Hello world! I want to start off my series of blog posts discussing one of the best experiences (besides my internships) that has helped prepare for my career: joining a sorority. From recruitment to networking, going greek has given me years of practice for life after I graduate.
Right from the start, I put my interviewing skills to the test with fall recruitment. Just like interviewing for a job, I could prepare for the interview, but I never truly knew what kind of questions I would be asked. And while I wasn’t asked to talk about my strengths and weaknesses during recruitment, it was still great practice for thinking on my feet, knowing my audience, and knowing myself.
Fake smiles and weak handshakes aside, joining a fraternity or sorority is also great practice for future office etiquette. It’s common knowledge when you live with 100 people you will not get along with all of them and the same applies in the working world. Even the little every day occurrences like disagreements in a fraternity or sorority house are learning experiences for the future 9 to 5 life.
Finally, being a part of a greek system provides me with countless opportunities to improve my networking skills. When I am out in public, I always remember to give people my best first-impression because I could be the only person they ever meet from my sorority. Remembering I am representing my organization now is great practice for representing my company later on.
I could go on forever about how going greek helps me and my sorority sisters prepare for our future careers, but I’ll save that for a later blog! I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences with you over the next few months. In the meantime,let me know what your experiences have been with greek life!
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