CSULB’s Alpha Phi’s Bid Day Video Looks Like So Much Fun!

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You’d be crazy not to want to join in the fun of the Alpha Phi girls at CSULB! Happy Bid Day!

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Alpha Xi Delta Showing Off Their Awesome Dance Moves!

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Join Alpha Xi Delta of Marquette University in their epic bid day video for 2016! Their dance moves are great!

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10 Reasons To Love Being Disaffiliated For Recruitment

At my school, we’re Rho Gammas. Every campus has a different name for us, but every group does the same thing: we take off our letters to help you find yours. Wether you’re a recruitment counselor or a member of Panhel Exec board, it can be hard (and kind of sad) to be separated from your sisters, at least publicly. Luckily, there are some perks.

10. MORE T-SHIRTS


Since we can’t wear the plethora of shirts we have with our own chapter on them, being disaffiliated kind of eliminates your entire wardrobe. So, we obviously have to do an order of shirts that say Rho Gamma, or Pi Chi, or whatever on them. Right?

9. Getting to know other disaffiliated girls.


If your group is paired with the group of a girl you barely know, you’re about to spend 45 minutes eating food and sitting in a stranger’s bedroom with said girl. Chances are you’re gonna find something to talk and laugh about. The next time you see her on campus, you both smile and say hello and maybe make plans to grab coffee. And isn’t that what being a Greek woman is all about?

8. Getting the inside scoop.


As their recruitment counselor, the PNMs come to you with tough decisions. If they’re torn between to houses, you know about it. And you, with your infinite wisdom, get to help them figure out which one fits them better. You also know which girls become horrible and catty the second they step out of the houses.

7. Recruitment Week is a lot less stressful for us.


The week leading up to recruitment? That pretty much sucks. But we don’t have the pressure of impressing the girls, following your Recruitment Chair’s dress code, asking the right questions, and making sure you’re perfectly Panhellenic. We just have to put them in alphabetical order and hold their shit. Boom.

6. The questions.


The PNMs want nothing more than to figure out our affiliation. They will ask and guess and try to stalk our social media through its airtight security (thanks, Panhel). It’s fun to hear their guesses. It’s also fun to try and trick them. It’s even more fun when they figure out they get to be your sister.

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Creighton’s Alpha Phi Bid Day 2016 Video is Epic!

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Awesome job girls! Don’t they just look like the most fun group of people to hang out with??

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Welcome to ADPi at CNU’s Fabulous Life!! Bid Day 2016

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The ADPi girls’ slogan is “welcome to our fabulous life,” and it sure looks as if it is!!! Happy Bid Day 2016!

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Baylor ZTA With Yet Another Awesome Bid Day Video!

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Baylor University’s ZTA made yet another amazing bid day video for 2016! They’re looking patriotic and everything!

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Confessions of a Shy Freshman- How My Sorority Changed Me for the Better

By the end of high school, I had about four close friends. I’d always had a hard time making friends and been scared to talk in class. Meeting new people was very awkward and overwhelming for me. I have a very good memory and some people think it’s weird, so I would always wait for people to greet me before I’d say hello. A lot of people that I went to high school thought I was stuck up, when really, I was just painfully shy. Because of this, I chose a small college far away from my hometown. This way I could get the chance to start over, and start the school year off more confidently.
Freshman year, I lived on a sorority floor with a few other freshman, so I had already met most of the girls in that sorority when people started talking about the impending rush date. I had to walk around with no makeup, with tangled bed head, and no bra with the people that could potentially be deciding my fate with their sorority. Obviously that freaked me out. I had come out of my shell a little thanks to freshman orientation and the friends I had already met, but I was still very shy. I would walk past the older sorority girls and avoid all eye contact partly because I wasn’t wearing my glasses and couldn’t see who they were, but mostly just because of my terrible shyness.
So not surprisingly, during rush, the girls knew who I was but didn’t know anything about me. My friends had made lasting impressions on the girls because they are more outgoing and it’s easier for them to open up, but I had a much harder time showing everyone who I really was. I would let girls in my rush group speak over me, because I didn’t want to be rude and wasn’t bold enough to say what I had to say. This not only made me seem quiet, but it also made me seem uninterested. To this day, girls in my sorority tell me about how they thought I didn’t like them. I did like them, in fact, I wanted to be a member of their sorority, but I was too awkward and shy to express this.
I’ve always had a problem with showing people the “real me” right away, because deep down, I am a really strange person and no one has ever really gotten to see that and end up accepting it and staying except my family and a few close friends. Luckily, I joined a sorority that consists of a pack of stone-cold weirdos. These girls are seriously extremely weird once you get to know them, but I love it. Not only do these girls have similar personalities and senses of humor as I do, but they are also the most accepting group of people I have ever gotten to know. It took some time for me to open up to everyone, but when I did, I was welcomed with open arms. I wouldn’t exactly say my sorority “changed” me, as the title of this article suggests, but I will say that the acceptance of this group of girls has made me much more confident with who I am. I no longer fear how people will react to my odd personality or awkwardness, because I know I have about 100 girls in my corner no matter what these people think of me. The girls of Delta Chi Theta have taught me so much about courage and confidence in this short period I have been a member. They taught me to be myself, because who cares what others think as long as you’re fine with who you are. I not only gained sisters on bid day, I also gained a support system that would eventually push me to be confident in my own skin. I can’t express how much I am thankful to be a member of this sorority that, in a sense, changed me for the better.
Here’s to all my ladybugs,
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Why Being a Rho Chi Gives You the Ultimate FOMO

There is glitter in the air, the faint sounds of chanting and crafts filling the room, this can only mean one thing, recruitment season is coming soon.  Whether you love recruitment or hate it, this is what every sorority girl lives for.  This is the happiest and most stressful time of year but in the end we all have the joy of receiving brand new girls.  While this time is clearly stressful for everyone, there is one group of people who rarely get thanked for making our lives as easy as possible.  We know them well, some may even be your sisters, but at this time, they are Greek Life’s Recruitment Counselors.
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This past semester, I had the honor of serving as a Rho Chi for my Panhellenic community.  While this was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had within Greek life, it was also the most severe case of FOMO that I have ever had.  For those of you who don’t know, Rho Chi’s are “disaffiliated” from their chapters for between one and three months and during that time, they are not allowed to be seen in public with their sisters or attend sorority functions.  This would be difficult for anyone but Rho Chi’s have a special love for Greek Life which tends to make it especially hard.
As any college student can tell you, they want to be part of everything.  In a perfect world, you would never miss a party, a dinner or any event and you would never have silly things like sleep and homework to hold you back.  But the life of a Rho Chi is all about watching from a distance.  You are at every Greek wide event and spend your time talking about sisterhood but all of it has to take place across the room from all of your sisters who have made your sorority experience so wonderful to talk about.  So you stand there and encourage wonderful new college women to join Greek life and long for the day that you can re-join along with them.
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The experience of being a Rho Chi provided me with many things.  It taught me a lot about recruitment and communication, it furthered my love for Greek life and my campus and it gave me the ability to learn a lot about myself.  However, it also showed me how lost I am without my chapter.  I realized that I missed sitting with them for meals, I missed going out with them, and I missed the small encounters with sisters that can sometimes just make my day.  My only saving grace during these times were the other wonderful Rho Chi’s including a few from my own chapter.  They became my home away from my sorority home.
While this was a relatively consistent factor of this experience, it began its peak during the actual week of recruitment.  The most difficult parts are sending girls to your chapter’s room and not smiling and cheering on your sisters, controlling the desire to recruit the girls you meet for your own chapter, and being on the outside of the always emotional preference ceremony.  All of these things together pull hard at your heart strings and cause you to love your chapter more than ever.
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While all of this FOMO is a short time hardship, it is all worth it in the end.  Helping younger girls to find their home, renewing the love you have for your chapter and running into the arms of all of your sisters at the end of the week makes this an experience that you will never forget.  If you are lucky enough to be a Recruitment Counselor for your campus’ Greek life, remember that although you may experience severe FOMO, you will be able to change lives and improve your community.  So stay positive and make the most of this amazing experience that few people get to have.

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10 Times Your Sorority House Felt Like Home

They say home is where the heart is. Well, your heart lies where your sisters are, and you’ll always be able to find them at your all-important sorority house. This house is your sanctuary, your happy place, and your home away from home.

10. It was there when you needed a place to study or hold emergency tutor sessions.

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9. It’s where you can sit and talk with your sisters, discussing any and everything, for hours at a time.

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8. There’s always a place to paint, make posters, craft, and express your artistic side to it’s fullest.

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7. It was there for you on Bid Day when you made one of the best decisions of your life.

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6. It was there when you needed a place to vent and cry over life’s responsibilities. Someone’s always there to listen.

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Why I Chose Alpha Delta Pi

“I look around me and see a sweet life.” -Jessie J

There’s no limit to the amount of wonderful things I can say about my sorority. I love each and every one of my sisters and everything that Alpha Delta Pi offers me. I’ll try my best not to sound biased, but these are a few reasons why I’m proud of the amazing decision I made.

One thing I loved most about Alpha Delta Pi was the environment and atmosphere that surrounded me from day one of recruitment. From the first night to Pref Tea, I was impressed by how well ADPi presented themselves. I whole-heartedly wanted to be them. I seen a little bit of myself in every girl. They showed me how much of a family they were and how they all loved one another. There were no bad vibes or animosity. They were all genuine and welcomed me with open arms. I felt like I was wanted and appreciated.

I never felt like I had to force a conversation. Every girl that I spoke with truly took the time to get to know me and hear my story. They showed interest in me and helped me understand their organization. There were no rehearsed, timed questions and I loved that about them. Unlike the other houses, I felt like a person and not just a number matched with a face.

There wasn’t a time where I felt awkward or didn’t feel at home. From the first night I walked in the room full of fresh faces, I felt a connection to everyone. I didn’t have to pretend to feel comfortable or to enjoy myself, because I actually did. I was impressed by every story I heard and every skit that was performed. The girls never once made me feel intimidated or scared. They showed me their true selves, and that’s what I was able to give them in return.

I fell in love with the philanthropy. The Ronald McDonald House Charities is amazing nonprofit organization, and it made my heart happy when I heard how ADPi works directly to helping the health and needs of children in need. This made me want to be a part of them even more. Alpha Delta Pi raises and donates to these children and their families, and I think that is untouchable.

I didn’t feel the need to have to change myself or adjust. I already fit right in with everyone. I was three hours away from my hometown, but this place gave me closure and peace of mind. It gave me hope and faith in what my future holds.

When I was stuck in the dark, it was my flashlight. This place was where I belonged. It was my home away from home, and I know in my heart that this is where I am meant to be.

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Delta Gamma Girls Celebrate Bid Day in an Awesome Way!

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UO’s Delta Gamma bid day video is awesome! Watch as these girls celebrate from morning until night while welcoming their new sisters!

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Another Awesome Bid Day Video by Chi Omega!

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Boy do these girls have some energy! Check out UCF’s girls of Chi Omega as they enjoy bid day!

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