What is a Fraternity Sweetheart?
Fraternities and sororities have a history of using the term “sweetheart” to reward individuals that are most involved and dedicated to their chapter. In short, a fraternity sweetheart is a sorority woman chosen by the chapter to represent their fraternity and become a part of their organization.
Becoming a fraternity sweetheart is a big deal at many schools across the nation and is a big commitment–fraternity sweethearts have a year-long commitment to the fraternity and participate in a multitude of the fraternity’s events. Although there aren’t a set of rules to becoming a fraternity’s sweetheart, there is an unspoken requirement of dedication to the fraternity. This means that a true fraternity sweetheart is taking the role because she genuinely enjoys the brotherhood of that fraternity.
Additionally, a fraternity sweetheart is generally someone who is very outgoing, kind, and involved on campus. For a lot of fraternities, choosing a sweetheart that already has a great reputation on campus is a big deal, because it shows other students (who may or may not be involved in Greek life) that there is far more to the fraternity other than the social scene. If a well-rounded and sociable woman is their sweetheart, the fraternity is far more likely to have a better reputation.
Becoming a fraternity sweetheart is different at every school. There may be a chapter vote, campus vote, a competition, or even just an appointment of duties. You may have to be in a certain sorority to become a specific fraternity’s sweetheart, and you may even need to be in a certain sorority family. There isn’t a universal list of requirements, so it may take research depending on what school you attend.
The most important thing to consider when looking to become a fraternity’s sweetheart is how much time you’ll be able to commit to the organization. It is very common for fraternity sweethearts to be active in their fraternity’s philanthropic events, fundraisers, events, and parties. Depending on your school or fraternity, you may even attend their house dinners and have other duties. Keep in mind that these activities all may range from just a few hours a week to a few hours every day.
When looking to become a fraternity sweetheart, you should make sure that you discuss the role thoroughly with both the fraternity of your choice and your sorority. The fraternity will tell you what exactly is expected of you, and your sorority sisters may even have advice or past experiences to share. Additionally, make sure that you are doing proper research and that you are well-prepared for the role. It is easy to feel a lot of social pressure in a role like this, and it is important to remember that yourself and your academics come first.
Overall, being a fraternity sweetheart is a huge tradition at many schools. If being a fraternity sweetheart is really important to you, make sure your voice is heard and that you prove your dedication to the fraternity!