I think a lot of people that are in greek life will say the same thing, “I didn't come here for greek life, but ended up finding a family.” I had no intention of joining because i had no knowledge. My roommate freshman year was the complete opposite. She came to UMD knowing exactly what she wanted to join and was so excited. She ended up dragging me along and i became so excited after we got bids. I’ve been in greek life for almost three years now and it has helped me grow immensely. I came to college very shy and afraid of using my voice. After I joined and was able to take on chairs, it helped me so much.
I have met so many people within our small community that are so passionate. Abdi Ali, from Tau Kappa Epsilon, is a CLA senator for student association where he wants to have accessible resources for everyone. Paige Patterson, from Beta Lambda Psi, who has a minor in ASL and is passionate about teaching anyone who wants to know. Kenzie Carrane, from Phi Sigma Sigma, who has a love for philanthropy and is constantly coming up with new ideas to help the community. There are so many people who ive seen grow throughout my years. As my time comes to an end here at UMD, im constantly reminded of the amazing things we do every year. I'm so glad I joined greek life and will always push for others to join as well.