Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Guide Your College Student's Choice to Join a Social Organization

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Guide Your College Student's Choice to Join a Social Organization

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Area parents proudly witnessed their young sons and daughters walk across a stage to receive their high school diplomas this spring. For many of these recent graduates and their parents, the lazy days of summer are quickly giving way to last minute college preparation. Whether their children are "leaving the nest" for a far-off destination or staying home with plans to attend a local school, the job of parenting has not ended. As college freshmen begin their new adventures, parents must figure out how to strike a balance of continued engagement in their lives while allowing them to spread their wings.

To create a natural transition from high school to college, parents should encourage their college freshman to consider joining activities that meet their interests. Perhaps they might consider joining a fraternity or sorority. If so, here are some tips for parents to play a positive role in this decision


First, discover why they want to join. What do they value about this potential experience? If they talk about personal development, a home away from home, lifelong friendships, leadership development, professional networking for after-college careers and community service, they are seeking to join for the right reasons. If they only talk about the cool houses, the social atmosphere (parties), and meeting coeds, they are seeking to join for the wrong reasons. If they answer with the latter, parents should spend some time attempting to reframe their "why" of joining before telling them no or saying they will not pay for the experience.


Students may think they know exactly which chapter they want to join before they ever arrive on campus. Because a chapter was a good fit for an older sibling or a friend does not mean it is the right chapter for them.

Committing to an organization without doing the homework can result in buyer's remorse later. …

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