• Mackenzie Gallagher

Excited for Recruitment? We are too. - AN INSIGHT INTO RECRUITING

Updated: May 21, 2020

I love recruitment week, spirit week, and being a recruiter. I know, an unpopular opinion, but it’s true. The memories made and the full experience was one that I remember fondly. It’s funny because when I tell people how much I loved recruitment they always give me a look like I am crazy. I loved those two weeks because I got to spend so much time with my sisters, I was in charge of the work week activities, and it is something that I will only experience maybe three times in my life.

Going into work week I was extremely nervous because I still felt like a freshman and I did not know that many people. I had a few close friends, but you can only stay around the same people for so long until it could come off as a little exclusive and I did not want to seem that way. All the nervous feelings went away almost instantly because everyone was so welcoming and excited to be back together.

Initially I was anxious with the new responsibilities that required me to get up in front of everyone, get their attention and use a microphone. I am the type of person that takes a second to warm up and be comfortable with new situations, but because I was forced to talk on the microphone every day and get out of my comfort zone, I could truly be myself. Being in a sorority you might think you instantly know everyone the moment you join, but there were so many new faces I was getting to meet. Even sisters that I had known the previous year (just not that well) I had made new connections with them and we were (what felt like) instant friends. My birthday is on the 9thso it was one of the last days of work week. I celebrated at midnight with some friends and then the activity on the 9ththat I had planned was to do yoga with an instructor. We also got donuts and coffee from aspen for our yoga activity. I felt so loved and celebrated it was one of my favorite days of work week.

By the time we got to recruitment week everyone was in such funny moods because we were all so exhausted from recruiting, being at work week, and staying up late chatting and hanging out. Talking to PNMs (Potential New Members) was a little nerve-wracking at first, but once I got the hang of it, it was super chill. In the end I wanted what was best for the PNM and I was also just getting to know and talk with them, which was great. There were also little things too that I will always remember about recruitment like my bump group, eating with my friends during lunch or dinner in the same spot every day, listening to Wannabe by the Spice Girls on Sonic runs, being on break with Aubri and Jada and then going to the door stack together, and talking about my big during the preference ceremony.

Recruitment is such a special experience. For the PNMs they are finding their new home with brand new sisters who will be there for them throughout their college experience and afterward in the real world. For the recruiters they are continuing the bond of sisterhood while also sharing the unique things about their chapter that they love. I look forward to this year’s recruitment week, spirit week, and bid day and cannot wait for all the memories to be made with my sweet sisters!

-Maddie Wells

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