It was day 5 of recruitment and my head was spinning, not from the sweltering heat that encompasses Columbia in the summer, but with cheers, claps, dancing, jumping, and songs. Day after day I had conversations with girls from all different backgrounds, nice girls who seemed to truly love their sorority, but day after day I began to wonder if I could find my home with any Greek organization. At this point during recruitment I hadn’t found the sorority that I loved yet, the one that I was dying to be a part of, while so many other girls already had their heart set on one.
As I was guided out of the Phi Mu house on day 5 I realized that I had finally found my home. During the party that day I spoke with a girl named Lindsey, our conversation was everything I had been looking for. We talked about the lake, clothes, Lilly Pulitzer, food, and everything in between and it was in that moment that I realized I wanted to be her sister. Not only was Lindsey gorgeous, but she was funny, smart, caring, genuine, and didn’t judge me for my obsession with cats.
Never have I been so excited to run towards someone than I was on bid day. It was such an exhilarating feeling to run towards the sorority that I wanted to be a part of so badly, to know they wanted me too was absolutely surreal! I spent the day with Lindsey and we soon became attached at the hip. From tailgates to snoballs at Pelicans, to shopping trips at the mall, and to boat outings on Lake Norman virtually everything we did we did together.
By rushing and choosing Phi Mu I found my best friend, my person, my sister, my big. Not only has she been there for the fun times, but she’s been there for me when I’m crying at 3:00 AM over a boy. Lindsey has my back and I know that if I ever needed her she would drop everything to come and help me, and I would do the same for her. On a campus so large it’s incredibly comforting to know that I have Lindsey and 300 other amazing sisters who are always there for one another. Phi Mu is my home and I am proud to wear the same letters as so many other incredible women.
-Bailey Black, Freshman