When people ask me about my experience with Greek life, I usually make an off-color joke. This is in character for me. I tell people that rush taught me how to wear heels in snow and ice. I recount wild stories about how to handle awkward dates for formals and that time a guy refused to kiss me due to some incorrect assumptions about my ethnic background.
But if I’m being honest, being a part of Greek life has taught me a lot about myself. I’ve learned the confidence to carry myself through stilted conversations and how to break through small talk. I’ve learned what kind of friendships I need and how it feels to find a group of girls that will share even your lowest moments — and sometimes even laugh at your worst jokes.
This recruitment season, I’m working behind the scenes, helping a group of girls find their homes at Penn and seeing rush in a new light. Sometimes it means struggling, facing rejection and doubting yourself. But more than that, it means finding a home — and finding yourself. It means laser tagging and apple picking, and stocking your closet with some seriously cute T-shirts.
Sara Schonfeld is a College senior from Philadelphia, Pa. studying English and Hispanic studies. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her @SaraSchon.