Brotherhood

In the Greek Community, we use the term “Brotherhood” to describe the connections between every man in a fraternity.  Brotherhood means something a little bit different to each person, but it defines the entire fraternity experience.  Brotherhood is having fun at all of the different events offered by a chapter, and being serious when there is work to be done.  Brotherhood is working together to achieve the goals laid out in your chapter’s ritual.  It’s offering a brother congratulations when he has achieved something, and holding him accountable when he does not live up to what is expected of him.  Brotherhood leads to lifelong friendships that you start making on your very first day in a fraternity.  The concept of brotherhood is something that takes a long time to fully comprehend, but it is without a doubt the most important benefit to joining a fraternity. College is the one opportunity that you have to live with a group of your best friends.  Seize this opportunity.

Look for a page detailing how FarmHouse promotes brotherhood coming soon.

Involvement

Greek students are involved with more than just their own chapters.  You will find that fraternity and sorority members are heavily involved with different clubs on campus.  Greeks also serve their community through events such as highway cleanups or by participating in volunteer activities such as Saturday of Service and Make a Difference Day.  Each Greek chapter also holds an event called a philanthropy, with the proceeds going to a charity that is supported by a specific chapter.  In the spring, the entire Greek system comes together for Greek Week.  This is a time of competition and camaraderie, where chapters compete against one another in events such as skits, Greek God & Goddess (a talent competition), a canned food drive, and the Greek Games (a competition that includes sports like tug-of-war and volleyball).  Joining a fraternity opens up avenues to getting involved at the U of I, and it places you in an environment where others share the same dedication to being active on campus and in the community.

Leadership Opportunities

Fraternity men have more leadership opportunities available to them than the average student, and they have the encouragement to run for positions across campus.  Each Greek chapter has a set of officers, each in charge with running a portion of his house.  Members can gain leadership experience through organizing events, managing a chapter’s academic programs, or even handling an entire chapter’s finances.  In most chapters, many of these positions are available to students after just one semester of living there.  Across campus, you’ll find Greek students in many of the leadership positions in top clubs and student government.  Most chapters encourage members to get involved in activities around campus, and push each other to apply for positions that they would do well in.  All of these positions look great on a résumé, and put you ahead of your peers.

Social Skills

Men who join a fraternity come from all different kinds of backgrounds.  No matter how comfortable you are in a social setting, a fraternity can help you improve your skills. Through education, fraternities help their members feel more comfortable speaking in public, around the dinner table in a formal setting, and interacting with their peers.  Fraternity life prepares men for a multitude of situations later in your professional and personal life.  The Greek system also connects men with a network of like-minded individuals (other Greeks) who have the ambition and qualities that will help them succeed throughout their lives.

Look for a page detailing FarmHouse’s social program coming soon.

Academics

Many new students have trouble adjusting to the scholastic demands of university life.  In a fraternity, new members have the support of a group of guys who have adjusted to college life, and have taken many of the same classes as they will.  Most fraternities also have systems that require all members to study for a certain number of hours per week in a focused setting.  Members are rewarded for having outstanding grades, and are given additional encouragement and guidance if they struggle in some of their courses.  On average, Greeks have better grades than the general student population.  To learn more about the way that FarmHouse promotes academics, check out Our Academics.

Value

With all of the benefits that living in a fraternity has, you would think that the cost of living might be higher than that of other options.  Fortunately, this is not the case.  Living in a fraternity house is the least expensive option on campus.  Many fraternity chapters also offer scholarships to their members.  To view the scholarships that FarmHouse offers, please contact our scholarship chair whose info can be found here.  Combine the benefits with the cost, and fraternity life becomes a priceless experience.  To view the cost of living in FarmHouse, click here.