Benefits of Brotherhood
The idea of joining a fraternity is something that can be very confusing for someone who has no previous experience with Greek life. Admittedly, many of our current Brothers will tell you that joining a fraternity was not something they envisioned themselves doing before they arrived on campus here at the University of Iowa and experienced the unique and special bond that an organization like Delta Lambda Phi provides, as well as learned about the numerous opportunities and benefits that accompany it. There are numerous benefits for college students who become involved with a Greek chapter. A few of them are outlined below.
Nearly every list of college tips out there will tell you to get involved when you arrive on campus. The University of Iowa has over 500 student organizations and involvement opportunities for you to take advantage of, which is wonderful, but which can be rather overwhelming to someone who is new on campus. Joining a fraternity is a process that allows you to select a group of people with common interests and goals – a family of sorts – that can help guide you through your new experiences. Furthermore, our chapter consists of many Brothers who are very heavily involved in a variety of other on-campus clubs and organizations, and becoming a member of our Brotherhood is an excellent way to learn about ways to further your own involvement.
Perhaps the most important aspect of joining a fraternity like Delta Lambda Phi is the academic support and guidance that our Brotherhood provides. We have a strong history of academic excellence as a chapter, having received awards for having the highest grade point average of any fraternity on the campus of the University of Iowa for the past two semesters. Our Brothers study everything from business to the health sciences, music to communication studies, and everything in between. We hold weekly study hours and have developed policies that encourage the culture of academic excellence and responsibility among our members, which provide a strong foundation for our continued success as an organization.
Giving Back to your Communities
Many Greek organizations are highly service oriented, and encourage or even require their members to complete a certain number of community service hours per semester. Delta Lambda Phi is no exception. While community service is not required in our organization, it is heavily encouraged, and we participate in several service related projects each year as a chapter. Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community as well as your institution, and it is looked highly upon by future employers.
Being new on a college campus is difficult. Whether you’re a first year student, a transfer student, or just enjoy making new friends with similar interests, joining a fraternity provides a strong social support system. Not only does Brotherhood foster strong bonds between the members of one Greek organization, but also among members from different organizations. We hold social events with other Greek organizations multiple times throughout the year, during which we develop friendships with members of other chapters and expand our social networks. Becoming involved in Greek life is a great way to meet new people.
Greek organizations have endless opportunities to gain leadership experience. As a chapter, our executive board consists of a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer, which are elected positions. We also have various chair positions available, such as brotherhood coordinator, scholarship coordinator, public relations coordinator, and risk management coordinator, which are filled by application and appointment. Furthermore, there are leadership positions available for which our Brothers are eligible with the Multicultural Greek Council, and other entities within Greek life. Future employers look highly upon such leadership experiences, and Greek life is known to produce well developed, effective leaders.
Finally, another great benefit of becoming involved in an international fraternity like Delta Lambda Phi is the professional networking that comes along with becoming acquainted with Brothers from all over the country, and beyond. Delta Lambda Phi has 30 chapters and 5 colonies located throughout the United States and Canada, and holds annual conventions and semiannual regional conferences for its chapters. As a chapter, we have attended several of such events, and have traveled to places like Kansas City, Minneapolis, Denver, Phoenix, Dallas, and beyond. The eventual goal of nearly everyone attending college is to get a job and be successful in their careers after they graduate, and Greek organizations provide a large professional network that provides endless opportunities to do so.