Hello, all! It's another great day here at the Woods!
Today, I'd like to share with you what it is like being Greek at William Woods University. I know what you're probably thinking: being Greek? What does that mean?! To resolve any confusion, being Greek is just another way of saying that you are part of a sorority or a fraternity!
If you're anything like the freshman version of me, you probably don't know a lot about Greek life other than what you might have seen on television. Let me tell you, it's durastically different! Going Greek and joining sorority holds more value than just living in a 24/7 slumber party! Here's a list of benefits that Greek life has to offer:
- High sense of sisterhood or brotherhood, resulting in camraderie and overwhelming amounts of support.
- Opportunities to do community service.
- Continuous academic support.
- Network of professional support.
- Leadership opportunities
- Residency with people who you have similiar interests with, as well as meeting a variety of diverse men and women.
- Part in a long standing tradition for something bigger than yourself
As for Greek life at William Woods University we have four sororities, Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Phi, Chi Omega, and Delta Gamma. We also have two fraternities, Pi Kappa Alpha and Phi Gamma Delta. I interviewed a few men and women from each house, and I'd like to share what they said about Greek Life!
“The most important aspect of being Greek for me is the person you are after you’ve experienced Greek life. You’re not the same person as before, but it’s for the better. I’ve grown so much within my sorority through my values and beliefs, my self-esteem and my strength to go for what I believe in!”
Senior Alicia Delaney, Alpha Chi Omega.
“In my sorority, I find a true sense of belonging. The girls in my house allow me to be myself 100% all of the time. I never have to worry about holding back or trying to fit in. It is the most welcoming place that I’ve ever veen into and I get that feeling every day when I walk in. It’s truly a home away from home. You feel like you’ve known these girls all of your life just after a month of living with them. It’s been the best experience of my life.”
Junior Samantha Harris, Alpha Phi.
"Being Greek has given me the opportunity to get more involved on campus, be an active volunteer for various charities and the opportunity to meet so many people on our campus that I probably wouldn't have met otherwise. Without my sorority, I truly wouldn't be the person I am today!"
Junior Hayley Bowler, Chi Omega.
“Honestly, what made me decide to go Greek was the groups of strong independent women I saw while on campus. I wanted to grow to become like those values driven women and better myself as an individual.”
Sophomore Grace Routh, Delta Gamma.
"Greek life can provide you with some many things. For me, being in my fraternity broadened my horizons and continues to lead me to new experiences. I've gained a whole new network of brothers through being in a fraternity."
Senior Taylor Oestreich, Phi Gamma Delta.
"Living with a house full of your best friends and having anyone's help at any given time is huge for me, and being Greek supplied me with that. You also gain connections after college, leadership opportunities, and get to participate in community service."
Senior Nate Bitner, Pi Kappa Alpha.
There are so many aspects of Greek life that you have to see to believe! If you are interested in going Greek, check out the Fraternity and Sorority page: http://www.williamwoods.edu/student_life/fraternity_sorority_life.asp
I would encourage all incoming students to take the opportunity to go through the recruitment process and see what living in a sorority or fraternity is all about. Living Greek is not for everyone, but you'll never know if you don't investigate! If you have any questions, comment below and I'll do my best in assisting you to find the answer!
Follow me throughout the year and I'll provide updates with the Greek community on campus, and a little insight to what it's like to be in a sorority.