To rush, or not to rush? That is the question. Read what our first year writers had to say about their decision.
I chose not to rush. When I was looking at colleges, greek life was not something I was particularly looking for and this has since carried over to actually being in college. It’s not that I have any negative feelings toward Greek life (in fact I think they can be very valuable – both my brother and father found that fraternities were a very positive aspect of college), it’s just that they have no strong appeal to me. But to all those rushing, good luck and have fun!
I had a lot of back-and-forth when deciding if I was going to rush or not, but I won’t be. At the very beginning of the year I was the kind of first-year who was like, “Rushing? What even is that? Greek life? Not the life for me! I am so sure of myself! Great.” But I did become more open-minded to the idea later in the semester and at one point was sure I was going to rush (and since have changed my mind). I don’t have one definitive reason for not rushing, but in the end at Kenyon I don’t feel the pressure to be a part of it.
Carolyn Ten Eyck
I guess before coming to college I had this idea that fraternities and sororities just involved a lot of partying and standing next to large Greek letters looking cute (thanks, Animal House and Legally Blonde). But upon coming here, I’ve met so many great people involved in those organizations and have seen all the amazing charitable work they accomplish. Yet, I still chose not to rush. I am generally an extremely awkward human and large groups frazzle me. While I’m sure most people in Greek life are super friendly, the idea of meeting a large group of people at once after a whole semester of getting to know people gradually makes my stomach feel like it’s full of anxious little wasps. I’ve already found a few communities at Kenyon that make me feel welcomed and happy. That being said, I’m so glad other people use Greek life as a way to do great things, but it just didn’t feel right for me.
Like my fellow contributors, I had a lot of conflicting opinions about the rushing process. For a long time I didn’t think it was the right choice for me, but I finally came to the conclusion that I wanted to rush. I figured that if I were to rush anywhere, I’d want to experience it at Kenyon. Because of our size, the people I’d meet at rush would already be the people I’ve seen everyday in the library, at Peirce, or on Middle Path. Who knows what ends up happening, but at this point I decided to rush just for the sake of trying something I wouldn’t expect of myself.
I’ve known since I was accepted to Kenyon that I wanted to rush, and I’ve never been happier that I followed through. Leaving my comfort zone and entering a group where, at some schools, the women may not be the most accepting of who I am was intimidating, but it has truly been an empowering experience. Not only did the Thetas welcome all of us with open arms, but also, rushing has introduced me to a network of some of the most fascinating women I’ve ever met- and I know many people can attest the same for every other sorority. Even if I never get a bid, I know that this experience has really changed the way I view Kenyon.
When I was looking into schools, I specifically looked for schools with little to no Greek life. I always found that there was an air of exclusivity that came with Greek life that I really didn’t want to be a part of in any way. What I liked about Kenyon was that there was gGeek life, but it wasn’t super prominent. Kenyon offers a lot of activities, and Greek life is there for those who want it. I never saw anything I could really gain personally from a Greek organization, and I’m already pretty busy with everything else I do. I think rushing would ultimately take my focus away from my studies, extracurriculars, and the time I spend with my current friends.