Could going Greek help beyond college?

By Eric Heisig

With 97 chapters of Greek organizations at the University, there are a multitude of options for students to ‘go Greek’ on campus.

There are just as many opinions about these organizations, but for members belonging to a fraternity or sorority is also a resume-builder once the ever-looming job search begins.

According to the Illinois Panhellenic Council, being involved in one of these organizations looks very good to potential employers.

“There’s a lot of good things coming from students being involved in Greek life and being successful after,” said Brooke Hurst, vice president of public relations. “With them, you can learn leadership, networking, skills you can put on resumes. If an interviewer is looking at a resume, and they see a Greek chapter and you were on an executive board it shows you can work well with people.”

Stefanie Warning, senior in LAS and a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority, said simply being in a sorority may not make the biggest difference on a resume. It is the leadership positions that look good on resumes.

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“Just being part of a sorority is like being part of a club,” Warning said. “If you’re not in a leadership position, (the sorority) may not help or hinder you.”

Warning was the vice president of membership for her sorority for a period of time and she is applying for graduate school. She said she is definitely putting her leadership position on her applications.

On campus, certain Greek houses may have reputations or stereotypes attached to them. Still, that may not matter after college.

“Reputations are about reputations,” Hurst said. “What you think about something that could not be true. Overall, with the Greek life, the good overweighs the bad. When (interviewers) see the Greek life (on a resume), they think the same thing.”

Going Greek may not be for everyone though, and those outside of the system do not always feel like they are missing something or do not have a leg up on the competition.

“I think it would look good if I was going into business or finance, because there are fraternities for that,” said Stephen Snider, junior in LAS. “However, I’m pre-med, and the people I know that were into pre-med weren’t in the Greek scene.”

Warning said she doesn’t see any drawbacks to being in a sorority or fraternity.

“I don’t think it could hurt someone,” Warning said. “It is an extracurricular activity, and it shows you are into something more than academics. If you also have a good GPA, it shows multitasking abilities.”