When going through formal recruitment during the fall of 2013, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Coming into college, I knew I wanted to be a part of something bigger than life, that’s something I knew as soon as I stepped into Zeta territory.
It was freshman move-in weekend and the days were packed with activities to get to know the campus. On the first day, there was a Meet the Greek Ice Cream Social. My roommate and I had walked over to see what was going on. Much to our surprise there were hundreds of people gathered at a gazebo. All of the sororities and fraternities wore their favorite letters and chatted with their potential new members. I knew right away that Zeta was the place for me. At Robert Morris, we had two other well known sororities on our campus; however, I didn’t click with those girls much like I did with the girls I found in Zeta. The sister of Zeta were extremely comfortable to talk to and incredibly approachable. They were outgoing, intelligent, and extremely talented and diverse. To me, Zeta is home. I never thought in a million years that I could find over 60 girls that would drop anything they’re doing just to be there for someone. In our chapter, there’s no cliques, drama or separation. We all come together as one, we’re a family.
Going through recruitment can sometimes be intimidating, but I can honestly say that didn’t happen for me. The whole process was exciting and I knew exactly where I belonged within minutes of meeting them. With Zeta, I can honestly say I am the happiest I’ve ever been. I can now say I have officially been initiated and I am now a sister of the Iota Alpha Chapter. However, they made me feel like a sister since day one. We take pride in having the highest GPA on campus as well as the countless hours that we devote to our philanthropy which is Breast Cancer Awareness and Education.
This “Why Rush” essay was submitted by Jessica Mannering of Robert Morris University. Jessica rushed as a freshmen in fall of 2013 and joined the Iota Alpha Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha. You can follow her on Twitter at @ssejipoo. To submit your “Why Rush” essay, follow this link.