Our sister Alli shares her memories of going through House Tours three years ago.
It has been three years and I can still distinctly remember every feeling that I endured throughout the whole recruitment process. It was the Saturday of house tours that sticks out to me the most. The day I truly knew that I had found my home with Alpha Xi Delta. I still remember the bus ride to the house like it was yesterday. My heart was racing and my palms were sweating. My bus buddy that day believe it or not was Tugce Yildiz who just so happens to be another active sister of Alpha Xi Delta. Even today as seniors we talk about that bus ride.
We pulled into the driveway and sat there for what seemed like hours. The amount of energy on the bus was so exciting and everyone was ready to go. Our SRC’s finally began to line us up alphabetically and we anxiously waited outside the door to go in. Goosebumps were all up and down my arms, part from excitement part from being freezing. Then, all of a sudden Leah Brino our former president and Sarah Fortner our former VP of recruitment came walking out of the doorway. They introduced themselves with the biggest smiles on their faces and before they could even finish I started to hear the loudest singing coming from inside of the house. I can’t even describe in full how pumped that got me. I wanted to shove everyone in line and burst through the doors. Of course with my last name being Wright I was one of the last people to get in. Though, it had its benefits because to this day I remember Lisa Daronatsy screaming from the crowd inside “ OH MY GOSH I’m so happy to see you again!” My confidence was instantly skyrocketed. I could not believe that this girl whom I had met just once before actually remembered me. I thought that was the coolest thing.
The day of house tours I had the chance to speak with three active sisters. I remember every conversation I had being so genuine and relaxed. We didn’t even necessarily have to talk about Alpha Xi Delta the whole time and that was perfectly fine. For the first time all weekend I remember feeling like I could actually breath. With every sister I spoke to I found that I could relate to them on some level. One thing that I really respected was how diverse the chapter was. I remember talking to one of my sisters Brittany who told me she at the time was working three jobs and still made time to be an active sister in the chapter. She at the time was living in the house and was able to share some of the fun memories’ that she had made in the house. I talked to another sister Bernadette who opened up to me about how Alpha Xi Delta was there for her when she was going through a rough period in her life. One thing that I will always remember Bernadette saying to me is, “when you’re trying to decide where you want to be just think where you would feel comfortable hanging out with no makeup and sweatpants on.” I really began to picture myself as a sister of the chapter and just thinking how real these girls were.
That day has forever impacted my life for the best. Joining this sisterhood has given me the confidence to take on things I never before would have imagined. This chapter is my heart and soul, my backbone and the women that give me the strength to go out and accomplish my dreams. I am forever grateful for all of the memories that this chapter has given me. What you see is truly what you get.