Membership in a fraternity or sorority offers you a unique opportunity to have a balanced college life with a focus on academic excellence, brotherhood/sisterhood, leadership development, service, and responsible social interaction. Membership also offers students the opportunity to make lasting friendships with individuals with similar ideals and common purposes.
Texas Tech's Greek system is so different from that of other universities because we don't live in our Greek houses. You have a house that you go to and you commune at, and you have [INAUDIBLE], and you can study at, cook at as a freshman. But you don't have to just stay within that really small, tight-knit community. So what that creates is a larger, diverse community of all of the Greek organizations, who all come together.
You have to have at least a 3.25 to remain in good academic standing. Otherwise, you have to go to study hours, and then you can go to fun social events that the organization holds.
There are so many opportunities to get involved in the leadership. They give you a lot of opportunities to make mistakes but learn in a very cushioned environment, where people still love you through those mistakes and teach you to learn from them and do better.
No matter what organization you're a part of, no matter what you're affiliated with, all are united throughout their community service. Here, we have a bunch of philanthropy events. In each event, you have to bring a children's book. And it has to be new, and you bring either one or two. And that's kind of your ticket to get into the event. And so, the whole organization-- about 300 girls-- that comes out to 600 books that we'll donate to a high school.
I did not come in to college wanting to go Greek, and it ended up being one of the best things I've ever done.