Greek Life note: As we mentioned earlier, we will have several students blogging over the summer about their individual Greek Life experience. Our first student is Shallen Dautenhahn.
Hello! My name is Shallen Dautenhahn. I am a senior from Kansas City, studying Business Administration and Music here at Truman. I was asked to write about my experiences of deciding to GO GREEK to help others figure out what might be right for them. Don’t worry, I will tell you all you need to know in time but first, let me tell you a little bit about how I decided to GO GREEK:
I was a sophomore and had recently joined a professional fraternity for women. After a business meeting one day, I was approached by some older members that I did not too know well since I had just joined the organization. All I knew about the two girls is that they were best friends. They said “hey, we really like all the things you bring to this organization, and we think you should rush a social sorority.”
My thought initially was “What is a social sorority? And why would I want to be in one?”
Since starting college I had stayed within my comfort-zone. I came to Truman with my best friends from high school; I was in this professional organization with one friend, and in marching band with two of them. I thought about the social sorority invitation for a few days.
The only people I knew besides these two girls that were involved in Greek Life were a few people that were in my Truman Week class. I liked all the Greek people I knew, but it wasn’t enough to convince me that Greek Life was the way to go.
After thinking, I went through Recruitment the following week. I am a shy person, so to go through by myself was a feat in itself. I was shocked at how much fun I had! I didn’t know anyone, but I made instant friends. I didn’t think anyone would like me, and I also thought they might think I am weird. At the end of the week, I got my bid. I was ecstatic that I opened up to a group of essentially strangers, and they accepted me for who I am.
I was proud to join Sigma Chi Delta in spring 2011, and have had many opportunities for leadership ( I am currently the President). Not only do I love Sigma Chi Delta, I love Greek Life and all the opportunities this community has to offer. I believe that there is a place for everyone in Greek Life; you just have to find the right home for you and open your heart and mind.
I look forward to sharing more of my story throughout the summer.
“Happiness depends on ourselves,” Aristotle