University of Maryland, College Park
BackgroundInterview Date:July 2017
Gender Identity: Male
Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual
Graduation Year: 2017. I did Freshman Connection, which is a program where they accept students for the Spring semester, and you can take classes in the fall in the afternoon and night, but can’t live on campus. It helps get more kids in that wouldn’t have gotten in in the initial acceptance group.
High School Experience: Private school in Baltimore, MD with a graduating class of about 100 students. There was a culture of going to college.
Major: Biochemistry – I started out wanting to do chemical engineering, but I didn’t get into the engineering school because I didn’t meet a requirement so I did biochemistry.
Extracurricular Activities: I was in a fraternity.
What was doing Freshman Connection like?
It was a weird transition because freshman connection classes interfered with meetings. I had to wait until the spring semester to do extracurriculars. A big part of the Freshman Connection program is that the classes are in the afternoons and night so you can’t do any clubs.
What impact did Greek Life have on your experience?
I was in a colony frat, so we didn’t have a chapter house, we tried to get one but we didn’t. This year I lived with guys in the frat in a satellite house off campus. We had chapter meetings, did community social work, had to keep your GPA up, participated in Greek Week and homecoming, so we had all the same qualities of a fraternity. The only thing we missed out on was a house on Frat Row, so we weren’t a full, 100% fraternity.