Sheila Springer is a senior from Alameda, California majoring in Theater Arts. She shares her experience joining a sorority as a first year student.
Hofstra University has seven sororities, nine fraternities, and ten multicultural fraternities and sororities. As a rule, first semester freshmen are not eligible to join Greek life. Any semester after that, full-time undergraduate students with a GPA of 2.3 or higher can take part in recruitment to join one of the chapters here on campus.
Each organization serves on a council - Panhellenic, Inter-Fraternity or Multicultural Fraternity Sorority Council. Greek life participates in a number of events around campus including, but not limited to Relay for Life, Homecoming, the Leadership Conference, multiple Community Service events, Greek Week, Information Sessions and more!
I am in Alpha Phi, one of the sororities on campus. I joined second semester of my first year. In high school, I never thought I would be in a sorority. In fact, when I called my parents to tell them I was going out for recruitment they were extremely surprised. I took a risk not really knowing what Greek life fully entailed or if I would like it. I can confidently say that the risk was worth it. My life would not be the same without Alpha Phi. I have met some of my closest friends and have had some of the best moments of my college career with these women. And this isn't limited to my organization - in every organization I see dedicated members who are committed to service, education, philanthropy, community, leadership, and brotherhood/sisterhood. I am proud to represent Alpha Phi and Hofstra Greek life and I encourage everyone to check it out, you may find your home away from home.