Greek Life offers unique opportunities for students

WT’s Fraternities and Sororities are in the process of recruiting new faces to join their organizations. Greek Life offers a variety of opportunities for students during their college experience.

Interfraternity Council President Miguel Sosa said the best advice he has for students is to join an organization.

“I like having a group of friends that I can lean on. They’re there for me during my highs and my lows,” Sosa said.

Sosa has been involved with Alpha Tau Omega for four years. He said his involvement with ATO has helped him develop leadership skills, a strong network with alumni, and has encouraged him to participate in community service activities.

Matt Maples, associate director of student activities, said that being in Greek life is about building something that can last for the rest of your life.

“The commitment that you begin as an undergraduate doesn’t ever end,” Maples said. “And after you graduate, it changes. As alumni, you are encouraged to still participate and carry on the values of that organization. It’s a good opportunity to build lifelong relationships.”

Being involved in Greek life also requires members to participate in community service. Maples said last year Greek Life gave over $20 thousand to WT campus. Two wishes were also granted for the Make-A-Wish foundation and money was raised for the Susan G. Komen’s Breast Cancer Awareness. Ronald McDonald House is also a big beneficiary.“I think one of the interesting things to me and what I love about [Greek Life] is that they give in a very high level,” Maples said. “What we know nationally is that if you are a member of [Greek Life], your likelihood of giving is higher than if you are not.”

Maples said that another benefits of joining a fraternity or sorority is the emphasis on academics.

“Generally, fraternities require a minimum grade point average of 2.3 and sororities are typically around 2.5,” he said. “This last spring, our Greek GPA was higher than the men and women’s average.”

Sororities and fraternities also have study hall hours where brothers and sisters can get together to study for classes.

“I know some of my brothers are always at the HELC at the same time,” Sosa said. “A lot of us are always in the same classes so we look for each other for help and come up with certain little ways.”

Sosa said it is important for students to get involved on campus even if it is not through Greek Life.

“It doesn’t really matter what organization you join,” he said. “I think the main part is where you can find a group of people that you can hang out with and can have fun with because it really does enhance your college experience