Just a few months ago I nervously walked to the Phi Beta Chi house for the first time. My recruitment buddy assured me multiple times that I didn’t need to worry and just to be myself. The group of girls around me shared the same concerns about whether we looked okay and praying that the older girls would like us.
Now in my second semester at UNC, the role is reversed. Spring recruitment has brought a new group of nervous girls and I feel quite comfortable amongst the crowd of faithful women I hoped would accept me in the fall.
The nerves that some of the girls may feel are quickly diminished by the relaxed activities of each event and intentional relationships built during recruitment. Each potential new member is paired with an active member, a recruitment buddy, who represents what the sorority has to offer and is available to answer any questions the girls may have. I myself can only hope to be a piece of the comfort my own recruitment buddy, Tabby, was for me. It could be forbidding to understand that whatever I say reflects the entire sorority and that I’m the first face of over 130 devoted girls. However, I remember the affection all of the older girls showed me my first semester and that instills the confidence of Christ to be a daughter of sureness. Along with having a buddy, the girls can see how relaxed we are through games, food, and so much energy. At kickoff everyone is busy in conversation about their interest and casual chatter. Stomachs are filled with every girl’s favorites; cookies, chips, and so much chocolate! Of course it wouldn’t be a Phi Beta Chi event without our favorite famous character guess game.
Sisterhood night is one of my favorites because it really allows the girls to see a glimpse of the relationships reformed within Phi Beta Chi. After their house tours they join us in the great room for a craft as well as cookies and milk. While we painted prayer stones, we got to talk more and it was good to get away from usual harsher conversation about school work. Recruitment for me has been such a humbling and warm experience. I can only hope that it’s been just the same for the potential new members. It’s thrilling to see the sorority grow and strengthen through Christ. During my time at Carolina I can’t wait to explore the riches of God’s love with Phi Beta Chi.