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Greek life: A guide to fraternities and sororities

We at Cybernews Academy welcome you to the whimsical world of sororities and fraternities. These institutions are shrouded in mystery, and their exclusive nature only incites intrigue, as Greek life is one of the most fabled features of North American higher education. But what is Greek life? And how do I get involved? We want to demonstrate the positive aspects of fraternities and sororities while showing you why you should get involved if you are a computer science and information technology student.

What is Greek Life?

Greek life is another term for exclusive societies associated with a university that may be dedicated to a specific cause, shared interest, or subject. For example, you can have computing sororities and fraternities dedicated to innovating campus and broader environments. These societies are known for being extraordinarily exclusive and having high entry standards. However, once you’re in a sorority or fraternity, you’re a member throughout your university years and stay connected to the club for life. Usually, you will obtain entry to a sorority or fraternity as an undergraduate student.

Greek life involves philanthropic activities, parties, and other social events promoting the exclusive club. Both fraternities and sororities have been criticized for extreme initiation practices, alcohol abuse, and unethical recruitment. However, many positives may outweigh the negatives regarding fraternities and sororities.

What are Fraternities and Sororities?

Fraternitas and sororitas are the Latin words for brotherhood and sisterhood, which is the center of all fraternities and sororities. These associations are comprised of university students selected or put forward for membership. The difference between fraternities and sororities is that fraternities are traditionally male clubs, and sororities are generally comprised of females. These societies often share a common goal or aspiration. The leaders of these clubs may set strict academic and personal standards that hold all members accountable for their actions while within the fraternity or sorority.

Principle and mission

Each sorority and fraternity will have different missions and principles that underpin each society. However, some common traits feature throughout these institutions, otherwise known as the five pillars of Greek life.

  • Academia - each member must commit to their academic duties and often hold a high-grade point average. The academics within sororities and fraternities may be extremely rigorous, so you must have a solid educational background to land yourself a spot in a sorority or fraternity. Suppose you attend a tech-focused fraternity or sorority. In that case, you can find a group of like-minded individuals who are dedicated to learning all there is to know about computer science and information technology
  • Philanthropy - one of the basic principles of sororities and fraternities is acts of service. These institutions often raise money for a particular cause, which could help spark innovation. Kappa Theta Pi, the University of Michigan's first co-ed tech fraternity, co-hosts Computer Science Bootcamps and Tutoring Programs at their local high school. Whether raising money for a particular cause or donating time and resources to a project, philanthropy is a staple feature of any fraternity or sorority.
  • Leadership - there are natural-born leaders, and others must develop these skills. Computer science and information technology students are often stereotyped as shy or anxious individuals who prefer to sit at a computer silently all day and all night. However, this isn’t the case, as there are so many computer science and information technology majors that encourage leadership. Being a part of a fraternity or sorority is all about encouraging leadership and empowering their members to take charge.
  • Community - Once you are a part of a fraternity or sorority, you are forever a part of a highly close community of individuals who share the same passion and drive. You can access a network of individuals who share the same love for technology and computing through sororities and fraternities. These links provide some excellent opportunities for careers in the industry post-graduation.
  • Brotherhood and Sisterhood - at the core of all fraternities and sororities are the notions of brotherhood and sisterhood. This is created through quality time, shared experiences, and lifelong friendships. These relationships are founded and maintained based on mutual respect and trust. Those not respecting the brotherhood or sisterhood should be held accountable for their actions.

Greek Life and Technology

There are many different examples of fraternities and sororities all across the United States of America. Here are a few Greek life organizations focusing on computer science and information technology.

Kappa Theta Pi - University of Michigan

One example of an incredible fraternity is Kappa Theta Pi, the University of Michigan’s first co-ed professional fraternity specifically focused on Information Technology. This fraternity aims to create relationships between students who study informatics, computer science, business, design, computer engineering, and other related fields. Kappa Theta Pi claims they are North America's first technology fraternity. This society is set on building connections between the industry while allowing their brothers to pursue opportunities relating to their passion for tech. This fraternity is inclusive and defies the stereotypes often bestowed upon these organizations. During the ‘rush’ or joining period, Kappa Theta Pi “does not discriminate by school, major, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, or background,” making it an inclusive and diverse tech fraternity.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon

This is another example of a technology-focused organization, the International Honor Society for Computing and Information Disciplines. This society was first organized at Texas A&M University in 1967 and now spans various colleges and universities in North America and overseas. Like other Greek life organizations, this fraternity aims to “recognize the academic excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in Computing and Information disciplines.” Upsilon Pi Epsilon, or UPE, aims to help its members achieve personal and professional growth throughout their education. UPE is dedicated to promoting the computing and information sciences and encouraging the enhancement of knowledge in the field.

Alpha Omega Epsilon

Alpha Omega Epsilon is a female-only Greek life organization that promotes engineering and technical sciences. This society is focused on making connections and meeting others in the engineering and sciences industry. Alpha Omega Epsilon is a unique organization that allows you to meet students from different years and majors on campus. This organization is nationwide, so that you can find an Alpha Omega Epsilon all across North America.

Why should I get involved?

If Kappa Theta Pi didn’t sell you the idea of fraternities and sororities, then Cybernews Academy can provide a few extra reasons for getting involved.

  • The feeling of community - there is a strong sense of community within these organizations. If you feel homesick or struggle to find your place at university, a fraternity or sorority might help you integrate into campus life. The trust and respect members have for each other is a feature of Greek life that adds to these organizations' vibrant and solid sense of community.
  • Career opportunities - the extensive alumni network within fraternities often facilitates firm-industry ties, meaning it may be easy to secure a job in your dream company post-graduation. Often, a Greek life organization's alumni network will have people in various companies such as Amazon, Google, Apple, and more. So, the more ties to the industry, the more likely you are to secure a job there, especially if you have demonstrated your work ethic and character while in your fraternity.
  • Academic growth - most organizations hold high academic standards, and certain fraternities and sororities require members to have a certain grade point average (GPA). Academics are rigorous in a fraternity or sorority, meaning your grades shouldn’t fall below the desired range.

How to get involved

Kappa Theta Pi is just one example of the fantastic computer science and information technology fraternities available at the university. But how do you get involved? We at Cybernews Academy will tell you how to secure a spot in one of the most exclusive societies on campus.

  • First off, you will need to choose an educational institution that has Greek life groups. Most North American universities will have these organizations, but locating them in other countries may take much work.
  • Find out when recruitment begins. Each institution will have its own recruitment dates and guidelines, so drop by the fraternity or sorority office to check recruitment dates. You may be required to participate in several events as part of the recruitment process, so check your fraternity or sorority’s website to find out more.
  • Make sure you research and find the sorority that best suits your needs, and assess what you want from your experience before joining a specific fraternity or sorority.
  • Once you have decided on the organization, you must sign up for recruitment. Provide as much information as possible, including your high school activities, extracurriculars, and academic clubs.
  • From there, you should be invited to various events to meet people from the organization. Find as much information from the people in the fraternity or sorority as possible.
  • Consider your expenses, as fraternities and sororities can be expensive for a student on a budget. Memberships could cost upwards of $1,000 alongside additional costs.
  • You should receive bids to join specific chapters at the end of the recruitment process. You must assess your options and choose the right organization if you receive multiple offers.
  • Once you've picked your fraternity or sorority, you will participate in a four to eight-week pledging process. You will be expected to learn much about your chosen society– including the sorority's history, mission, and values.
  • Avoid any nefarious hazing activities like those you see in the movies. Do not participate in degrading, illegal, or dangerous activities.
  • Do engage in philanthropic activities and social events that will help demonstrate your commitment to your organization.
  • Once you have completed all these steps, you should become a fully-fledged member of the organization of your choice.

Remember that different sororities and fraternities will have other recruitment processes and requirements. So make sure you do your research!

Greek life offers a unique and exclusive experience at university. These organizations, specifically tech-based fraternities and sororities, are committed to academic, personal, and professional growth while spearheading innovation on campus. Fraternities and sororities foster intellectual growth and development while being committed to their community, performing philanthropic activities, and extending their services to the wider community. Despite the unruly and rambunctious stereotypes affiliated with fraternities and sororities, these environments are stricter than some might believe. If you long to be part of a community of intelligent, academically driven, innovative leaders of the future. Then, welcome to Greek life.