By: Isaiah Silva
Of the many activities and organizations to choose from on NMSU’s campus, Greek Life is a popular choice – this semester is no exception.
Joining Greek Life at NMSU is an easy way to get involved and make long-lasting relationships. This semester, the campus population involved in Greek Life grew from four percent to eight percent.
“Greek life has forever changed my life. The amount of amazing people that I have befriended the past three and a half years has been incredible. Being apart of Lambda Chi Alpha has developed me into the man I am today,” Armando Rodriguez, a senior at NMSU said. “I have learned so much, and acquired a brotherhood that I am so thankful for. Greek life gives you the opportunity to build amazing friendships, and gather real life knowledge which can better prepare you for the future.”
The organizations put a lot of time and effort to help give back to their campus and their community. They like to help create a better environment for everyone. This could go from helping out on campus, within the community, and to even set good examples for those around them.
“Throughout the course of the semester Lambda Chi has raised $2,800 and donated over 4000 pounds of food for our philanthropy Feeding America.” Rodriguez said.
Philanthropies are projects and/or events that groups organize in order to benefit the surrounding community. These can involve any sorority or fraternity and all members of Greek Life. The Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity has donated nearly $1000 while helping other philanthropies. In addition, the other organizations on campus have also donated good amounts of money in order to help others.
There is also a big focus on schoolwork in Greek Life as well. Examples on how members strive toward academic excellence would be upperclassmen counseling, peer tutoring, and chapter study hours. All of these help new students with their transition into college and introduce them to the devotion that college requires.
Nationally, just over 50 percent of college students go onto graduate, but the U.S Department of Education shows that Greek Life members graduate at a rate of approximately 70 percent.
On average, members of Greek Life are above male and female GPA averages.
Greek Life leaves a lasting impression on its members. When I asked Armando Rodriguez how going Greek has affected him, he had this to say, “To be quite honest I have learned more being apart of Lambda Chi than any class that I have taken. Greek life gives you the opportunity to build amazing friendships, and gather real life knowledge which can better prepare you for the future.”
I also asked Armando Rodriguez what event has been his favorite from this semester.
“My favorite memory from this year would have to be Delta Gamma’s Anchor Splash. Their event is a week long full of festivities, which consist of Mr. Anchor Splash, Penny Wars, and the main event Anchor Splash. It was really great to see Greek Life, as a whole, come together to support one another.”
Another accomplishment that the Lambda Chi chapters can enjoy is they won the Bruce McIntosh Out Chapter Operations award and the Warren A. Cole Recruitment award both which are only given to three deserving chapters in the country.
For information on the 17 Greek organizations on New Mexico State’s campus, you can visit greeklife.nmsu.edu.