Parents and Supporters
Welcome, parents and supporters!
We understand that you play a significant role in your student's college journey, and we are thrilled to provide you with valuable insights into our vibrant fraternity and sorority community. Here, you will discover how our Greek organizations foster a sense of belonging, leadership development, and a commitment to service. We aim to create a supportive environment that nurtures your student's personal growth, while also promoting academic success and lifelong friendships. We invite you to explore the benefits of fraternity and sorority membership and learn more about the positive impact it can have on your student's college experience. As partners in your student's education, we look forward to sharing the transformative opportunities that await them within our Fraternity & Sorority Life community.
Why should my student join?
While we are happy to provide a general overview of the benefits of joining our community, our staff is more than happy to connect with parents and supporters to answer questions about their student's involvement, or desire to be involved in a fraternity or sorority. This is an important decision, one that may be your student's first major decision at their new home, and we are grateful for your partnership throughout their joining process. We believe some benefits to going Greek at Grand Valley are:
Community and Support: Joining a fraternity or sorority can provide your student with an instant and supportive community on campus. These organizations often become a home away from home, offering friendship, mentorship, and a sense of belonging. The bonds formed within our organizations can last a lifetime.
Leadership Development: Fraternity and sorority life encourages leadership development, and we challenge our chapters to offer robust membership development experiences for all members. Many fraternity and sorority members hold leadership positions within their chapters, which offer further opportunities to develop valuable skills such as teamwork, communication, event planning, and conflict resolution.
Academic Support: Contrary to common misconceptions, many organizations emphasize academic success. They often have academic resources, study groups, and incentives for good grades. Being part of a fraternity or sorority can help your student balance their social life with their academic responsibilities.
Philanthropy and Service: Our organizations are profoundly connected to their respective philanthropy and service initiatives. Joining a fraternity or sorority at Grand Valley provides an avenue for your student to give back to the community and make a positive impact on society.
Networking Opportunities: Being part of a fraternity or sorority can expand your student's network significantly. They'll have the chance to connect with alumni, which can be advantageous for career opportunities and personal growth.
Personal Growth: Joining a fraternity or sorority often pushes students out of their comfort zones, fostering personal growth and self-discovery. It can help them develop a strong sense of identity and purpose.
However, it's important to note that Greek life also comes with responsibilities, including time commitments, financial obligations, and adherence to the organization's values and rules. It's crucial for your student to carefully consider whether they align with the mission and values of the specific fraternity or sorority they are interested in.
Encourage your student to attend informational meetings, speak with current members, and thoroughly research the organizations to make an informed decision. Ultimately, whether or not to join a fraternity or sorority is a personal choice that should reflect your student's goals, values, and interests.
If you have any more questions or would like additional information, please don't hesitate to reach out. We're here to support you and your student throughout this decision-making process.