Rushing Home to my Forever Home

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Going Greek isn’t always the first thing girls think about when they go to college. Some girl’s focus on school, boys, or partying and don’t even think about rushing to a forever home. I signed up for recruitment the second it was opened in August. I was so excited to make new friends that would last a lifetime, learn new things about an organization, and be apart of something that “Isn’t for 4 years, its for life”. When you first move in all Greeks come together and help you move in. I had a group of girls from Alpha Sigma Alpha move me in and they were obsessed with all my brand new dorm stuff that I got at Target of course. They immediately asked if I was rushing and I had told them I had thought about it.

The Greek system has many events leading up to recruitment. I went to a Greek carnival and a Greek fair explaining what all the organizations are about. The week of recruitment is tiring and a lot of talking. You start out at every house and then each night you narrow down until you have 2 left. Preference night is very emotional and it is when you choose who you think will fit you. I went to Sigma Kappa first then I went to Zeta Tau Alpha. Worried I wouldn’t get into Zeta I could barely talk. My big sister now talked to me at preference and I was so nervous. I was frozen in the moment because I wanted to be apart of this sisterhood. After preference you sit in a room with a bunch of girls and you wait until it is your turn to choose your home. I couldn’t sleep because I was too anxious and nervous. I could feel my heart beating through my stomach and thinking about how I would feel if I got either house. The day of bid day was so overwhelming but exciting at the same time. I awoke with my roommate and we ventured out to get breakfast at the commons. I could barely eat I was so nervous. I knew my roommate wanted a different sorority than I did, but we would still have fun and be friends. After getting ready and mentally preparing myself for the crowded room of girls anxiously waiting, I sat there on my bid for a whole hour. We had to wait because of some rules. Finally the moment had come to where I could open my bid. I read it and I saw Gamma Chi, which is my sororities’ chapter name. I was so confused I started crying because I thought I didn’t get the house I wanted. Until a rho gamma came over and explained that I received a bid from Zeta Tau Alpha. I immediately shifted tears from sad to happy tears.

Each group went in order to the fountain to where they would run to their house as a large group of screaming girls. I was group 3, so I had to wait behind 2 groups and I could feel my heart beating through my ears. Finally it was my group’s turn. We all lined up and I had clung to a girl I found that was also running to Zeta. I looked at Lindsey, my big sister and the girl who talked to me on preference night, and she looked so anxious. Her face was priceless and I will never forget running right to her and immediately crying because I was home. She had made me feel so welcomed and made me a part of something I will have for life. When girls say that their sorority is not “just for 4 years, its for life” I truly believe it. These girls mean the world to me and I would drop anything for any one of them. I know they would do the same. I have found my best friends and my future bridesmaids, long lasting fun nights to remember, and something to call home. I will never regret going Greek and I think that girls should consider it more because of what you get out of it. It has changed me for a better person and I like who I have become because it is something I am proud of.

~Thank you Zeta Tau Alpha|Gamma Chi|ISU~
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