So this isn't going to be a post about all the different rounds of rush or tips on how to have a good rush, its just an honest take of my opinions about the process of recruitment! I am a freshman in college who just completed formal recruitment about 3 weeks ago. I accepted a bid from Delta Gamma and seriously couldn't be happier. I'm currently writing this at night after my first chapter retreat and I literally can't stop smiling from all the fun I had today. So lets start there. Rush really is worth it if you go through the entire process. The immediate bond you form with your pledge class because you all proudly call yourself sisters provides a security that is so helpful when starting out college. I totally feel comfortable talking to anyone in my sorority. Even though I might not know them, I know that we can totally become friends because, hey, we're already sisters right?! Also, the way that rush works allows you to find people that you have a similar personalities. At a large school it can be a challenging to weed out people with similar interests. To be invited into a group of girls that share the same values and experiences as you makes college feel more like home. You also get automatically immersed in a social scene. While everyone makes friends, whether greek or not, sorority life is great because the chapters socials plan tons of evens with fraternities and other sororities. These events require no effort from you other than showing up and being your wonderful self. I have seriously met so many awesome people and I didn't have to search to hard to find them. Its nice to not have to worry on the weekends where everyone is hanging out or even how to meet people because you already have it set up for you. It also gives you people to look up to, to tell you what classes to take, and show you the ropes of college. I have seen my sisters laugh, talk, dance, and lead in an incredibly confident way that I could only dream of doing myself.
However recruitment is quite the week. When rush started some people started looking around them and doing some math. My school has 13 chapters in formal recruitment all that usually take around 60 to 70 girls. So if we're generous and say that they'll take 70 that means 910 girls will get a bid. There were 1300 girls that registered for formal recruitment this year. So yeah the lesson we quickly learned was don't do the math because about 400 girls statistically won't end up getting a bid. Now we did have a record year and the pledge classes are bigger than ever, so if you up each average pc size to 80 it means about 260 girls didn't complete the process. Thats still a lot in my opinion. For a community that is wonderfully vibrant and exciting, it can be pretty exclusive. You will cry or see people cry. You will feel like an outsider. You will get dropped from a house where you felt an amazing connection. You might end up some place where you never saw yourself. But know that college will be the best four years of your life regardless of what happens in rush. One big reason why I chose Delta Gamma is because they don't idolize recruitment. They know its a broken process that leaves a lot of girls feeling very outcasted. But when you think about it there is really no other way to get 1300 girls to find a house that fit their personality other than formal rush. It can be a brutal process. Even if you end up where you wanted you will still feel very emotionally drained. My advice is DON'T MAKE IT THE CENTER OF YOUR LIFE. Even in a sorority, you are much more than a couple of greek letters. While joining a sorority is a decision I will never regret, I also would never want anyone to believe that its necessary to have an amazing college experience. If you're remotely interested in greek life I would recommend signing up for formal rush because I truly believe that there is a sorority out there for everyone. But make sure that your identity comes from yourself and your values not the sorority you want to be in. That way, if worse comes to worse, and you don't receive a bid, you haven't lost a part of yourself and you can pick back up and move on to something just as great.
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