Steph AuBuchon ’16 is a double-major in Psychology and Gender Studies, studying self-control in dogs because “I want to help them find forever homes and shelters, and make sure there is no one who gets left behind.” Here Steph talks about why she joined a sorority.
Stephanie: I knew as a freshman I definitely wanted to do Rush because it’s a great way to meet people. Definitely give it a try, even if you don’t think it’s for you. You will meet great girls, and if you plan on joining, awesome. If not, still come out because you make friendships with girls who are on campus all four years. It’s a great way to meet people and get to know what campus is like.
Q: And you joined Alpha Gamma Delta.
Stephanie: It sounds super cliché but I walked in the house, and it felt like home. The girls I immediately connected with. They felt like friends that I have known forever. The conversations I had from the start were super deep and meaningful. So, I met amazing girls and the...the atmosphere was so positive and bright that I kind of fell in love with it.
Q: Are you living in the house this year?
Stephanie: I'm not living in the house this year, but I've lived in the house the past two years, and I absolutely love it because you want a break from homework, you can go literally to the next room and there are five girls in there that you can talk to. If you want to go to the gym, you have someone to go with. If you want to go to Ames Library, you have someone to go with. So, it's awesome to have that, all your best friends living right next to you.
Q: Anything else? How did you choose Wesleyan?
Stephanie: I have a bunch of older cousins who have been here, and they loved it. I knew I wanted a small school ‘cause I'm really bad with directions (laughing), so I needed a small campus. I looked here and as soon as I walked on campus, I knew this was for me. The academics were challenging, and that's what I wanted. I knew with a small school I'd be able to do research, and I wouldn't be competing with graduates. It was exactly what I wanted.
Q: And how has Wesleyan worked out for you?
Stephanie: I've loved it so far. All my classes, all my professors. I've learned so much here. I've made amazing friends. Doing the research is probably one of my biggest achievements because I get to help outside of just doing homework and the day-to-day stuff. I get to play with dogs, and hopefully, be in the literature and make a difference in the future.