Hi guys! Long time no chat. I have so many posts that are a work in progress right now, but with my first exams, my new internship, and sorority recruitment, I haven't been able to devote the amount of time and energy I normally would to Love All Things Britney. I promise that next week you will hear from me more often.
SO -- speaking of sorority recruitment ...
Obviously, each sorority is blowing up social media this week to promote their chapter and their sisterhood. Cool videos, Instagrams, Facebook statuses, what have you. I told myself that I'd never be one of those sappy people (especially as I got older, and my own Bid Day excitement grew more and more distant from me) when reflecting on Bid Day and joining a sorority. In this post, I won't be talking about why I'm glad I joined a sorority, but I do want to reflect on some personal reasons as to why my Bid Day was a very special day in my life.
Ironically, Pi Phi was the only sorority where I did not know a soul. I opened my bid card happily because I did "pref" Pi Phi, and I ran to Rebel Drive. I saw a couple people I recognized...Cara, the older girl who rushed me in each round, Erin, a girl my age I met while rushing (who is now my roommate for the second year in a row), and Amber: a girl from my dorm and Gamma Chi group. I couldn't tell you why even if I peered into the deepest corners of my memory, but for some reason, Amber was my go-to girl on Bid Day. I clung to her like a security blanket. I didn't know anyone, and she was a familiar face, so I just decided then and there that we were going to be friends. From that day on, September 23, 2012, Amber and I have been absolute best friends. We have lived together for two years, studied abroad in Africa together, and built an awesome relationship with each others' family and friends. Growing up, everyone has a best friend, and more often than not, the friendship naturally grows apart. I think every person's heart longs for one solid, unquestionable, forever best friend, and on Bid Day, I found mine. My experience with sorority recruitment had its ups and downs, and it took me a while, but now I understand the downs. I was brought to Pi Beta Phi so that I could meet my very best friend, travel buddy, roommate, sister, partner in crime, future bridesmaid, future Godmother of my babies. Thank you, God, for bringing me to the sorority you chose for me and for bringing Amber to that sorority, too.
Like I said, that day was September 23rd. I didn't know it until 2012, but on Bid Day, my parents told me that September 23rd was the date of my little sister's funeral. The official symbols of Pi Beta Phi are the angel and the arrow, and our new members on Bid Day are called "Baby Angels." I think it's pretty special and meant-to-be that I became a "Baby Angel" the same day as my little sister. That very thought brought a new meaning of "sisterhood" to me when thinking about the decision I'd just made: pledging Pi Phi, gaining so many sisters. It made me feel like I was really where I was supposed to be, and that my sister had something to do with it. I know she guided me through the week and brought me to the right house. It was very comforting.
These two thoughts have brought so much clarity to my college experience in general. Of course, my sorority does not define me, but it has absolutely shaped me. Without meeting my best friend, and without the guidance of my guardian angel baby sister, I'd be lost. Thank you, Pi Phi, for that.
So, on that note, in closing...