By Mark Kroppling | Staff Writer|
The Greek life on campus is not typical of everything you see in the movies.
Many sororities and fraternities focus on education, as well as giving back to the community, and this past week was a perfect example.
Each sorority and fraternity chose an organization to provide their services.
Sorority Lambda Data Alpha President Jessica Bracamontes likes what her sorority represents.
“We are academic-based. We don’t focus a lot on parties,” said Bracamontes.
“This week we have our philanthropy week, and we are doing Make a Wish,” continued Bracamontes.
Upon weighing the pros and cons, Bracamontes said that not every student feels that going Greek is imperative.
Some students work and do not have the time to be a part of Greek life.
Graphic design major Edward Gayton agrees with Bracamontes.
“I’m really busy man. I work a lot,” said Gayton. “If I had the time I would. A lot of it seems interesting.”
Time is not a deterrent of a proud sister from the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, Brenda Toro Quintana.
“The key is time management, and with that, you can practically do anything,” said Quintana. “Being in Zeta Tau Alpha, our time together is treasured and we use it wisely to work towards our goal of the moment.”
Quintana knows that it is difficult to expend all the energy needed for Greek Life, but in order to get the most out of it, you must put in the effort.
“Being in a sorority takes as much focus as any other organization on campus,” said Quintana.
“In order to be successful [with] the primary purpose of the organization, there must be dedication,” continued Quintana
She finds that students do have a great amount of pride in their organizations.
Hard work, along with time management is what keeps her going.
Time management is the way Quintana deals with her Greek life, but Mathematics major Arthur Perez has other commitments.
“I chose not to be in one because I coach tennis at my old high school, so I have no time,” said Perez.
Perez did not completely omit the idea of joining a fraternity. “It did appeal to me; it seems fun.”
Initiation fees and chapter dues can be a problem as well.
“But cost was also a thing. They claim it’s not a lot of money, but it’s like gas money to me,” said Perez.
Quintana looks towards the future when dealing with her time constraints.
“Experience is essential when working on multiple fields within other majors…whether it’s campaign building, art, kinesiology, public relations, etc. you gain experience in skills that can, or will be applicable to life after college,” said Quintana.
There are many opinions on campus about Greek life, but there are different paths for everyone.
Greek life has weighed heavily on students’ decisions about their present and future.