If you’re considering joining a Greek organization, you’re probably starting to stress about how much work is Greek life, actually. I’m not here to lie or sugarcoat things and tell you that joining Greek life won’t take up any of your time. I’m here to tell you that it’s manageable if its something that you’re committed to.
A lot of people are under the impression that Greek life is all about drinking, partying, and hazing new members – this couldn’t be further from the truth. What many don’t realize is that Greek organizations have GPA requirements and community service hours that must be fulfilled by all active members to keep them in good standing. These vary from chapter to chapter, but generally Greek organizations require members to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5. There are Executive Board members appointed to keep track of active members GPAs as well as provide assistance if someone requires help in a subject or class. Having your GPA fall below the chapter’s set average could put you on probation or risk having your letters revoked.
Greek organizations often have a dedicated philanthropy or cause that they support. This requires active members to participate in fundraising, community service, and volunteer work in order to support their philanthropy. Just like the academic aspect, many chapters require members to serve a certain amount of volunteer hours per semester to keep them in good standing.
It might sound kind of scary to think about, but your chapters are there so help and support you. If your GPA is slipping, there are dozens of ways in which a chapter will help get you on the right track, from study groups, to tutoring, to personal meetings and more. Greek life is not there to disregard important pillars such as scholarship, philanthropy, and leadership.
All in all, Greek life isn’t a walk in the park: it will take up your time and energy, but for worthy causes. If this isn’t something you feel comfortable doing, that is 100% okay. Greek life isn’t for everyone, and there are plenty of other ways to get involved on your campus without joining a fraternity or sorority. The answer to the question “how much work is Greek life” is simple: there are requirements, but the positive results are worth so much more than the time commitment.
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