#tbt to Going Greek
If you told high school Gabi that she would be in a sorority, she would have laughed. She would have thought you were crazy. Yet, here I am, a proud member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
College is a place to try new things, right. I tried new classes, new extracurriculars, so why not try a sorority. On a whim, I decided to attend an open house for Harvard sorority life to learn more about the recruitment process, what sororities were on campus, and if I could really be a sorority girl. I was opposed to joining a sorority prior to Harvard because I didn’t want to be confined to just one group of friends or to be told how to look. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the stereotypical sorority girl I thought of wasn’t there.
They don’t all look like Elle Woods.
They were down to earth, charismatic, and most importantly, nice! As I made my way through the room talking with various girls from each sorority, I thought maybe, just maybe, this could be for me.(It also helped that I bonded with quite a few girls over food.) The moment I talked to girls from Kappa Kappa Gamma I knew I had to go through recruitment. We hit it off talking about everything from Annenberg food to roommates to being a total bum on the weekends and watching Netflix. I knew I found the girls who could be my sorority sisters. So, I went through recruitment.
Before I launch into how I joined my dream sorority, I guess I should give you a little bit of information about Greek life on campus. First and foremost, only about 5% of students are actually involved in Greek life on campus, but that’s not because it’s super exclusive or anything. It’s just about the amount of students that choose to go through recruitment. Greek life is also not recognized by the college nor is it residential. This basically means you do not live with your sorority sisters or fraternity brothers and any spaces they have are off campus. (And by off campus they are either in the Square or a short walk from campus.) There are 9 fraternities and 6 sororities available to Harvard students. The 9 fraternities are Kappa Sigma, Sigma Chi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Delta Kappa Epsilon, Alpha Phi Alpha, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Iota Alpha, and Kappa Alpha Psi. The 6 sororities are Delta Gamma, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta, Alpha Phi, Alpha Kappa Alpha, and Omega Phi Beta.
Getting involved in Greek life is not that hard either. Delta Gamma, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta, and Alpha Phi all do a 4 day recruitment process together in the beginning of Feburary. Each day involves meeting girls from each of the four sororities and talking to them. After each day you are invited back by different numbers of the sororities. At the end of the fourth day known as Bid Day, you are given an envelope that has an official invitation from one sorority. Everyone is in the same room opening their letters at the same time. Each sorority is in one corner of a room chanting and getting ready to officially welcome their new members. It’s a great day of celebration and you get free food from the sorority (I have no complaints if people want to feed me for free.) After that you are officially a member of that sorority.
Me when I see free food.
For me, recruitment was actually fun! I got free food, which is always a plus, met some new girls, and had an excuse to dress up. (I always love have an excuse to wear a dress for a day.) It was a great way to see all the different personalities of the sororities and the different girls within them. I went through the recruitment process and got to meet cool people from all the sororities and my own grade.I met girls I would have never interacted with before from all different grades, interests, and backgrounds. I got into the sorority I loved and I don’t regret a minute of it. On Bid Day, getting my invitation was amazing and then joining my friends and seeing all the girls who got an invitation too was exciting. Then, we went and got to meet different Kappa girls while eating pizza (Free food again ;)). We got cool t-shirts that say our Greek letters and took pictures with both new and old members. It was just an amazing day full of fun activities. Being a member of Kappa only got better as I learned all the chants, secret handshakes ;), history, and our signs. Also, getting to know the rest of my sorority sisters more was great.
The great thing about Greek life here is that it can be as much of your life or as little of your life as you want. In fact, all of my blocking group is not involved in Greek life except for me. Greek life is simply another extracurricular for me. I have friends who make Greek life their entire life and I have others that barely come at all. It’s all up to you, which makes Greek life here great. I love being a Kappa and can’t wait to meet all my new sisters these next three years.
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Hey guys! My name is Gabi and I am a junior living in Cabot House. I hail from the glorious streets of the Bronx, New York and I hope to go back and eat a proper bagel soon. Even though, I am still... View full profile