It’s that time of year again…RUSH! For some people the word doesn’t mean much—rushing to an appointment? Rushing to class? It happens to all of us. But for some people RUSH is an entirely different word. It’s that time of the year when collegiate women gather to the pride rock of their campuses (sorority row) for endless conversation, ringing cheers and chants, and maybe if you’re lucky, a chocolate covered graham cracker to go with you strawberry lemonade. Thousands of women, hundred degree weather (at least at UCLA), dozens of parties per day—it’s a whirlwind. And it’s my last year doing it.
You would think I would be relieved to be giving up this pastime. Based on the logistics of the whole extravaganza, I should be. But as a senior, it’s bittersweet. This is my fourth year partaking in this ordeal and while there have been stressful moments, it also reminds me just why I love being in my house. As a Chi Omega we live by The Symphony and it’s why I joined, why I stayed, and I why I will always be a Chi Omega. This creed symbolizes how I want to live my life always.
So tomorrow starts it all. The cheering, yes. The chattering, yes. The smiling, oh yes. But I’m looking forward to it. We are expecting over 1,000 girls to walk through our doors in the next three days and I hope that I’ll be able to offer a small modicum of wisdom as they prepare for the collegiate experience. The time goes by so quickly. While this is the beginning of my goodbye, it is the beginning to their hello. So much to look forward to—I think it’s important to keep that freshman mindset that is open to the possibilities. Just because you’re a senior, or just because you’re older doesn’t mean that you can’t still face the world with a fresh outlook.
Let the parties begin!
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook