Pledging a Black Greek Lettered Organization (BGLO) is one of the most important decisions that you can make during your matriculation in college, and particularly at a historically black college and university, or HBCU. There are several benefits of pledging a “Divine 9” organization, including the bond of love that you build with like-minded individuals, which is like having a brother, or a sister that you never had. You will also get the opportunity to network with other Black Greeks in the real world at corporate offices across the nation, and beyond once you graduate from your HBCU, and more.

Here are 4 reasons why you should consider pledging a BGLO at an HBCU:

Building a brotherhood/sisterhood

When you pledge a BGLO you will have brothers, and sisters that will always be there to help you if and when you need it. This is priceless. Having a brother to help pick you up when you fall is invaluable. A sister that will listen to you if you need someone to talk to is sent from heaven.

Networking with someone in every human endeavor

There are hundreds and thousands of members of BGLO in the world that are more than willing to help you secure the bag after college. This is one of the best things about pledging a “Divine 9” organization — knowing that there is at least one Black Greek in every human endeavor that can help you with career advice.

Continuing the legacy

Some students will receive the opportunity to continue their father’s legacy of pledging Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. Students who pledged Delta Sigma Theta has a mother who pledged the same sorority. Continue the legacy by following the streets that are paved in brown and gold.

Helping out in the community

Pledging is definitely making a lifelong commitment to helping your community be a better place to live, especially for the youth coming right behind us. The amount of community service that you did while in undergrad at you school’s chapter, if you are worthy, will help you become a better servant when you choose to be a part of a local alumni chapter after college.

That being said, it’s important that you keep in mind a couple of things. First, it is nearly impossible to change fraternities once you are worthy to become a pledge, so make sure you’re joining for all of the right reasons. Second, make your letters mean something by making better happen in the community.

Pledging a BGLO offers a lot of incredible rewards, and you will be content with your letters. Don’t quit!