Santa Clara University
BackgroundInterview Date:February 2020
Gender Identity: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Half Greek and Half Indian
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Graduation Year: 2023
High School Experience: Private all-girl Catholic school outside of Belmont, CA with a graduating class of about 110 students. There was a culture of going to college.
First-Generation College Student: No
Minor: Retail Studies
Extracurricular Activities: I’m in Greek life and I’m helping with a start-up non-profit fashion company based at Stanford University. I’m also in the Environmental Club, and plan on playing Club Tennis.
Have any of your extracurricular activities had a particularly big impact on your experience?
Greek life and the start-up definitely have. I’m sewing for the company which takes a lot of time. Greek life doesn’t take that much time, but it has a stigma here that impacted my experience. Greek life is pretty prevalent here. I wouldn’t say if you’re not in Greek life you’re not going to have a social life, but there’s not a lot to do immediately off-campus. A lot of people are committed to Greek life and partying. There are some sororities and fraternities more associated with partying, then there are some more associated with making friends and helping others. I wouldn’t have met my three best friends without being in a sorority. If you’re a girl it’s not a big deal if you’re not in one, but a lot of the guys who aren’t in the fraternities here can’t go to parties, so they have a limited social life.