Hey DePaul! I would like to start off this blog post by saying happy bid day to all of the women who went through recruitment this year!
During my freshman year of college, I had no interest in going through recruitment whatsoever. I thought all of the typical stereotypes about sorority girls applied to everyone at DePaul, and let me tell you I was 100% wrong.
My friend went through recruitment freshman year and convinced me to go through formal recruitment during the fall of my sophomore year. I decided I would give it a try, and if I hated it I would simply drop the process. I told myself if I didn’t at least give it a try, I would have many “what if” moments down the road.
I was so surprised by how many genuine women I talked to during recruitment. Each woman I interacted with was so passionate, driven, and simply the opposite of all the preconceived notions I had. When it came down to picking what sorority felt right for me, I thought back to the sorority where I felt most welcomed. This sorority for me was Alpha Omicron Pi (AOII).
This week, I was a recruiter for AOII and met so many amazing potential new members (PNMs) going through recruitment. While being a recruiter was very time consuming, I appreciated getting to know many of the women going through the process and hearing things they were passionate about.
Today, 31 new members ran home to AOII. Along with these 31 new members, many members of AOII were recruitment counselors this year, and they ran back home to us as well. Being a recruitment counselor means one helps PNMs pick what sorority they think is best for them. In order for the PNMs to not feel any bias from their recruitment counselors, recruitment counselors have to disaffiliate from the chapter they belong to. Many of my best friends in the chapter, including my big, were recruitment counselors. This meant I was not able to talk to them or be seen in public with them since the end of August. I was so happy to see my big run home to AOII and finally be able to hug her. I am also so excited to get to know each one of the amazing new members better throughout the year, and potentially make one of them my little.