MARY THOMAS QUEEN
Hi friends! My name is Mary Thomas Queen, and I’m from Charlotte, North Carolina! Freshman year so far has been a little overwhelming, yet new and exciting. I have loved meeting so many people and falling in love with the campus every day. There have been so many exciting things that have happened, including sorority recruitment a few weeks ago.
Coming into college I never saw myself as someone who would be interested in a sorority. However, everyone I talked to had so many good things to say about Greek life and all of the blessings that come from it. I knew a few people at Samford in sororities, and they guided me through the process of recruitment. They told me about how they felt like they had found their forever friends and awesome people to do every day life with.
I was super nervous going into this week because I had NO idea what to expect. There are many stereotypes of how Rush week goes, and I was scared I was going to be overwhelmed. During Rush, I was not stressed and honestly had an amazing experience. Every person that I talked to was very relational, and I felt loved by each house.
There are six houses that we visited. The first night was more of a “get to know the sorority” night so we could learn about each philanthropy. The second night was sisterhood night, when we had in depth conversations about what we are looking for in a sorority and how it has impacted its members. The last night was preference night, when we spoke on a personal level for a longer time with current members to try to decide which sorority was going to be the best fit for each girl.
After the whole week was over, bid day happened! Bid day= best day. After everyone opened their bids on the football field, we ran home to our new sisters. Our bid day buddies were holding signs with our names on it and made us feel so special to be there. Mine took me back to the sorority house to dance the night away and made me instantly feel at home.
A few things I learned from the week:
The week is what you make of it. If you choose to let recruitment overwhelm you, it can be a fairly stressful experience. But if you see it as an opportunity to meet new people and have fun, then you will enjoy it a lot more.
Whatever sorority you choose does not ultimately define you. Every sorority on Samford’s campus is amazing, and even though they are all different, you will have friends in all of them! That is one reason why I love that Samford does Rush a couple of weeks into the school year. You get to know people before recruitment begins and have those friendships even after Rush. Your community of people becomes more widespread. My favorite part was that I met people that live in the same dorm as me, and I have been able to eat lunch with them and know their names as I walk by.
Don’t compare yourself and your experience to the girl next to you. Each girl’s week of recruitment will look completely different because we are all individuals. This may sound cheesy, but you will be placed in the sorority you are supposed to be in.
To the girl that is rushing next year and to the one who is not… you are beautiful just the way you are, and at Samford you are able to find your people right where you are.