Fall Recruitment Weeks Start! Bring on the Emotions!by Pat Grant on 08/08/13
When this time of year finally rolls around, I have lately been reminded of the signs I see everywhere. You know the ones that say, "Keep Calm and ... " you fill in the appropriate comment, (i.e. ... carry on... put on your big girl panties...) you get the idea! For most of our young ladies, Mom and/or Dad are packing them up, sending them away from home for the first year of college.
Needless to say, this is fertile ground for a plethora of emotions, for all parties involved: excitement for a new experience; stress in making sure every little thing one girl could possibly need was procured; sadness because one stage of life is ending and another one is beginning; fear of navigating this new stage in life...shall I go on? There are many more emotions we could explore.
However, with this wellspring of emotions lying beneath the surface, the time has come! It is finally here! That week you have been preparing for and looking forward to all year long! For you incoming freshmen and those of you who are moving them to campus for the first time, many of you may think you have some idea about what to expect! However, as I have stated many times before now, there is no way to explain the freshman experience and Sorority Recruitment Week (or as we like to call it in the vernacular "Rush"), until you go through the process yourself!!
This should be an exciting and wonderful time for you to meet tons of new people! My final word of advice! Enjoy!!! You have worked diligently to prepare, and hopefully with our guidance and insight, nothing was left on the table to discuss! You have done your prep work! Now use it to the best of your ability and knowledge!
Walk into your first party, on the first day of recruitment, and know that you have done everything you possibly could to control any given situation! It is up to you to make this the best possible experience for yourself! Be open and leave behind any preconceived ideas! We want to hear from you! We always get so attached to our RB Moms and daughters! The achieving of every success is what we aim for you! Let us know how things are going! And of course, if you have any last minute concerns or questions, you know how to get in touch with us!
My prayer for you is always: May only good and positive things, from Heaven above, come to you in this process. Knowing that God is good always, and may He be in the mix of every decision you make, and those made about you! Blessings bestowed upon you all! Amen!
Many best wishes and hugs to you all, as your recruitment week unveils the many surprises that await you! Remember to "Keep Calm and Carry On"...God bless! Pat