I didn't want to post before recruitment was over, so here is my entire recruitment story which ended today. Enjoy.
Saturday - The first day went by so fast until the end. We waited around so long until we could leave. I didnít get home till 10pm and we were picked up at 9am! I thought the decision would be hard, so many people and so little time. But by the end of the day I definitely had three groups. A group of really likes. A group of oks. And a few that I didnít feel comfortable with. The hardest part was picking one from the oks and moving it down. We ranked 9 number ones and a 2, 3 and 4. I think that Sunday will be really difficult. Maximum of parties is 9, but most people donít get a full schedule. I have to leave early and will miss 2 parties. These parties could be free blocks if I donít get a full schedule and it works out that way (my rho gamma will try and work it out), or I could end up missing 2 actual parties. I think this will make it tough to narrow it down from 9 to 5 when I missed 2 parties. Oh well. Bed time.
Sunday - Iím about to start getting ready for round 2, but I am really sad and donít know if I can make it. I am thinking about just dropping out. I kind of cheated and looked at the party schedule online. While it is entirely possible that the party schedule isnít finished, or is going to be altered by hand by panhellenic, I am thinking that I am just screwed. My party schedule shows me attending 2 parties! On just the second day where the max is 9. I know we were told that max party schedules are unlikely, but I didnít think I would be down to so few. There is little possibility of me making it through the week, especially since the big jump occurs today, 9 groups to 5. I will probably lose my spot. I just donít understand. The way recruitment is set up here, provides the opportunity for pretty much everyone to join if they put in an effort and attend all parties. I just donít understand, I hope I make it through today. I will just be so upset if I get dropped all around, knowing that the likelihood is so slim, and I donít know how I would bear telling people that knew I was going through recruitment.
Sunday - I showed up and talked with my rho gamma, cried a little and then got over it. They kept trying to discourage me from withdrawing, and I asked if they honestly thought I would be able to get a bid. They said that there was only so much they could tell me, but that as long as I donít single intentional pref. then chances of not getting a bid are slim. Even if I just keep 2 parties for the next day, on pref night most people have 1 to 2 parties. So if I make it to pref with both that would be awesome and I would not be out of place, and even if I went down to one that wouldnít be uncommon. I just donít want to be the rare person who got dropped from all groups or didnít get a bid when I didnít single intentional pref. I guess I will just have to wait and see what happens. My rho gammas expressions keep me thinking that if I donít match on any, than panhellenic will hand make a party list, and same for bids. Basically, if I stick it out it should all work out. I wonder how I will make my decision. The first day I liked Sorority B better but today I like Sorority A better. It will come down to the last 2 parties as long as I can make it there. My rho gamma keeps telling me that I wonít get dropped from all of them, but I am still nervous.
Monday - No phone calls saying that there was a problem today (Monday). However, the sororities may not have turned in their lists yet. Sooooooo I am playing the waiting game and trying not to sike myself out. I should know by Thursday if I got dropped from both, otherwise I should expect to attend at least one party on Friday, hopefully 2! If I can manage to keep both till pref I will be ecstatic, even one would still be good. Oh well, I should stop being paranoid.
Friday - I lost one of my parties and was only invited back to one for sisterhood night. I had an absolutely fabulous time. I talked to the same person for the whole party, but we had an awesome conversation that ranged from school, YMCA, scrapbooking, weddings, etc. I loved it and had an awesome time. I am just hoping that I get invited back to the house for pref night. If I make it back for pref night, then I am more confident about getting a bid.
Saturday - Well, it is 11:30am on the day of pref. We will meet the buses at 3:15pm, so I think I would get a call by noon if I didnít make it. Since it is approaching that time, I feel more confident that I kept my invite to Sorority A. I am glad, because I loved that house on Sisterhood night. I felt that I could really belong there as a sister.
Saturday Ė They cancelled pref night! Bad weather. Of course we found out after I had taken a shower and dried my hair. Oh well. I did find out [doesnít everyone want to know how
] that I got invited back to my one house, Sorority A! I am so happy! Tomorrow the buses will pick up at 9:30am and pref will be over by 3. So, I think they will try and do bid day delivery and for chapters, on the same day as pref. PHC bid day celebration should be the same. I think this is what they are trying to do to avoid interference with school.
Sunday Ė Pref morning is over. I went to Sorority A again, but bid day was pushed back until Monday. I still enjoyed Sorority A and can see myself as a member of their sorority. Pref morning was definitely more serious, but I still enjoyed talking with the sisters. Our rho gammas were telling us that on Sisterhood and Pref, the conversations would be more serious and geared towards things like dues, etc. However, I did not experience this at all. Sisterhood night was awesome, and while pref was more serious, dues and things like that did not come up. This is probably because this info was printed in our books. I just donít know why my rho gammas said that. Oh well. Anywho, I prefed Sorority A as 1, Sorority B as 2, and Sorority C as 3. While I have pretty much no chance at the other 2, I feel I have a good chance at Sorority A since I attended their pref. Nervous me though!
Monday Ė And it has finally arrivedÖBID DAY! Of course I wonít be nearly as excited if I get a call telling me I didnít get a bid. We will supposedly be called before bid distribution. Bids will be distributed, 1-3:30 officially, but rho gammas will start delivering at 12:00 noon due to all sorts of class conflicts, etc. So, when do you think is the latest I should expect a call. I was think 10 or 11. But, I wonít be 100% sure of getting a bid until it is in my hand. Wish me luck and concentration that I wonít have during my classes this morning.
Monday Ė Well we just got an email saying that some of the rho gammas are doing bids differently to avoid class conflict. We will just meet them between 1 and 4 in a building to pick up our bids. I havenít been calledÖso I guess that means I GOT A BID! Hopefully to my first choice.
And the results are inÖ.I am now a proud new member ofÖ
Wait for it
My first choice, last choice, only choice.