The age-old debate about going Greek is usually a matter of personal preference.
All over campus, Greek letters are chalked, posted, or even worn on students to advocate the different fraternities and sororities at ISU.
Recruitment to join these chapters is right around the corner, and students are trying to determine if Greek life is the right fit for them.
Michael Zajac, coordinator for Fraternity and Sorority Life, is one of the people these students can go to for guidance with this decision.
Zajac explains that each student is different, and finding the right fit takes looking at every side and point.
“I try to make them aware of all of the positives and also the negatives, like time management,” Zajac said.“There is an expectation that you attend meetings and events which are very important.”
Greek life is a lifetime commitment, he added. It stays with you even after graduation, so it is something to take very seriously.
In fact, it can be very beneficial after college, which is something some students are unaware of.
“The two greatest assets of joining a fraternity or sorority are the leadership development and the networking,” Zajac explained. “It can enhance your ability to find a job and meet other people who already know your values.”
While the process of recruitment seems overwhelming and stressful for some students, Zajac ensures that the Rho Gammas, or recruitment leaders, do their best to make sure it runs as smoothly as possible.
“It can be stressful and feel overwhelming, but the thing I tell them is to be real,” he said. “If you act how you think the chapter wants you to act, you’re going to find later that there is no mutual selection.”
Staying open-minded is something else Zajac suggests, because doing so gives the student a 98 percent placement rate, as long as they maximize their options.
However, some students really do not want to participate in Greek life, yet still want to stay involved.
Larry Dietz, vice president of Student Affairs explained there are so many opportunities for students to be active in the community, and if a student cannot find anything, they are simply not looking hard enough.
“We have a ton of opportunities for students,” Dietz said. “One of the values of ISU is civic engagement, so we encourage students to be involved with organizations in the community, like service projects, which go on every weekend.”
He also mentioned that there are nearly 360 student organizations or clubs to be active in.
“Some are academically based in the department, some are honorary and some are strictly social,” Dietz explained.
Dietz agreed with Zajac in that it takes organization and time management skills to be a part of Greek life. \
While it is a social opportunity, Dietz reminds students that academics always come first, and they cannot get distracted by the social aspect of it all.
According to Dietz, most students come to ISU for all of the opportunities available.
“The students have a mentality of service above self, which makes for well-rounded citizens, and we want them to provide leadership wherever they go,” he said.
Whether students decide to participate in Greek life, join a sports club or even start their own organization, Dietz advises students to be as involved as possible.
“I’m proud to be a part of this, and I’m proud to have Greeks and non-Greeks a part of it as well,” he added.