Happy Wednesday everyone!!
I have been a little MIA and it’s because I have officially moved to Tucson for my senior year at the University or Arizona!! (So exciting but scary). Now if anyone has been in Greek Life or planning on being in Greek Life, than you will understand why I haven’t been posting as much. During this recruitment season, I applied and received the opportunity to become a Recruitment Counselor. Pretty much it means that I was a mentor for the Potential New Members on their journey of finding their home for not only the next 4 years, but for a lifetime. Recruitment counselors are there for the women as they go through one of the most emotional weeks thus far, and are completely disaffiliated from their respective chapters. As an RC we were expected to not wear our letters, talk to any of your friends in any chapters, and be the unbiased voice of reason for these women to find their new sisterhoods.
Week one of being in Tucson marked the first week of intense training for us Recruitment Counselors (aka Recruitment Warriors lead by the queen Gretchen). As RC’s were taught how to be bold and deal with uncomfortable situations, such as answering questions in front of 80 other women (scary but it was all about taking risks). But, during the week I had the opportunity and pleasure of becoming great, if not the best of friends with my new 79 other Greek sisters. What I learned throughout that week is that women, especially Greek women have this empowering attitude that can make mountains move. We talked about the stereotypes that every woman in the world faces and how we can improve those stereotypes by supporting each other. The Panhellenic community at the University of Arizona taught me that women have just as much, if not more power than we are given. I realized that I found this amazing drive that I had inside me to want to change the world (at least the stereotypes of women and Greek women!!).
Last week, our RC’s were prepared for the week ahead of recruitment!! (And I was super nervous about guiding 20+ women in the recruitment process)! And, all I can say is that I could have not asked for better women to be in charge of! Being an RC was one of the most rewarding experiences that I will take from my college experience. Seeing my Potential New Members’ face when I revealed to them my affiliation (Gamma Phi Beta) was so much fun and seeing their face when opening their bids was priceless. To see them all so happy with the chapters that they chose wanting them back was I loved that I was able to be apart of that special moment because I not only gained 5 Gamma Phi Beta sisters, but 32 Greek Sisters!
What I loved about this process was that I was able to give up my letters to help my Potential New Members find their letters. And I encourage every woman out there reading this right now, believe in yourself and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do anything!
Shoutout to all my RC sistas!!
XOXO Jordan Taylor