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Without fail on almost every tour I have given or with every prospective student I have talked with, I get some sort of question-related to "Greek life." When I first came to Dartmouth I knew about as much about Greek life as I knew about Greek yogurt, because we didn't have anything even close to that where I was from and I had no idea what to make of the system I had seen portrayed on TV and in movies. While there are a lot of characterizations out there about Greek life, I wanted to take the time to show you what a weekend for me looks like being a member of a Greek house, and how Greek life at Dartmouth plays a role in my life!

First of all, it's important to know that the term "Greek life" is a huge umbrella term used to describe fraternities, sororities, and gender-inclusive Greek houses. I had no idea what these spaces were when I came to Dartmouth, and one of the super cool things about Greek life here is that you can't rush your freshman year, so it gave me an entire three terms to see what they were and feel out whether or not I wanted to join. I had already made tons of friends and had my strongest communities in place, so I knew that no matter what decision I made, it wouldn't change how welcome or included I felt on campus. With that in mind, here are some pictures from this weekend.

Moon Unit Dartmouth
My weekend started off with me going to another fraternity to watch a student band called "Moon Unit" preform. The dance party and show was completely open to campus, all you need is your Dartmouth ID to enjoy some great student performances.

Harvard Game
On Saturday morning, our fraternity teamed up with another sorority and rented a bus to go down to Boston and cheer on the Dartmouth football team. We spent the whole day in Boston exploring and got to see one of the craziest games of the season, a Hail Mary touchdown to keep Dartmouth undefeated. Getting off campus is really important to me, and it was nice to go with some of my friends in my fraternity and meet new people from the sorority as well!

The biggest take away that I like to leave people with about Greek life on campus is that no matter what you think you know about it, you would probably be surprised by finding out something new about it every day; I know I do. I never thought I would join a Greek house, and at any other school I probably wouldn't have, but these experiences from this weekend highlight just a couple reasons why I enjoy it so much. 

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