Coming from Ohio, I didn’t know much about Greek life before going through recruitment. I was able to find out more about the recruitment process at orientation, however, and then at the information meetings held on campus after school started. Looking back, I am so glad that I decided to go through recruitment and join a sorority. Even though it can be a stressful process, it is so worth it when you open your bid card and run into your sisters’ arms on bid day!
The first official day of recruitment was called Philanthropy Night. During this round, I went around to each of the houses with my rho-gam group for fifteen minutes. Even though the first round was a bit overwhelming, it was so much fun to be able to meet girls from every chapter and learn about the different philanthropies. I was so glad to have two awesome Rho Gammas, who were unaffiliated sorority women that helped guide me through the whole process.
After finding out which houses invited me back, I got ready for Theme Night! This was similar to Philanthropy Night, but it was a little more formal and I got to have longer conversations. It really gave me an opportunity to learn more about sisterhood and it helped me to narrow my decision.
The final round, or Preference Night, was by far my favorite night of recruitment. I went back to two different houses and spent an hour at each one. After this round, I knew which sorority I belonged in because I loved how the sisters in that sorority were so Christ-centered and genuine. However, it was still a hard decision because I really appreciated different aspects of each sorority.
The next day, BID DAY, was filled with much anticipation and excitement! Even though I had a hard time focusing during my classes, the many hours of waiting paid off when we all went into the Wright Center at 5pm to open our bid cards. After a countdown that seemed to take FOREVER, a multitude of squeals arose as we all ran out onto the quad to meet our new sisters! I will never forget the sheer excitement and joy of that moment, and I can’t wait to get to know my sisters even more!