Trusting the Process (And Your Instincts)

“Trust the process” is a phrase women planning on going through recruitment hear so many times it starts to lose meaning the more you hear it. I started hearing it from my mom’s friends long before recruitment began and it continued all the way through preference round. “Trust the process and you’ll end up in the right place for you.”

You will meet amazing women during every round. Every chapter is full of exceptional friends, leaders and role models. But you will never know the inner workings of a chapter, the character of the sisterhood or the genuine feeling of home within its walls until you become part of it. As a northerner, I came down here with absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into. I knew nothing about the houses, I was in awe of every single woman I talked too and I was completely torn on how I was ever going to figure out where was right for me. Every time I voted, I second guessed myself. Every time I got a list back, I worried I had made the wrong decision. The girls living in my dorm confidently knew where they wanted to go and what houses they wanted to join.

Despite the sacred rule, we talked about our lists. We discussed which houses we got back, which ones we wanted back. I was almost too embarrassed to participate given how it seemed I knew so little about sorority recruitment and how I truly found every house amazing. Sitting on my dorm floor, I finally confessed which houses I wanted back. When I shared this, my suite mate said “Oh, I pictured you in another chapter.” I worried that I made the wrong choice. Anxiously awaiting pref, I was relieved to see Gamma Phi on my list. I went to two amazing, eye opening preference ceremonies. Finally, it came to voting. For the first time, I was confident in my responses, putting Gamma Phi at the top of my list.

It wasn’t the number one for that girl on my hall, for my sister, my mom or a multitude of other PNM’s, but it was the number one for me and the incredible women I now call my sisters. I would’ve never ended up where I am, as happy as I am, if I had trusted anyone but myself (and the process).

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Green Dollars and Golden Friends: Are you really paying for friendship?

Insight into the real financial obligations of being in a sorority

Don’t let anyone fool you – being in a sorority at the University of South Carolina is not cheap. By the time you graduate college, you could likely buy a small car with the money would have paid in dues, meal plans, special trips, t-shirts, and philanthropic donations. Yes, scholarship money is available sometimes, however it is very competitive to receive and normally driven by the acknowledgement of leadership superiority, severe financial need, or above and beyond acts of sisterhood. But do not let that discourage you- but make you ask better questions of potential organizations.

Just like you splurged on the perfect prom dress or the ultimate summer vacation – memories don’t often come cheap. Why not splurge to have the best four years of your life? Where USC offers many clubs and organizations to choose from, choosing to become a member of the Greek community is an honor and a lifestyle. You are not paying for your friends, rather you are not paying enough to have front-line access to the best people on campus. Individuals who will be by your side no matter what, those who will push you to become the leader you never knew was inside, and those who will offer you more shoulders that you will ever need when you can’t hold back tears.

On average, for the 2016-2017 school year, it cost just over $4000 to be a member of a housed, Panhellenic organization. However, for the moments where memories are priceless, you can count on a group of sisters surrounding you and being the highlight of many future stories you tell your children about college.

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Amanda Mcguire – Vice President of Administration – University of South Carolina College Panhellenic Association

The Three Major Things I Learned Through Greek Life

When I came to school early for sorority recruitment, I didn’t know what to expect. I was 500 miles away from home and I knew maybe two people at USC, but I was excited to join a sorority and find a home away from home! Joining Greek life was one of the best decisions I’ve made during college! Being in a sorority has helped me find my people, my passion, and myself.

 

  1. My people

Because of Greek life, I’ve found my people! Whether it’s making late-night Cookout runs or going on weekend adventures to the beach, I’ve made the best memories with the best friends by my side. Beyond that, they’re my biggest encouragers and always the ones to wish me luck on a big exam or to celebrate victories with me. I have a team to root for and be proud of, and I have Greek life to thank for that!

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  1. My passion

Being involved in Greek life has also helped me find my passions. Phi Mu is composed of such a diverse group of women. Everyone is involved in something unique and is passionate so many different things! Being in this environment has allowed me to be more confident in trying new things and discovering passions of my own! I even got to share a passion for service with other sisters when traveling to Honduras on a service trip last year.

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  1. Myself

People always say that who you surround yourself with is who you become and I can definitely attest to that statement. I feel accepted for who I am in the Greek community, but also encouraged to become a better version of myself. Being apart of Phi Mu has played a part in shaping me into the person that I am today!

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If you’re reading this and you’re hesitant about going Greek, my biggest piece of advice is to go through recruitment and give it a try! You never know what you may find and it could truly change your whole college experience for the better.

 

Morgan Hamel, Phi Mu

 

 

10 Things I Wish I knew When Going Through Recruitment

 

  1. Your Pi Chi’s are there to help you find the best fit! They’re there to help you navigate campus, make new friends, talk you through tough decisions, and be a shoulder to cry on if you need it.
  2. You will become friends with girls in your Pi Chi group. You’ll see each other on campus over the next 4 years and it’s always nice to see a familiar face.
  3. Be yourself! The girls in the chapters can tell when if you’re telling us everything you think we’d want to hear. Tell us about a thrilling experience from the summer, what you’re watching on Netflix, or about your bucket list. We want to know the REAL you.
  4. If you get released from a chapter do not panic. You can’t share a genuine connection with every single girl you talk to. You will find your home at the end!
  5. Chapters are different at every university. When I went through recruitment I thought I wanted to be in the same chapter my brother’s girlfriend was in at a different college. However, when I met the girls it wasn’t what I expected, which worked out in the end. So be sure to keep an open mind, and don’t get set on one chapter.
  6. If your friends end up in a different chapter than you do, realize that means DOUBLE the fun! This way your friends can take you to their events and vice versa. You meet so many girls on campus this way.
  7. Make sure you are hydrated, well fed, and had a good night sleep. You’re out in the South Carolina heat and the days can get really long. It’s always nice to a little snack and some water on hand.
  8. Try to remember how you felt at each chapter. If you feel comfortable, like all the girls, and enjoy talking to the members that’s a great sign! These feelings can help a lot at the final rounds when you’re making hard choices.
  9. Ask the members what kinds of sisterhood events they have, leadership positions, and how the sorority has impacted their lives. These answers can help you visualize the chapter outside of recruitment.
  10. HAVE FUN! Recruitment is a one of a kind experience that is frustrating yet exciting all at the same time. Keep reminding yourself that it will be so worth it in the end! I wish I could go back and do my 4 years at my chapter all over again.

Best of luck! Elizabeth Earle, Alpha Gamma Delta

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Welcome to our house!

Many of our sisters would argue that there aren’t many things that are better than the Kappa Delta house. For our chapter, the house is the hub of all things KD! It’s where we eat meals, hold meetings, have study hours, practice for Greek Sing and Spurs and Struts, hang out with our friends, watch the bachelor, and SO much more!

Living in is just one of the ways that our sisters choose to take advantage of our beautiful home. Our house is suite-style, so that means that you live in a room with one other sister, and then share a bathroom with two others! Some of our favorite things to do include studying out on the back porch, watching the beautiful Columbia sunsets from the front balcony, hanging out with our sweet house mom, Mem, and of course, pranks.

Pranking is not a rare occasion in our house. Some of our favorites have included dressing up like a gorilla and running into other rooms and putting one of our sister’s bed on the front balcony. Whether it’s pranking, carving pumpkins, or riding bikes around Greek Village- our sisters know how to have fun.

One of our favorite weeks at the house is Big/Little week. You can go into anyone’s room and see canvases, t-shirts, and KD letters everywhere! Often times, sisters will take their things into their friends’ rooms to craft together. Then, when it’s time for the littles to pick up their baskets, the bigs line them up around the upstairs hallway. You can feel the excitement in the air as the clock strikes 5 and the littles can come and get their presents!

Holidays are so fun at the house, as well. For Halloween, we decorate our house and participate in “Trick or Treat with the Greeks” where families come to trick or treat in Greek Village. For Thanksgiving, our kitchen staff makes a Thanksgiving dinner. Christmas time is our favorite, however. Our house mom, Mem, decorates the house top to bottom. We decorate the Christmas tree together, and all make holiday door signs for our doors while listening to Christmas music and drinking Apple Cider

Whatever it may be, the Kappa Delta house seems to make it more fun. Getting the chance to live with 34 of your sweet sisters is a once in a lifetime opportunity. We love the KD KDSTLE!!!

By: Ann-Marie Erny, Kappa Delta

 

 

College Panhellenic Blog

Our new CPA blog will be coming soon! Council and Greek women across our village will be contributing to this blog as an insight to what our community is up to, advice about recruitment, and photos to keep you updated.