During the months leading up to my move to Alabama, I had several people ask if I planned to join a sorority. My answer was always a quick no followed by a laugh as I never saw myself as the “sorority type”. Additionally, I was coming from far away where Greek life is not as big. Basically, my idea of a sorority was a bunch of preppy girls trying to outdo each other but I began to see there was a lot more to them than I originally thought.
In January I received an email with information on continuous open bidding, COB, and rather than just deleting the email I decided to fill out the form. Throughout my first semester, I watched friends from my classes who were involved in Greek life be given lots of opportunities. They always had a place to study, information about getting involved in the community, formals, etc. After submitting it, I called my parents to talk it over, explaining it didn’t mean I had to go forward with the process but wanted to see what opportunities were out there. Later in the month I had received emails from several sororities to learn more about them. I had met with members of a couple different sororities before meeting some from Delta Zeta. After the meeting DZ was by far my favorite and I had hoped to hear back from them. Soon after I got a call that I had received a bid and after talking with my parents I accepted.
I then became part of the Spring Pledge Class along with several other girls. When I was first pledging, I had only met a few other girls in my pledge class and hardly any actives. Luckily, over the course of our new member period we received diamond leaders, s/o Meg Moll, who helped us meet other girls in the sorority, especially from that years fall pledge class. Additionally, I had English class with Lauren Lukowicz who introduced me to her friends that were initiated earlier that year. They were a huge part in finding the feeling of sisterhood in DZ as I felt included from the beginning and they would introduce me lots of other actives which made me feel more at home.
After several weeks of weekly meetings, me and twelve other pledges were initiated on March 24th. I was so happy to finally be an active member of my new home. Even better, a few weeks later I got the best big who has helped my love for DZ grow even more.
I’m excited to see what fall recruitment is like as I haven’t gone through it myself but I’m even more excited to meet even more sisters through work and rush week. I can’t wait to be back home in less than a month!!
Official blog of the Alpha Gamma Chapter of Delta Zeta at the University of Alabama.