Got Greek?

I’m sure you’ve heard it before: At Villanova University, there are dozens of ways to get involved. Whether you’re an athlete, an actor, a musician or a tour guide, there are endless opportunities at Villanova, and while you can join a majority of activities as soon as you walk onto campus, there is another opportunity that begins just after the new year.

13043691_10205126458354781_391191872551263510_nVillanova University does in fact have sororities and fraternities, but the recruitment process does not begin until the spring of freshman year. With nine sororities and seven fraternities, as well as multicultural, service and honors fraternities, it’s an excellent way to meet new people, raise money for fantastic philanthropies and ultimately take part in a great campus activity.

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“Being involved in Greek Life has opened so many doors to opportunities I never thought I’d have otherwise. It’s given me the chance to recognize more faces on campus, but these faces only encourage me to become the best version of myself. While I am on the executive board of my sorority, I still have time to balance my schoolwork as well as organizations like Ambassadors and the New Student Orientation Program.” -Mackenzie Birely ’19

Greek Life at Villanova is different from a lot of other universities. We do not have fraternity or sorority houses. All students, whether involved in Greek Life or not, live in the greater Villanova community together. Students in Greek Life are involved in many other clubs and organizations, such as choir, Blue Key Society, NROTC and more. The best part about having recruitment during second semester is that it gives you a chance to join clubs, make friends and start classes before you choose whether or not to get involved in a fraternity or sorority. Your experience with Greek Life at Villanova is what you make of it, and while it may be a wonderful fit for you, it does not have to be for everyone.

“A lot of my friends are in Greek Life here at Villanova, but I’ve never felt excluded by the Greek Life community. I don’t feel frowned upon for participating in activities like a cappella. In fact, I know a lot of people who participate in both. I feel just as equally involved on campus through other clubs and activities.” -Adam Blais ’19

Approximately one-third of students at Villanova are involved in Greek Life, so while it does have a presence on campus, it is not vital to your social life. 16114730_1293905577342673_626948820145843936_nI constantly see students wearing their letters to class and sitting next to someone in a different organization or living with someone who is not involved in Greek Life at all.

I have found great friends who are involved in a variety of organizations, and identifying with Greek Life or not has never stopped one of them from having a supportive friend group and successful experience at Villanova. There are dozens of ways to ignite change at Villanova, and whether Greek Life helps you do so or not, you will easily find your place at the Nova Nation.

You’ve Been Admitted! Now What?

Congratulations! On a cold December day, you logged in to your SLATE status page and found out that you had been admitted to our amazing university. The combination of your impressive academic performance, riveting extra-curricular activities and evident spirit makes you a perfect addition to the Nova Nation.

Whether you’ve been admitted to Villanova or any other university, you should be very proud of your accomplishments. Getting into college is never easy, and being admitted through Early Action can lift a weight off anyone’s shoulders. Nobody is perfect, and while you might not be admitted to every single university, it’s incredible to know that you can go to college somewhere. Early Action Admission allows for you to feel a sudden sense of relief before Christmas vacation, as the vision of attending a university in the fall becomes easier to imagine.

What’s important to understand, however, is that success does not stop here. Getting admitted into college is exciting! Celebrate! If you’ve been admitted to Villanova, be sure to share your pictures and thoughts using #GoingNova and #Nova2021. Remember, though, that the hard work and determination that got you into college shouldn’t stop just because it’s a new year.  Screen Shot 2017-01-06 at 12.59.07 PM.png

With any college application, academics are vital. Being admitted to one or many great universities doesn’t mean that it’s time to relax. Senior year should be fun, memorable and exciting, but it should remain filled with textbooks, club meetings and fantastic report cards. As you’ve learned from your admission, hard work does pay off, but it doesn’t mean that the road from now on is any less important.

Working hard before and after college admission letters appear in the mailbox will only make the transition to the university of your dreams that much easier. Your success should encourage you to work harder, not only to impress the schools that already think you’re amazing, but show the schools you’re waiting to hear from why they should say yes as well. While admission letters, celebratory Facebook posts and your name on the college admission board are impressive, it’s the hard work that you put into all of those that makes the college decision process that much more rewarding. Remember, you are the driving force in your own path to success, so don’t let one college admission or denial deter you from being the best student you can be. Celebrate, relax and enjoy, but get back to work. You’ll manage your time, maintain successful standards and ultimately find yourself surrounded by a list of colleges that will only encourage you to work that much harder. Congratulations and best of luck.