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It's been a while since I was last able to shout out to all of the past, present and future Owls of William Woods. I hope all is well in your neck of The Woods!
Much has happened since I last communicated with you all.
I am now into my senior most year of college.--the last step before I go into the welcoming arms of the "real world". It's kind of scary, to be honest. The real world is not nearly as fearsome and intimidating as most would have you believe.
It seems like only yesterday that I was (like some of you) a senior in high school about to take my first big leap of faith out of my family's home and my hometown, and on to my new home at William Woods. That was kind of scary, too. But humans are one of the most adaptable organisms on planet Earth. You are no exception to that rule.
At the end of the day, surviving a transition to another chapter in your life is simple, if you keep some tips in mind.
- Keep an Open Mind: Open your mind to new experiences, influences, and cultures. However, don't lose who you are in the mean time.
- Remember that you are valuable: You are doing yourself and the community around you a disservice by not allowing your true colors to shine through. Express your thoughts, rock your style, and do you. Remember, be you, everyone else is taken.
- Listen and Respond: To truly listen is to hear the words and understand the body language that others are communicating to you, interpreting that communication, and formulating a response once the speaker is finished. Take time to listen, not just hear.
- Prepare: Research the direction you choose to steer your life. Get an idea of what is coming. Ask questions, hunt down answers, and chose the path that You believe is right for you.
- Be Confident: Believing in your choices 100% is not always easy to do, especially when you are partaking in a new experience. Regardless of the situation, you can always appear confident and ready. The "fake it 'til yo make it" method works for me. Pick your head up, put a smile on your face, and reinforce yourself with positive thought.
You can do this. Fear no transition, follow your dreams, accomplish your goals.
Five days before classes begin each fall, the new freshmen move into their rooms at William Woods to begin orientation—a fun, fast-paced, whirlwind of an introduction to life at The Woods! One part of the orientation activities is Greek recruitment: the process where the female freshmen get to visit all the sororities (and the males get to visit the fraternities) to decide if they want to join a house and, if so, which one! Recruitment is always one of my very favorite times of the year, both when I was an incoming freshman and then as a returning upperclassman. I want to take this opportunity to walk you through my recruitment process this year—my senior year—as a member of Alpha Chi Omega.
Day 1: House Hop
The day you move onto campus, you and your family get to tour each of the sorority houses. Today is the day for you to get an understanding of the overall feel of all the houses and some basic information on what Greek life is all about. Even if you have visited the houses before, it’s a good idea to take the opportunity to walk through them again with an open mind now that you are seriously considering joining one of them.
Day 2: Open House
The next day is Open House, the day for each of the four houses to explain what their philanthropy is and what they are passionate about. A philanthropy is an organization or cause that each sorority (and fraternity) supports and raises money for. At Alpha Chi Omega, we raise money for the fight against rape and domestic violence. I love this night because it gives us the opportunity to explain to the freshmen who we are and what we are passionate about.
Day 3: Skit Night
Next comes one of my favorite nights of recruitment! On skit night, the freshmen visit three houses, where they enjoy more conversation with the upperclassmen and watch the skit we have prepared! The skits are usually spoofs off of a popular movie or TV show that the women in the chapter have altered to make them about their specific sorority. Our skit for Alpha Chi Omega is based off of the movie Grease! I got to play Sandy the last two years… SO much fun!
Day 4: Pref Night
Freshmen only visit two houses on pref night (short for “preference night”). This is the last and most serious day of recruitment. Pref night gives the women of each sorority a chance to tell the freshmen about the value of sisterhood and identify exactly what being involved in their chapters has meant to them. For both the incoming freshmen and the returning upperclassmen, pref night is extremely special and heartfelt. I remember enjoying pref night my freshman year, and it has continued to mean more to me every year.
Day 5: BID DAY!!
Last but certainly not least comes the best day of all: bid day! This is the big day where the new freshmen find out which house they are officially a new member of and come running out of the dome into the arms of their new sisters! The upperclassmen help all the new girls haul their things from their temporary dorm rooms into their new rooms in the sorority house, and then the rest of the day is dedicated to spending time with everyone in the house so we can all get to know each other better. I love having the opportunity to spend time together before classes start the next day and we all get pulled in a million different directions.