As a freshman transfer student it was very nerve racking, having to meet new friends, engaging with new teachers, and trying to become close in an environment for the second time. As I entered Marist College I did not know how or where to start with the friend-making situation. Did the students who were here last semester already have cliques? Would I fit in with these already established clicks? These questions did not have an answer until I saw a bulletin board outside of college activities. It read, “Sorority recruitment January 24, Please come!” All ideas and stereotypes that I have previously heard about sororities ran through my head and at first I decided to respectfully decline the invitation. As the days grew closer to the sorority meet and greet, my interest grew, and I decided to take my chance and attend.
After the meet and greet, I already thought this is where I truly belong. These girls were fully engaged in my conversations and really cared about what I had to say. After my new member period I officially became an active member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. The day that I joined I had not only gained eighty friends, and confidants but I had also gained eighty new sisters. The decision to join Kappa Kappa Gamma was the best decision I have made at Marist so far. In a few short weeks I went from a transfer student who did not know anyone, to an outgoing, social student who had a tons of girls who would have my back in an instant if I were ever to be upset about something. My friends in Kappa Kappa Gamma have been there for me in good times and bad and I would never ask for anything more.
Not only has Kappa helped me grow socially; it has also helped me reach out to the Poughkeepsie community. Recently, the Greek Life at Marist has been able to help out a school that was in much need of a playground makeover. Greek life helped put new mulch down in the area, paint the fences that were looking tarnished, as well as help out with anything else that the school needed done. In addition to Greek life helping the community surrounding Marist College, Kappa Kappa Gamma has also been able to help individually.
Kappa Kappa Gamma’s national philanthropy is Reading is Fundamental. This organization is passionate about putting books in the hands of readers, nurturing youngsters that are hungry for knowledge and passionate about learning. The Marist College chapter has brought this organization to life in the city of Poughkeepsie. As a chapter, we collected books and brought them to a local elementary school. We then spent the day with the children and read some of the books to them. Being able to help the Marist community while creating life long-friendships is one of the most rewarding experiences I have had.
As a Junior, looking back on my experiences, I am so grateful to have been able to come to a college that is supportive and promotes Greek life on campus. Kappa Kappa Gamma has helped me grow into a stronger and more confident person, and without it I am not sure where I would be! The friends I have made make sure that I am doing well physically, emotionally, and academically. (It is like having 80 best friends, mothers, and sisters all in one)! If you choose to join a sorority I fully encourage it, and if you have any questions regarding Kappa Kappa Gamma or Greek life in general please feel free to contact me!