Why I Decided to Rush a Sorority
Chances are, when you think of sorority girls, you think of a group of girls who all look alike, wearing nice dresses, smiling from ear to ear. At least that’s what I thought of, having only known that stereotype. When I learned about how many students participate in Greek life here, I was skeptical that I could find a place for myself and fit in with “those girls.” But a couple of my upperclassmen friends were affiliated and encouraged me to at least go through Round 1 of rush. However, as someone who just spent a total of eight hours in three days talking to girls in their houses, I can say for a fact that I was completely surprised by the rush process.
To give you some insight, here are the types of questions I was asked by girls decked out in flair, including snake onesies, avocado leggings, cat ears, and glitter, glitter, glitter!
Where is your favorite bathroom on campus?
If you were a type of pasta, what would you be?
What’s the coolest thing you’ve done in those shoes?
Where would you go if you could be anywhere in the world?
Why did you decide to rush?
Although I am not 100% sure that I will end up affiliated, I don’t regret going through what I have so far. I met so many fellow sophomore girls who I had never seen on campus before, despite my preconceived notion that I already knew all of the ‘21s. Dartmouth can feel pretty small, but a little nudge into new experiences will show you how wrong that is.
But my answer to their last question is that I decided to rush to get out of my comfort zone. It is natural for us to settle down into a place or a group of people who are similar to us. However, I also think it’s important to be challenged, because that’s how you grow as a person. I still have many rush events ahead of me (as well as an organic chemistry exam, but let’s ignore that), but I am glad to have gone through the rush process because it allowed me to meet girls from all different parts of campus – varsity swimmers, English majors, UGAs, I could go on and on. While most of what we talked about involved getting to know each other (major, hometown, extracurriculars), I also had a few deeper conversations about topics like the importance of supportive friends, mental health, and authenticity. Even if I do not end up affiliated, knowing that real connections can be made between strangers is reassuring of the commonality between all Dartmouth students.