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RUSH 2013

If at the beginning of this year you had told me that I would be in a Greek Group, I would have told you that you were crazy. And I honestly would have laughed in your face if you had told me that I would be considering joining a second Greek Group. I would have told you that I had way more important things to do than wear silly letters and go to parties and call girls I barely know my “sisters”.

Well, friends…here I stand (sit? I’m definitely sitting) to admit to you that I was wrong. At the beginning of this year, I joined Epsilon Sigma Alpha, which is the service sorority here on campus. I fell in love with the great girls there and the general sense of how good it feels to be around people who care so deeply about giving back to the community. I am blessed to have so many new friends to talk to and call when I need something. I was convinced that this was all of the Greek life that I needed.

However, my roommate convinced me to Rush with her, and I couldn’t be happier that I did. This past weekend was a very loud blur. I can’t even tell you how many times the phrase “Hi, my name is Amy Fagan, I’m a freshman, I’m majoring in Business Administration with a double concentration in Management and Marketing and an interesting fact about myself is that I have never seen an episode of Rugrats,” came out of my mouth… at every table of each of the seven sororities on campus I recited this little blurb and then I answered questions ranging from “what’s your most embarrasing moment?” to “If you were underwear, what kind would you be?” By Sunday night I was ehxausted, I had blisters from my heels and my cheeks hurt from smiling. All of that aside, this was arguably the best weekend I’ve had on campus so far.

Rush started Thursday night with the Kick-Off rally where we heard speeches about why some people joined Greek Life. Still a bit leery of the whole situation, I listened intently, but hesitantly. By the end of that night, though, I was beyond excited to start Rush. After hearing story after story about these people finding their “home” in their Sorority or Fraternity, I was intrigued to see if the elusive “feeling” that they kept referring to was real. Let me tell you, it is!!

I knew the second that I walked into the first informal that I had found the place that I belonged. All of the girls were so open and friendly and genuine. I never felt fake for a second and I just loved the feeling of being accepted by so many beautiful ladies all at once. The rest of the weekend was great, but nothing compared to the first informal that I attended. I met some wonderful girls and got closer to the ones that were Rushing with me. Sunday night, I was talking to several friends of mine and I remember saying specifically and multiple times that “If the first sorority I visited doesn’t invite me back to formal Rush, I will cry. Actual tears.”  I had never felt so close to so many people so quickly. I was smiling the whole time, laughed a ton and really just felt like I could be myself with them.

Today was the day of truth. It was the day when all of the Rushees got to find out which groups invited them back for Formals. After seeing three very dissappointed friends on my way to check my mailbox, I was downright terrified. I thought that there was no way I would be invited back to the ones I wanted to see if my friends didn’t get invited. I was pleasantly surprised to see that I had received invitations to attend six out of seven sorority’s formals and thankfully the one that didn’t invite me back was one that I didn’t care for too much. Then came the tough part…having to pick only three formals to attend. It came down to where I felt most at home, and, just like the Rush co-chairs Rylee and Kyle said, I found that place and I knew in my heart where it was.

A bit of advice: even if you don’t think you will pledge, Rush anyway. It will be a great experience to meet some really cool people. Also, GO IN WITH AN OPEN MIND! Do not, under any circumstances let the stereotypes that you might hear around campus sway your decisions. Base your opinions of the groups off of what you see them to be. Reputations can be yucky, but the girls who carry them might not be. I did not think that I would want anything to do with two of the groups that are now on my Top 3 list.

Formal Rush starts this Thursday and I can’t wait to see how the rest of this process goes. I am a little bit scared of the whole pledging thing, but if it means getting closer to the girls who will become my new sisters and my support group for anything, I just know it will be worth it. 🙂

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