A ‘Ready-Made’ Community
Lily Cohen, Spring '21
Everything about my transition to college was unorthodox. Starting the experience online from my bedroom in New Jersey was clearly not how I dreamed of beginning my college career. I felt little connection to American and was in dire need of in-person social opportunities. It wasn’
t until the Minimester, a two-month experience for the Class of 2024 to live on-campus, that I had the unique privilege of arriving with a community in place.
Having gone through remote sorority recruitment a couple of months prior, and accepting Chi Omega’s bid, was the best decision I’ve made thus far at AU. Most new students begin college knowing few people. With time, they join clubs, meet others through their residence hall, and/or make friends during class. While online recruitment was different from my expectations, it made my in-person arrival at school truly special. As I pulled up to Anderson Hall, I remember unpacking my car and immediately seeing sister Sera Bunca in the distance. Realizing who one another was, a flying hug came about 5 seconds later. That’s one of the things I find so special about Chi O. For me, it was this instant family. A group of inclusive, genuine, loving, and passionate young women.
As recruitment approaches, I can’t wait to see all of your smiling faces and get to know many of you for the first time! Don’t be put off by the ‘online’ piece!! My Rho Gamma once shared “you get out what you put into this process,” and she couldn’t have been more right. I went in with a positive attitude, excited to get to know everyone I had the chance to speak with. I challenge you to go into recruitment with an open mind. Most importantly, be your authentic self. Your Greek home is waiting for you with open arms, and I cannot wait to see what the future of Eta Lambda holds… quite possibly with you!