Parents may have numerous questions running their heads as their daughter approaches the next step in her life - finishing out a high school career and setting sights on college. Has she thought about joining a sorority or women’s fraternity? What does being in a sorority entail? What does she need to do to prepare for recruitment?If you ask any sorority member about the most important aspect of her college experience, she will no doubt tell you about the lasting friendships she made in her sorority. Membership in a sorority is for life. One of the most enjoyable parts of joining a sorority involves making new friends and forming bonds that will last long after a woman’s college years. Not only will she learn to live with others, but through sharing the same experiences, environment and interests, she will develop a special closeness to her Sorority Sisters.Sisterhood means more then wearing Greek letters, attending meetings and going to parties. It is a feeling and sense of belonging. It is the feeling of knowing she can count on her sisters in good times and bad. Sisterhood is having women there to help her through the college transitions. During her sorority education program as a new member she will get to know many women. Her and her Sorority Sisters will have a special friendship, people whom she can always count on. If she needs help solving a problem or just wants someone to talk to, her sisters will be there with support.Greek organizations were founded with Christian values and beliefs and on the principle of successful scholarship. Many sororities require their members to complete a certain number of study-hall hours each week. Sororities offer study groups, academic and time-management programming, scholarships from national organizations and scholastic requirements for membership. Sororities compete with each other nationally and within the school for highest grade point averages.Sorority women's interests and concerns go beyond the confines of campus life. Sororities sponsor a multitude of activities each year to impact the local community and earn money for special philanthropies or other identified causes. Women will be encouraged by their sorority to become involved in campus-wide activities. Greek life is a great springboard to campus involvement, such as student government, clubs and organizations, intramural sports and many others. Striking a balance between academics and social activities is an important part of college life. Involvement in these areas provides women with a well-rounded college experience which is an appealing asset to potential employers.Being Greek also provides a resource network when looking for employment. Greek alumnae understand the Greek experience of being a team player but also being an individual, the desire to excel both in and out of the classroom and the commitment of its membership to give something back to the community. Today, employers seek individuals who have been actively involved in leadership roles on campus and who possess an array of practical and transferable skills. Since sororities are self-governing, they offer plenty of opportunities for members to take on leadership positions. Sororities offer learning situations like conflict resolution, meeting planning and event coordination, committee projects, membership recruitment, risk management and budget maintenance.Attend the “Go Greek” information session at Jerry’s Chevrolet at 3 p.m. on Sunday. To learn how to begin the registration process, women need to contact an alumna in the Parker County Panhellenic Organization to help with references as soon as possible; women will need references for each sorority on the campus they will be attending. Reference introduce women to their affiliated sorority, telling the members more about them via letters of recommendation and information packet. The referral will usually need to be to the alumna in time to be forwarded by June 1. This information is completely separate from what the college the student will be attending requires.A checklist provided by the school she plans to attend will also need to be completed. Most colleges have a recruitment checklist on their website or will mail a recruitment information booklet to you early in the summer. Women will need to put together a separate group of enough packets for each sorority on campus to send to the Panhellenic office of the college. The packets will usually need to include two photos or slides (depending on the school) of your head shot and full body, a resume and a copy of your final high school and any college transcripts. Transcripts must include your final GPA, rank in class and ACT/SAT scores. If your transcript does not include your ACT/SAT scores, you will need to include a copy of your scores in your packet. This is the same information the alumna will need to send their references for you. Use multiple copies of the same pictures. Most schools have registration deadlines in late June or early July.