Your time in college is important!
College students at Illinois State University (ISU) are bombarded with commitments that demand their time and effort from the first day (or even before) walking onto campus as a freshman. Every type of club, fraternity, sorority, major, program etc. are constantly marketing their cause in order to reel you into being apart of it. With that being said, it is no wonder why it is so important to pick the causes and organizations that align with your personal goals and beliefs to get the most out of the short 4 years you have.
The difference between a Social and a Business Fraternity (Social vs. Business).
To start, there are benefits to both and I believe you are better off joining something rather than nothing. Business fraternities are mostly all Co-ed and primarily focused on career/professional development. Your ability to “Turn up” won’t be tested here! Though both social and business Greek organizations offer a large, nation wide (or even Global) Alumni network, business fraternities specialize in utilizing the network to find internships and jobs. Social fraternities provide many of the same opportunities that business frats do but the focus may be different so it depends on the certain chapter itself. No matter the case, joining any fraternity/sorority will give you move connections and relationships than you had before, you’ve just got to be the judge which ones are going to help you in the long run.
Do today what others won’t do, so tomorrow you can do what others cant
What do Business Fraternities do?
Business fraternities such as Alpha Kappa Psi offer a huge network of talented students, professor advisors and alumni connections. They do everything from fundraising, volunteering at philanthropy events, social gatherings and professional development events. These professional development events include mock interviews with real recruiters, resume critiques from professionals in the industry and site visits of company offices just to name a few. With active alumni at Google, Apple, the big four accounting firms, and much more, business fraternities such as Alpha Kappa Psi allow direct connection to employees at these companies. It doesn’t take an expert to see the importance of connections at a company.
Is it worth it (Time, effort, etc)?
Overall, it comes down to what you are looking for in your college experience. With almost all of the members obtaining (often more than 1) internships before graduation at “big name” companies, brothers obtaining job offers in fall of their senior year, and a large network of individuals looking to help you along the way, it should be clear that putting in the time now is well worth it. Business fraternities offer a brotherhood of driven individuals that are focused on the future. They are constantly working towards gaining the skills and experiences now that will stay with them from getting their first internship and job till the day they retire. Just ask yourself this question: “What type of legacy do you want to leave?”
By: Mason Nelson