A home away from home

For first-year students, joining a Greek house gives them a sense of belonging as they settle into their new home.

“Being Greek means I have a group of friends that I can always count on,” says Nakeesha Van Wyk, member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.

The Greek community helps students adjust to the social life on campus, and it helps them academically. The community strives to develop academic excellence among its chapters’ members and offers study groups, peer mentors, and tutors. Greek students traditionally maintain higher GPAs than the all-university average.

Giving back to the community is one of the core values of the Greek system. Each chapter raises money and awareness for a foundation or charity through philanthropy events. The chapters also work together on several campus-wide service projects during Greek Week, Dance Marathon and Veishea.

The Greek community offers its members endless opportunities to develop leadership skills and network with successful alumni.

And in between their busy schedules of organizing Disco Nights, a community playground service project, and an evening study table, they find time to build lasting relationships with their “brothers and sisters” in their home away from home.

Learn more about the Greek community at www.greek.iastate.edu.