It’s not uncommon for young people to see fraternities and sororities as groups of lightheaded idiots looking for quick and easy fun. One of the reasons for this thinking are surely mediocre teen comedies from the late ’90s and early ’00s. From movies like American Pie to Van Wilder, Greek letter organizations were portrayed as nihilistic cults full of morons. But is that true, and how do they shape a young person in reality?
Well, sure, they’re full of all kinds of people. Some of them are there simply for wild parties, booze, and drugs. On the other hand, fraternities offer so much more. They’re a social network of young people looking to help each other out in later life.
Not only do they help you form life-long bonds, but they also make sure you learn important lessons when it comes to working as a group. Even if you’re just organizing parties and pranks, you’ll learn to be part of a larger social group. This way, you’ll find it easier to work in corporate settings later in life, which, in some ways, follow similar principles. Without further ado, let’s delve deeper into the world of college campuses and fraternities and sororities.
Your Network Can Land You an Amazing Internship
Although sorority and fraternity life is full of fun and recklessness, people care about their future. As you form life-long bonds, you’ll have a better chance of acquiring a quality internship as you’re in a group of people looking out for each other. This is the community spirit we’ve been talking about before. It’s pretty much one for all, all for one, no matter how cliche that might sound.
Your frat brothers will be of different age and status; hence they’ll make sure that, if you show potential, you get a helping hand when needed, be it when picking up girls and setting up parties or making serious life decisions. It may be hard to get in as a potential new member, but once you do — you’ll be safe and protected. This is something non-members can only dream of.
Just like amazing internships, your door to a future job at a high-end company will be more than open. You’ll be life-long buddies after college, meaning you can ask your frat brother to help you find a dream job. Sure, they don’t have to do it if they don’t want to, but if you prove you have a lot to offer, you’ll have it easy. Aside from attending wild parties and having fun, you’ll need to make sure you study hard.
One day, you’ll apply for a job, and one of your frat buddies will just happen to work there. You can give him a call and make sure he puts a good word when you apply for a position in the company. Of course, you’ll need to keep in touch with your fellow brothers once you finish your education. Otherwise, what’s the point of claiming you are brothers for life?
Greek Life Is Your Leadership Training
Fraternity and sorority life offers many useful things, and one of them is learning to lead. Being part of an ambitious crew will help you later in life, even if you’re not the Alpha among your buddies. You can learn from others how to handle a group, both in good and bad times. As you can see, even planning a party might come in handy sometime later.
Of course, as time goes by, you’ll gain more and more responsibilities. Therefore, it’s important to watch and learn while you’re still a new member. Each year, you’ll gain fresh competition. This healthy rivalry will come in handy one day as you learn how to respectfully rise above others.
Just imagine your sorority or fraternity house as a company and members as employees meant to make sure you have a good time. In reality, corporate work isn’t any different from higher education communities. It’s just on a higher level; hence, there’s more responsibility.
You Gain Social Skills
Being part of a group will help you develop all kinds of skills. The most important of them will certainly be how you handle communication with other people. These social skills will prove to be essential in the corporate world. Even if you’re not a people person, if you get in a frat house — you’ll need to become one. See more tips on communicating with people.
Everyday life with your bros will make sure you understand how to handle different types of people. From morons to wicked, smart, and gnarly folks, you’ll get the hang of how society works. Just look at your college campus, and you’ll see all kinds of personalities. One day, you’ll meet each of them again later in life, and luckily for you — you’ll remember how to handle your relationship with them.
You Learn to Impact Others Positively
Once again, living the life of a frat dude is all about having a good time during the best years of your life. You’ll be partying and enjoying your youth to the maximum. Therefore, along the way, you’ll constantly be riding the wave of positive energy. You and your friends will prop each other up, always looking to push each other further.
These habits you gain here will carry on when you get older, helping you be a valued part of a larger group that deals with more important things. And if you get the hang of it while at college, there’s every chance you’ll quickly rise through the ranks at your job. However, no matter how that plays out, you can always use your experience in everyday life. Being a positive person will help you make your journey in life a lot more enjoyable than it would be otherwise.