If you would have asked me when I was 18 what I wanted to do with my life, I would have told you a lengthy tale of about how I was going to move to New York, be an inspirational writer and an advocate for women’s equality. While my dreams were large and outlandish, I never expected them to change.
I entered my freshman year with all of my wild dreams and ambitions, ready for this new chapter in my life. I knew instantly that one of them was to be a sorority girl. I went into recruitment with a closed mind, knowing which sorority I wanted to join. Once I opened my mind though, I realized the amazing things that both sororities at my school had to offer, and ultimately realized that the ladies of Delta Zeta were the perfect match for me.
Sorority recruitment lasts over three nights. Each night you’re given the opportunity to meet the sisters of the different sororities and find out what it means to be a sister of that sorority. Sororities at RMU are dedicated to change and the betterment of our community. They spend countless hours serving the community as well as raising thousands of dollars for their philanthropies. Seeing these college students, my age, volunteering their time to worthy causes is absolutely amazing.
I remember my defining moment of recruitment was when my future sisters played their trademark game “the circle game.” Everyone stood in a circle and one person in the middle would say something like “I’ve never been a nursing major.” If you have, then you have to abandon your spot in the circle for a new one and the last person not to have a spot was in the middle. It was such a trivial, silly game, but seeing the bond, inside jokes and amount of fun these girls had made me realize that was what I wanted. The next day I wrote “Delta Zeta” in the number one spot on my preference list, and I have yet to regret it.
DZ has taught me so much and has given me so many opportunities. As I said earlier, when I was 18 I had a far-fetched idea of what I wanted to do with my life; and after joining DZ and becoming philanthropy chairwoman it all became clear. I had always had a passion for volunteering, but Delta Zeta showed me a whole new world of philanthropy. I realized that I loved planning events, and I was passionate about raising money for our causes.
I assisted in creating one of the largest philanthropy events at RMU, and continued to help it grow, last year it raised almost $4,000! This is the most money our sorority has ever raised for charity. After planning events for DZ, I went into interviews for my internships with an impressive resume. These skills I’ve accumulated have helped me land internships with two amazing non-profits.
With out DZ I might have never realized what I truly wanted to do with my life, nor would I have the experience and skill set necessary. I’ve heard tons of bad things about sororities, but being a sister is more than what the media tells you. Being a Delta Zeta means never being alone, having 70 girls to support me, a group of people to help me follow my dreams, and I have no idea where I’d be without them.
This “Why Rush” essay was submitted by Natalie DeBarto of Robert Morris University. Natalie rushed as a freshman in 2010 and joined the Xi Chi chapter of Delta Zeta.You can follower her on Twitter at @natydeee. To submit your “Why Rush” essay, follow this link.