So, it looks like you may not join the Divine Nine fraternity or sorority of your choice in college. Whether the reason is something beyond your control or you choose to hold off until you graduate, you are in the same boat with a lot of college students who are interested in Black Greek life. There is no shame in joining a Black Greek-Letter Organization (BGLO) on the graduate level.
Some students fear missing the best years of their lives by not joining a fraternity or sorority during college but joining a graduate chapter is part of a new beginning. Think of it. Your college commencement marks a new phase of life; why shouldn’t joining a grad chapter serve you the same?
Here is what you can look forward to if you join a BGLO as a college graduate:
A Professional Network
You would be with people who are into their careers and some of them will be well-seasoned veterans in their fields. That means you would have immediate access to much-needed guidance and career mentoring. Although undergraduate chapters have advisors and custodial chapters with the same kinds of members, a graduate chapter will put you in direct contact with these valuable folks on a more consistent basis.
Tighter Focus on the Business and Mission of the Fraternity or Sorority
Okay, I have a confession to make. Grad brothers irked the heck out of me when I was an undergrad. There didn’t seem to be an end to what I perceived as stale, non-productive, out-of-date criticism. Then I became a graduate chapter president and figured out that their feedback was anything but stale, non-productive and normally right on time.
Graduate Greeks are people with, shall we say, more life experience. With a tighter focus on personal responsibility and accountability, graduate members respect the lofty demands of honoring their respective organizations’ business and missions. By being initiated on the graduate level, you get on a tighter track to getting down to the business of fulfilling your fraternity’s or sorority’s mission. This is especially attractive to students who are told they have wisdom beyond their years.
One of the biggest misconceptions among college students who are interested in Greek life is the fun ends after college. Honestly, that depends on the individuals in the chapter. Hey, I have seen some seriously boring undergrad chapters in my day. Let’s look at the Dallas-Fort Worth area as an example. When I moved here, I was pleasantly surprised at how active graduate Greek life is. Actually, I think we put a lot of undergrads to shame sometimes.
Yes, we graduate members go on road trips. Yes, we grad chapters have parties a few us step (even some of us with gray hair and big bellies). Actually, one of the events growing in popularity in DFW is the graduate Greek show. The best thing is that, as a professional, you will be able to manage the cost of having a good time unlike you probably do in college. *smile*