When you think of the common phrase, “’tis the season,” you may think of a decorated tree, presents or Santa. For the last month, ’tis the season has come to mean something much more important in the land of Sigma Kappa – Recruitment season!
Whether I am at a pre recruitment or a formal recruitment, recruitment plans, potential new members, and sisterhood are in the air. Being a part of the preparations and execution of such an important aspect to every Sigma Kappa chapter has made me see recruitment in a new way. Although it is important to recruit new members for each chapter’s numbers, it is more satisfying to see how each chapter comes together, forming new bonds with one another.
I believe that one of the best ways to evaluate a chapter’s sisterhood is by watching their preference ceremony. When you take away the speeches and songs, a preference ceremony comes down to how close the women in the room are, and the potential new members can see that. As a potential new member myself, five long years ago, I entered Sigma Kappa’s preference ceremony as a completely different person. Today, I can officially say that I have been a part of/heard 10 preference ceremonies. Without fail, I have cried during every one.
Regardless of what university you go to or what Sigma Kappa chapter you’re a part of, the preference ceremony is something the binds every Sigma Kappa together. It is by far my favorite aspect of recruitment, and I can’t wait to be a part of more as my travels continue!
Special shout out to the amazing women that I have met thus far: Epsilon Epsilon, Gamma Phi, Delta Eta and Theta Tau!