About one year ago, I opened an envelope with three letters that would change my life for the better.
"Phi Sigma Sigma"
I know it sounds corny and stereotypical coming from a sorority girl, but it's humbling being apart of something bigger than myself.
Through the past 365(ish) days, I have come to know some young women who will be by my side forever. Future roommates, classmates, best friends, and most importantly, sisters.
The way recruitment works at a less Greek-life-focused school definitely differs from others. Our formal recruitment period lasts one weekend.
If you told me one year ago that after three days and about six conversations I would know where to call my "home away from home", I'd never believe it.
But it's actually crazy how such little things mean so much in forming connections. Being yourself, making eye contact, believing in yourself and following your gut. These are just some of the few things I found most important in making such an important decision.
Now, a whole year later, I got to be on the other side. Doing the actual "recruiting." And I could see the fear and curiosity within each girl I spoke to. But it's our job to make them feel as at home as possible.
I might've been more nervous this year than I was last year; I had no idea what to expect being on the other side of things and basically speed-dating girls for 3 days straight. Definitely not as easy as it sounds.
But the most rewarding thing I've gained from this weekend has to be the 82 new ladies I will soon call my sisters. And the one thing that stuck with me the most was my Rose Bud telling me, "I felt at home at Phi Sig." Which, overall, is the whole point of going out for recruitment.
You may not remember what you were doing, but you will remember who you were with.