February 9, 2015
STUDENT BLOG: So You Want To Go Greek?
Academics, internships, athletic teams, performance groups, research, student organizations, and leadership groups–all have one glaring commonality, they create communities. Within the larger USC student body, we’re all given opportunities to meet and network with students beyond our majors, minors, and areas of academic interest. I’ve done this through Trojan Vision and the Admission Center, but surprisingly I found yet another community when I chose to join the Greek Community.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking: she joined the Panhellenic Council, loves her sorority, and is about to spend the next 400 words convincing me to believe the same. Sorry to disappoint, but this is not the case.
Instead–let’s start with the facts:
- USC has six Greek Councils: Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, Asian Greek Council, Professional Fraternity Council, and the National Pan-hellenic Council
- We have over 4,000 members and over 60 chapters that represent 22 percent of the student body.
- The average GPA for students involved in a greek organization is higher than the university-wide GPA.
- There are three Greek-specific honor societies Order of Omega, Gamma Sigma Alpha, and Rho Lambda.
So yes, while these facts and numbers tell a story about the greek community they are supplemental. Ultimately, the choice to join social, philanthropic, or career-based Greek organizations begins with you. Students involved across all six councils are not limited to by their career aspirations, chosen major or minor, or even their cultural backgrounds. They’ve simply chosen to join other communities within USC that gave them access to another experience as undergrads.
I’m sure no two reasons for joining these organizations was the same. There might be some with a story like mine; I didn’t start USC with the intention to become a member of panhellenic. I chose to go through the recruitment process in the fall of my sophomore year found something new about the campus I enjoyed. Philanthropy and sisterhood were important to me, and as such, the Panhellenic Council fit my interests.
Did you see what I did there?
While the experience met my interests, it might not always be for everyone. No two councils, or Greek organizations are alike. What they have in common is the ability to bring together leaders from all parts of campus who share common interests.
While yes, one in every five students is Greek affiliated, four in every five are not.
The point should be clear: you are in charge of what you do. Forget the common misconception that all students are involved in the same organizations, greek affiliated or not. No two students are alike. There are 850 student organizations to chose from; so find what you love and get involved.
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