Former Sorority President Talks About Post-Grad Greek Life

Before I went to university, my idea of Greek life was not unlike Anna Faris’ character in The House Bunny. I am so grateful to have met two charming sisters during my university experience who proved my ideas about Greek life to be very wrong.

When one of my roommates decided to spend the year in Africa, I ended up living with a lovely girl who I soon learned was involved in Greek life at my school. Not only was she involved in Greek life, her sister was the sorority President. I think I expected her to put on bunny ears and bake cookies. Turns out, she is a hard-working, caring, enthusiastic and well-rounded student I was lucky to have as a roommate.

Being involved in Greek life helps to build the social skills, network connections and work experiences that will boost your career post-grad. According to a 2003 Forbes.com article, about one quarter of all chief executives were once involved in a fraternity.

Greek life is built to maintain lifelong friendships and connections with a wide variety of people. Imagine being able to easily tell 30 or more friends who have been working for a few years already that you are looking for a job in marketing. You’d be sure to get a lead, some great info, an internship or in the very least, a push in the right direction.

I’m ashamed to admit how naive I was about Greek life. I know understand that Greek life is a great way to make genuine friends, network, get involved in your new community and help boost your career post-grad.

My once-roommate Suzie is living the dream in the Italian sun this summer, so I asked her sister and former sorority president, Jacqueline Calverley, how being involved in Greek life has affected her post-grad life.

How has  being in a sorority helped your post-grad job search?

“Being in a sorority is a great networking tool. While it hasn’t exactly helped me get the job I have now, I do believe it could potentially help me down the road. You have a whole network of people in all sorts of fields that you are connected with,” Jackie explained.

Has being in a sorority made your post-grad transition easier?

“I always know there is someone out there that I can count on, talk to, rely on and ask questions. In that sense, it was a great post-grad transitional tool. While having 30 sisters has not landed me a job per say, I still believe that its a great tool especially in my industry, which is a ‘who you know’ industry.”

Regarding her social life, Jackie’s connections did provide her with new friends and close connections in a new city.

Are you in contact with sorority members who are still in school?

We have an alumni advisor, who works to keep alumni and active sisters in touch. We recieve monthly emails regarding upcoming events and updates. They also work to introduce the new sisters to the alumni and vice-versa.”

How do you keep in touch with your sorority sisters?

“Through email, Facebook and BBM mostly! My two best friends are also my sisters.”

Social media is a great place to start meeting new Greek friends and to connect with Greek alumni from your university or college. Check Facebook and LinkedIn for networking events and online discussions with your fraternity or sorority Whether you are in a new city or close to home, having Greek life connections in your post-grad life is sure to be a bonus for your social life and career path.

 

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