As promised, this post is dedicated to Westminster’s final night of recruitment. I seriously remember this day like it was yesterday. Leigha, Athena, and I made a pact that we weren’t going to tell each other which sorority we would write down on that card in the chapel.
I was down to two parties – Zeta Tau Alpha and Alpha Gamma Delta. During both of those sororities’ final nights, I did go back and forth between the two. However, I think the main reason I considered ZTA was because I had a feeling Athena and Leigha were going to go that way, and I wanted to be with my friends. Those of you going through recruitment, do NOT choose a sorority based on where your friends are going unless you truly believe in your heart that sorority is where you belong. I’m serious. Flipping that AGD card Saturday morning, even though Athena and Leigha went ZTA, was THE best decision I ever made, and we are all still friends today and remained very close during college. Heck, I even lived on the ZTA suite with them in a triple! What did we call that – two carrots and a nut? HA. Back to being serious…
The final night parties were very emotional – on both sides. As a freshman, you question so many things. Where do I belong? What if I make the wrong decision? What if my friends want to be in another sorority? And from the other side, there are just tears. SO many dang tears. Especially if you are a senior! Sometimes I chuckle a little and think how dramatic this all sounds, but those four years in that sorority were truly the best days of my life, so no I don’t think all the crying was uncalled for. 🙂
The parties concluded and we made the dreaded (but exciting!) walk to Wallace Memorial Chapel to make our final decisions. Leigha, Athena, and I sat in different areas staring at this blank card. Athena and I probably turned ours in around the same time. Leigha took a little longer. 🙂 But she eventually turned it in, as well. Seriously after turning in that dang card, I felt like I could breathe and relax again. Trying to fall asleep that night was hard too because all you’re thinking of is… will I get a bid from the sorority I wrote on that card?! Cut to pick-up day – holy smokes – I SO wish we could all go back to that. Leigha and Athena’s dorm floor was called before mine to go on the stage. They both flipped their cards ZTA. Then my hall was called. I think girls thought I would have flipped ZTA just because the three of us were attached at the hip. Well, nope. I flipped AGD, and I am so beyond happy that I did. I think I knew from the beginning I was meant to be an Alpha Gam, but it was still nerve-racking nonetheless.
I think the moment that made me honestly realize AGD was the sorority for me, and I’m not even kidding about this, was one of their informal parties in October my freshman year. It was Halloween themed and one of the sisters, Rhiannon, was dressed in a garbage bag for who the heck knows why, but I thought to myself… these girls can totally be themselves and are here to have fun but are equally just as nice without being too ‘OMG WE’RE SO HAPPY TO HAVE YOU HERE.’ Like okay, you don’t even know me. I just knew I could be my weird self in AGD. And come on, their animal is a squirrel. That ish is funny. And I do really believe in AGD’s purpose: Inspire the Woman. Impact the World.
But any who, those hosting the final night parties tonight, especially you seniors, give your sisters a big hug and take it all in. You’ll be missing it once you graduate! And those of you reading this going through recruitment, please just be true to yourself and follow your heart. The rest will all fall into place.
That is my piece of advice to you, and I wish you the best of luck in finding your missing piece.