Deciding to rush a sorority was a decision I made long before I even knew what college I wanted to go to. I didn’t even know anyone that had ever been in a sorority before but somehow I knew it was something I wanted to do so badly. I knew I would be able to find my new home and a great group of friends no matter what school I ended up at. So when I finally decided on Temple University, I waited the long weeks until fall recruitment started up. I planned out my outfits, attended information sessions and thoroughly stalked each sorority as best I could. When the first round of recruitment finally arrived I was way more nervous than I thought I’d be.
There were so many girls and only four sororities, but I stayed confident and knew I was doing what I always wanted to do. Someone was also there to help me along the way, my Rho Gamma, Lisa. She was great. She worked and took night classes but she was always there to answer any questions we had, approve of outfits and ease our nerves. Recruitment was the most stressful week of my life. The nights were long and tiring and the decisions seemed so crucial, but I felt confident in what I was doing. The first two rounds I was so torn between two sororities, but by preference night I knew exactly where I belonged. Phi Sigma Sigma had made such an impact on me throughout the entire week. I came out of their room after every round feeling like I could be best friends with every girl I talked to that night. I knew choosing Phi Sig was going to be the best decision I’d ever make. I walked back to my Rho Gamma group on preference night after my last party and put Phi Sig as my number one. Lisa gave me a huge hug and told me how happy she was for me and that she was happy I was so confident in my decision. I walked away feeling great.
At bid day the next day I got to jump off stage and join all my new sisters in one of the best moments of my life. I finally found a place where I belonged in this huge school where I barely knew anyone. Rushing and joining Phi Sigma Sigma was truly the best decision I’ve ever made. I now have over 150 best friends and sisters and the best big in the world, who also happens to have been my Rho Gamma. I can’t wait to see what the next three and a half years as a Phi Sig Sphinx brings, but I know it’s going to be great.
This “Why Rush” essay was submitted by Ali Razzi of Temple University. Ali rushed as a freshmen in fall of 2013 and joined the Xi Chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma. You can follow her on Twitter at @alirazzi. To submit your “Why Rush” essay, follow this link.