April's 2nd Place Winner
I used to laugh when my mom suggested that I join a sorority. A proud Gamma Phi alum, she always spoke of her sorority experience as being one of the best parts of college. However, having spent most of my high school years having very few girl friends, Greek life was simply not something I could see myself being a part of. After committing to UC Davis, I received a few emails about recruitment, but confidently discarded them.
When Welcome Week began, I started to meet girls going through the formal recruitment process. Although I was perhaps a bit judgmental of their decision to rush, I was intrigued that all of these girls I met were not anything what I expected from typical sorority girls. After they all received their bids, and the quarter began, I began to meet many more girls in Greek life. These were the same girls who would strike up conversation with me in the dining commons, who would be the first to raise their hand in class, and who participated in IM sports with me. They were not at all the shallow party girls I had expected, but rather, they were intelligent, interesting women.
When I came home for Thanksgiving that year, my dad jokingly asked, “So are you going to join a sorority now?” To his surprise, I admitted that after meeting and befriending so many girls in Greek life, I was considering doing informal recruitment in the Winter. I promised him that I would only join a house if I absolutely loved it, and if it was something that I would definitely do for the next four years.
Winter break came and went, and finally, it was time for my first day of informal recruitment at Tri Delta. Admittedly, I did not know a huge amount about Tri Delta at the time, but I figured that if it was meant to be, I would know it by the time I left the house. Immediately upon entering the house, I was met by groups of friendly girls, who spent the next two hours talking to me about everything from classes to chocolate to sports. After getting home that night, I gushed to my roommate about how pleasantly surprised I was by my experience with Tri Delta, and two days later, I received my bid.
It has been over three years since the night when I first walked through the doors of Tri Delta, and I am so glad that I did. When I first came to college, I never expected to join a sorority. I never expected to make so many wonderful friends, to make so many amazing memories, or to have such an amazing support system. Although it took me a while to get there, I am incredibly grateful that I made the decision to rush.
With Panhellenic Love,
A Member of Delta Delta Delta