Sororities have certain stigmas, but my experience as the member (and president) of a college sorority helped shape me into the PR professional I am today.
Here are three of the ways Greek life helped improve my public relation skills.
1. Managing time—and people. Management skills are a key to success in PR. As part of a sorority, you learn how to manage time—taking classes, doing homework, and attending Greek functions—how to manage people, from holding a chair/executive position to mentoring a new pledge class every year.
2. Understanding the difference between internal and external communications. You communicate and build relationships with every girl in your sorority, and maintain a close rapport with other people involved in Greek life, such as your Greek advisor and your national headquarters. The value of communication—which includes determining what needs to be shared only to an internal audience—is a lesson well learned.
3. Speaking in public—good for presentations and PR pitches. As president of my sorority, I stood in front of 75 girls on a weekly basis. That experience relieved me of my nervousness for public speaking. In public relations, this isn’t just a learning experience for making presentations to your colleagues and clients, it’s also about cold calling and pitching without letting your nerves get the best of you.
If you’re still a student in college and can join a sorority, take advantage of this opportunity—look at like it’s an internship. Not only does it provide you with all of these useful skills, but it also looks strong on your resume and supplies you with a network of sisters for life.
Adrianna Lauricella is a PR professional in New York. A version of this story first appeared on the blog NYC PR Girls.