The Gr∑∑k Life: It’s complicated

Being a member of a sorority or fraternity can become a home away from home for students on a college campus by making that campus seem a little smaller.  

According to Angela Guillory, associate dean of students and director of Greek Life at LSU, being a member of a Greek organization provides students with opportunities for personal development, leadership opportunities, academic support, social opportunities, lifetime membership and lifelong friends. In return, fraternities and sororities and their host institutions require grade expectations, participation, financial investment and involvement in campus and community service. There are also behavior expectations, Guillory says.

Students interested in joining a sorority or fraternity must remember the importance of academic achievement. At LSU, the all-sorority and all-fraternity academic averages, as well as the Greek five-year graduation rate, continue to remain higher for Greek students than non-Greek students. It’s also important to think about balance. The first few weeks of college can be overwhelming, so be sure to balance your time and schedule. Students will have mandatory obligations as well as other opportunities to stay involved in the Greek community.

The Greek system is a controversial subject for U.S. colleges and universities, especially in recent years in which underage drinking and hazing incidents have made national news. Those who join a sorority or fraternity must make good choices and be sure they understand the consequences of their actions. Schools  traditionally provide education on the topics of hazing, sexual assault, drugs and underage drinking, with the goal of maintaining a strong, healthy, safe and thriving Greek community.  

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