of the group. Becoming a member of a Greek society also comes with financial obligations, including dues.
Research Greek Options
Before approaching a fraternity or sorority about membership, research to determine whether the group has values and interests similar to your own. If philanthropy is a top concern, for example, it's worth noting that the Delta Gamma sorority raised the most money for charity in 2012. All Greek brotherhoods and sisterhoods are not the same -- some focus more on social activities, while others are more supportive of academic achievement.
Although each college and each Greek organization is different, most offer a "rush week" in which prospective pledges meet and greet sorority or fraternity members. This is an opportunity to attend each chapter's mixers and events and determine whether the club is a good fit. Current members of the sorority or fraternity will be evaluating potential recruits as well. Those interested in joining are advised to be personable and make a good impression while remaining authentic. If the Greek group is interested, you will receive a "bid" -- an offer to join the club.
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