By Alejandra Arana |Staff Writer|
If you have ever seen a person wearing Greek letters on our campus and have asked yourself if one day you could be wearing the same. The answer is yes you can.
CSUSB has so many active Greek organizations on this campus that there is bound to be one meant for you.
Some benefits of becoming Greek are the development of friendships with fellow students that will last forever, you will be more active on campus and your networking skills will go through the roof.
There are some misconceptions about joining a Greek organization like the hazing, or humiliating acts that members make you do to prove you are “worthy” of wearing letters. Even if you are interested in an organization that happens to haze, then you can get out immediately and move on from them.
Personally look at the organizations that interest you, ask questions when they table on campus or stop someone wearing letters and ask their opinion of the organization and show you want more information about them.
It took me two years to find the right fit but I do not regret the organization I chose and love the people I have met.
There are newly established organizations like Alpha Kappa Psi that was re-introduced in 2010 and Sigma Pi Alpha that was established in 2003; these are great options to consider.
Alpha Kappa Psi is “the oldest and largest professional business fraternity in the United States. With over 200 college chapters that can provide you with an immense network of professionals that you can tap into,” according to its website.
Students should consider Alpha Kappa Psi because “it is a good way to network with colleagues and professors, we also help students with their resumes, internships and networking skills,” said Richard Santana, president of Alpha Kappa Psi.
Santana is very motivated to create a great experience for those that consider a professional co-ed business fraternity. Co-ed means both males and females are allowed to be a part of the fraternity along with any major on our campus.
Students do not need to be a business major to become a member or “brother.”
“If you ever thought of starting your own company or being a CEO then this is a great organization to get involved with,” said Santana.
The lovely ladies of Sigma Pi Alpha create a very strong support system with all of their sisters and by joining you will have a great experience from the get-go.
“We are committed to grades, self-discovery of a Latina woman, sisterhood and we understand your financial issues and don’t have high dues. We choose quality over quantity to provide a great sisterhood but are open to all backgrounds,” said Nadine Garcia.
Garcia, philanthropy chair for Sigma Pi Alpha, is very passionate about her organization and their philanthropy causes like the Diabetes Association and the Ronald McDonald Walk.
Consider all the organizations that interest you and don’t be afraid to ask questions, but most importantly make sure you are happy throughout the whole process.Going greek will be a decision to benefit you throughout your whole college career.