With about 20 Greek organizations, Greek Life promotes scholars, involvement and, most importantly, sisterhood and brotherhood. Being in a sorority or fraternity can be extremely time consuming, especially when trying to balance college with Greek life. Two members of the Kean community share their experience with being both a student and a sorority sister.
President of the Beta Theta Chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon Alexis Reed has learned new things as a sorority sister. As a member of Delta Phi Epsilon, Reed has expanded academically, socially, and emotionally.
“Academically I have a support system that encourages me to keep trying my best in all my classes and never lets me falter. Socially. I have gotten to connect with so many people that otherwise I would never have met. Lastly emotionally, my sisters have become my backbone and are there for me through anything and everything,” said Reed.
President of the Nu Theta Chi Kierstin Mcilwrath also gained new experiences in her sorority. During her time, Mcilwrath has grown through the support of her fellow sisters.
"Becoming a sister of Nu Theta Chi has pushed me to become a better young adult throughout my college experience,” said Mcilwrath. “Having the lifelong support from these relationships only helped me grow and progress throughout my time as a sister.”
Being a part of Greek Life can be challenging as a college student. While focusing on their studies, students would also have to manage their time with events, fundraisers and competitions for Greek Life. Both Reed and Mcilwrath have had their share of experiences when it comes to this balance.
“I’ve always said if something is important to you, you will make time for it and that’s exactly what I do in this case,” Reed said. “I always make sure I have enough time for school, my job and going to my organizations events and meetings because they both mean so much to me.”
“Once you find what works for you, you'll be able to put the time and commitment into whatever you do. It may be rough at times but worrying about your own needs, mental health and your overall being, you'll be able to balance whatever comes your way!,” said Mcilwrath.
Every year, new groups of students want to be a part of Greek Life. For those looking to join, the two sorority presidents have advice for interested members.
“If you’re thinking of joining a sorority my advice is to always give it a try. While it’s not for everyone, putting yourself out of your comfort zone to meet new people and connect with different organizations is always a great thing to do in college whether you decide to join or not!,” said Reed.
“Attend as many events as you can, but don't stick to only one organization! Get a feel of the different organizations on campus since we are all different in our own special ways. You will know when you found your home and the people that you may want to be your sisters one day,” said Mcilwrath.
Sororities and fraternities give students new bonds that can last a lifetime. Luckily, Kean is anything but short of Greek Organizations if students ever want to join.