One of the most exciting things about joining a sorority is getting your Big. You hangout with different girls from Bid Day until mid-September and usually you connect with someone so well that you need to be in their fam, you need to be their Little. I had this experience as a Phi, but as a sophomore, I did not think I was ready to be a Big. The reasons were 1) I suck at crafting, and 2) I didn’t think I was ready for the responsibility of mentoring a new member. Throughout recruitment, and the first weeks of classes, I wasn’t connecting with any of the new members. My Big is doing an internship this semester in another city so I didn’t have her guidance either. I figured I’d be one of the few who simply just didn’t take a Little.
But it was during our first function, Biker Bash, where I finally felt that Big/Little Bond. I went dateless because I wanted to hangout with my sisters and just dance. Perry, a new Phi who was also a sophomore and way cooler than me, didn’t have a date either. We ended up spending the entire night side-by-side. Two weeks later, she requested me as her Phi friend and we spent the week shopping, going to Bonnamu together, and hanging out in my room at the Mu Mansion.
When I found out she was my Little, I could barely keep it a secret. I crafted my heart out, picked out what shirts to give her, and bought everything in sight at Target. I figured she knew I was her Big, so I wrote her a fake note saying I was from Maryland, short, and that we had never met. (I’m from Charlotte, measure in at 5’10, and we hangout three times a week at the least)
Though it was obvious to everyone else, Perry was still shocked at Reveal. The note and my ambivalence to Big/Little week faked her out and it made Reveal an actual surprise. Running out in her Harry Potter socks and tank top I made her over her sweatshirt, she ran out of the house with the other Phis and into Greek Village where all of the Bigs waited in our costumes; me in my Mischief Managed shirt, others in onesies and scrubs. Everyone was so hype to finally see who there Bigs were and you could feel the love and joy between our sisterhood. It’s hard to explain, but it’s honestly a really cool feeling to know you get to welcome someone into a deeper part of our chapter, and I hope everyone gets to experience such a sick experience. I can’t imagine having anyone else as my Little and I’m so lucky to have someone as awesome as Perry to be their Big.