Fraternities Essay

1381 Words Jan 28th, 2012 6 Pages
he popular media, where fraternity members are depicted as

drunks who accomplish nothing either scholastically or

socially. Unfortunately, both this definition and media

portrayals fail to mention the fact that membership in a

fraternity is a life-long experience that helps its members

develop social, organizational, and study skills during

college, and that teaches true, everlasting friendship. As a

matter of fact, fraternities have a long tradition of high

academic achievement, and most of our nation’s presidents were

members of a Greek association.

According to Irving Klepper, the first fraternity (Phi

Beta Kappa) was founded for “social and literary purposes” at

the College of William and Mary in
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These offices closely resemble the ones

of real business. Additionally, since membership in a

fraternity is seen as a great achievement by other Greek

associations’ members, every brother must be able to uphold

that office at any time.

Organization is a must for every member of a fraternity.

Fund raising activities and community service always have a

high priority in every chapter, and each member is required to

organize and/or take part in many of these activities as a

pledge, a brother and an alumnus. This helps individuals

within the group to develop organization and planning. In

addition, since the fraternity might be located in a house,

each brother must learn household organization for his brothers

well being.

Fraternities are famous for their energetic social

gatherings (parties) which require all of their members to be

socially active and outspoken when the occasion calls for it.

This helps fraternity members develop very strong social

skills. Since the act of one member reflects over the acts of

all the others, self-control and awareness of actions are

mandatory. In addition, when the brothers live in fraternity

houses, this adds to the development of social skills in the

way that a member must be able to deal and live with

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