Scrolling through my Instagram feed I see my sisters’ smiling faces, new tshirts, letters, ADPi swag and around 70 people that I have no clue who they are. Today is my sorority’s Bid Day and I’m stuck in Georgia.
When you think about it, this is the first time in 4 years that I haven’t experienced the fun of Bid Day, or as some say sorority women say, a day better than Christmas. Seeing all of the excitement is making me think back to all of the great memories I have as being an undergraduate member.
This was my first Bid Day as an Alpha, what my sorority calls a new member. The University of Miami has formal recruitment in the spring and I remember itching to become an ADPi all during the fall semester. ADPi was love at first sight for me and I loved seeing their name on my bid card (I still have it saved somewhere too!, maybe I should frame it!)
Recruitments came and went and I learned how much I love my sisterhood (late nights, rumbling stomachs, and a common goal can do that for ya). I loved being on the inside and recruiting PNMs but I wanted more so, my senior year, I applied to be a rho gamma, or recruitment counselor.
I got the position (along with some of my favorite sisters and best friends) and starting the fall of my senior year eager for a new experience. Disaffiliation happened and I realized. I had NOTHING to wear that didn’t have letters, even my favorite cup had to stay at home. That involved having to buy a sweatshirt at the bookstore when Miami had it’s cold day (yes I said day).
Recruitment week came and I loved everyone of my Rho Gamma group members. We had fun together. We laughed in an fraternity suite and had moments of disappointment and tears when someone didn’t have the outcome that they hoped.
Then came bid day! Most knew my affiliation (I forgot to delete my pinterest board–oops!) but some still had no clue. At UM, we reveal on the rock, which is in the middle of campus, you wear a large shirt then take it off to reveal your new affiliation. I still remember trying my hardest to hide my pale pink that was peeking out of the forest green. A play by play of reveal is below!
I had a blast at reveal and was almost tackled to the ground, (it’s good to feel loved). The seniors reminisced on the last four years and I loved seeing some of my group members become members of the first and finest (one even ended up in my family)!
But now my chapter is embarking on a chapter of their own. Being a sorority member, you see how cyclical everything is. There will always be new undergraduate members and seniors graduating and moving on to new parts of their lives. The feel of the chapter can change and it may not feel like your own but you were always a part of the fabric of that chapter.
Seeing the pictures, tweets, statuses has made me miss my chapter sisters so much but I can’t wait to see what will happen in the next chapter of Gamma Delta!
What did your sorority do for Bid Day? If you’re an alum, does this resonate with you? Let me know in the comments!