Rush Week Diary: Days 4-7
Sorry in advance for how long this is! If I were you, I would stop reading it right now, because no one likes to read.
Wednesday: Wednesday is my physics test. To put it simply, you will never ever ever ever ever ever ever be fully prepared for a physics test.
Thursday: Thursday is the last fraternity open house of the week. Going in to Rush Week, I was pretty certain that I was not going to join. I was going through to just have the experience of it. At around noon on Thursday, though, I start to consider the possibility of joining. There are 6 great fraternities on campus, and there are 4 that I could seriously see myself as a member of.
Friday (Pref Night): Friday night of Rush Week is pretty unique. They call it "Pref Night," which is where you go to each of the fraternities you seriously hope to get a bid from. Typically, guys will go to the 2-3 that they most want to join. Going into Friday, I was still considering joining 4 fraternities. So I went with my gut, and narrowed it down to 3 to "pref." That night, the fraternities go through all of the people that "preffed" there, and offer bids to the guys that they want as members.
Saturday (Bid Day): Going into Saturday, I had already my decision about who/if I was going to join. That night, all of the guys going through Rush Week trekked to SOBA to receive their bids and participate in Passover: Where you jump off of the SOBA stairs, into the arms of the fraternity you will be joining, and literally get passed over (crowd surf).
I was fortunate enough to receive a bid from each of the fraternities I preffed. What I didn't realize was that when you receive a bid from a fraternity, you also receive individual notes from each of the members that really want you to join. Sitting in SOBA and reading my notes was one of the most awesome things I've ever had the pleasure of doing. There were guys from each of the 3 fraternities that wrote heartfelt, honest notes about how much they wanted me to join. I can't express in words how grateful I am to each of the guys that gave me a bid.
Ultimately, I had to do what I felt was best for me: "hold" my bids. This means that I have 365 days to decide who I want to join. I felt like I could join any of the three that gave me a bid, and it was a decision I definitely wasn't ready to make on Saturday night. However, Passover was one of the coolest atmospheres I've ever been a part of. Seeing the passion that each of the fraternities has for their respective chapters is awesome, and if you go to UE you should make it a priority to attend a Passover during your time here.
So that is a little insight into Fraternity Recruitment. The best advice I got this week was "If you're going to make a big decision, be 100% sure." I wasn't 100% sure that I was ready to join, so I'm waiting it out until I am. But there are 6 great fraternities on campus, and there will be a place where you fit in if you think you want to go Greek. Overall, Rush Week was one of the most fun things I've ever been a part of, and I'm so happy that I went through.
(A picture of me on Bid Night, in my $7 Goodwill clothes. Moral of the story: Always shop at Goodwill.)