I’ve written a few blogs about being Greek and what Greek Life is like here at Alma. I spend a lot of my time doing things related to Greek Life and I think it is a great part of campus life. However, over the past two months I’ve experienced Greek Life in a whole new light.
Back in December I was elected Special Events Chair on Panhellenic Council, which meant that as soon as I returned from Christmas break I would have to become neutral and disaffiliate from my sorority until winter recruitment was over. I was to be an unbiased person for all PNMS (potential new members) to come discuss their thoughts and ask questions about the sororities and Greek Life in general. I won’t lie; I went into this semester with apprehension about being away from my sisters, boxing away my favorite sweatshirts and being able to be neutral for these girls (and most importantly… not “outing” myself!).
Now that it is all done and over with I can truly say it was one of the best experiences I’ve had here at Alma. I loved getting to know all of the other ladies on Panhellenic Council and the Rho Gammas (representatives from each chapter – also neutral for the recruitment period) from all of the other chapters. I loved meeting all of the girls going through recruitment, being there for them throughout the process, and watching them find their homes. Being neutral came much easier to me than I expected and when I was around the PNMS I found myself very comfortable saying positive things about all of the sororities, the girls in them, and their beliefs. It came easy to me and I would do it again a million times over (which is good because I’m already signed up to do it again in the fall!).
One of the most difficult decisions for me was telling a girl that she should choose another sorority over mine. She sat with me and discussed the pros and cons of each and what she did or didn’t like in each sorority. I could tell by the way she was talking that she was going to be happier at the other sorority and even though I really liked her and would’ve loved for her to be my sister, I had to sway her in the direction that made her the happiest. It was also difficult answering questions about my own sorority with the response of “they” instead of “we” and walking up to the door of my house during recruitment and not joining in on the songs they were singing. In that moment I wanted to be in the house so bad, ready to recruit these new women into our sisterhood.
Now that all of the PNMs have become new members and have begun their journeys into their own sisterhoods, I feel proud to see the things they are doing, knowing that I may have helped them make their choice or “sold” them on Greek Life. My sisters have been a huge support in my time here at Alma thus far, and I hope each and every one of these new members finds the same love and support I did within their own chapters and in their new Greek families.