Sending a child to college can be a challenging and stressful time in a parent’s or family’s life. While at Stetson University, your child will encounter many opportunities to become involved outside of their classroom experience. It is important that you, the parent or family, be educated about the enriching experience that your student will find by being involved in a fraternity or sorority at Stetson.
What is being involved in a fraternity or sorority all about?
You may have seen many interesting shows on television or read numerous articles in newspapers, but in reality those particular situations are extreme cases of fraternity and sorority life. What the media does not tell you as parents and families is that there are many life-long benefits to membership in fraternities and sororities. At a small campus like Stetson University, membership in a fraternity or sorority offers a home-away-from home. Additionally, national research has shown that involvement in fraternities and sororities increases students’ chances of graduating from college. As a life-long member of a fraternity or sorority, students are offered the opportunity to develop as leaders, serve the local community, and focus on academics, as well as their careers, by connecting with faculty, staff, other students, local alumni members, advisors, and other Greek organizations.
Students involved in Greek organizations have many opportunities to showcase their hidden talents as well. Whether it’s dancing, singing, stepping, intramural sports, planning major events, or engaging in social initiatives, students involved in fraternities and sororities have plenty opportunities to explore their extracurricular talents and develop leadership skills that will further enhance their collegiate experience.
- Students need support throughout the process of recruitment/intake and new member period. Be supportive and involved by learning as much as you can about Greek life by asking questions of your student as they meet members in fraternities and sororities.
- Encourage your student to keep an open mind about each organization that they come into contact with. Fraternities and sororities are different on every campus. Let your student choose the group that they feel the most comfortable joining.
- Talk to your student beforehand about the financial obligation. Determine who will pay for what and where the limits are.
- Do not become overly involved in the sorority and fraternity recruitment/intake process; this is your student’s decision. There will be plenty of activities and events for you to attend or even help plan once your student joins one of our organizations.
- Too often, parents do not allow their students to fight their own battles. It helps students mature and gain assertiveness when allowed to call various offices if they have questions or concerns about their decision to join a fraternity or sorority.
- If you have questions to concerns about fraternity and sorority life at Stetson University, please contact the office of Fraternity and Sorority Involvement by emailing us at [email protected] or calling our office at 386-822-7208.