They felt better, but were more aware of the behind-the-scenes process than they had been during the previous round.
She found it hard to stand in line at the end of Saturday night, next to girls who’d had 11 sororities on their list that day or who’d been asked back by ones she’d been cut from. She liked the meetings in this round better — she wasn’t just going with girls she shared a last name with, but with girls that might be pledging with her in a few short days.
Kelly was left with only one sorority after Preference Round, Delta Delta Delta.
And Claire received a bid from Delta Delta Delta, her third choice. Brooke was still wearing her white and gold Zeta shirt.
She recorded a Snapchat video with the girl next to her and held the clean, white envelope to her chest as if protecting it.
Brooke’s envelope contained an invitation to join Zeta Tau Alpha, her top choice.
Brooke admitted that she liked certain sororities more if she liked their shirts.
Later that night, the girls felt anxious about waiting through four days of classes to get their next lists.Girls from every corner of campus descended on Armstrong a little after noon on Saturday.They wore big, black coats over dresses, with perfectly straightened or curled hair and meticulously applied makeup.The girls, friends from the same dorm hallway, felt overwhelmed, more stressed than they had before the kick-off ceremony. They’d been told to dress nicely and remember deodorant.Personal touches came in the form of necklaces, manicured nails or gold bangles.Claire hopes that Tri Delta will feel like the right place sometime soon.“I had fun tonight — they all seemed nice and they wanted to talk, but it sucks that you went through two hours of girls saying, ‘You are here for a reason,’ ‘We saw something in you that was special,’ and then you open [the envelope] and it’s like, ‘I guess you didn’t,’” said Claire. Bid Day hadn’t felt the way she’d expected it would.Emma felt the pressure to make a good first impression, but worried that none of the sororities would remember who she was.Kelly, Emma and Claire stood on the edge of the crowded Shade Family Room, small slips of paper in their hands. It's time to get dressed up, sing songs, possibly lose your voice, and spend a few long days & nights with your sisters! Yes, it can sometimes feel like friendship speed-dating. But before that can happen, recruitment needs to happen first.