Sorority Bid Day is only second to Christmas for college women, especially here in the SEC. As a member, you've put in weeks upon weeks of work to recruit 100 potential new best friends. Bid day is the day your sorority gains a whole pledge class of younger, cooler versions of yourselves. What could be better?! For freshmen, you've just spent the most stressful week of your life hoping that you get invited back to all your favorite chapters. You wake up every morning wracked with anxiety to see your schedule. On bid day, it's all over. Opening your bid card is the beginning of a whole new world. Bid day is equally the best and most overwhelming day of your entire life, or at least your college career, so just roll with it!
But before you can get to Sorority bid day, you have to conquer Rush Week. For seven days, you spend all of your time and energy trying to convince each sorority that you're just what they're looking for. You've most likely spent the last 3 months reading articles in Seventeen and Teen Vogue about how to get yourself a bid. You've done all the research online about the different chapters- you're educated. By the time rush week rolls around, you're ready. You walk into each house surrounded by perfectly manicured sorority girls and try to talk your best game. The night before your first party, you sat on the phone with your mom making a list of conversation topics to impress the members. It's crucial to be unique and memorable, so you're prepared to talk about everything from Kanye West to the latest line of Tory sandals. During every
After a week of forced conversations and tired jokes, Sorority bid day is finally here! You're done convincing strangers to love you and
And then you wait some more.
But then it's time! The announcements are over, the thank yous have been said, and the
You've been talking to girls in this chapter for the entire week, building friendships and making a place for yourself in their sorority. The members of this chapter have recognized value in you, as well as showing you what they have to offer. During the last week, you've gotten to experience their sisterhood and watch the members engage in genuine friendship. The comfort and love the members have with each other is something you knew you wanted to be a part of since day one. Being welcomed into the house that you felt at home at for the past week is the best feeling you can imagine. As soon as you've jumped as much as you can jump and all the feels have been processed, you run to find your bid day buddy. You spend the next 2-15 minutes climbing over screaming girls hugging and flailing around. When you finally find your buddy hidden in the crowd of
Once you go through 15 minutes of intense hugging, you run to your new sorority and meet all your sisters.The distance home is much longer than anticipated, and by the time you get there most of your makeup is gone and you probably have mild signs of back sweat. When you reach the lawn, there are hundreds of girls in the same shirt as you taking pictures, throwing the hand sign, chanting songs that kinda sorta rhyme, and jumping all over each other. There's also a lot of
After several minutes of munching on your own in a corner comes more hugging! Upperclassmen are pouring out of the woodwork to smother you
After the older girls are finished jumping all over you and playing with your hair, they'll start forcing you to take pictures. All of the members throw the hand signs and you pretend like you know what you're doing. Instead of admitting that you're lost, you do your best and contort your hands into a really crooked version of your sorority's symbol. You're insanely eager to take pictures of this day so you can document your new standing on campus, and you won't let anything stand in your way. You're a sorority girl now and everybody has to know! Random people grab your phone to take pictures, and you strut your stuff. It's an absolute necessity to take an
Eventually, the festivities of bid day die down. Girls part ways to go eat with their families, call all of their friends to tell them the news, or take a
Soon it's time for the last and weirdest phase of bid day: the return to your chapter. Throughout the last week, you've walked in the doors of your sorority to be greeted by girls that look somewhat equatable with Barbie dolls. All summer you've
You'll soon learn to love and even embrace the grunge of sorority life. It's not all glitter and lipstick. It's comfort and