missmissouri

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I am a sophomore this year, and yesterday I received an email that I am eligible to rush Phi Sigma Pi at my university. I think the organization seems really neat and I'm sure they do a lot of good stuff, however I have a young child at home and so my time is limited. I want to be involved on campus but only in ways that really matter to me. As far as my application goes I am slightly concerned about my extracurriculars, but I'm not the type of person who is going to start joining things just to join them. I have been shadowing regularly, and I am about to be trained to be a volunteer at a pregnancy center where I can work with young moms in peer counseling and tutor them for the HiSet (GED) exam.

Anyway, does it mean a lot to be in an academic fraternity? I love my classes and I love being surrounded by people who are motivated like me, however I don't want to end up committed to something that I discover doesn't mean a lot to me, like helping other teenage moms does.


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LizzyM

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Don't feel pressured to join a group just because you can. The best ECs are those that are meaningful to you and make the most of your particular interests and gifts.
 

workaholic181

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I am a sophomore this year, and yesterday I received an email that I am eligible to rush Phi Sigma Pi at my university. I think the organization seems really neat and I'm sure they do a lot of good stuff, however I have a young child at home and so my time is limited. I want to be involved on campus but only in ways that really matter to me. As far as my application goes I am slightly concerned about my extracurriculars, but I'm not the type of person who is going to start joining things just to join them. I have been shadowing regularly, and I am about to be trained to be a volunteer at a pregnancy center where I can work with young moms in peer counseling and tutor them for the HiSet (GED) exam.

Anyway, does it mean a lot to be in an academic fraternity? I love my classes and I love being surrounded by people who are motivated like me, however I don't want to end up committed to something that I discover doesn't mean a lot to me, like helping other teenage moms does.


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Sounds like you're pursuing really meaningful ECs right now. Only join that fraternity if you feel you would enjoy your time there. For what it's worth, I had several pre med friends who join honors/business frats and ended up feeling like it was a waste of their time. Only you can decide what to do though.
 
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