And we are back with part IV of my series on Greek Life in Canada! Jessica, an AOII from the University of Waterloo, was amazing and agreed to answer my questions! Thank you to Jessica for putting up with me! Now for the good stuff:
1) What University and chapter are you from?
University of Waterloo, Lambda Epsilon chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi
2) What has been your favourite aspect of Greek Life?
There’s too many to pick just one, but if I really had to,it would probably be being able to meet so many different people around North America. It’s kind of crazy how all you say is “I’m a ___ from ___” to another Greek and you have this sort of instant bond. It doesn’t even matter if theyre from a different organization either!
3) What do you think makes Greek Life in Canada different from Greek Life in the US? (If anything)
That’s really hard to say, because some schools thrive very similarly to the US chapters, but then others have to do it a different way. Especially from the chapter I’m from, the biggest difference was that the term “co-op” isnt used as often, to describe a work term for a student as part of their degree. Sometimes it gets tricky trying to explain why the local chapter functions the way it does because of co-op.
4) What do you think is next in store for Greek Life in Canada?
More houses maybe? Haha, not really sure. I think it’s definitely increasing in popularity (for lack of better words). Smaller schools are starting to see colonizations and schools with established organizations are seeing growth and expansion for both fraternities and sororities.
5) If you could tell Canadian students anything about Greek Life, what would it be?
It’s definitely worth checking out! If you go to the clubs days or whatever promotional days organizations are at at the beginning of the term and just talk to the members, you can get a better understanding of the culture on your campus. Typically it’s free to go to information nights, so go to it if it’s something you’re interested in learning more about
6) Any other thoughts?
I think my other thoughts have been summed up 😀
Thank you again to Jessica!! It is quite interesting to see what the common threads are, and what we consider to be the differences. At the end of the series, I will be writing a piece summarising as well as my own answers to these questions! In the meantime, feel free to comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!