Becoming Involved in a Service Fraternity

Even before starting college, I was pretty sure that Greek-life, while a great opportunity for some, was not for me. However, I still really liked the idea of becoming involved in something that provided a more tight-knit community of people. I am a fairly shy person, and during my freshman year, I had a hard time forming close friendships. When I learned about the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega during my sophomore year, I figured that I would give it a try. This has proven to be one of the best decisions that I’ve made during my time at Purdue!

Alpha Phi Omega is based around the three major principles of leadership, friendship, and service. While it is technically a Greek organization, it is a lot more laid-back (and less expensive!) than many of the other social fraternities and sororities at Purdue. At its basic level, APO provides an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of service projects at Purdue and in the Greater Lafayette Area, including volunteering at animal shelters, forest preserves, the local food pantry, and even Columbia Park Zoo! It also provides professional development workshops and fun membership events, including a weekend-long retreat that occurs every semester. I have made a lot of friends through APO, and would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in becoming more involved in community service while meeting like-minded people.

-Alison

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