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

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I think this question has many different answers, depending on who you talk with. I'm going to start by just bringing this up since everyone has various experiences with Greek life at Dartmouth. This is just my experience!

In my first year, I hardly interacted with Greek life. Most of my time was invested either in ROTC or in the Christian community on campus. I didn't go to a fraternity party until freshman winter, and I could tell it wasn't really my vibe. I wasn't even sure I was going to rush. 

Fast forward to sophomore fall, and everything is closed down. I meet a bunch of new people, specifically many '24s. I get to know them throughout the term, and I view them as my close friends to this day. Rush was on my mind, however. I attended various rush zoom events and even talked with some brothers one on one. However, during winterim and winter term is when I started to change my mind and decide to rush. My decision-making went like this: I already have good friends outside of Greek life. If I rush and don't get in, I don't get in, and it isn't the end of the world. If I do get in, I have another community to be a part of. It was a win-win scenario.

I eventually did get into the fraternity I rushed at, and I am still a member to this day. From the inside, Greek life can be a lot. There are a lot of events that do happen with your fraternity, and if you have a leadership role in the house, that can add extra time to your schedule. However, for me, I feel like I have gotten better at balancing Greek life and non-Greek life.

Overall, I think Greek life can be overpowering sometimes, with all its events and the number of people involved. However, I think you can still make deep friendships with people outside of Greek life!

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