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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

But as for me...

I'M A KD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This weekend was the most perfect one I have ever experienced. By far.

If you're a fellow Rhodent (ha, see what I did there?) you are well aware that rush was this weekend (thanks, Yik Yak). For those of you who are not, recruitment began last Sunday evening and picked up again on Friday night, continuing on Saturday, until bid day this past Sunday afternoon.

When I did an overnight visit at Rhodes last October, my host, Allie, was a Kappa Delta, as were most of the girls she introduced me to. Upon meeting them, I felt like they were very approachable, kind, intelligent, and all-around great girls, and I had a slight lean towards KD ten months before rush even began.

When it all started last Sunday, I honestly didn't know what I wanted. Of course, I still had that nudge towards KD in my mind, but I wanted to be open to every house.

For the first round, which was an open house, I wasn't leaning towards KD as much anymore. Another house topped it, but when I was dropped by said top house the next day, I was struggling to focus on the fact that 3 other houses had asked me back (there are 4 houses total at Rhodes).

After the next round, which was Philanthropy, I was pretty deadlocked. Friday night I was up racking my brain trying to figure out where I wanted to be. KD felt like home in the best sense but I was attracted to the organization another house had, and the third house I went to that night I did not care for at all. After thinking on it well, pretty much all night, I decided that I needed to choose a house where I felt like I belonged and where I could still give back to the community, and KD's direct partnership with the Girl Scouts and Prevent Child Abuse America  gave me both of those things.

Going into Saturday night, or Preference Night, KD had it's nudge back again. When I went into the house, I was greeted by Isabel, who I had spoken with for Open House. She was incredibly kind and warm, and even told her KD story with her best friend, Emily. As if that wasn't enough to convince me that I belonged there, some of the musically talented girls sang a version of "Home" by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes. If you haven't heard the song, GO. As soon as I recognized the opening lines of "Alabama, Arkansas," I a) started crying and b) knew exactly which house I was going to rank first later that night.

That's Isabel!

Fast forwarding to Sunday afternoon, I was nothing short of a maniac. I think I scared my roommate a little because I was running in circles (like actually running around in my dorm room) because I was SO EXCITED. Walking outside to the gardens was terrifying. I kept telling myself that it would all be fine, but I knew I'd be pretty upset if Kappa Delta wasn't written somewhere on my bid card.

When I finally got to open my bid, I sprinted across the field to all the KDs and then we all ran to the KD house! Getting there and seeing a few girls I was already friends with was the best feeling, and it's freaky/awesome how close I already feel to a lot of these girls.

I'm one happy baby bear, y'all. Here's to the next four years as a Kappa Delta!

 xx, Victoria

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