For four days this week, I didn’t post a blog Instagram once. I quickly fell behind on all my reading and homework. And as for sleep, psssch, who needs it? It’s been a hectic week, to say the least. The reason? Sorority recruitment!! Now, if you’re interested in rushing and curious about what happens or what to wear, this post is for you. Truly, I wanted to take today’s post to reflect on something that’s been a big part of my college experience and life.
Pictured here are the smiling faces of so many people I am lucky to call forever friends. You can actually see my “family” in the first photo — my curly haired Big Molly and my sweet Little Anna. How appropriate that we’re the Sunflower Family, and there were sunflowers for us to include in our photo! Through nights with very few hours of sleep, through almost losing my voice and feeling sick and run down, I reminded myself this week I was pretty darn lucky to feel so connected to such a strong, talented, passionate group of women.
For you to better understand, the days of rush are long. We are booked — sometimes from 9 am – 10 pm — just talking and getting to know girls through 20-minute “parties.” But through Unity Days 1 and 2, Sisterhood Day, Philanthropy Day, and finally Preference Night, I felt so genuinely in love with my friends around me. I wrote a few lines for Preference Night — a night of big decisions. I’ve included the speech here, and it really speaks to my struggles, doubts, and ultimate love for Chi Omega and its sisterhood.
I came to college a natural introvert, interested in getting to know people but sometimes more content as a listener and observer. When I went Chi O, I questioned the validity of the sisterhood and my place within it. As you can probably guess, I don’t feel that way anymore.
From the time [my sister] Benni picked me up after I called her crying on the phone because I had been standing out in the rain for 20 minutes waiting for the 51B [bus] that never arrived… to the time I received an anonymous card in my mailbox from a loving sister telling me she appreciated my company in the house… I have found such a sisterhood in this place I am lucky to call home.I think as women, many of us show up to Berkeley independent, ready to fight for ourselves, and achieve personal success, but relying and placing trust in others is not always second nature. That was the case for me, and I am glad to have grown with the sisters I know will be life-long friends.
Do you have any questions about sorority rush? If you’ve been through the process, what has your experience been like? Comment below!