Each sorority has added around 58 new young women to their chapter this year.
Recruitment consisted of long days and even longer nights. The incoming freshman and new students on campus that chose to participate in rush spent their first days getting to know girls in each of the sororities.
Eventually they narrowed their choices down from 17 to 12 to seven and then finally three based on conversations they have had with other girls and things they learn about the sororities throughout the week.
The potential new members are trying to find their home for the next four years of college. Phi Mu Mary Rose Bottcher explained what she thought of rush.
“Recruitment is tiring and one of the longest days of my life, but at the same time it is exciting to be a part of the future of my sorority,” Bottcher said.
To many young women, that is exactly what recruitment is, the future of their organization and why the final day is so important.
Bid day is when the girls are finally asked to be a part of the sorority that not only they have picked but the ones that have picked them as well.
Nikki Stanfield, a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, commented on how important bid day is to all members, new and returning.
“Bid day is important to us because it is the result of so much work and effort. We work so intensively for two weeks preparing for our new members and when bid day comes around it is so rewarding to see how all of our hard work has paid off,” Stanfield said.
Bid day is the first time the new members as well as their families get to see the chapter as a whole, and there are food and gifts for all the girls to welcome them back home or into their new family.
Greek life at Auburn is considered so important because many of these girls are well rounded and may represent several organizations on campus.
Recruitment week is not just a silly week of conversations held to make new friends; it is our future as a University and the future of the Greek chapter that has been established on campus and growing for years.