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Sorority Recruitment at Denison

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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Denison chapter.

Currently, I am writing this article lounging on my couch, watching 27 Dresses with my roommates, feeling as relaxed as ever. But thinking back to a week ago, I and the rest of the sorority girls on Denison’s campus were running around like maniacs, talking to over a hundred girls for four hours straight. I’ll admit, it was extremely exhausting and I am still working on reloading my social battery, but it was a very rewarding experience all the same.

My sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, has become something that I am extremely passionate about. Being able to share my favorite things about my experiences as a Theta and persuade people to join was a very valuable process. What I appreciate so much about sorority life at Denison, though, is it does not limit me. Especially because recruitment takes place in the spring, I had plenty of time to establish a strong group of friends and discover other activities I was interested in before I rushed. This is very important to me because that way, my friends aren’t just confined to Theta (although my friend population did grow quite a bit).

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I fear that due to the negative misconception of “sorority girls” as peppy, obnoxious, and fake, repels people from rushing. I was worried about the same thing coming in, but especially at such a small school that so strongly values authenticity, this is overall not an issue. Joining a sorority has allowed me to make more connections, volunteer, play a larger role on campus, and even just simply say hi to so many girls on my walk to classes.

What I appreciate the most about Denison Greek Life is that Rush is at the start of the second semester. This is perfect because it gives freshmen the opportunity to adjust to life on campus and get a handle on their classes and routines. They can also establish friend groups beforehand, so that way their only friends won’t just be in their sorority.

Maybe I’m biased, but I really think small-school sororities can be beneficial to everyone. It not only provides you with connections and new friendships within the organization, but it also opens doors to many other events and groups on campus. I hope all girls at Denison at least consider rushing and ignoring the stereotypes and misconceptions that come hand-in-hand with it. I have made so many amazing memories of being in a sorority, and I know all my friends feel the same way.

Carly Young

Denison '26

Carly is a sophomore at Denison University from Arlington Heights, Illinois. She is a psychology major and Spanish minor, and is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Some of her passions include movies and TV, music, baking/cooking, shopping, reading, travel, and dogs.