As usual I failed. I planned on blogging through recruitment, but it is probably one of the most exhausting things. Recruitment for girls usually consists of all day talking from early in the morning to 6 at night and then for the girls in the house means setting up for the next day, moving around furniture, and trying to make sure everything is perfect.
Pi Phi's getting ready for Philanthropy day!
Yesterday was bid day and we were able to meet 54 new angels. I was so excited to meet so many girls. We also got three Asians and if anyone knows me this is very exciting. I’m very excited to share with the girls why Pi Phi means so much to me and what they will gain from not only these 4 years but for the rest of their life.
Our newest angels!
Everyone yesterday had to start on a wet start. We have at Butler, Rowdy Row, the police shut down the main road of campus and everyone that did recruitment runs out and finds their new homes. Yesterday it decided to pour during this time, but it made it to be so much fun! I can’t wait for what awaits all the new people that decided to go Greek!
Today was day one of formal recruitment. Each sorority had eight parties and each party had about 54 girls. If that tells you anything then you would know that I am completely exhausted.
Last night I went to bed at 1230, but I woke up at 430 to use the restroom and could not go back to sleep. Today I was only on 4 hours of sleep and talked to 21 different girls. It is probably the most insane thing I have done in my life. I have talked for 8 hours at a time at Forever 21, but that usually just entails me to say the same three things I always say. Today I actually had to hold conversation and make sure the girls felt comfortable. Not only that all the houses do something called stairs. It’s where the sorority comes down the stairs singing a song in unison and the stairs look almost like a waterfall with how the girls step down.
I have never been so excited to sleep in my life. I think I might be losing my mind, but no worries I’m just running on 4 hours of sleep. Tomorrow is our Philanthropy Day where we discuss what we do as a sorority for our philanthropy. The parties get smaller as the days go on, and by Sunday I will get to meet the new girls of Pi Beta Phi. Until then I will be sleeping and repeating the same thing I did today! Wish me luck!
Yesterday I came back to Butler to start getting ready for recruitment this year! If you are not familiar with Greek Life, recruitment, or what some like to call rush, is when we find out who our new pledge class will be. It is a time for the freshmen to get to talk to the girls and really know what each house is like.
Although recruitment does not start until Wednesday all the sororities come back early and have sister week or a couple days to prepare for recruitment. These consist of all day practices of whatever you need to know before all the freshmen go through recruitment. It’s a time where your house gets extremely close, because even though the guys are back on campus you are pretty much on lock down and have to stay in the house for the most part.
I will try to blog as much as I can as this is my first time being on the other side of recruitment and not being a potential new member. This week is suppose to be crazy, but also really fun and exciting!
Each day we have theme days for our sister week. Today is pajama day! Here is what I’m wearing!
HELLO KITTY ONESIE
At Butler formal recruitment does not start until Spring semester, but the sororities do a lot of little things before recruitment begins.
One of those things happened yesterday. We gave house tours to all the freshmen interested in recruitment. At Pi Phi we had 235 girls come through, which is a ton! Being a smaller school we are not used to having a large number of girls go through recruitment, but currently there are over 500 girls that are signed up saying that they are interested in formal recruitment. For us this is huge!
Having this many girls is fun, but can be exhausting. Yesterday during our house tours we had it set up where girls go to see our house, but also go into rooms and talk to members about different things we do. My room was about campus involvement, which my roommates made fun of me for because they think I am involved in everything. I basically talked about my blogging, Dawg Pound, College Mentors For Kids, and how my sisters support me in all these different activities. It gets repetitive really fast, but it’s nice for the potential new members to be able to get to know our house a little bit.
Although this was our first house tour there are so many more things we have left to do. Now that the first house tour is done, we can have the girls over for meals. We have to get 500 girls through our house for meals, which is insane. We also still have house tours left when it’s parent’s weekend so that families can see our houses. So even though recruitment is not until next semester, the craziness has already began.
Random, but here’s a song that I can’t get out of my head lately!
So recruitment week is officially over, and I now know what I am! I got a bid to Pi Beta Phi! The reason why I said welcome home angels is because our symbols are the arrow spike and angels!
I am so excited to be a part of a sorority. I am a new member, but do not get initiated for six weeks. Until then I’m meeting all my new sisters and trying to get to know them as well as I can! Finding out what sorority you are part of is so much fun, and being able to run down rowdy row to see all your friends and what sororities they are in is so much fun!
If you don’t know what Rowdy row is, it is the street where all the sorority and fraternity houses are. When the girls find out the bids and also the boys we all rush rowdy row and find our house! It is so thrilling and so much fun.
Now that recruitment week is over I feel like everyone is so much closer, and everyone seems to know each other all of sudden. Congrats to everyone who made it in a house! And to those who didn’t do recruitment or get a bid, you are still part of our BU family!
The new members and current members of Pi Beta Phi!
Today began my first day going GREEK. Being the first person in my family to do formal recruitment, I had no idea what to expect. It is quite the experience that I don’t think I can describe. It is something you have just to go through, but I will try my best to describe what happened today. Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures to show except one because we are not allowed to have phones with us while going through recruitment.
An outsider looking inside the “Butler Bubble” today may have laughed at what they saw. 300 girls all walking with umbrellas to and from each sorority house and then back to Atherton, but there is a plan behind all this madness. Each girl that is going through formal recruitment is put into a group. These groups are random, and is a way for there to be an organized way for each girl to see each house. It also helps the sororities pair up girls with sisters better so they can have a more effective time at each house.
Going into a house can be overwhelming. Each sorority has their own songs and chants they sing/shout when you enter. It’s an exciting thing to see! Every house usually sits you down with two or three sisters. The members will then talk to you about any topic really. It’s more of just a way to get to know you better, and a chance for you to get to know more about the house. This is why this day seems to be so exhausting because in total you are talking to 20-25 random people you have never met, and you are continually reintroducing yourself.
This may seem like a lot of craziness, but everything is extremely organized. I must give credit to all the sororities and the Greek life staff here because I would totally messed up all of today had I planned this. Tomorrow is Philanthropy day where we learn more about the sorority’s service in the community. It also means going from 7 houses to a possible 6 houses tomorrow. So far recruitment is winning when it comes to completely exhausting me, but no worries because this is becoming such an awesome experience. Good luck to anyone trying for Greek Life!
Picture of the Day:
A view from my window of what I did all day, walk from house to house!