How Greek Life Brought Me Home

Rutgers is as diverse as it gets from the people you meet, the opportunities given, ways to get involved, and even the different campuses across the university. It’s easy to feel intimidated or lost coming to a school of this size, but at Rutgers we play to our strengths.

The Rutgers Involvement Fair is where many people find their communities, their families, and their people. Greek Life at Rutgers has always served a purpose of helping students find lifelong friends, gain leadership skills, engage in local communities, and most importantly make Rutgers feel like home away from home.

Being a sister of Omega Phi Alpha has been a life changing experience. After three years, I have found nothing but unconditional support, motivation, and love. As a national service sorority, we give back and serve our communities by volunteering at local food pantries, shelters, environmental cleanups, & nursing homes, participate in Rutgers Dance Marathon, and fundraise for global or national causes. I even had opportunities to gain leadership experience! I have served on scholarship, service, and sisterhood committees to now being the Sisterhood Chair for this academic year. Even with remote learning this semester, it never feels lonely or overwhelming because you know you have an entire community of people who will always be there for you and support you unconditionally.

Greek life is as diverse as it gets here. There are more than 85 fraternal chapters that are categorized into four different umbrella organizations: the Interfraternity Council (IFC), the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), the Panhellenic Association (PH) and the Professional Fraternity Association (PFA). Whether you seek to gain a professional network or reconnect with your cultural background, Greek Life serves a purpose and has a place for every student at Rutgers.

Being an engineering student, I was initially worried that I wouldn’t be able to get involved in things outside of academics. I was also worried that if I did, I would be extremely overwhelmed. There are a lot of misconceptions out there about what it means to be an engineering student, and the same misunderstandings exist for so many other majors and career paths. Your years at Rutgers are meant for you to not only gain academic knowledge but to also be enriched by the people and the communities around you and to be able to explore your passions and interests.

Rutgers being a large community is actually a strength because there will always be a place for you where you can figure out who you are and what you aspire to be. You’ll find people you can relate to, learn from, and grow with wherever you find yourself.

-Krishna MSE ‘21