Friday, August 29, 2014

The Bonding Experience of Sorority Recruitment

This year, my school is trying something a little different. In the past we've had sorority recruitment (you may know this by another name: rush) later in the semester, giving new students more of a chance to settle in to college life.

I think there are pros and cons to both options. Having it this early gives new students the chance to join a group that will help facilitate them towards other groups and have a sisterhood to go back to.

On the other hand, it might have deterred some women who would have gone through recruitment after getting to know sorority women. Regardless, I'm glad we tried it this first week, because then our Greek Life staff will know whether or not it works.

Recruitment 2014

Last night was our first night of formal recruitment and it was a blast. Practicing for recruitment can be stressful, because we don't know what to expect and just the idea of talking to a stranger for 30 minutes can be daunting. However, once the actual event rolls around, it's actually a lot of fun.

The women going through recruitment, on the whole, are just excited to be there and we love to talk to them about our organization. I think recruitment charges my sisterhood batteries, if you will, because there isn't really another time of the year where we're all together and working together towards the same goal: recruiting.

Sure, we have socials and sisterhood retreats, but it can be really easy to stick with your same group of friends. I always grow closer to sisters during recruitment just because we spend hours together in a room practicing for our parties.

Moreover, I always come to realize again why I decided to join a sorority. It's a family. A group of sisters. Anyone who is in a sorority will tell you that, but I see it so exemplified by sorority recruitment.

Who can say that they always get along with their family members? No one. Well, the same can be said for sorority sisters. We'll bicker about how best to do something and past 11:00 p.m., when we have to vote, we get increasingly short tempered with each other. But, when it comes down to it, we're united under our bonds of sisterhood and emerge stronger from it.

Bid Day 2013
Don't believe me? Go to any sorority bid day. You wouldn't know that these women have been stressed out to the max the previous days. We're screaming our heads off and cheering for our new members, because we all believe in our organization and want others to join with us. It's the culmination of our efforts and our disagreements are forgotten.

So sure, we're not perfect, but what we are is a fully functioning family. A family that does not always see eye to eye, but in the end, we move past our differences and unite together as sisters.