It's fall: the season for cooler weather, changing of leaves, sweaters, college football, and...HOMECOMING! This time of year calls for hard work, dedication, and a little friendly competition. After only a few months of settling into the new school year, organizations at universities across the country come together to participate in this week of festivities. Organizations create a homecoming float as well as take part in activities spread out throughout the week in hopes to win various competitions. After sleepless nights, weeks of planning, and exhaustion, Homecoming week draws near. One might think that it's smooth sailing from this point on, but the stress has just begun. When you feel like giving up, just know that you're not alone and students across the country are experiencing the following stages throughout this week:
1. When you're a new member and someone has to explain to you what a pomp is.
5. Your hands begin to go numb from folding paper for hours.
6. You see people across the room not pomping when you are.
7. When your friend gets the aux cord at a pomping session.
10. Meeting your pomping partner.
14. When you're ready to give up and it's only the second day.
16. You've worked on the float for so long yet you feel like there's been no progress.
18. Seeing all these pieces of paper are starting to make a design.
21. You realize all your work was worth it when you see your float go by
With Florida State slowly integrating fraternities back into its college society, it's time to assess just where you belong.
Aries - Delta Tau Delta
Maybe they don't have a reputation of being the friendliest fraternity, but ΔΤΔ definitely parties hard.
Taurus - Sigma Alpha Epsilon
ΣΑΕ is better off out of Heritage Grove, claiming the perfect location for Lotsa Pizza.
Gemini - Kappa Sigma
Cancer - Alpha Tau Omega
"Imagine Pike and Phi Delt are Publix. ΑΤΩ is Winn-Dixie."
Honestly, I would be moody if Greek Rank talked trash about me, too.
Leo - Phi Delta Theta
ΦΔΘ was so full of it that they were eventually busted.
Virgo - Phi Kappa Tau
ΦΚΤ is the fraternity that finally perfected a music playlist surrounding Heritage houses actually enjoy listening to.
Libra - Delta Chi
ΔΧ brothers have a 10/10 chance of being good guys. Regardless of which one you're with, you know you won't end up in a ditch.
Scorpio - Alpha Epsilon Pi
ΑΕΠ is one of those places you consider going to, but they get kicked off campus before you can.
Sagittarius - Chi Phi
ΧΦ always seems like a good idea.
Capricorn - Pi Kappa Alpha
ΠΚΑ brothers know they can get whatever they want, but everyone likes them too much to care.
Aquarius - Phi Gamma Delta
FIJI probably has the most married active brothers out of any fraternity... at all.
Pisces - Sigma Phi Epsilon
Way to quietly get suspended before the storm... We see you ΣΦΕ.
Those two words were something I wanted to stay very much away from my entire life.
I went through high school never wanting to go through the process of rushing and getting rated by other people. To me, it seemed demeaning and time-consuming and absolutely draining.
That is, until my second semester of college.
I am now realizing I did my first semester of college very wrong. I focused on school and my academics very much, which is great, but my social life lacked. I had a few friends, but my weekends were spent inside binge watching Grey's Anatomy on Netflix.
I think I went out a total of three times my first semester. Coming into the second semester I knew I needed to change that and put myself out there.
I am not opposed to nights in, it's just that I am more introverted than I am extroverted, so my introverted tendencies will make me want to just stay in bed a be comfortable.
Large groups of people are also not my thing. So the times I did go out I felt very overwhelmed and I knew only two or three people when I did go out. I needed to realize that I was at a university that was states away from my home and I needed to make friends.
So, with that, I signed up for rush for the beginning of spring semester. That lasted about all of two weeks before I sent an email saying I couldn't do it anymore. I could definitley do it, I just panicked thinking about two full weekends of screaming girls and smiling 24 hours a day. I couldn't bring myself to do it.
After the rush process was complete I felt a little down. I was disappointed in myself for not trying and pushing aside my insecurities and my fears. Then, I found out about informal recruitment.
For those who don't know, informal recruitment is another process of joining a sorority, just minus the long days and screaming and singing. Now, this did sound better but I was still so nervous. I wanted to make a good first impression and I was nervous about putting myself out there.
I had absolutely nothing to be nervous about.
I signed some papers, met with and got to know some of the girls and then boom. I was in.
This was EXACTLY what I needed. I was able to sit down in a calm environment for more than twenty minutes and really get to talk to someone. It was through this process that I found my home. I have never been more comfortable or enjoyed getting to know people as much as I have the past few weeks.
Now, two weeks away from initiation, I have no regrets and I am loving the experiences and new friends I am making. I have met so many wonderful people and I have felt so welcomed by everyone.
All that free time I had before? Yeah, that is definitley gone now, but I am just fine with it.
I stepped out of my comfort zone a little and I found my people and the place where I belong and I couldn't be happier.