Well, it is now week 6 or 7 of being quarantined due to COVID-19. Everyone has been sent home, classes are all online, and shops/restaurants are closed. Nobody expected something like this was ever going to happen! I miss the way things were before and I’m sure everyone else does too. I miss waking up and going to class, Chick-fil-dates with my roommates, and everything that comes with going to Clemson University. However, I am missing my Gamma Phi sisters the most. I rushed this past year as a rising sophomore and to be honest, I wasn’t expecting to gain very much from joining a sorority. However, I ended up meeting my best friends and believe that rushing Gamma Phi was the best decision I've made. I met most of them on Bid Day and we have all been inseparable since. It’s crazy to think that these girls were all strangers to me before recruitment and now I couldn’t imagine my life without them.
I was in Clemson’s Bridge Program my freshman year and was super disappointed that I couldn’t rush at the time. Both of my parents were in Greek life at Clemson and I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of as well. However, when it came time to sign up for recruitment this past summer I got really scared and apprehensive about the whole process. Was any sorority going to like me? What if I don’t “click” with any of the girls? How will I know which sorority is right for me? They always say “trust the process,” and as cheesy as that sounds, that’s exactly what you should do. All of my worries quickly disappeared after meeting the girls in Gamma Phi and seeing how close their bond was. They welcomed me with open arms and were so excited that I was going to be their future sister. I have made some of the best memories this past year thanks to Gamma Phi. Semi-formal, Moon Ball, the Lip Sync Battle and so many more events have brought me closer to everyone.
COVID-19 really put a damper on this semester. My heart goes out to our seniors in Gamma Phi and I want them to know that I’ll miss them and am thankful for the time I got to spend with them! Hopefully soon this will all pass. Before we know it, we’ll be back in Tillman Hall for chapter and will be reunited with everyone. Snapchat and iMessage are keeping me in contact with my girls for now! It’s hard to put into words just how thankful I am for Gamma Phi. They have given me friendships that will last a lifetime and I can’t wait for what's to come!
I miss and love you all.