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Her Campus Q&A: Sororities and Greek Life

Stephanie Kaplan Lewis, one of the cofounders of Her Campus, know college inside and out. In this first of a three-part series, we asked her some of your most pressing questions about college life.

As one of the three cofounders of college advice phenom Her Campus and coauthor of the first Her Campus book, Stephanie Kaplan Lewis knows a thing or two about student life (to put it mildly).

We picked her brain on a few of our favorite campus topics. But we came away with so much stuff we had to split it up! So without further ado, here’s the first blog in our Q&A series with Stephanie Kaplan Lewis. We’re kicking things off with a discussion about Greek life and joining a sorority in particular. (She’s the founder of Her Campus, after all!)

Q: Why join a sorority?

Stephanie Kaplan Lewis: There are many pros to joining a sorority. You’ll make more friends, connect with older students, meet more guys, and get even more involved on campus. For collegiettes at big schools, you’ll get the benefits of a smaller community of like-minded women. You’ll also have an active social calendar and a larger network of resources for internships and post-grad jobs.

Q: How can students make the most of the rushing process?

SKL: It’s important to research Greek life at your school before rush starts, in order to get a feel for how important it is to student life. Review the rush process so you know what to expect, and think over what to talk about and what to wear.

Q: What are some common misconceptions about Greek life?

SKL: Despite the party reputation, Greek affiliation looks good on a résumé! It may give you an immediate connection to your interviewer if she was in the same sorority. It’s even better if you have a leadership position within your sorority and can refer to the skills you learned from it.

Q: Just how social are “social sororities” anyway?

SKL: Most of what you’ve heard about Greek life is probably about the parties, but there’s more to it than ragers! There are a variety of social events available for members of Greek life, including mixers, formals, crush parties, and fraternity parties.

Q: What does it mean to be Greek after graduation?

SKL: The perks of Greek life extend beyond graduation. From listing your sorority and any leadership roles on your résumé to attending alumnae and networking events, Greek life can actually have a strong impact on your career long after college ends!

Stay tuned: Next week, Stephanie will discuss college relationships.

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About Stephanie Kaplan Lewis

Stephanie Kaplan Lewis is the CEO & Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus. She has grown Her Campus to over 5.9 million monthly users with chapters at 270+ colleges worldwide. Stephanie also spearheads Her Campus's additional user-facing initiatives, including the Her Campus Blogger Network and High School Ambassador Program, Her Campus's book, The Her Campus Guide to College Life, and she led Her Campus's 2013 acquisition of HerUni Media Limited. She has been named to Inc.’s 30 Under 30, Businessweek’s 25 Under 25, The Boston Globe's 25 Under 25, Glamour’s 20 Amazing Young Women and The Boston Globe’s 25 Most Stylish Bostonians. She has served as a National Women’s Health Week Ambassador and a MassChallenge Alumna-in-Residence. Stephanie is a 2010 graduate of Harvard University, where she was a member of Delta Gamma. Some of her favorite things include doing barre classes, running (she recently completed her first Boston Marathon), watching Grey’s Anatomy, trying new nail polish colors, bargain shopping, watching cute animal videos, getting froyo (coffee with Reese's) with her best friend Jackie and vacationing in Maine with her husband, Jason.

Follow Stephanie on Twitter: @stephkaplewis


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