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Joining a fraternity or sorority and dedicating yourself to being an active member of that Greek organization requires commitment and quite a bit of space on your college calendar. After all, you became a Greek so that you can be a part of the great brotherhood and sisterhood of that organization, and you want to spend as much time as possible with your fellow brothers and sisters and take part in all the activities that your organization plans. There’s a lot more to being a Greek than simply wearing your letters on Greek Hoodies, and you of course want to also take part in all the usual college experience has to offer – going to your classes and trying your best, taking part in academic clubs and clubs that reflect your interests, spending time with friends, and also being a member of college-level and intramural athletics.
But how exactly do you fit a college life and Greek life into your busy college schedule?!
1. Keep A Calendar. Organization doesn’t exactly sound like too much fun, but keeping a calendar, such as an online Google Calendar, and committing to updating it, goes a long way in making your college and Greek life manageable. Plan the month in advance – schedule when your athletic practices are, when clubs or extracurricular activities are meeting, as well as Greek events and planning meetings. Be sure to slot in study time each day, as well as time to relax with your Greek and non-Greek friends, and well, time just for you! It may seem silly to schedule your days out in such detail, but you’ll instantly feel more relaxed and organized knowing that you are in control of your schedule.
2. Join A Fraternity Or Sorority That Is Most Like You. Does your campus have multiple Greek organizations? Carefully choose the one that is right for you. If academic excellence is a major priority for you, look for an organization that also embodies this goal. Community service? There’s a Greek organization for that. This way, you’ll be able to embrace Greek life while also enjoying the everyday activities that you enjoy.
3. Be You. You’re so excited to be a part of a fraternity or sorority, but remember to also retain your own interests and hobbies. If you love to take violin lessons every Thursday night or tutor English 101 students on Saturday mornings, continue to do so! The organization chose you – it’s your unique personality and interests they want to get to know. By remaining true to your personality, you’re showing that you have a great personality inside and outside of Greek life, helping you feel more balanced and like yourself.
Balancing Greek life and a normal college life is possible. Commit yourself to keeping a calendar and scheduling your activities appropriately, join a fraternity or sorority that is right for you, and always be yourself. Above all, have fun – college only lasts four years, so enjoy the ride!