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Is the Greek life overpowering? Can you make friends through clubs or other ways?

A: May Oo Khine

As someone who have never heard of Greek life before coming to Dartmouth, I was in for a bit of a cultural shock. From the first day of Orientation as a freshman, I came to learn how much of a presence the Greek scene has on campus and how many questions incoming students had regarding Greek life. Through talking to upperclassmen, going to Greek events in-person and online during the pandemic, I've learned to unravel this once unfamiliar world and make informed decisions about Greek events, recruitment, and the overall Greek scene at Dartmouth.

If I can give my two cents as a rising junior, Greek life is not for everyone. And that is perfectly fine! You should not feel the pressure to get involved in Greek Life or the recruitment process unless you're able to make informed, actualized decisions. Your advisors, upperclassmen mentors, and Greek life members will also never push you into doing so. After deciding to join a sorority, I have come to know several women who have inspired and supported me and this way, Greek life has been an opportunity for me to meet people who I find meaning from. At the same time, my closest friends to this day are those whom I met as freshmen hall mates and from extracurricular events. Many of the friendships you make during your freshmen year will probably be from your First-Year trips, orientation activities, freshmen dorm, and classes. In fact, Dartmouth students are only allowed to join Greek houses as sophomores, giving you plenty of time and opportunities to meet people outside the Greek system. 

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