By: Katie Cauthen
When you think “recruitment” you probably picture smiling sisters, lots of glitter, and banners painted in frilly prints. You think of matching t-shirts and hand signs. Thoughts of cheering and tutus dance in your head. You think of new members - and how jealous you are that they are embarking on the best four years of their lives.
But for me, the word “recruitment” evokes so much more.
But most importantly, I think of how much it all means to me.
Recruitment was - and will always be - my favorite form of caffeine. I haven’t come into contact with a single cup of coffee that can compare. Nothing gives me the energy and motivation to want to do more, or be more, than seeing a PNM’s face when she runs home on Bid Day.
Recruitment was - and will always be my happy place; because nothing will ever compare to the feeling you get when it’s all said and done. As a first-year, I felt it when I opened my bid card - it was a feeling of relief that I had finally found a home at Carolina. I’d never had a sister, but suddenly I had over 100. And as a senior, it was a different feeling - a feeling of calmness and of accomplishment and that I had worked so hard to give something back to the chapter that gave me everything.
So, from a former Recruitment Chair to any PNM - go through recruitment. It may seem scary to put yourself out there. But I promise, we were just as nervous as you when we were in your shoes. You may not think you want to go Greek - but if you do, you’ll make friends and memories that will last a lifetime.
And, who knows, maybe one day you’ll want to do something crazy like be a Recruitment Chair too!