Going Greek!

Going Greek!

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Since beginning my time at Loyola, I’ve been unsure of whether or not sorority life was for me. Where I come from most of my friends go to big state schools and greek life there is wild. The thought of sorority recruitment had always scared me, the horror stories from high school clouded my judgement even as I learned more about Greek life here at Loyola.

Convinced by my friends and an amazing PA to give recruitment a chance, I signed up. I definitely did not go into the weekend with the mindset that this would be worth my while. But I was wrong.

How recruitment at Loyola works is a little different from what you might find at other schools. Starting on Thursday all the PNM’s (perspective new members) were invited to a meeting where if you had signed up and paid your 30$ fee, you would be put into a group with a recruitment guide (Rho Gamma) and get the basics of what was about to happen in the coming weekend. Friday the parties started. Everyone visits each of six sororities for 25 minuets. It’s a long night, but it’s worth it. At the end of round one, or scholarship round,  you pick your top four chapters.

Depending on if they pick you back, you’ll then visit those four chapters again on Saturday. Saturday is Philanthropy round, paying a visit to your top four for 50 min you discuss each chapters philanthropy or Charity work. At the end of Saturday you preference your top two chapters in preparation for Sunday, Preference Round.

The last round of recruitment is meant to help finalize your and your future chapters decision. These parties are 50 min long and  you experience more of each chapter and have more personal conversations with the active members. After this you have to pick your first and second choice and cross your fingers as you wait for bid day later that night!

Bid day was a whirlwind, the excitement was palpable. The room was literally buzzing with excitement as we sat on our bids waiting to find out if we had gotten our first choice. Finally after the recruitment guides revealed which chapter they belonged to we were allowed to open our bids. There was a lot of screaming and jumping and running to get our tee shirts and find who else was going to be a part of your sorority.

If you’re considering greek life at Loyola, I urge you to at least give recruitment a chance. You, like me, may find your home. I found my home in Chi Omega and I cannot wait to see what the future holds. I won’t give away everything that happens on Bid day because the surprises only make it more exciting. Take the chance to find your greek home, it might just be the best decision you’ll ever make!  #GoChiO


For more information on Sororities at Loyola check out Loyola Panhellenic !


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