When you think of sororities or Greek life you probably think of parties and never studying, right? Well that could not be farther from the truth! I am currently the President of the Epsilon Rho Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and not only do we have fun but we strive for excellence in many areas! Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is the very first African American sorority ever founded; It dates all the way back to 1908! For the last 106 years, AKA has impacted the lives of millions through community service and high scholastic standards.
It’s quite easy to overlook the philanthropy or service aspect of going Greek when media often portrays the social aspect. However, there are many lifelong benefits that can be gained from going Greek. Being a member of an organization that is a part of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (also known as the Divine Nine) has given me the opportunity to learn and experience things I never would have otherwise. I’ve gained leadership skills and teamwork all while creating lifelong bonds in the process. We volunteer weekly with young children and often donate or give our time to many organizations such as Food Finders. We serve our community in any way we can. I’ve always been the type to say “if I can help one person then I consider myself successful.” Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. gives me that opportunity on a weekly basis and I love it.
I could go on and on about the perks and benefits of going Greek but I would highly recommend anyone looking further into Greek life to see if there is an organization for you, not only from the National Pan-Hellenic Council but from and of the other councils such as The Panhellenic Association, The Multicultural Greek Council, or even the Interfraternity Council. A great website to check out is www.purduegreeks.com!
— Caitlynn Anderson, Senior, Family and Consumer Science Education