If there is one thing that I have learned since the start of this semester, it’s that the second half of the year goes by WAY faster than the first half. Seriously, it seems like we only just got back, and we’re already in the midst of midterms!
In the frantic craze of everything going on, it was really difficult for me to choose a single topic to write on. As a result, keep an eye out for an increasing number of posts! I just have too much to say!
But by far one of the biggest things to happen to me this semester has been joining a sorority. That’s right, I rushed.
Now, I don’t know what your preconceived notions of Greek life might be. I can assure you that when I chose to come to Harvard, going Greek was the farthest thing from my mind. I didn’t even know Harvard had Greek life.
As second semester approached, however, the idea of rushing started to grow on me. Harvard has three sororities on campus (with rumors of a fourth coming next fall): Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and Delta Gamma.
Rush here for sororities is pretty low-key, especially compared to other schools. If you choose to take part in the weeklong process, you are required to visit all three sororities in a series of rounds. The first two rounds are mostly meet-and-greet, where you talk to a number of sisters and try to gauge whether or not you would fit in with their sorority. After the second round, you rank the three sororities and hope you get invited back to one, two, or three. The third round is a bit more formal in the sense that with fewer girls, the atmosphere becomes a bit more serious. After this round, you rate the three sororities again, and get invited back to a maximum of two. This final round, Preference Round, is where each sorority talks about why being in a sorority on campus is so great, and I’ll be honest, this was a big part of what convinced me to join.
While it may seem corny or trite, being in a sorority has given me an awesome network of girls who I can rely on for advice, homework help, event updates, and just a quick hello as I walk to class.
On Reveal Night, when my friends and I all gathered in the Science Center waiting anxiously to open our envelopes and find out which sorority we were in, I felt like a sense of community unlike anything else I had experienced at Harvard. And when I opened my card and heard the cheers of “I am a T, I am a T-H, I am a T-H-E-T-A” calling outside, and I got to run through the tunnel of excited Thetas, I knew that I would rank it as one of my coolest moments in college.
So that’s one of the things I’ve been up to. What do you guys think about Greek life? Would you ever consider going Greek in college?
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