I want to do well in my classes. Will being Greek hurt my grades?
We are glad to hear your coursework is important to you! Being a student should always take first priority—you are paying too much in tuition to not worry about your grades and career. Each chapter has their own scholarship program to support your scholastic endeavors. There is a study room in every chapter facility that all members (even those that live on campus) can study in. Each chapter can connect you with older chapter members can be very helpful when picking out classes and studying for exams. And nearly every major is represented in each chapter! The Greek community is also consistently proud to have an average GPA above the university average. Being Greek can hold you accountable for your grades—you learn time management and have a wonderful support system to excel in the classroom. Furthermore, having a network of alumni can help you when finding an internship or job!
I am really excited to get involved on campus. Will being Greek take up all my time?
Our Greek community exists to supplement your Drake experience—not dominate it. Every chapter encourages its members to be active in other campus organizations. At Drake, it is quite common to be Greek and participate in other various activities. Our Greek members are involved in Student Senate, professional fraternities, service and volunteer groups, Residence Life, Student Activities Board, Drake Magazine, intramurals, choir and performing arts, Adams Leadership Academy, etc. Greek students not only participate in these organizations—they are active leaders in them. Our community has a well-rounded representation in all of what Drake has to offer. Greek life can support you in your involvement and lead you to organizations and leadership positions you would have never known about on your own!
Doesn’t it cost a lot of money to be in a sorority?
Our Greek community does not want financials to be a reason why someone chooses not to be Greek. Each organization is self-supported through dues charged to all members. In the first year of membership, a few one-time expenses are assessed. After those initial payments are made, dues decline. Each chapter has a variety of payment plans and several women pay their own dues from jobs on or near campus. If you are concerned about financials, it is important to talk to chapter members about payment plans during recruitment. They are happy to answer your questions! Furthermore, as an upperclassman, if you choose to live in the chapter facility, housing and meals can often be much less expensive than living on campus or in an apartment.
What about pledging or hazing in Greek Life? I have seen TV shows and movies that involve hazing and I want to be respected.
All sororities oppose hazing and are committed to a membership education period which instills a sense of responsibility. You will not have to do anything that you are uncomfortable with and if you ever believe you have been subjected to hazing activities, it is imperative to report that information to the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life immediately. Drake has a strict no-hazing policy for all organizations and sororities here are committed to providing an uplifting, socially-responsible, supportive environment.
Okay, I am now thinking I should give being Greek a chance. How will joining a chapter benefit me after college?
The life-long friendships you make through a chapter will last into post-college years. Membership in a chapter is a life-long experience. Wherever you end up after college, chances are you will be able to find an alumni chapter or other members of your sorority in the area. Joining a chapter connects you with sisters throughout the entire country! In addition, Greeks have national professional networks for their members to assist in job searching, geographical relocation, life-long learning, and social opportunities.
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