Thursday, September 12, 2013

Rush Week!

                The rush of adrenaline is indescribable. The excitement of something building up causes the heart to race as notions of uneasiness are building up. Ever since I signed up for recruitment in August, I waited for this moment.

 Rush week occurred last week from September 3-7.

                Monday night was presentation day for fraternities. Potential new members (PNMs) were all signed in and split into three groups. Each group went to the three different chapters: Pi Kappa Phi, Kappa Sigma and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. After each presentation we rotated to the next one.

                I was in group 2. Upon dismissal, a member of the Interfraternity Council took us to our designated room. As I walked up the stairs to the UC Ballroom, I could feel my heart beat faster. I was about to start meeting different people belonging to the great Greek community. It was some pressure to say the least. Pi Kappa Phi was first.

                As the doors opened, guys were lined up meeting each of their possible new members. As every PNM was seated, introductions were made. They presented their values and beliefs to us. They spoke of their philanthropy Push America serving people with disabilities. They also commenced to show pictures of events they participated in the past.

                Once the 30 minutes passed, we rotated to each room with the same presentation style but with different philanthropy and values. Every chapter was welcoming. That rush of nervousness turned into just enthusiasm. Rushing was no longer something that I was 50/50 about. This was something I was committing myself to do.

                Day 2 of rush week was just a social day. Each fraternity had different events at different times so PNMs could visit all of them. Kappa Sigma had a hang out at the O-Hall area, Pi Kappa Phi had a BBQ going on outside the MET, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon had another BBQ at the intramural fields.

                As college students, nothing motivates us to go to events more than free food. I could only manage to go to one. I was able to eat some Bodacious BBQ. If you haven’t tried it, you definitely must.

                Every chapter had something to do, such as throwing ball or flag football. There were no constraining ties to wear, nor were there shirts to tuck in. This was just a relaxing day where everyone got to just hang around and be social.

                Potential new members were then invited back to interview with whichever fraternity liked them. Thursday was interview day. I got invited to interview with Pi Kappa Phi and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. This night was most likely the deciding factor that made each fraternity choose their new members. Just like any job interview, the nerves were on.

                Once both interviews were over, all you could do was to wait for the next day where you were expected to show up at 6:45 at the Patriot Zone to receive your bid (invitation to join). If you got a call on Friday, you did not receive a bid. Personally, Friday morning was a day where I was hoping to be unpopular. I didn't want my phone to ring, nor did I want to use it. I just waited patiently.

                6:30 and it all seemed clear. I had an invitation to join. Once 6:45 came around, we all met at the Patriot Zone. We were the new member class. Names were called alphabetically to receive their bids from the IFC members and the Greek Life Coordinator. I had two bids; one from Pi Kappa Phi and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. I was glad to see that I was able to have the opportunity to join one.

We were all instructed to open the bids in the envelopes at the same time. Paper envelopes were ripped. Each invitation was unique and had its own seal.  The time to accept a bid came. As I walked to the table and announced the fraternity I chose, I could feel a rush of happiness that I was joining something big and important. I was now a part of the Greek community.

I am a new member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon!
Sigma Alpha Epsilon Flag

I, along with 13 other new members, got to meet our new brothers.  We got an SAE shirt as we snapped a picture of my new member class.

My fellow new member brothers

We all dined at Villa Montez afterwards.
New and active members at Villa Montez
Now all that is left is to attend my official ceremony for new members. This will occur today at 7:30 p.m.

I will keep you all posted!

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