While joining Greek life may seem like it is just for fun, there are a lot of other benefits that can come out of it. It can be so much more than just another way to get involved on campus. Here’s how Bid Day could change your life for the better!
Making resumes can be difficult, but it becomes easier if you are involved in several organizations. Greek life is a very cool thing because you can meet many new people and get involved with different philanthropic causes. It combines on-campus involvement with networking, both of which are helpful in building up your resume.
Each chapter also has different philanthropies to raise money for specific causes. Whether it is raising money for breast cancer or for preventing child abuse in America, Greek organizations can come together to raise a lot of money for a variety of important causes.
Raising money is not easy, and each organization does so differently. The philanthropy chair of each chapter comes up with many creative and fun ways to do this. There are activities like pieing your sisters or brothers in the face, clothing auctions, brunches, donor drives, sporting events and so much more!
Here at Penn State, each chapter plays a massive role in THON. THON, as it’s described in their official mission statement is “a student-run philanthropy committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer. Our mission is to provide emotional and financial support, spread awareness, and ensure funding for critical research — all in pursuit of a cure.”
Like other philanthropies, chapters are able to raise a lot of money through bonding experiences with both your brothers and sisters and with your chapter’s THON children and their families. But these fundraising efforts and events become so much more than just bonding experiences within your chapter. They’re about something larger than yourself and can even set the tone for future philanthropy, even after your time at Penn State. It’s truly a remarkable feeling to help others and to give back to your community.
When you first join a Greek organization, you get time to be a new member. Still, you have the opportunity to do more and take on leadership positions as time goes by — especially if you’ve had a positive experience working with your philanthropies.
Essentially, all of these things bring your chapter closer together and can help you realize that you are involved for a reason. Bonds will grow as you grow as a person.
Though everyone joins Greek organizations for different reasons, the more involved you are, the more driven you may become. It could be the opportunity that allows you to change the world around you, and you can do it with your friends by your side. It gives you the chance to see the good in others and can even open your eyes to see yourself in a new light.
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