Balancing School and Greek Life

Being involved on campus is rewarding. Coming to this big institution to focus on your academics can be an individual’s goal. However, organizations and RSOs are on campus for a reason! Not only do they focus on certain aspects students are interested in, but they can also ease the stress of the transition from leaving home to moving into a new town.

Meeting new people can be overwhelming, but I promise the outcome of it is rewarding.

I started getting involved on campus during my fall semester of sophomore year as a result of attending Quad Day. Now, I am a NOBLE brother of Alpha Psi Lambda National, Inc. I am the secretary of my chapter. I am in charge of doing paperwork that has to be done by certain deadlines. Other aspects include writing notes during our chapter meetings. It might sound boring for people, but I promise you that’s not the only thing that I love to do in my organization.

Greek life gives the opportunity for students to share common interests with other individuals and embrace either their brotherhood or sisterhood. Since my organization is co-ed, I get the best of both worlds.

Being involved in Greek life and focusing on your academics can be a hassle. That is why I have a planner and Google calendar with me at all times.

Google calendar, available in either the Android or Apple app store, is a smart way to plan out a month or week. You can color-code each class or event. It also sends out reminders before a certain deadline, but that is configured manually upon creating an event. What I love about this app is that it makes it easy to be organized at your fingertips.

If you rather have something physical, a planner is always a good choice. I color-code my events and major assignments on the monthly page that is offered in my planner. It can be a hassle carrying it around, so I always suggest getting a small one!

That being said, if you are thinking of getting involved with RSOs or organizations, it is crucial to have a nice balance with your academics, activities, and, most importantly, your social life.



Class of 2021
I was born and raised in Cicero, Illinois. Although I entered Illinois as an English major, I trusted my gut and switched to Journalism. Coming to a big institution and being a first-generation student can feel like a handful. However, knowing your resources and getting out of your comfort zone can help in the long run.

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