Fall Recruitment Finally Comes to an Endby Kiara Daswani on Sep, 04 2012
8 A.M. Friday morning marked the end of sorority recruitment. And for most women on campus, it also signified the end of a very tiring and stressful process.
Beginning last Saturday, girls decked out in their dresses, heels, and styled hair could be seen wandering down Piedmont in little groups to each of the twelve sorority houses at UC Berkeley. Booklets in hand, they entered every house, met many girls, took notes, and then narrowed down their options every evening in a tiny room in Dwinelle Hall.
Through a mutual selection process between the women rushing and the houses, girls were eventually extended bids on Thursday evening. Whether they chose to accept that bid was entirely up to them. If they did, they were enthusiastically greeted at the front of their new home with bright smiles and loud squeals of joy. From there, they were surprised with an exciting event – things ranging from bowling, Sky High, and roller skating.
Being on the other side of recruitment this year, I realized that that happiness on bid day was genuine. The time every sorority put into preparing for recruitment was immense – and in all honesty slightly complicated. But yes, I will admit that a huge portion of that practice centered on singing (my apologies to those who were woken up at 9 A.M. to clapping and screaming). The process was long, exhausting, but in the end completely worth it.
After meeting so many people this past week and getting to know all my new sisters, I would say that this fall recruitment has been extremely successful – not just for my chapter, but for everyone who rushed and every house who recruited.