Students reflect on the opportunities of Greek life

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Carrera Powell, Co-Campus Culture Editor

Lewis offers many extra-curricular activities to suit the needs of all students. Some of the most prolific are the varied Greek organizations. Many students across campus have experienced the benefits of joining Greek life.

Greek organizations, including fraternities and sororities, seek to build community on campus. The academic and social needs of students are among the priorities of each organization.

“I joined a Greek organization because I was looking for bonds and support system, something not only I can be proud to be called a part of but people I can call my family as well,” said senior criminal justice major and member of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Michael Ramirez.

Sophomore nursing major Jocelyn Zambrano from Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. said she joined Greek life “to be more involved in the community.”

Greek organizations also offer many opportunities such as connecting with future employers and resume building. All the Greek organizations on campus offer philanthropic work, both within the community and for global causes.

“Greek organizations are great when it comes to networking and meeting new people. Greek Unity is also a plus – together we can achieve so much,” said sophomore psychology major and Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. member Elizabeth Campa.

Lewis has a Zero Tolerance hazing policy and offers a safe environment for those looking to join an organization. Members of Greek organizations encourage other students to check out the different opportunities provided on campus.

“For people looking to join a frat, I would recommend going to multiple frats and sororities and pick the organization that fits the most with your personality,” said senior marketing major and Sigma Delta Fratority member Charlie Tannehill.

Junior marketing major Anna Limon of Alpha Psi Lambda National, Inc. recommends students “go to an informational and follow Greek orgs on social media. An informational is a presentation of what the Greek organization stands for and a lot of Greek life is explained, as well as how the Greek organization is involved on campus.”

Students are also encouraged to set aside stereotype about Greek life and explore what the organizations have to offer.

“I know people are worried because of how the media represents it, but if I ever felt like it was wrong I would have never joined,” says junior Sigma Lambda Gamma member and elementary education major Bianca Jimenez.

“It’s the most proud moment when you finally get letters and you get to call yourself a sister or a brother if you’re in a fraternity. It’s an amazing feeling and honestly one of the best times,” said Jimenez.

Cerrera Powell
Rae Powell is a junior english major with a minor in film studies. This is her first year as Flyer health editor. She dyed her hair purple to raise awareness for Lupus.

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