Outside of crossing the burning sands, joining a grad chapter could be the second most important decision you could make in regards to showing your commitment to your Black Greek Fraternity or Sorority. Nor should you gravitate towards a chapter because they the one that throws the livest happy hours. Rededicating your life, time, energy and resources to a grad chapter is a BIG yet worthy responsibility and you should treat it as such.
For those of you seeking to Greekdom via a Grad Chapter, this goes for you too. Sampling grad chapters ahead of time will help you get an overall feel for the ideal chapter you want to join. Look up all the grad chapters in your area. Then — shop around. Attend a few chapter meetings. Get a feel for their operations and their members. Join their email list so you can stay in the loop about upcoming events.
After all this, do a best fit comparison test based on the top 3 things that you look for in a chapter. Informational interviews allow you to get a sneak peak into the culture and expectations of an organization before you decide to proceed with them. This is one of the best strategies you can implement.
Then, take some time to jot down your most pressing questions about joining grad. Narrow your questions down to at least three inquiries and contact the member of your choice. This will give you a glimpse of what you have to expect coming in. The price is the second biggest concern for people attempting to join grad chapter. Ask the Membership Director about a payment plan, their current dues schedule and any discount incentives they might have. All those things start to add up.
With that being said, ONLY start asking these questions once you are seriously considering joining. For the love of your Founders, be realistic with your calendar.
You thought you were busy in undergrad.
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Try having a full time job, paying bills, taking care of a family, paying more bills, savings, planning possible vacations, etc. The point is, you have way more on your plate than you ever did before. You have to factor all of these things into your commitment calendar. Start going to chapter meetings on a regular basis. Narrow down your ideal committees.
Let the head of the committee know how and when you can contribute to the chapter.Forums New posts Search forums.
Pledging Grad VS Undergrad. Thread starter buckwheat Start date Nov 12, I pledged grad chapter of Omega Psi Phi. I was just talking to this Alpha that pledged undergrad at Boston U.
We were just talking about the mentality of the undergrad vs the grad. I personally don't think there is too much of a difference in mentalities of both. What's you take? I remember when I was undergrad,I, would not acknowledge Grad Brothers. But, now that I am older and wiser. I acknowledge all brothers, from all fraternities.
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Because, I realized that although we are in different organizations, we still have the same common goal To better mankind through service. And because we are in this "White man's" world, we all need to be looking out for each others. We are all in the same frat.Sabrina W. Box Brooklyn, NY Box Dover, DE Box St. Albans, NY Courtney G. Alicia D. Alecia P. Box Oakhurst, NJ Debora Y.And I finally became an AKA (Fall 2018)
Corinne P. Milika K. Singleton www. Carol J. Parkinson-Hall www. Lisa H. Bennett www. Deborah McBrayer Wilson omicronxiomega. Box New York, NY April M. Lonniece S. Box Westbury, NY Benita A. Kimberly E. Baltimore City, MD Tiffaney S. Box Wellesley, MA Recia A. Celeste L. Scheherazade W. Michelle J.By uniting individual efforts, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority has built a strong, cohesive organization that positively impacts the lives of families and communities.
The Sorority's success is based on the depth of commitment, vision and confidence of its members. Alpha Kappa Alpha seeks women who will promote, uphold, and extend its policies and programs. In return, the Sorority is a conduit through which individuals can grow and develop, personally and professionally, while simultaneously providing "Service to All Mankind. In both classifications:. Rush information such as location, date and time of the activity is posted a minimum of two weeks in advance; however, the college or university may impose additional requirements that will impact the process.
Any prospective candidate that does not attend Rush is ineligible for candidacy consideration at that time. Prospective applicants need to address any inquiries about the Membership Intake Process with the Graduate Advisor for that chapter. Graduate membership is by invitation only and is not solicited through our graduate chapters. Graduate chapters host public events, such as forums, cultural presentations and social activities, so that prospective candidates can become acquainted with chapter members and learn about service activities they offer to local communities.
There are no membership activities prior to receipt of an official invitation letter, and the Sorority prohibits partaking in MIP activities prior to receiving an official letter. The living family-member must have been active for at least two years immediately preceding the submission of an Undergraduate or Graduate Legacy Application. Two years is defined as twenty-four 24 consecutive months.
Undergraduates and graduates that apply via legacy provision still must fulfill all other membership requirements. Q: If a member of the Sorority asks me to attend meetings or study sessions, wear specific apparel or perform certain tasks, am I am allowed to participate in those activities?
A: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority prohibits such activities, and membership may not be extended to individuals that knowingly participate.
Q: Is it possible for me to become a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha if I attend an accredited four-year college or university that that does not have a chapter? A: A nearby graduate chapter in your college community willing to sponsor you can recommend you to the Regional Director for General Membership in the Sorority. Use the Chapter Locator to identify nearby graduate chapters and contacts. Q: What is the process for chartering an Alpha Kappa Alpha chapter on my campus?
A: Contact the Regional Director for information concerning a possibility of chartering a chapter on your campus. Q: Can I participate in the membership process at another school if my campus has an inactive chapter?Although the majority of students interested in going Greek might be most concerned about getting a bid from the house they want, it's important to remember that the recruitment process goes both ways.
Just like you want to promote yourself to the various houses, they want to promote themselves to you, too. So how can you tell which fraternity or sorority will really be the best fit?
Although it can be challenging to take a step away from the whole recruitment process, doing so can ensure your college Greek experience is everything you want it to be. Make sure to ask yourself the following questions:.
Joining — and being a member of — a college fraternity or sorority can easily become one of the highlights of your time in school. And making sure to be wise about what you need, and what you want, from a fraternity or sorority is an important and smart way to make sure that the experience you want is the one you end up having. Share Flipboard Email. Kelci Lynn Lucier. Education Expert. Kelci Lynn Lucier has worked in higher education for over a decade. She is the author of "College Stress Solutions" and features on many media outlets.
What is the history of this fraternity or sorority? Is it old? New on your campus but with a larger, older history elsewhere? What was its founding mission?
What has its history been? What kinds of things have its alums done? What kinds of things do they do now?
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What legacy has the organization left? What kind of legacy is it working on today? What is the organizational culture of your campus's chapter? Is it a positive community? Do the members support each other? Do you like seeing how the members interact with each other? With other people on campus? In public? In private? Is it a good fit for the kinds of interactions you like to have in your own life and in your own relationships?
What is the larger organizational culture? Is the fraternity or sorority social-service minded? Is it academic in nature? Does it cater to a specific professional field, religion, sport, or political membership?Graduate membership for Alpha Kappa Alpha does not occur through pledging as does the undergraduate membership to Alpha Kappa Alpha. Alpha Kappa Alpha extends graduate membership by invitation only. Potential members receive an invitation to begin the membership intake process as long as they meet the sorority's requirements.
Public events are held at local chapters for potential members to become familiar with the sorority and the community services performed by the sorority members. A prospective sorority member may not perform community services on behalf of Alpha Kappa Alpha until she has received an invitation.
If an invitation is received, there is no Rush program. Membership functions begin after invitations have been circulated to potential candidates. Members are chosen based on their education, community service and legacy status. Legacy candidates must meet additional requirements to be considered for a graduate membership with Alpha Kappa Alpha.
Alpha Kappa Alpha was founded in at Howard University. The sorority is the oldest Greek-lettered sorority created by African-American women seeking to spread world peace and philanthropy. The sorority has approximatelyundergraduate and graduate members in the United States, Canada, Japan, Germany, Korea and Africa. Home World View. What Are Alpha Characters?Sororities are a part of American university life, and many have been around for decades.
A girl can end up in the same sorority that her mother pledged years ago, and many sorority sisters end up being friends for life. Sure, that can definitely happen in real life, and many women have extremely positive experiences with sororities.
However, it does take some effort to get in the door, and most sororities still have hazing rituals. After all, hazing is supposed to bring sisters closer together before they enter their chosen sorority. However, things got so bad at Penn State Altoona that a pledge who identified herself only by her first name, Joanne, spoke with ABC news in She detailed a horrific ritual, where pledges were forced to stand and face a concrete wall together.
Seems harmless enough, right? Side by side with your sisters, bored out of your wits, perhaps some fun bonding chatter would emerge. Well, except that if any of the pledges moved even an inch, they would be slammed into the concrete wall face first.
Joanne high-tailed it away from that sorority, even switching schools, but continued to be harassed by her former sisters. Ina Dartmouth grad spoke with the Huffington Post about the hazing she experienced while pledging Kappa Kappa Gamma. Did the pledge make her way back to safety? This story comes from a pledge who spoke with Alexandra Robbins, a writer who went undercover and eventually penned the shocking expose on sororities entitled Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities.
Robbins details the experience of a pledge named Arika, who was forced to answer trivia questions with her pledging sisters, and if she got an answer wrong, do a shot of straight vodka.
Reckless, but not unheard of for college students, right? Arika drew the line, walking out of that particular hazing ritual, but Robbins included another shocking fact — Arika ended up staying in the sorority, despite getting a glimpse at what depraved hazing rituals they had thought up. However, Sigma Gamma Rho took it too far. A pledge ended up in the hospital after the paddle hazing in her chapter involved being beaten up to times, for several days, in a seemingly non-stop assault.
The student, who ended up in the hospital from the aggravated hazing, pressed charges. While the girls who had performed the hazing ended up escaping with only a bit of public shaming, as the charges were dropped, the Rutgers chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho was thankfully suspended.
The University of New York at Binghamton got into some hot water in when a series of hazing rituals got some public attention. Allegedly, the sorority sisters were throwing the hopeful pledges into freezing showers to recite the Greek alphabet, forcing them to hold burning hot hookah coals, and also feeding them some pills to induce vomiting, just to cap off the experience.
The school responded with a thorough investigation of the Greek system at their institution, and they drafted up guidelines that the sorority chapters had to follow.
The real issue seems to be whether any of the pledges will step forward, as the students who revealed the painful hot and cold rituals did. While many terrible sorority hazing stories end in hospitalization or some kind of trauma, this one turned out to be fatal, and shocking on several levels.