Why I Decided to Join Greek Life
As I was beginning my college search, Greek Life was never something I wanted or thought about participating in. Growing up, there were stereotypes associated with sororities and Greek Life as a whole. Because of this, it was something I always imagined myself straying away from when I learned St. Lawrence had Greek Life. Once I started my freshman year, I realized that instead of the sororities following those typical stereotypes like movies, they were actually women who were confident, strong and involved in the community. As I grew to know some of the girls in all different sororities, I realized that I wanted to rush. At St. Lawrence, they don’t allow students to rush until their sophomore year. Personally, this was a blessing in disguise. I was able to observe, ask questions and really learn about the sorority life in order to help solidify my decision to rush.
Going into sophomore year, I was ready to become apart of Greek Life. There were many factors that swayed me into this decision. First, I wanted to become involved in a group bigger than just myself. My whole life, I grew up playing soccer, alpine ski racing and lacrosse until college. After deciding not to pursue my ski racing career, I knew that I wanted to be able to do more than just athletics. That being said, I missed having a busy schedule each day, having a large group or team there to always back me up and support me. This has been something that I found in my sorority, Kappa Delta Sigma (KDS). KDS is a local sorority that was founded at St. Lawrence on February 22, 1969. We are founded on the ideals of friendship and love for each other, our local community and respecting each individual. I love finally being apart of something more than just a club or job, it’s something that differentiates and gives me purpose here on campus. With my pledge class or the other girls in the house, I know that each and everyone of them will have my back. KDS and the rushing process as a whole has allowed me to meet, befriend and find my family here at St. Lawrence. Through our philanthropy we work with an organization called Garden Share where we all come together to raise money, volunteer and make a difference in the greater St. Lawrence community and on campus.
Rushing has been one of the best decisions during my time at St. Lawrence! It’s not an easy decision, but if it feels like the right decision for you, then I highly encourage you to try it out. And although I am only in my first year of Greek Life, I can’t wait to find out what is in store for my next two years on campus!