BackgroundInterview Date:April 2018
Gender Identity: Female
Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual
Graduation Year: 2020
High School Experience: I went to a private school in Baltimore, MD with a graduating class of about 100 students. There was a culture of going to college.
First Generation College Student: No
Major: Environmental Studies on the science track
Minor: Health and Human Values
Extracurricular Activities: I’m part of a dance company, I’m in an Eating House, I’m on the Honor Council, and I’m on the Health Justice Committee
Did any of your extracurricular activities have a particularly big impact on your experience?
The dance company has been a really great experience for me because I really like to have an outlet to dance and be creative in a stressful school environment. It’s a really nice way to have leadership roles too, so it’s been nice to learn how to manage people. I’m also on Honor Council, which is our student judiciary system that helps enforce the Honor Code. That’s also been really important to me because I feel like my voice is heard on campus through that. I [play a part] in deciding how students who violate the Honor Code will be punished and work with them on how to better themselves after having a violation.
What is an Eating House?
At Davidson, there are two sororities, and both are historically Black sororities. I’m part of an Eating House, which is Davidson’s version of sororities because they are all-female organizations. What makes them different is that you don’t live in the house. Our house is basically a big cafeteria with a basement and a study room on the side. It’s also a lot less of a commitment than a sorority would be. The rush process is different because you rank which houses you want to be in and then an algorithm puts you in the house, rather than you having to impress girls and them picking you. It’s similar to sororities in that we have [big sisters] and we do social activities and volunteer service together. I also like that there are only four Eating Houses, so they are bigger groups of girls. It doesn’t feel cliquey because you get to pick which one you want to be in. You can be friends with girls in other Eating Houses. It’s a really good medium between a sorority and also not being part of a group.