Parents

*What will my child get out of Greek life that they would not get out of any other college organization? 
When students leave home and head to college it can often be a rough transition. Becoming a part of Greek Life will help make the transition easier. Joining a sorority will give your daughter opportunities to make friends and get involved. Many times these chapters become a home away from home. Sororities stand for scholarship, philanthropy, friendship and much more. Ultimately your daughter will determine the level of involvement she wants to have in the chapter and what kind of experience it will be for her. 

*How will joining a chapter benefit my student after college? 
Joining a sorority means more than just having friends in college, it means having friends for a life time. The friendships your student will make through their chapter will be life long and last into post-college years. Greeks also have networks for its members to use for advancing careers and getting jobs. Membership in sorority is for a lifetime. 

*Will my student's academics be compromised if they join a Greek chapter? 
When coming to college students often have trouble dealing with the adjustment from high school to college. Greek life can help your student by offering study partners, workshops, and study sessions. Also, your student can turn to chapter members who already know a lot about campus and may be the same major. Last semester the all sorority GPA was higher than the all student GPA. Grade statistics can be found here. 

*Aren't fraternities and sororities just like the ones in the movies and TV? 
Unfortunately, Greek life is portrayed poorly. What is seen on television is not the correct image of Greek Life. Only 2% of the U.S. population is Greek so these stereotypes portrayed on TV become the norm. As Greeks we do hold social events, but social events do not mean alcohol. These events include intramural sports, Greek Week, Greek Sing, Family weekend and service events. Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council have guidelines and procedures concerning alcohol. 

*How much time does a chapter take up? The first semester your daughter joins a sorority will be the most time consuming. Besides that the time commitment varies from chapter to chapter. Being in a sorority is a commitment but it will give your daughter the opportunity to develop her leaderships, make many new friendships, and encourage her to become involved in other orgranizations. Ultimately, you can put as much or as little time into the sorority as possible. The more time you put in the more you will get out. 

*Doesn't membership cost a lot of money? 
Greek organizations at Missouri S&T are very affordable. There are membership dues that go along with being part of a sorority but they all will benefit your daughter. You can compare the prices of Greek living and the prices of dorms under the "documents" tab.

*What about pledging or hazing? 
Hazing is absolutely not acceptable on the Missouri S&T campus and is not tolerated by any of the Greek Houses. 

*What is my role as a parent? 
Take the time to find out more about the Greek community at Missouri S&T. All sororities offer family weekends and going to this event would show your support. If your daughter does choose to join a sorority take the time to ask her about Greek life and her chapter.  


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