Fraternities and Sororities Shape many college students Identity

Fraternities and Sororities Shape many college students Identity

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Fraternities and Sororities Shape college students Identity. Lauren McGrier WRA 125-008 Professor Tracy Robinson 18 April 2011 1
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History During a students time in college their character is often tested. Testing sometimes include strenuous work while other times it could be more relaxed. The students are put through various tests to see what type of person they are. Not only test from their professors but personal challenging test, to test their determination, persistence and even individual skill sets. Some students decide that they enjoy venturing out into the world on their own helps discover themselves. While others join different social and scholastic organizations that will alter the way they perceive life and ultimately molds their character. An organization that many students decide to join in college is a sorority or fraternity that enables them a life long bond with people around the world. But while doing this some students are at a crossroads as to which fraternity or sorority best fits their values. Some decide to join a National PanHellenic (NPC)/ North- American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) while others join the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) sorority or fraternity. In all, there are many factors that separate these organizations that students should know before they decide to join. They need to do an immense amount of research to decide which one best accommodates their personality and personal beliefs. To understand Greek life it is best to know the history of fraternities and sororities. The word fraternity can be descried as a brotherhood that is only available for young college men who are applicable to be a member of the group. Grades, characteristics, campus involvement and community service are also considered if a guy plans to be involved with a fraternity. After being accepted they go through an intake process that varies in each group. Co-ed organizations are also called fraternities. It is believed that Phi Beta Kappa was the first fraternity founded at William and Mary College in Williamsburg, VA “Phi Beta Kappa set the tone and instituted many of the characteristics which are typical in Greek organizations today – the Greek-letter 2
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name, a Greek motto, an oath of secrecy, a badge, a ritual, a seal, and a secret handshake.” (www. Studentaffairs.edu 2011) As students in fraternities or sororities are on college campuses or doing deeds with their organization there are specific colors that they may wear a crest that represents their organization. Students in these groups also abide by certain rules that have been prevalent since the start of their organization. Since this first known fraternity many Greek organizations have evolved. This fraternity initiates the start of the North-American Infraternity Conference (NIC).
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This note was uploaded on 06/09/2011 for the course WRA 125 taught by Professor Fernandez during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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