I Went Out Of My Comfort Zone And I Couldn't Be Happier

I Went Out Of My Comfort Zone And I Couldn't Be Happier

Informal recruitment - I didn't know I needed you
482
views

Greek life.

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.

Cover Image Credit: Caitlin Johnston

Popular Right Now

7 Things You Do If You’re One Of Those 'I Always Order Chicken Tenders' People

It's hard to love food but also hate it at the same time.

48555
views

Growing up, my mom would usually have to cook me a separate dinner from my siblings. Why? Because I was ridiculously picky and wouldn't eat the same foods as everyone else. Trust me, it gets old. It's not my fault certain things just taste gross, you learn to live with it.

1. You eat something you hate just to see if you still hate it

I'll take a bite of a burger every once in a while just to reaffirm that it still tastes like dirt. I just have to know. Don't even get me started on vegetables.

2. When trying to explain what you actually like to eat, people give you major side eye

Don't ask me about my eating habits unless you want to get into a long, confusing conversation.

3. Eating at someone else’s house when you were younger was a pain

You hate to tell their parents just how much you hate the food that they gave you. So, you sucked it up and ate it anyway only to come home and whine to your parents.

4. There’s one thing on any menu you always fall back on...even if it’s on the kids menu

Pizza, maybe. Chicken tenders, always.

5. Trying a new food is a very proud moment

It's like, wow! Look at me being all adventurous.

6. When you realize you actually like some new food, that’s an even more amazing moment

Crazy times. This rarely happens.

7. Sometimes it’s the texture, sometimes it’s the flavor, all the time it’s left on your plate

Oops. At restaurants it's either left on your plate or your order is very specified.

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

10 Things I Learned From Joining A Non-Traditional Sorority

Joining a non-traditional sorority may not be normal but it can have its benefits.

51
views

When I started college, I had no intention of joining a sorority. However after hearing my friends talk about the amazing time they were having in their sororities I decided to try and join one. After multiple failed attempts at joining a traditional sorority, I finally found my forever home… in a non-traditional sorority. And after talking to my friends in traditional sororities, I found there are a few things that are different.

​1.  Every time you mention being in a sorority, you get a million questions of which one and people don’t seem to understand when it is not a traditional one.

media.giphy.com

2. You get to know all your sisters extremely well... almost too well.

media.giphy.com

3. You don’t have to drink to have a fun time.

media.giphy.com

4. You can’t find your sorority letters anywhere unless you special order them.

media.giphy.com

5. It tends to be cheaper to go the non-traditional route.

media.giphy.com

6. Big/Little is just as important for your sorority as a traditional one.

My Personal Photo

7. There are secrets… a lot of secrets. But it is so worth it.

media.giphy.com

8. There is very little drama but when it does happen everyone knows everything.

media.giphy.com

9. Your sisters will become your best friends and your big/little will be even closer than that.

media.giphy.com

10. No matter where you go you will see a sister and know her name.

media.giphy.com

Related Content

Facebook Comments