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OUS Greek Life Nali Byrd’19

By Nali Byrd '19 on November 25, 2016

Greek Organization: Kappa Kappa Gamma

1. What inspired you to rush?
I was inspired to rush for many reasons! My sister was in Kappa as well, and it was in Kappa that she met her best friends and made some of her favorite Colgate memories. Hearing all of those stories made me pretty excited to go through the process and see if there were a house and a group of women that stuck out to me. I was also pretty excited to meet a lot of new women my age and older and make lasting connections!

Nali Byrd ’19

2. What has been your favorite thing about being in your organization so far?

My favorite thing about being in Kappa so far has been the amount of support and love that is felt around the room when we are all together. It was a crazy process to go from not knowing most of the girls in the organization to knowing them all within a matter of a few weeks! Being from Los Angeles, I am constantly homesick when I am at Colgate, and through Kappa, I gained amazing friends and even more importantly so many new sisters.
3. What advice would you give to students who may be considering rush next fall?
Don’t lose yourself in the process! It is really important to not try to change who you are to try to fit what you think a certain organization may be looking for. If you are the right fit for an organization and you are true to yourself, it will work out in the end! Also, try not to stress. It can be an intimidating process; I know I was SO nervous. Remember to try to just have fun. Enjoy getting a little fancy for the events you’ll attend, and treat yourself to the free food you’ll be served.
4. What challenges have you faced, if any, and how have you handled these challenges?
The biggest challenge I have faced is convincing my parents that I am not involved in greek life solely for the social reasons! My parents were the type that freaked out a little when they heard I was rushing and thought my grades would suffer as a result. However, with a lot of communication, I proved to them that joining a sorority has only positively added to my Colgate experience. Not everyone was hyped about my decision to rush a sorority and that was hard, but I knew it was my decision to make and I have absolutely no regrets!

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