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Kappa Kappa Gamma house at Dartmouth College

When I was deciding what colleges to apply to and ultimately attend, there were several things that attracted me to Dartmouth, and none of them was Greek Life. I looked forward to taking classes with professors who were experts in their fields alongside intellectually curious students, as well as the strong sense of community our small campus and remote location foster. However, it wasn't until I actually got to Dartmouth that I started to think about Greek Life and what belonging to a Greek organization would entail.

Approximately 60% of Dartmouth's students are members of the Greek organizations on campus, which include three gender-inclusive chapters, ten sororities, and fourteen fraternities. Greek organizations provide a community for students as well as a space for events and activities hosted by members. However, students cannot join Greek organizations until their sophomore year, which allows them to form connections with students and engage with the Dartmouth community outside of the Greek system. 

I approached the concept of joining a Greek organization with a very exploratory mentality, deciding to participate in the sorority recruitment process and join a sorority if I enjoyed the process. Sorority recruitment takes place twice each year, in the fall and winter, to accommodate differences in students' D-Plans. Since I studied abroad in the fall, I did winter recruitment. In the sorority recruitment process, each potential new member (or PNM for short) visits all the sororities at Dartmouth and gets to meet the members, and through three rounds of a mutual selection process, you are matched with a sorority. 

The recruitment process really showed me that although Dartmouth is a small school with a relatively small student population, there are students with an immense variety of interests, backgrounds, hobbies, aspirations and pursuits. I got to meet Dartmouth students carving incredibly impressive academic, athletic and extracurricular niches for themselves and saw how intellectually diverse the student body is. I think recruitment and joining a Greek organization gives you the opportunity to meet so many people that you may never have encountered otherwise.

After going through the recruitment process, I decided to join a sorority and have been so happy that I made that decision! Through my sorority I've not only met so many amazing women and formed new friendships, I've also been able to meet other students who have offered support and advice in challenging situations. My sorority has been a helpful resource for picking classes, deciding on a major, dealing with challenging classes, applying to internships and so much more. It has also been so fun and exciting to have a physical space where I can hang out, both casually and formally, with other members of my sorority. 

Overall, I think Greek Life at Dartmouth is like many other aspects of life on campus; there are so many different activities, organizations, extracurriculars and other experiences that are worth trying out. And, it's perfectly fine if you like or dislike them because they all give you opportunities to meet new people, broaden your community, and develop as a person.

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