Why Rush? To Find a Home
January 20, 2014 | by
From the personal photo collection of Cassidy Cooper

From the personal photo collection of Cassidy Cooper

A little less than a year ago, I made the decision to go through formal sorority recruitment—mostly to get my mom (an AST alumna) to stop talking about it, but also because a small part of me thought it was the right choice. I was the type of girl that was always doing something or joining a new club, and I spent eight years being a part of a “theatre family,” so when I got to college, I desperately needed a special group of people that could fill that now-empty space in my life. After attending a few Meet the Greeks and listening to my mom’s stories, I found myself signed up for the spring 2013 recruitment.

I have never experienced something so overwhelming, exhausting, and exciting in my entire life; from the songs and chants to the never-ending questions, I have to admit I was a little skeptical about the whole process—how was I supposed to figure out which one of these sororities I fit in with best? Each one was so very different and special in its own way, and I spent hours that week stressing out over which outfit was right for each night, venting to my Pi Chis and floormates about each party, and texting my mom every night with updates on which sororities invited me back and which ones I was considering. I watched as all the other girls in my Pi Chi group seemed to be struggling with each decision of which to drop at the end of each day, but my experience wasn’t like that at all—at the end of the week, I knew exactly where I belonged.

Image courtesy of Zachary Zeigler

Image courtesy of Zachary Zeigler

On that very first night, I had no idea that the girls in that room would someday be my sisters, but I knew that it felt like home. These girls, all so unique and extraordinary, were exactly what I had been looking for. The conversations during every round seemed to flow so easily and I felt as though I immediately began to form bonds with these girls that I had only just met; on my preference day, I was between two sororities, both incredible in their own way, but I knew that as soon as I walked into Alpha Sigma Tau, it was the right choice—and when anyone asks why, I still give them the same answer I gave on bid night: it’s home.

From the personal photo collection of Cassidy Cooper

From the personal photo collection of Cassidy Cooper

Every day since that night a year ago has been a rollercoaster ride—my sisters never fail to surprise me, catch me when I fall, and remind me that I can do so much more than I believe I can. Even if I was skeptical at first, Alpha Sigma Tau is the home that I needed at college and I can honestly say that I don’t know what I would do without the constant support that AST gives me. I didn’t just agree to join a sorority the day I signed my bid: I gained 70 sisters, countless opportunities, never-ending inside jokes, the most perfect Big Sister, bonds that I know will last a lifetime and, of course: a home.

This “Why Rush” essay was submitted by Cassidy Cooper of Duquesne University. Cassidy rushed as a freshman in spring of 2013 and joined the Beta Delta Chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau. To submit your “Why Rush” essay, follow this link.

From the personal photo collection of Cassidy Cooper

From the personal photo collection of Cassidy Cooper

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