Becoming a sorority girl comes with the obvious stigmas. However, joining a sorority isn’t just about socials and formals, it’s about the learning experience during your college years that prepares you for your professional life. Rushing as a freshman and holding positions shaped me into the PR professional I am now and below are the top three ways Greek life helped improve my public relation skills.
1. Management – Management skills are key to be successful in PR. As part of a sorority, you learn how to manage time, between taking classes, doing homework and attending greek functions. Then you learn how to manage people, from holding a chair/executive position and mentoring a new pledge class every year.
2. Internal and external communication – Yes, you communicate and build relationships with every girl in your sorority, however, it’s also about maintaining a close rapport with other Greeks on campus, your Greek advisor and your national headquarters. The value of communication and what is meant to be kept internally and what needs to be shared externally is a lesson well learned.
3. Public Speaking - Being president and standing in front of 75 girls on a weekly basis took away every nerve I had about public speaking. In public relations, this isn’t just a learning experience for making presentations to your colleagues and clients, it’s also about being able to cold call and pitch without letting your nerves get the best of you.
So if you’re still a student in college and can rush, take advantage of this opportunity as if was an internship. Not only does it provide you with all of the above, but it looks strong on your resume and supplies you with a network of sisters for life.
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