Even when students leave campus for the summer, they can stay connected to their brothers and represent their fraternity well. These tips will help fraternity members make the most of their time off—well, time off from classes. Fraternity members are brothers year round!
- Keep up with fellow fraternity members over break. Everyone’s doing something different over the summer, but don’t miss out on any good stories. Technology makes it easier than ever to stay in touch.
- Get out there and socialize! Encounters with other fraternity members are good opportunities to compare notes and meet new people. Fraternities and their members can learn a lot from one another. Every brother is connected with a chapter, a fraternity, and the national Greek community at large, including alumni. Take advantage of all of the networks that are available thanks to membership.
- During the summer, be reminded of brothers and the good times shared over the course of the year. Express pride in Greek life by wearing letters around friends and family.
- Whether reconnecting with high school friends, traveling, working, or meeting internship requirements, summer can be a busy three months. Still, it’s always fulfilling to make time for others. Volunteer at a local non-profit organization affiliated with fraternal philanthropic goals.
- Throughout the school year, efforts have been made to recruit new brothers. Just because summer is here doesn’t mean that those connections should be neglected. While away from campus, don’t forget to build relationships with unaffiliated students who would make great brothers.
- At home or while traveling, swing by other nearby fraternity houses. Students may be on break but it’s fun to see the ways chapters are set up on other campuses.
- Even if ambitious vacation plans aren’t in the works, go somewhere while school is out and the weather’s great, even if it’s just for the weekend. Schedule a road trip to visit brothers who live within driving distance. Road trips are an excuse to meet up and see other parts of the country.
- Be a leader. Plan activities and brainstorm ideas for the upcoming school year. Once classes start back up, finding time to stay ahead of the game may be difficult, so get some of that prep out of the way now.
- Check in on alumni after graduation. It can be difficult to make that transition from college life to the real world so take a minute and reach out. They’re going to have exciting experiences and a lot of knowledge to share, so keep up with what brothers are doing post-graduation.
- Pay attention to orientation and move-in dates for incoming freshmen. These are opportunities to make a great first impression on new students who may be interested in Greek Life. Volunteer to help the incoming class move in, and don’t forget to wear your letters!
Summer gear is good, but summer clothing personalized with your Greek letters, such as shorts or t shirts, are even better. Really take charge of the season by finding summer clothes and merchandise that means a little more.