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University of Georgia

Delta Gamma

Letter From Our Recruitment Chair

Hey y’all! I’m Caroline Barber and I’m this year’s Vice President of Membership. We have been tirelessly preparing for recruitment in the fall and we are so excited it is almost here!

I came from a small school in Atlanta with virtually no friends attending UGA and knew transitioning to such a large university would be a challenge. I knew joining a sorority would make me feel more at home so I registered for recruitment as soon as registration opened. My mom was always skeptical of me wanting to join Greek Life because I didn’t fit what is typically believed to be a “sorority girl.” Coming from a girl who grew up with a house full of boys, finding a home with over 250 sisters was scary, but exciting.

I’m going to be honest, recruitment isn’t easy. Moving out on your own and instantly trying to find your place on campus can be a daunting feat. I didn’t have the smoothest recruitment experience my freshman year, but I always felt at home at Delta Gamma. The women of DG always welcomed me with open arms and the craziness of recruitment seemed to fade into the background when I was talking to them. I found the most genuine conversations at Delta Gamma and knew I had found my home. Little did I know when I accepted my bid to DG that I would be joining something so much larger than myself.

Delta Gamma has given me my support system, endless memories, and the greatest friends I could ever imagine. Looking back on the past two years, I’ve realized that all of my favorite college moments involved my sisters. Whether it be date nights, philanthropy events, socials, Big-Little reveals, or just late night runs to get Cookout milkshakes, I don’t know where I would be without the women of DG and my best friends. Joining Delta Gamma has shaped my college experience for the better and I can’t see myself without it in my life.

This year I had the absolute honor of attending our chapter’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. Meeting the women from our founding member class from 1968 and beyond was a life changing experience for me. I saw firsthand how much the women of our chapter cared for one another far beyond their college years. Even for women who had been apart for years, seeing their Delta Gamma sisters made it seem like no time had passed. Witnessing their love for each other and their dedication to the chapter changed the way I look at Delta Gamma and my love for it has only grown deeper. While it may sound cheesy, seeing the impact our chapter has had on so many women made me understand that joining a sorority isn’t just for four years, it’s for life.

Take it from someone who has been through the process, no matter how hard recruitment gets, it is, without a doubt, worth it. The most important advice I can give for anyone considering recruitment is to go in with an open mind and choose a chapter that is not only reflective of who you are but also who you want to become. Look around at the women in each chapter and see if they are the type of girls you would want to be friends with. Pick the house where you are most comfortable and where you have the most meaningful conversations. Each of the 19 sororities at UGA are unique and have something different to offer, you just have to find the one that feels like home for you.

I’m so excited to see you all in August! GO DAWGS!

Caroline Barber

 

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