By Emilie McQueen
Published in print Aug.20, 2014
A new school year has snuck its way into our lives again, which means a novel time for one to embark on new opportunities and adventures. Whether a freshman or a senior, there is a chance for everyone to do something different this fall.
Formal recruitment and Fall Rush Week are just around the corner once classes begin. The members of Greek organizations are eager and excited to expand the Greek Life on the UNCG campus and provide an enjoyable “rushing” and “recruiting” experience for those who wish to try something new.
The College Panhellenic Council serves as the governing body for the sororities that are members of the National Panhellenic Conference. This council supervises formal sorority recruitment each fall and provides its member organizations with educational programming, leadership opportunities and community service or philanthropy initiatives.
Currently, there are four chapters represented by this council on our campus: Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Chi Omega, and Sigma Sigma Sigma.
“There’s no need to be afraid of going through recruitment,” said Carlee Taber, a member of Chi Omega. “It’s an amazing experience, so be confident and let your personality shine through. Most importantly, give it a chance because there are four sororities of girls dying to meet you.”
The Interfraternity Council is composed of fraternities dedicated to inspiring the most complete intellectual, emotional, physical, and social development of its members. UNCG currently has seven chapters represented on campus: Delta Sigma Phi, Kappa Delta Rho, Lambda Chi Alpha, Pi Kappa Alpha, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Theta Delta Chi.
Recruitment is year-round with formal recruitment processes in the fall semester. Rush Week allows interested potential new
members a chance to meet all the chapters and decide which organization possesses values and ideals that align with their own.
“From the very first day of rush, the Sig Ep guys just made me feel like I was part of something and made me feel very welcomed,” said Oleg Terentiev, a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.
The dates for formal recruitment are September eighth through the thirteenth.
Things we are unsure of usually end of hindering us in our lives because we never take a chance on figuring them out.
It’s important to step outside of one’s comfort zone and take advantage of the opportunities that are available in the present.
Many people may be interested in going through recruitment, but never have the courage to do so because of the uncertainty that lies ahead.
Stepping outside of a comfort zone and looking at new opportunities is what rush week is all about. During rush week, the fraternities and sororities aim at recruiting students who would otherwise feel uncertain about their place in a Greek life society.
“In high school, I was really close to a group of girls who all ended up going to college in different parts of the country,” said Kaitlynne Bryan, who enrolled in a campus sorority last fall. “I decided to go through recruitment even though I was unsure of the whole process. When I walked into Alpha Delta Pi, I immediately felt as though I was at home again with my best friends.”
The school year has only just begun. Opportunities for lifestyle changes are truly endless, and Greek life is rushing to gather supporters.