Lifetime friendships expand beyond individual chapters to include all members of the national and international fraternity and sorority community. Alumni organizations help students network for potential employment opportunities after graduation, and keep in touch through newsletters, correspondence, meetings and special alumni events.
The academic portion of your college career is one significant determinant in your future success. A primary purpose of fraternal membership is to encourage and develop high scholastic achievement among its members. Several factors contribute to this academic atmosphere, including peer tutoring, counseling by other affiliated members, and chapter study hours which introduce new students to the studying that college requires. Within each organization there are members in a wide variety of colleges and departments. This is an advantage in that you will be able to seek help from others who are taking or have taken the same classes and there will others who can advise you on which classes and instructors are the best in many fields.
As a member of the FSL community, you have the opportunity to meet students of various backgrounds with both similar and different interests in a smaller, more comfortable atmosphere than our University of 8,000 usually offers. Within each of the chapters, there is a close bond of friendship and family which only that atmosphere can foster. The ideal of brotherhood/sisterhood is a cornerstone upon which each fraternity/sorority is built and from which you will receive the greatest benefit. Every person contributes to this aspect. As a member of a fraternity or sorority, you will form friendships unlike those found in other organizations. No sorority or fraternity is made up of members who are exactly alike. By choosing to enter fraternity and sorority life, you will meet those who will become your closest friends, those who will cheer you on when you're successful, and cheer you up during tough times. From this unbreakable support system you can easily branch off into other areas of college life, knowing that your brothers/sisters are behind you no matter what.
Members of fraternity and sorority life have many opportunities to gain valuable leadership experience. Fraternities and sororities are self-governing organizations, allowing each member to actively participate in the decision-making process. Each chapter has executive officers and a variety of committees. Serving in a leadership position allows students to gain experience in organizing and working with people. The governing councils set standards and hold accountable those groups not meeting the standards. Both councils are comprised of executive officers and representatives from the respective chapters.
The Salisbury fraternity and sorority community provides services to more than just its members. One of the many advantages of being part of the community is time spent helping others in need. The commitment found in members can be seen in the enthusiasm they have in giving back to the community in Community service. They can involve members from one organization or from the entire FSL community. What is most important is that these organizations work side by side to help local or national charitable organizations.