When I came to the University of Alabama, I arrived a week early for a week long journey that would change my whole life. I, like the other 2,000 plus girls, came for recruitment. This was something I had dreamed about since middle school and it was finally here! After the longest week of my life I arrived at bid day. I was nervous to open my envelope but once I did and saw the Delta Zeta letters; my heart was happy. As we ran down the street to the Delta Zeta Castle, I saw my name on a sign that was being held by Madelyn McCormick! Seeing Madelyn, someone I had known since I was three years old, made me realize that Delta Zeta was about to become my home away from home!
I am for sure a homebody. I love being close to home and seeing my family and friends whenever I can. So being 8 and a half hours away from home was a hard adjustment. Delta Zeta made the adjustment 100 times easier for me. Anytime I walked in the house there would be a friendly face I could go talk to or someone I could sit with for lunch. No matter what pledge class a girl was in I felt like I could talk with anyone in the house. I started spending every moment I could sitting in the library or watching tv in the living room. It only took a couple of weeks for me to feel like Delta Zeta was my second home.
I wouldn't have been able to get through my freshman year without the wonderful women I met through Delta Zeta! Many of my friends from the bid day retreat are still my closest friends today. Meredith Coleman was my first friend I met and to this day she still encourages me to grow and do what I love. I am most thankful for meeting Emma Miller and Emily Rodgers on the bid day retreat. Both of them have been there for me through the good and the bad this past year. They were my biggest cheerleaders when I applied for positions within Delta Zeta and they were always up for a late night run for milkshakes when I was feeling down. Without Delta Zeta I would have probably never met these young women who support me through every single thing I do in life.
To all of those who are about to go through formal recruitment or considering recruitment here at the University of Alabama, I highly encourage you to do so. My freshman year was everything I wanted it to be and it all started with getting to school a week early to be a part of the recruitment process. It's true when they tell you to trust the process and follow your heart. I did and it lead me right to the wonderful women of Delta Zeta.
Official blog of the Alpha Gamma Chapter of Delta Zeta at the University of Alabama.