I arrived at Hopkins with the preconceived idea that I wouldn’t join Greek Life. After all, I am a smart, involved, and serious student who values himself and his university. So everything that people in Greek Life aren’t, right?
Like many incoming freshmen, and even some current students, I had a very incorrect notion of what Greek Life meant and how it could shape my college experience. I looked down on the people that wore their “letters” around campus and mercilessly stereotyped them all into the category of people that had nothing to contribute to me and with whom I wanted nothing to do with. I thought Fraternities and Sororities were synonyms with parties and idiots, so why would I join?
Rushing, the period in which you express interest in different Fraternities/Sororities and in which you get an official bid to join these groups, was a life changing experience for me. After learning more about Greek Life at Hopkins specifically, and getting the chance to meet some of the incredible people that are members of these groups (student group leaders, top grades in their classes, loved by most of their class, etc.), I decided that I wanted to be like the Greek men at Hopkins so maybe Greek Life could possibly maybe actually be something I could do.
Beta Theta Pi had me at hello. The second I walked into their first rush event and got a chance to meet the brothers, some of whom were people whom I already liked and admired, I knew that was the right place for me. In every conversation I had in their events, I found something I could relate to and something that inspired me about the Beta brothers. Not only did I want to be like them, but there was a part of me that felt like I was already like them.
That to me is one of the most important aspects about Rushing, finding a place in which you feel comfortable and which will inspire you to be a better version of yourself. There are 24 different and diverse Fraternities and Sororities at Hopkins, which means every interested student will find a home in one of them.
So let my life changing experience with Greek Life inspire you to give it a shot. Whether you’re a prospective student or a current student, I strongly believe that there is a place for everyone in Fraternities and Sororities that will push you to doing more than what’s required, to try harder than what’s expected and to never conform in the quest of being the best you can be.