It’s rush week at Loyola! Every January, the three fraternities on campus spend a week showing off their best qualities and wooing potential new members in the hopes of building a strong pledge class to carry on their brotherhood for another year. The rushers put on their best faces and try to convince the boys that their fraternity is the best; the rushees eagerly wait to hear back about bids. At the end of rush week, each fraternity has a new pledge class and the process of integrating them into the chapter begins.

We have four sororities and three fraternities on campus as well six NPHC chapters (historically African- American fraternities and sororities). About 20% of students are involved in Greek organizations and many times serve as the leaders of the school. Being a member of the Greek community creates well-rounded individuals with a focus on scholarship, service, values- based leadership, as well as providing a fun social atmosphere. For the past one and half years, I have been privileged to be a member of the sorority Delta Gamma, a national organization founded in 1873. We have 147 chapters worldwide, 15,000 current members, and 171,788 living alumnae. I feel truly humbled to be a part of an organization so widespread and respected.

I went through formal recruitment fall semester of my sophomore year, a little bit unusual but not at all unheard of. I signed up for recruitment on a whim- I wanted to see what sororities were all about. None of my immediate family had been involved in Greek life at their colleges so I went into the process totally blind. Throughout the five-day  recruitment process, I learned the personalities of each chapter, the different service organizations (or philanthropies, in Greek speak), and experienced a ritual with each organization. By the end of the week, I knew that I wanted to be in a Greek organization. Delta Gamma was the sorority I felt most at home with and now I can’t imagine my life without my letters.

Going through recruitment or rush can be scary, especially if you don’t know what you’re getting yourself into. But being a member of Greek life at Loyola made my world here seem much more manageable- I have 60 girls backing me up every step of the way. Delta Gamma is my support, my fun, my study buddy, and my home. I encourage everybody to take the time to learn more about the Greek organizations on campus because you might just find something you love.

One Response to Rush Week at Loyno!

  1. Stacy says:

    I can testify to Bridget’s love of Delta Gamma… it’s DG everywhere! Shirts, sweatshirts, pens, posters, even Christmas ornaments…. DG is a major piece of her amazing Loyola experience !

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