A three day journey to find the best of the best, the ladies of Sigma Delta Tau, Phi Sigma Sigma, and Delta Phi Epsilon gave their all to make this past weekend a huge success. It was official recruitment weekend, better known as rushing, for these sororities in which they welcomed interested ladies to come meet the sisters of each group. Working long hour days, the three sororities (SDT, Phi Sig, and DPhiE) designed their three-day event according to their mission, values, official colors, and themes. It was up to the active sisters to meet the interested new members and determine who they would invite to become part of the Greek family.
Junior Alexandra Pagan, communications studies major, President of Phi Sigma Sigma said, “Our mission is not only to welcome new members to our sisterhood, but to have successful recruitment where every potential member can find a home away from home, in Greek life on campus.”
The Panhellenic Council on campus contributes to the development and smooth running of recruitment week. Current senior, a Sigma Delta Tau since 2009, and serving as Panhellenic President, Melissa Rosen understood how nervous the potential new members were, but she offered some advice from years in Greek life.
“Girls, just enjoy your new membership period and time as an active member because time flies,” she said.
Senior, member of Delta Phi Epsilon and Panhellenic Vice President Nichole Evans had no intention of going Greek her freshman year but once she attended recruitment weekend a chance, she knew it was for her. “I know as a new member, I was definitely nervous, anxious, and excited at the same time because you don’t know what’s to come, but remember everything happens for a reason. Being in a sorority isn’t just having membership, it’s a lifestyle,” she said.
Behind the scenes, there is hard work put in, but what the potential new members?
Freshman Linzy Eversen said, “It is definitely nerve wrecking, but exciting at the same time, trying to get new people to like you and make a strong connection.”
Another new member, freshman Amanda Grasseschi said, “Follow your heart, not your friends.” It is common for many to rush just because their friends do, but Greek life is all about make a personal connection and being able to depend on your new family for the rest of your life.
Senior and President of Delta Phi Epsilon, Tiffany Harrison, first went Greek at UCF. When she transferred to NSU, she immediately loved this chapter and continued her memberships. Harrison said, “I love recruitment. Our goal is to recruit women better than ourselves in order to leave a better legacy. This has been such a fun weekend, being able to meet up and coming powerful leaders. The process takes long hours and hard work, but it is worth it.”
Sept. 9, 2012 was official Bid Day, in which the sororities formally invite the selected members and the new members chose their new Greek family. It is a day of fun, laughter, tears, and heart-felt hugs when the potential new members become sisters of either Sigma Delta Tau, Delta Phi Epsilon, or Phi Sigma Sigma.