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Old 07-31-2018, 12:47 PM
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From the NPC's .pdf "Questions Frequently Asked of College Panhellenic Area Advisors"

Q: A transfer student who was a new member of another chapter last spring has asked if she is
eligible to participate in recruitment this fall on our campus. She was never initiated. Doesn’t she
have to wait a year before she can pledge a new chapter?
A: No. A transfer student who was never initiated is eligible to go through recruitment at the earliest
opportunity on her new campus as her pledge was broken when she left school.

I did my research before leaving School #1! Although, if memory serves, I think that at the time, if the chapter you pledged at School 1 had an active chapter at School 2, you would be bound to them. Not sure if that's still the case/was ever the case but that is what is stuck in my head. It's been a few years and the hard drive space is a little full of college class material now.
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Old 07-31-2018, 01:39 PM
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Philanthropy Round

Day 2 - Philanthropy Day

I woke up bright and early today for the second round of events. Everyone seemed to be in a good mood and was happy to be back - one of the things that I love best about my school is that the students genuinely really, really, REALLY like being here. There seriously may be something in the water, but Iíll keep drinking it.

We walked over to the academic building where our recruitment groups met each day (helpful, because this would end up being the building where I would have 95% of my college classes, and it was good to know from the get-go that the stairs to the third floor are seriously murderous on a pair of thighs) to receive our schedules. There was one other girl who lived in my hallway in my recruitment group, and it was nice to have a buddy to help me find stuff and give me advice about which shower flooded and the like. We each went out into the hallway to receive our schedules for the day. Mine read:

Cha Cha Cha
Salsa
Merengue
Mambo
Plena
Tango

Rumba had dropped me, which was totally fine after the whole repetitive conversation and aggressive rushing the day before. No harm, no foul. I was thrilled to have six houses, since I wasnít sure how being a transfer student going through second semester would affect my chances. My school is less than half in-state, but does tend to pull a lot from a shortlist of high schools and I was worried that not meeting people first semester would prevent anyone from ďpulling for meĒ, so six out of a possible six felt great.

I was off to Cha Cha Cha first thing. It was pretty consistent with the day prior - really nice girls who seemed very genuine about their interest in their philanthropy, a little on the quieter side. I donít really remember anything about the girls that I talked to today, but they did leave me with a positive impression of their involvement, sisterhood, and chapter as a whole. It was a lower-energy party, but that could have also just been due to the early start time. Seriously, at School #1, we had the most freakin leisurely start times and recruitment groups were done by hall, so our counselor came to us while we were in pajamas, so leaving the dorm at 7:20, dressed, fed, and made up for a 7:30 meeting and an 8:30 first event was killllllllllling me, especially since I was still behind a time zone in my head.

Salsa was up next. We did a fun craft project and chatted about their philanthropy. They also seemed extremely passionate about their chosen cause. One of the girls that I talked to today was one that presented at an admissions session I had attended during my fall break from School #1 just to make sure that I was still interested in transferring to School #2. She had also transferred at semester and gone right through recruitment, so that was reassuring. She asked me about why I transferred and got to know a little more about my interests. I definitely wanted to come back and learn more about Salsa!

Merengue was a really fun party today. I met three very different girls again - one had competed abroad on a national sports team, one was sarcastic and studious (both in a good way), and one was a relaxed girl who seemed like a surfer-type but was from a big city. They asked me about transferring, what I wanted to get involved in, and what I had done in high school, and they told me a lot about their philanthropy events which sounded super exciting! I was hoping for another day at Merengue.

Mambo was pretty much the same as the day before. I talked to two girls here who both had the same first name as me. With the first, we watched another video from their headquarters about their philanthropy and worked on a craft. With the second, we chatted in one of the bedrooms (they had cold dorms) about involvement and interests. I felt like this day didnít really progress and that I didnít learn much about their house or feel much of a spark.

Plena was up next. I was paired with a girl who had been in the same group of PNMs and sisters with me the day before. She was very fun and friendly and we had quite a few shared interests. I then talked to a senior who told me more about their sisterhood and philanthropy events. I loved her style and makeup and she just seemed super cool. Unfortunately, as she was giving me my coat on the way out, I definitely called her the wrong name. Wasnít even close to her name. Oops!!

My last house was Tango. I could tell that they matched girls, because I got three girls who all had very odd similarities to me and they were all related to things that I had talked about the day before at Tango. Whoever trained these girls to take notes did a darn good job! They were upbeat and peppy again, and most girls had spray tans and bright makeup that contrasted with the dull January sky outside. Their membership chair clearly came prepared. One thing that I found odd was that as a sister would escort me around the house, they would all keep their hand on the small of my back and kind of rub it a little. All of my friends said the same about their experiences at Tango and there were plenty of rumors about the girls holding up numbers behind our backs as we walked or other silly things like that. Ah, how a group of eighteen-year-olds loves to jump to conclusions.

We were allowed to have four houses for the following day, so I ranked mine accordingly:

1s: Salsa, Merengue, Plena, and Tango
2: Cha Cha Cha
3: Mambo
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Old 07-31-2018, 02:19 PM
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Winter recruitment.
7 chapters, then to 6, then to 4.
Any guesses of the university?
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Old 07-31-2018, 04:11 PM
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Old 07-31-2018, 06:34 PM
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I have an idea as well. 7 chapters, deferred recruitment, small-ish campus in a larger urban area... But I'm not an expert.
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Old 08-02-2018, 08:24 PM
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I woke up the next day still feeling bleary-eyed. The weather started to cool off this day and we traded high-fifties and warm sunshine for dull gray rain. Luckily, the day was slightly shorter, so we werenít standing outside for too long. I made my way over to the academic building to get my schedule in the morning but we had all of our parties after lunch, meaning that everyone came over in sweats. My schedule read:

Tango
Salsa
Cha Cha Cha
Merengue


I was dropped from Plena, which had been my favorite house for the first two days. My recruitment counselor asked me if I was okay, since the day before, I had expressed how much I liked it, but honestly, I would have given Plena an 8 for the first two days and I would have given Salsa and Merengue 7s, so I wasnít very broken up about it. Plus, I figured that I had less of an advantage than everyone who had been here the semester before. I was happy to have four - a lot of people only had two today and getting cut by a favorite house or two today was par for the course for just about everyone. There was a girl in my hallway who wanted to be a Salsa since the day she stepped on campus - weíll call her Amanda - and she had spent a ton of time hanging out with our RA, who was a sophomore Salsa. She had gotten cut from Salsa today and only had two houses remaining but was so blindsided that it took practically the whole hallway of girls to convince Amanda to at least go to the parties and drop afterwards if she really didnít like them.

This reveals my age a little bit, but today was Skit Day!

I still think Skit Day is the shiz. As a transfer student, I had no idea going in how helpful it would be to see the chapters interact as a whole and to see what the vibe and personality of the house was, as opposed to just talking to individuals, because every girl talking to you during recruitment is going to be extremely nice and thatís just how it goes. So after a massive clothing swap in the hallway to get everyone into something business-casual (I borrowed a blazer from Amanda), we set off to see the skits.

First up was Tango, and I swear to Gawd that this is probably the story that I have told and will continue to tell more than any other story in my life. I sat down with a girl to watch the skit. It was very put-together and polished and did a good job of telling the story, although there wasnít much emphasis on the chapter and it was mostly just a cute skit. The sisters in the room are all laughing at coordinated moments and turning to their respective PNMs at the exact same times to tell them short little facts. I found this to be a little off-putting and robotic, but hey, recruitment isnít always the most natural thing in the world. What happened after was just completely wild.

So Tango finishes their skit, and the room applauds nicely and then conversations begin again and thereís a good buzz in the room. My rusher turns to me slowly, and goes,
ďSo, I was adopted.Ē
She bursts into tears and heavy sobs, telling me how she had a terrible childhood and never had friends until she joined her sorority. Sheís completely inconsolable and frankly, difficult to understand through the crying. Iím trying to comfort her, but Iím not sure whether to go along with it or to try to change the subject, and Iím looking around wildly to see if this is happening to anyone else. Nope, no one else is crying, everyone else is laughing and having a great time, and as Iím looking around, I noticed that every Tango sister is super done up in terms of hair, makeup, and outfit, and Iím just getting this sinking feeling that I canít see myself in the chair opposite of me in a year. At the end of the party (aka after crying for the better part of 40 minutes post-skit), my rusher dries her eyes and walks me to the door, and I just think to myself, well, that made my choice a little easier. Obviously, there is nothing wrong with being adopted, and we all get a little emotional during a long recruitment week, but her outburst caught me so off-guard that I just had no idea what to do. I mentioned this story to someone this past year, and she asked me who the girl was - it was her freshman roommate, and apparently she did this a LOT. Like when she left dirty dishes on the floor of their dorm room and my friend asked her to pick them up, she burst into tears about being adopted and not having friends. Another person had seen her do it in front of a professor. It was, in a word, odd.

Moving along with Skit DayÖ

Salsa had a very cute and upbeat skit. It was about being new to college and looking for all of the resources that a sorority would provide. The girls talked about their favorite parts of being in their chapter and what it had done for them. It was very sweet. I talked to two girls today, although there seemed to be some issue with the bumping, because after the first girl had talked to me for a while, she told me sheíd be right back, and then about two minutes later, another girl came back in her place. Weird, but as a PNM, I really didnít know any better. Everyone seemed very very nice at Salsa, and I hoped to be back for Preference (and I also hoped that Amanda was enjoying her parties and wouldnít be moping about Salsa when I came back to the dorm that night).

Cha Cha didnít really wow me today. Their skit was very Disney-esque, with some high-energy numbers and a very cute theme that was a play on their sororityís name. It was fun and nostalgic. They paired me off with a girl and I was trying so hard to smile and be attentive but my face was so tired from smiling all week that my eyelid started twitching and my cheek started hurting. Everyone seemed very down-to-earth and friendly here, but I just didnít feel a spark yet. I wasnít sure where I would rank this chapter.

My last party of the day was at Merengue, and it was amazing! The skit used my exact form of humor and played off a TV show that I absolutely love to pieces. The first girl that I talked to asked me what I was involved in on campus, and I said that I was a transfer student and had just gotten there three days ago. She stopped me and said that she did the exact same thing two years prior, and she goes, ďI bet all youíve talked about all week is where you went before, why you didnít like it, and why you wanted to come here. I want to talk to you about stuff that really matters and really get to know you.Ē She was bang on the money and did an amazing job asking me more personal and unconventional questions. I was so glad to have her to talk to because I knew that she knew exactly how I was feeling. It was such a breath of fresh air. I was bumped by a sophomore who was from one state over. I honestly can only remember talking about Harry Potter and a few other things, but I CLICKED with this girl. I just wanted to be her friend so freakiní badly. I walked out of Merengue feeling tired from a roller-coaster of events, but knowing exactly what I would do for my rankings:

1s: Salsa, Merengue
2: Tango
3: Cha Cha Cha

Even though I had a weird experience for skits at Tango, I had much preferred it in the two days prior to Cha Cha, so I chose to preference it as my first alternate.

One more round of parties left!
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Old 08-03-2018, 04:19 PM
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What a great way to end the day!
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Old 08-03-2018, 06:42 PM
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Preference Round

Once again, we made the trek to our recruitment group meetings to get our schedules. I was happy to see that mine read:

Salsa
Merengue


I was thrilled to have my two favorite houses left for Preference Night! Though they seemed very different, I could see myself enjoying being a part of either one, so I didnít come into the night with a favorite.

First up was Salsa. The weather had cooled off further and snow was gently falling as we all stood outside the chapter houses. I walked into the house and was greeted by a sophomore who I didnít know. We all gathered in the dining room for desserts and chatting, and then we broke off for one-on-one conversations. The girl who was preffing me had also attended two houses on Preference Night, one being a house that she really liked throughout the week and one being her legacy, Salsa. She talked about making the decision to join her legacy house over the house that all of her friends were joining and how she was glad to end up where she had ended up. Our conversation only lasted a few minutes and then we had a lot of dead air because the chapter gave a lot of time for one-on-ones, so we ended up going back to surface level conversation. To conclude Preference, the sisters put on a beautiful ceremony, and I left the house feeling like I would be happy to be back for Bid Day tomorrow.

My last event of the week was at Merengue. The house was beautifully decorated and I was greeted by the girl that I had clicked with so strongly the previous day. This round was really, really wonderful. We shared dessert, listened to beautiful singing from the Merengue sisters, and I felt an even stronger connection with the girl I was talking to. The mood of the round was well-set and I found myself looking around the room and thinking to myself that these girls could be the women that I spent the rest of college with. I walked out thinking about how lucky I was to have two options that I liked and wondered how I would make a decision.

I had to sit and think about what I wanted to do for a while. I honestly felt odd - even though I had great parties at both chapters for the whole week, I was having a little bit of trouble putting one above the other because I felt that in actuality, I didnít really know much about them. With the help of my ever-prepared recruitment counselor, who asked me questions about what my priorities were coming into the week, what I valued in a sorority experience, and what I saw during the week that matched those qualities, I was able to think through it more clearly. Finally, she asked me which chapter I would be more excited to run home to the following day and which faces I wanted to see in a crowd. That was what made the choice easy for me.

I listed the chapters:
Merengue
Salsa

The next morning, most of the girls in my hallway went out to brunch together. My roommate had gone to Salsa and Cha Cha and was hoping for a bid to Salsa. The hall was split all over the place with where we had placed our hopes - I think that of the eight girls that were there at brunch, we ended up in six of the seven chapters.

We all went back to our recruitment groups to open our bids and were taken out into the hallway individually to open them with our recruitment counselors. I opened mine and saw that

ďWith love and careful thought, the ladies of Merengue cordially inviteÖĒ

Hooray! I was thrilled to be running home to the fun, diverse, and savvy girls of Merengue. Each woman had shown me a different background and a unique reason for joining a sorority but they all shared a really tangible love for their sisterhood. I got to run down Greek Row, which was now fully covered in a beautiful blanket of snow, to...
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Kappa Kappa Gamma!

I have been really lucky with my sorority experience. The girl who I talked to on Skit and Pref became my fabulous big, and I now have a wonderful little and beautiful grandlittle. I have served on our Chapter Council and I currently am on Panhellenic Exec and have a few other positions within Greek Life. Our campus has a wonderfully friendly environment and many of my closest friends are members of other chapters and I still feel incredibly thankful to have been able to go through recruitment right away and find a home to kick off my college experience for real
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Old 08-03-2018, 07:05 PM
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Thank you for sharing your story! I'm glad you found your home with KKG.
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Old 08-03-2018, 07:14 PM
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Hooray!!! Congratulations.
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Old 08-03-2018, 07:22 PM
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woohoo! Don't ask me how I knew, but when you started your second rush story, I thought "she's gonna end up a Kappa".

*cue spooky music* I just knew. That's all.

And I'm so pleased for you. Truly. Enjoyed your entire story. FWIW I have no freaking idea where you go to school. You lost me at "snow".
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Old 08-03-2018, 10:08 PM
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As a life-long English and composition teacher, I admire ANYBODY who can write well enough to relate a complicated story. And YOU can definitely do that! This was so well written that it really made the reader want to know what happens next—and next!
GREAT piece of writing—and congrats on KKG!
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Old 08-03-2018, 11:40 PM
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I am so very happy for you! Your story was interesting & didn't drag on too long... we appreciate that!
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Old 08-04-2018, 12:03 AM
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Congrats to you and KKG!

Recently purchased a owl ring with dark blue/light blue crystals for a Kappa friend and she sent me the sweetest thank you note. Completely big and overstated, but I know she’ll wear it proudly to many Kappa alumnae events.
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Congratulations to you and Kappa! I really enjoyed reading your story!
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