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18 Of Lambda Alpha's Fall '17 PC Shed Light on Recruitment And What It Means To Become A Chi Omega

In honor of sorority recruitment season, the women of Chi Omega give personal accounts from one of the most special weeks of their lives as a Chi Omega!

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As a Chi Omega woman, I can speak for myself as well of all of my sisters when I say Lambda Alpha truly is something special. It is a place we are accepted for every little thing about us, flaws and all. We do not seek perfection by any means. We seek real, down to earth women who were put on this planet to make an impact and do something great. We all share an immense passion and deep endearment for our chapter. Oddly enough, what brings us together are our differences. We accept and welcome one another with open arms and are committed to providing continuous support for one another through any and every circumstance that comes our way. The bond Chi Omega women share is something so surreal, and I am lucky enough to be a part of it.

Pledge class '18, you will know exactly what I am talking about and sense the strong bond between our women the first day you step foot in the Chee, our home, and soon to be yours as well. Recruitment is a lot. It is tiring, overwhelming, and exciting all at the same time. I hope when you are handed your piece of paper each morning, Chi Omega is the one house that makes your heart skip a beat with happiness and excitement just as it did for me. I knew Chi O was my home from day one. and open house round was all I needed to know where I was meant to be.

Below are 18 of my incredible sisters who share their favorite moments from recruitment week and bid day, both equally special to a Chi O woman!

1. Ashton Schneider

"Omg probably our insane dance party that went on forever and the purple lipstick!"

2. Bailey Tillery

"My favorite memory was the first day I ever walked into the Chi O house and a sudden feeling of belonging swept over me. I met a girl that I fell in love with and we connected so well! I just felt like the girls were so down to earth and awesome! I was so happy and excited to go back. I just feel like it was meant to be!!! My first day at Chi O was so amazing!"

3. Alivia Stewart

"My favorite party of bid day was literally sprinting to the Chee and being greeted by my soon to be big, Cameron. Being greeted with such excitement and feeling so welcomed was probably one of the best feelings in the world. Being surrounded by such an awesome group of diverse girls who were all somehow just like me was also just as amazing. Clicking instantly with my future bffs (and roomies), CB and Madison, helped me cherish bid day and my college experience so much more."

4. Faith Turner

"My fave memory was finding out that my Gamma Chi was my sista!!!! Now my roomie!!!!! And I loved being able to see all the houses and talk to so many different types of people. Also, getting a freaking Chi O bid in itself was the best thing ever."

5. Emily Munzer

"Seeing everyone so happy knowing they found their forever home with such a great group of girls that they now get to call their sisters for life!!!"

6. Mia Bonsack

"Bid day was definitely the suspense and excitement right before opening the card and running to the house."

7. Lucy Hargis

"My favorite part of rush was getting to know the girls in my Gamma Chi group and my favorite bid day memory was dancing and singing on the median of Rose Street with my new sisters!"

8. Elissa Warner

"Finally finding someone to connect with!! I talked to Lily Daily and she was awesome!"

9. Corinne Vondrak

"My fave part of bid day was how crazy it was. Like one minute you're running onto the lawn looking for someone with your name on their sign, the next you're dancing with your new #sistas, and then you're getting hot dogs and funnel cake in the backyard of the Chee."

10. Megan Pham

"So my favorite part/memory of rush was for sure just getting meet all types of people and making friends throughout the whole process-regardless of whether or not we ended up in the same sorority. There was just such a cool collective of people from all over the place & everyone had their own unique styles.Towards the end of rush week, i remember leaving one of the houses completely in tears because I'm just a major softie. I was so embarrassed that all these girls who didn't know me had to see me as an emotional wreck! but as i was walking away someone tapped on my shoulder and I turned around to see a girl who's makeup was running down her face. And she just said "girl, I'm so glad I wasn't the only one crying" and even it was a pretty lame thing to bond over, we've been friends since! Bid day is still to this day one of my favorite experiences I've had so far in college. It's honestly such a blur haha. One moment we're running to our houses and the next we're all laughing, eating, and dancing in the street. That day was just filled with so many good vibes. It was the first time our Fall '17 pledge class was together and it's insane to see how we've changed since that day. For me, it was a crazy group of strangers that ended up being the most dope sistas. I have so much love for these girls and bid day is what started it all!"

11. Hannah Stumbo

"I was so excited on bid day that Claire and I literally ran to the lawn. I loved dancing on the lawn on bid day. I only knew a handful of girls, but no doubt it felt like home!"

12. Savannah Fraley

"My favorite memory from bid day was dancing in the street with everyone until the sun went down!!"

13. Hayden Ramsey

"My favorite part of bid day was probably running to the Chee from Memorial Coliseum and being the first one on the lawn and being greeted by my owl pal, Molly, who would later turn into the most amazing big ever! She didn't know me at all, not even through recruitment, but she welcomed me in with open arms and treated me like we had been friends for years. Hands down best day ever and I'm hyped for this year's bid day woop woop!"

14. Casey Sartore

"I didn't know it then, but bid day was the start of what seems like a new life for me. The friendships, support, and happiness, and love I have received from bid day on have changed my life. I've never felt so lucky!!"

15. Dyeshia Parrot

"My favorite memory of rush/bid day was opening the card that told me I was in Chi Omega. I knew ever since the first day I was at Chi O, I had to be one. Rushing to the lawn and seeing the ladies twerk to 'Molly Cyrus' was when I definitely knew I was in the right place."

16. Emily Foreman

"My Gamma Chi!! I got so close to our Gamma Chi, Bailey Cremeans, and was fortunate enough that she was a Chi O girlie. Gamma Chi's as a whole just make everything so much more comfortable and FUN!"

17. Taylor Nolan

"My big was the very first person I talked to when I walked into Chi O, I was obsessed with her all week, and running home to her was literally the best feeling. I was just so grateful running to Chi O because I genuinely felt like I had found a home, in the truest sense of the word. Every time I left Chi O I was smiling and laughing and felt so at ease and happy!"

18. Aspen Kelly

"My favorite memory from rush was definitely getting the chance to meet so many people and when we all had snow cones on one of the days during. My favorite memory from bid day was dancing and singing in front of the Chee, especially to the Chi Omega girl song, and getting to meet all of the girls that would become my sisters."

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When you enter into Greek life, it's like having to learn a whole new language, but it's a language that everyone comes to love. So here's the Greek alphabet, from Alpha Chi to Zeta.

A is for Alum

The members of our chapter who have graduated. These members are a range of ages and can participate in all kinds of alumna events.

B is for Bid Day

The best day of the year when our chapters get to accept a new pledge class of members.

C is for Chapter

Our weekly meetings where we learn about sisterhood and philanthropy events, date parties, etc., as well as take care of any sort of chapter business.

D is for Date Parties

Some of the best nights of the year are getting dressed up with your friends and your dates and attending date parties.

E is for Executive Board

The people that make the chapter run smoothly. The chapter wouldn't function without your president, VP, finance, standards, etc.

F is for Fried Friday

The best day of the week at the house. When the chefs cook up chicken, mozzarella sticks, fried pickles, french fries, corn dogs, fried mac n cheese, fried corn, fried green tomatoes and whatever else your heart desires.

G is for Greek Week

One of the most competitive and most fun weeks of the year. Spent playing dodgeball, whiffle ball, doing dance-offs, and more!

H is for Hand Sign

No matter what sign it is, we love to throw what we know!

I is for Initiation

The day that we get to cross from new member to active member of our chapter.

J is for Just Here So I Don't Get Fined

As much as we love to hang out with our sisters, sometimes life gets in the way and we wish we had more free time. Sometimes we're only attending an event so that we don't get fined.

K is for Kick-Off

Of course, all college students love football but game day is something special when you're Greek. From getting ready with your sisters to eating at the house to tailgating with the fraternities, it's all a part of the game day experience when you're Greek.

L is for Letters

Our identity within the Greek community.

M is for Mom

Our house mom can never take the place of our real mom but she is great for lending an ear and helping solve any issues that come up within the sorority.

N is for Norts

Part of the "sorority girl uniform." We can't get enough of our Nike shorts

O is for Organized

With constantly running between classes, chapter meetings, and other events, you become extremely organized when you join a Greek organization.

P is for Philanthropy

One of the biggest reasons many people choose to go Greek. We love to spend our time, money and energy towards a cause that's close to our heart such as Ronald McDonald House, Make a Wish Foundation and CASA.

Q is for Queso

Okay, maybe a bit of a stretch but it's true! Ordering Fuzzy's to the sorority house or going out to eat at Moe's or Chuy's are not uncommon activities. We love chips and queso!

R is for Recruitment

The craziest week of the year where the chapter decides which PNM's would be the best fit for the chapter and new members run home to your chapter at the end of the week!

S is for Sisterhood

What a sorority is really all about. The friends you make in your sorority are some of the most interesting and genuine girls you'll meet!

T is for T-Shirt Tuesday

The one weeknight that tons of people go out. Whether you're at Harry's bar or Rounders, T-shirt Tuesday is sure to be a blast.

U is for Unique Experience

No two people have the same experience with Greek life. Whether you're the most involved person, just in it for the sisterhood, or you're fairly uninvolved, your experience will be different than everyone else's. You get out what you put in, as the saying goes.

V is for Vineyard Vines

One of many popular brands among sorority women and fraternity men alike.

W is for Wine Wednesday

Another fan favorite of the week is Wine Wednesday. Whether you're celebrating at Gallette's or from the comfort of your own dorm or apartment, Wine Wednesday is awesome.

X is for XL T-Shirts

Another part of the "sorority girl uniform". The bigger the T-shirt, the comfier and more confident you'll be. It's science.

Y is for Youth

Many philanthropies work with children, which is great because we love to spend time with the youth in and around Tuscaloosa!

Z is for Zero Sleep

When you're taking 14-18 credits, working, in a Greek organization and you're involved with several other organizations it's easy to see why we never get our full 8 hours of sleep. We're always going and we're fueled by coffee and a passion for whatever it is we're doing on and around campus.

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It's okay if you don't join a panhellenic sorority. Sometimes a different organization can turn out to be the best thing.

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Before going to college I was faced with a dilemma, should I rush? I wanted to rush just for the social aspect, I thought it would be my best shot at making a bunch of friends. However, deep down I knew that greek life really wasn't me. I didn't want to do something if I wasn't one hundred percent behind it. There was a part of me that did want to be in a sorority but the other part of me really didn't want to rush. Let me be clear, I don't think Greek life is bad, I just think it wasn't for me. I talked to my brother and sister-in-law about this because they both were in Greek life at the college I attend now; they told me that they didn't think I would like it either.

What my brother and sister-in-law told me that I might like was, a Christian sorority called Sigma Phi Lambda. When they described it to me it seemed like exactly what I was wanting. As soon as I got to college I sought them out; and I went to their recruitment nights. I loved it! It was exactly what I was looking for. I ended up joining. This sorority brought me an amazing group of friends! Most importantly, I have joined the perfect sorority for me! A few things I liked most about Sigma Phi Lambda was the people were so welcoming, it was more low key and laid back, I was still able to have a big and a "Pham", we still did lots of sorority things whilst also having activities that strengthened us on our walks with the Lord, and I gained so many sisters that I now have strong relationships with. Sigma Phi Lambda gave me so many friends and something to be involved in on campus. They gave me somewhere to belong and I am so glad I chose to join them.

Rushing may be exactly what you need when you go to college, but if it's not that is okay. Just join something that makes you happy. Join an organization that helps you grow and surrounds you with people that you want to be around. I promise when you get to college that there is an organization for just about everything, find the one that fits you. No matter what you choose I promise it's good. Just make sure you choose what is right for you.

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