Intern Insight: Panhellenic Bid Day

September 10, 2021

Intern Insight

Intern Insights allows current departmental interns to share their perspective on topics relevant to their experience as an undergraduate student. Italicized terms will appear in glossary at the end of the post.

Bid Day 2021, Sophia Wilkins pictured with members of Chi Omega.

As one of the interns in the Communication Department, I would love to tell you all about my bid day experience! By now, you all would have seen my feature in the meet the interns section, but if not, my name is Sophia Wilkins and I am a sophomore at Clemson. Due to COVID regulations last year, this was actually my first time experiencing a bid day in person; and let me tell you- I was very impressed! (And jealous, of course.) This is now my second year being a member of the Psi Kappa Chapter of the Chi Omega Fraternity. 


Last year, when everything was virtual, we did Panhellenic recruitment via zoom before we moved into Clemson. Our bid day was on zoom, and it was very difficult to meet our sisters. Throughout the entire semester, most of our events were virtual (chapter, initiation, new member meetings) and it was difficult to meet new people. Despite the difficulty connecting, I remained involved because the group of young women that I did meet were the most genuine people I have met. We stuck together throughout all of the tough times caused by COVID-19. Now that everything is in person, I am thrilled that I stayed! Since classes began, I have met so many new people and have had so much fun with them! This semester completely changed my perspective on sorority life and I realized how much time we really do spend with each other. I am so excited to continue everything in person, to meet more sisters, and most importantly, to find a little! Our Big-Little reveal is on October 23, and I am counting down the days!

We also will be having our philanthropy events in person this year! Chi Omega’s philanthropy is the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We have a major event called Wings for Wishes where we host a wing eating competition and raise money for the foundation. It occurs in the spring semester and I encourage everyone to look into it if you feel like eating yummy wings and also contributing to a great cause. 


Now, back to Bid Day!


On August 29th, we had our bid day, where we welcomed 110 new sisters to Chi Omega! So, here’s how bid day went:


  • All of the sororities lined up on the intramural fields, all dressed in different themes and holding up signs to show which sorority we were. Chi Omega’s theme was “Love You Like XO” and we were all dressed in pink and red with heart accessories!


  • Every sophomore received a name, and this name was their bid-day buddy for the day. A bid-day buddy is one of the new members who you need to welcome into the sorority and take around with you for the day! We have sophomores doing this so that they can start looking for girls to be their sorority Littles!


  • All of the new sisters open up their bids, and then run to the sorority that they have just joined. When they run to the sorority, they need to look for the girl that is holding up their name. It is a very genuine and heart-warming moment when they find you; we run up to each other screaming and hugging, tears of joy and excitement going everywhere. It was truly my favorite moment so far being in Chi Omega.


  • After that, each sorority moves to their own separate location where they can meet each other, take pictures and just have fun for a little while!

Overall, sorority life builds a very close-knit community which I unfortunately did not experience until this year, but am so happy that I have now! Sororities are very different from what everyone would expect, and I hope that this post helped you all have a better understanding of what it’s like. If you’re looking for me, I’ll be eating wings with my sisters!



Recruitment: A process in which university undergraduate women join a sorority

Bid Day: ​​The last day of recruitment, when potential new members receive bids to join chapters and become new members

CPA: College Panhellenic Association

Panhellenic: Used loosely to refer to the College Panhellenic Association.

Big-Little Reveal: A reveal, usually involving gifts being given by a senior member of the sorority who takes a newer member of the organization under their wing.


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