Saturday, February 9, 2013

Five Benefits of Fraternities and Sororities

Divine Nine Fraternities and Sororities
When some people think of college fraternities and sororities, we tend to think of hazing, frat parties, or images of the movie Animal House. And some of us think of step show competitions, speech contests and community service. While all these these activities are important, fraternities and sororities at their core are incubators for leaders.

Fraternities and sororities offer its members numerous opportunities. Opportunities to learn how to deliver presentations. Opportunities to learn how be a leader. Opportunity to speak. Opportunities to become involved in community service. But most of all, members learn the importance of scholarship. After learning these skills, they can seamlessly transfer into corporate America or start their own businesseses.

Fraternities and sororities also have the opportunity for mentorship by one of the local alumni chapters. Having mentors who are leaders in their jobs, businesses or communities are invaluable. Alumni chapters can serve as an extended family, they can serve as guidance for local college chapters and they can also be a source of employment through references and networks.

You can learn a lot about leadership and teamwork as a fraternity and sorority member but here are the top five:

  • Sense of brotherhood - Having a brotherhood  or sisterhood is important because it give a system of support while being away from home while you're in college. In addition, it's a great social outlet while in college and provides a life time of friends and family.
  •  Networking Opportunities - When you graduate from college and enter the working or business work, you will learn that people hire and do business with people they know and like. It's good to have people who are decision makers who can help you get a job or win a business contract.
  • Mentoring Opportunity - Being a part of a fraternity or sorority gives you access to other members who can teach you what it takes to be successful in any organization. That's why having a local alumi chapter or having access to other members in the community can give you the inside track on job hunting, a promotion or career switch.
  • Leadership Training - As a member of a fraternity and sorority, you receive the opportunity to become an executive leader (president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer). You learn how to work in a team and make decisions. You also get the opportunity to deliver a presentation to the chapter while learning speaking/communication skills. You can learns skills that are invaluable for the rest of your life.
  • Community Service - Although leadership training could be said to be the most important skill, community service is a very close second. Community service helps you learn that leadership isn't all about you. It's about serving others. And serving others is what leadership is all about.

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