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.
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:
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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