I came to Drake initially as an athlete to run cross country and track & field, however I had a strong interest in giving recruitment a try as many of the women in my family were involved in Greek Life. They had shared countless stories of how incredible their experience had been, the friendships they had made, and the memories they would never forget. I thought to myself, each time I heard them recount their experiences, that this was something I knew I would regret if I didn’t give it a shot. I went into the recruitment process with an open-mind and an optimistic attitude, as I wanted to form my own opinion of each chapter and find a place I would hopefully call home. After getting acclimated to the flow of conversation at the first chapter house during night one of recruitment, I found myself having many wonderful talks and enjoying the opportunity to meet many great women. I was having a really positive experience so far and when I received my schedule for the next round, I was happy to discover that I had been invited back to all of the chapters I had hoped.
The second night was filled with more laughs and great conversations. At that point I thought I knew the chapter that I was going to join, but despite my luck the first time around I ended up not being asked back to the one I thought was for me. This left me both surprised and a little disappointed, but I did my best to shake off this unexpected turn in events. I went into Preference day with as much positivity possible, telling myself it would all work out in the end, and came out of it touched by how much dedication as well as love each woman had for their particular chapter through the ceremonies held. Afterward I was left very conflicted on the impending decision that I had to make, as I found myself liking both of the remaining chapters. I went to my incredible Rho Gamma and talked with her for almost an hour, even stopping to make a pro/con list to aid in my decision.
Although it seemed trivial to do so, this really showed me that although I had many positives to say about both chapters, one of them stood out above the rest. I came away ready to make my decision and though in all honesty I had a moment of doubt later that night after I had made my choice, when bid day came I was beyond thrilled. I opened up my envelope to reveal those Greek letters I had hoped to see at the top of the card and instantly knew my decision had been the right one after all. I cannot fully articulate everything I felt in the moment, but I will say that I am so glad I listened to my gut feeling in the end.
What became really challenging was when I had joined this amazing chapter, but my coach sat me down and told me that I could not be a part of both and needed to make a choice. I think I shocked him when I ended up deciding that I wanted to be involved in Greek life instead. Although many may initially look at my decision and say why would you give up college athletics for this? Let me tell you it was 100% the right decision for me. It may not be for everyone and that takes self-assessment as to what you really want out of your college experience. For me, I realized that I could have the best of both worlds with being able to still run on my own time and become involved in so much more than I would have been able to if still a part of athletics, that including the incredible chapter I joined. Greek Life has allowed me to grow so much as individual than I ever thought possible, in just the span of a year, and provided me with many incredible friendships along the way. I found a place that motivates me to be the best sister, friend, leader, student, version of myself, and so much more. And the experience I have gained through it is something that I would never trade for the world.
So here is my advice for y’all:
-Expect the unexpected, because life doesn’t always go as planned and sometimes those unforeseen events turn out to be the best surprises!
-You hear it a lot; but do your best to keep an open-mind and not let others influence your opinion, as you will get so much more out of the experience!
-Just be yourself and have fun. Enjoy the process, as it goes quickly and you will look back to think how awesome of an opportunity it was to meet so many different women along the way!
Every day I am so grateful I decided to go through recruitment and chose Greek Life, as it has changed my life in more ways than I can even say. I took a risk on giving up the college athletics experience, but it was more than worth it for me and I do not regret my decision for a minute. Since the day I walked in the doors of my chapter, I have never looked back on the choice I made. So take the plunge, see if it’s right for you, and know that whatever you decide at least you can say you took the opportunity to give something new a chance!