The Upside to Greek Life at IU

Hey everybody! It's been a little while since my last blog. Things have been super busy as the semester rolls on, but it's been exciting!

The topic of this blog is one I have been thinking about for a while now. I get asked all the time "What was your reason for going Greek" or "Why do you love it so much?" I thought the best way to go about answering this was to give a general overview of why Greek life here at IU is so amazing!! And as usual, I have made it into a handy dandy list. So here it is!

1. You have a home away from home. 

Whether your chapter has a physical house or not, all of your sisters/brothers become your second family. I depend on my sisters in more ways than one, and I know they are always there to cheer me up or talk things out just when I need it most! I have a big sister and a twin (we share the same big) who I have gotten so close to. 

2. You get more involved in other organizations. 

I feel as if I have a sister who is involved in almost everything on campus. Wanna try out a new club? There is probably someone in your chapter who is already in it, and you can tag along with them! It makes you a more well rounded individual to be able to be involved in multiple organizations here at IU, and there are so many great ones to choose from!

3. It makes this huge campus feel small.

While walking from class to class, I will see several of my sisters. It makes such a large campus environment feel a little smaller when you have a small group you are close to. I have a sister in almost every one of my classes! That can come in handy when you need a study buddy, or just someone to sit by in class. 

4. You make a lifelong commitment.

One thing that is always emphasized within the Greek system is that you are always a member of your chapter. Even when your an alumni, you are still a sister or a brother forever. The bonds you make now will last you a lifetime, and you will see the friends you make now long into the future. 

5. It makes you a grow into a better person. 

Going greek makes you grow in so many ways... as a leader, as a friend, and as a student. I personally have seen this not only in myself and my chapter, but in many of my close friends who are now in chapters on campus. Philanthropy events, service events, IUDM... these all make a huge impact on your life experiences.

I hope this gave everyone a little insight on all things Greek here at IU! We have one of the strongest greek communities of anywhere I have ever seen, and I wouldn't trade it for the world!

About The Author
Brooke MankinSpeech-Language Pathology major, Class of 2015

I am a Speech-Language Pathology major with a Psychology minor and Folklore/Ethnomusicology minor in the Class of 2015. On campus, I am an active member of my sorority, a member of the Indiana Hoosierettes pom and dance team, and a member of Hoosier Tap Company, a new tap dance group on campus. I also teach tap dance at Windfall Dancers here in Bloomington. I love musicals, all things Disney, and writing!