Marie Fischer—In the sorority world here at Brockport, it’s been a crazy hectic time. We just finished out our formal recruitment and last night we officially welcomed in 17 new members into our sorority. For me, it’s been a wild weekend thinking about how I’m officially two years old in sorority time, making me one of the oldest active sisters within our chapter.
While I sat back and thought about this tidbit, I couldn’t help but look back on the weekend that I was given a bid. I remember slowly walking into a room all by myself that was jam-packed full of girls. I only really knew about three other people there and I was petrified that I wasn’t going to be able to hold a conversation with any girl there. Thankfully for me, I think my fight or flight switch turned on and I was able to actually carry out great conversations with quite a few girls there.
As the weekend trudged on, I remember slowly but surely feeling more comfortable with everyone there. When I had first decided to come around I was so nervous that I wouldn’t be able to talk to anyone and that everyone would think I was a selective mute. When bid day came around, I was so happy that I had made the decision to go Phi Sig and when I ran into that room to celebrate, I knew I had found the place for me.
So when it came to this year’s formal recruitment, my main goal was to try and make sure that the girls we met felt as comfortable as my sisters made me feel two years ago. Formal recruitment is a scary place to walk into, it’s these huge groups of girls who are already super close. You think to yourself, what could I possibly talk to any of them about? But the truth of the matter is, you have no idea how much you have in common with people until you start that conversation.
Going through formal recruitment, being on both sides now, is a whirlwind experience. You come out a little exhausted, but overall excited for the new things to come. Luckily for Phi Sigma Sigma, we were able to gain 17 new members to our sorority this past weekend. And I can’t wait to see what they bring to the table.