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A Fifth-Year Senior's Thoughts, Amidst the Excitement of Recruitment
Posted On: Monday, November 17 08:30 AM, by Stasia Warren
When you look back on your college chapter days, you won't remember the socials, the rules, or the mandatory meetings. But you will remember the friends, the role models, and the women who looked up to you and believed in you even when you didn't yourself.Due to various social media platforms, it's almost impossible to not realize that sorority recruitment at the University of Nevada has ended with (as some photo captions claimed) the "best day of the year": Bid Day.
I graduated from Nevada last spring, although I am continuing in my fifth (and final) year at the university this fall, and I remain a decently involved student on campus.
Starting out, I never wanted to join a sorority; I really I didn't want to be at Nevada at all.
The first week of my freshman year—much to my dismay—I went through recruitment and had to miss the first football game (thanks a lot, mom!).
I joined my chapter, gained sisters and friends, went through the new member process, and so on and so forth. Fast-forward four years to last spring when I said goodbye to my active college member life.
My new member class and I made it through a lot. The number of members in our class dwindled as we went along, but our core always remained intact. How many times I thought about leaving I can't count, but the key word there is "thought." It was never a real option. Was I extremely enthusiastic about getting involved? Not always. Was I around all the time taking advantage of events? Not really. Was I obsessive about crafting and screaming "BIG" every chance I got? Um, not even close.
Greek life never fully defined me. It was a part of my life, of course, but it was never my entire life.
I am not a crier. When my new member class graduated, I think I was one of the few (the only one?) in the group who didn't cry. It wasn't because I wasn't sad, because I was. But I had it easier; I was still a student, and I knew I would still be around. I was also ready to move on, and I could feel that it was time, c'est la vie.
Reflecting back as I see faces, new and old, embracing each other and celebrating another recruitment season, another group of new women welcomed into the Greek community, I can't help but think about my time in my chapter and where I am now.
It's easy to "roll with it" and not understand the impact of different experiences. Whether you're involved with an organization, going to school, wrapped up in a job, or living somewhere for a good amount of time, it's easy to take it for granted. It's easy to see the annoying stuff, and it's easy to complain about an obligation. It takes some thought to see the opportunities, to realize that every smile is a blessing, and to see the beauty around you.
Looking at my experience now, I remember some stuff.
I remember the women who wanted me to represent them as a homecoming candidate when I had no idea anyone took me seriously at all. I remember the women who believed that I could be vice president of programming for Panhellenic Council when I didn't think I could speak in front of two people, let alone the entire Greek community. I remember the women who told me they valued my opinion during recruitment when I thought they assumed I was simply a “good time” and nothing more. I remember the women who taught me not to care what people think, to be confident, and to follow my dreams, simply because I could. I remember the women who believed in me when I didn't. I remember the women who looked up to me while I was a collegian member, and I remember the women who look up to me now as an alumna and who continue to inspire me to be better and do better every day.
So when you look back on your college chapter days, you won't remember the socials, the rules, or the mandatory meetings. But you will remember the friends, the role models, and the women who looked up to you and believed in you even when you didn't yourself.
I actually haven't realized this until today. I never gave my chapter and the women in it enough credit. Now, when I look back and think about my experience, I'll remember all those things and know that I can do whatever is ahead of me.
You can also bet that I encourage all members—new and current—to be as involved as possible and scream "BIG" at the top of their lungs as much as they want.
Anastasia Warren, Beta Mu/Nevada, is majoring in journalism and will graduate next May.
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