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You Get Out What You Put In

Friday, September 20, 2013

Sorority membership can be very rewarding, but it is also a time commitment. You will be expected to attend weekly chapter meetings as well as philanthropic and other events on campus. Sororities offer leadership and volunteer positions that require additional time on your part. There are many different ways to be involved through sorority membership, all requiring different time commitments — meaning you get out of your membership what you decide to put in.

Officers are usually elected by the chapter, and the amount of time required for each officer position depends on what the position is. Obviously, being the chapter president is going to require more of a time commitment than being the chapter secretary. It’s important to be realistic about the time you are willing to give when considering holding an officer position. Being an officer is a great leadership opportunity, but if you cannot give enough time to the chapter to do a good job, it might be better to let somebody else step up and take the opportunity.

Another great way to be involved that doesn’t require as much time is to volunteer for different activities your sorority participates in. For example, if another sorority or fraternity on your campus is having a philanthropic event like a dodgeball tournament and your sorority has a team, you can volunteer to be on the team. This is a great way to represent your sorority without worrying about too much of a time commitment. You can also attend these events and support the women in your chapter who are participating.

Many campuses have big events every year that your sorority might participate in, like Homecoming or Greek Weekend. Your sorority may require you to participate in these events in some way, but you might be able to choose your level of involvement. For Homecoming, you might be able to participate in either the parade float or the spirit competition. You could also step up and lead some of these events for your chapter.

There are many different ways to be involved with your sorority chapter, and beyond the minimum requirements, you can be as involved as you like. The volunteer opportunities will be endless, and you can pick and choose what interests you the most. Being in a sorority can mean as much as you are willing to put into it, and there is nothing wrong with knowing your limits and priorities.

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