5 things to consider before joining a sorority

Joining a sorority is a big commitment. From the recruitment process to the day you get your bid and beyond, it can be an exciting and life-changing journey. But, to make sure you get the most out of your experience — or even want the experience at all – you should get a good idea of what it all entails. Here are some questions to ask yourself before diving into Greek life:

What kind of sisterhood are you looking for?

There are several types of sororities out there. Some are social, some academic and some cultural. While the College Panhellenic Association (CPA) organizations tend to be the big names (Phi Mu, Sigma Kappa, etc.), do some more research.

There are such thing as Multi-Cultural Greek organizations (you might have more in common with someone with the same background). If academia is your thing, there are organizations that are dedicated to members that uphold the highest academic standards (these tend to be more exclusive though).

However, this is just one way to start narrowing down which sorority might be best for you and only scratches the surface to determining if you want to go Greek.

What do you want out of it?

Starting college can be intimidating, and finding friends among the masses is easier said than done. If you’re looking to join a sorority solely to find new amigas, it may not be right for you.

You should join Greek life for the right reasons. These include helping you grow as a person.

Yes, your sister may aide in your self-discovery, but finding yourself a social circle should not be your only priority. This also goes for partying and resume building. Social opportunities and resume bullets are great perks, but they’re not everything.

Think about the real reason you want to join. This’ll help you make the most out of your experience, if you end up finding an organization that appeals to you.

Can you handle the commitment?

Between chapter meetings, philanthropy hours and social obligations, sororities require time. You need to make sure that you can balance work, school and other commitments as well as your sisterhood beforehand.

You also need to think about the money. There are dues to be paid that will go towards activities and house maintenance (if your school has Greek housing). In addition, you’ll possibly have to invest in some new wardrobe additions because while Greek life is not all about the looks, there are certain pieces necessary to attend some events.

Does it complement you as a person?

Finding a sisterhood that not only makes you feel at home, but shares your values and encourages you to be a better person is key to finding success in it.

Every Greek organization stands by certain ethics and standards. Make sure they are in line with your own.

You don’t want to delve in only to find that it’s not what you expected. That does happen to some people – and it’s okay – but do your research to be sure you don’t end up with any regrets.

How will it help you in the future?

At the same time as opening a new social circle, joining a sorority opens a new world career-wise. You’ve entered a nationwide network of women who made a pledge to support one another – it’s an instant and lifelong bond.

If there’s a particular organization that piques your interest, do a little investigating. See if any prominent people were members. Where has Greek life helped them get in life? There are millions of college students in Greek life, which means there are plenty of alumni to rub elbows with. You never know what the future holds, but statistics do show that Greek members tend to be pretty successful.