Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Sorority?
Greek-letter social organizations at North American universities are commonly referred to as sororities or women’s fraternities for female groups. Since the founding of the first sorority in 1851, these organizations have thrived and multiplied into hundreds of international organizations while making a positive and tremendous impact on the service and social structure of higher education systems throughout Canada and the United States. Sororities form a proven support network to help young women with the daunting transition from high school to university and into adult life.
Why Tau Sigma Phi?
Tau Sigma Phi prides itself on the uniqueness of its members. We hope to nourish the individuality of everyone, and maintain a welcoming and inviting environment. Joining Tau Sigma Phi opens doors to endless opportunities that might not be otherwise attainable. It provides you with a platform to build lifelong friendships with girls whose shoulders are always there to lean on when you're in need.
How will this enhance my university experience?
Coming to university is usually a major life change for a young woman. Joining a sorority helps students to acclimate to campus life more quickly, and will provide you with a structured atmosphere in which you can concentrate on scholarship, leadership, and service. Developing lifelong friendships with the members in a sorority will help make the campus smaller. For many members, their sorority becomes a home away from home.
You will also find personal growth and development extending far beyond your years on campus. A sorority can help personalize your university experience by offering hands-on experience in leading committees, managing budgets, and interacting with faculty and administrators. Each year, sorority members contribute thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of volunteer time to community service projects in the lower mainland.This involvement helps students to develop leadership skills that are beneficial to securing employment after graduation.
Current members also cite alumnae support as one of the unique benefits of joining a sorority. Alumnae provide networking opportunities for students, which help them to secure internships and jobs throughout and after their university careers. In addition, many alumnae are actively involved as advisors, providing additional support for the transition to university life.
What is the time commitment to be in a sorority?
Each sorority is different; however, in general each chapter requires a commitment once per week for chapter meetings. Commitment is required with a few other events throughout each semester as well. For a more detailed look at the time commitment of a sorority please go here. As you consider the time commitments of a sorority please keep in mind that the more you put in, the more you get out!
Is it hard to balance Greek Life and Academics?
With the right time management skills and support from your sisters, Greek Life and Academics are practically one in the same. Tau Sigma Phi has three pillars, one of which is scholarship. Sisters often get together in the library, in cafes, or in quiet study spots throughout campus to study in the company of each other. Occasionally, two or more sisters find their home in the same program, and it is common to find sisters in the same class as each other. Academics play a huge role in Tau Sigma Phi, and are never overlooked or pushed aside. We come to university to pursue our education, and Tau Sigma Phi wishes for nothing more than to nourish that.
What if I also hold a job while going to school?
Many students involved in a sorority also hold part or even full-time employment. In today’s world, the reality is that only the lucky few can afford to attend university without outside employment. Sororities recognize that it is important for members to be able to meet their financial obligations and that many students will work to help finance their educations. Working students can still take advantage of the opportunities available through sororities.
Do sororities cost money?
As with any organization, sororities require their members to contribute membership dues in order to put on the great programming and activities, and to provide the resources that they do for their members. Keep in mind that, unlike most other organizations, sororities have various payment plans to assist in covering these costs!
Do you have to live in a sorority house?
Unlike many American greek organizations, Canadian organizations often do not live in "sorority houses". Commonly sisters, 4 or 5, will live in a house together, making it easier to attend events and participate in sorority life. However, there are no living requirements, and you may live anywhere you choose while in a sorority.
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