Letter from the Recruitment Chair
My name is Jenny Gallegos and I am the current Recruitment Director of the Beta Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma at Western Illinois University. I went through formal recruitment my freshman year in the fall of 2014. In high school I was not your definition of a sorority woman. I never once thought about joining a sorority because I knew nothing about Greek life. After settling in one of my friends encouraged me to accompany her to one of the Greek fairs. After attending it, I fell in love with the idea of being a part of a sorority here at Western. I fell in love with Sigma Sigma Sigma the second I talked to the chapter members. I was very home sick at the time to the point where I thought about going home for good. I shared that with the Tri Sigma recruitment director at the time, Daisy. She made me feel so much better and shared with me she felt the same way when she was a freshman. She assured me that I was going to feel better and eventually everything was going to fall into place. Little did I know she was right. I felt at home with these ladies. After the longest weekend of my life, I received a bid from Sigma Sigma Sigma! If you haven’t heard about bid day at all then you must. The event takes place on Western’s own football field. There is music, a million of emotions, cameras, decorations, and happiness in the air. Revealing those letters that were going to change my life forever was one of the greatest feelings ever. I will never forget it. When I ran home to my new sorority… there was Daisy smiling. I realized I started a new chapter in my life.
Going through recruitment is definitely something that can be nerve-racking. The changes that you are facing at a new place, surrounded by new people can cause stress and be very overwhelming (trust me I was once in your shoes). My best advice is just give Greek life a chance. I gave it a try and I can promise you it truly has changed my life for the better. If I were to give you advice for the weekend of recruitment it would be to just be yourself. Don’t try to be someone who you are not just to impress others. A genuine person will love you and except you for who you are! I know it sounds cliché but my sisters saw something in me and loved it. I encourage all of you to come to an informational meeting or attend a Greek Fair and talk with all the sororities on Western’s campus. Don’t be scared to try something new. We all fell in love with this chapter, yet, we are all so different in many ways. We are a social organization with an emphasis on academics, leadership, service, and sisterhood. Our values of Faith, Hope, Wisdom, Power, and Love are the bonds that tie us together and make us the strong sisterhood that we are. Individually unique, together complete.
The opportunities this organization provides are endless. I have seen my sisters come out of their shells and take on large leadership roles while excelling at them. I have seen them shed tears at the end of it all their senior year because of how sad they are that this chapter of their life is over. Yet stating that it will always be a part of their life. It makes one want to be the best Sigma they can be during their time here at Western. It really is a bittersweet moment when looking back at all you have accomplished and how much you have grown as a person. I’m so proud of everyone. This also goes outside of Greek life, as many of our sisters are involved in other organizations and honors societies around campus. The College experience is only four to five years of your life, why not make it the best.
My Sigma sisters are my support team through this wild roller coaster I call life. These women are my shoulder to cry on, my 3 a.m. phone calls, my motivation to go to my 8 am's, my lunch dates, and my soulmates. I can count on each and every one of my sisters to be there for me when needed. They have never once allowed me to feel alone and lost. These ladies aren’t just my sorority sisters… they are my future bridesmaids, my secret keepers, and my life-long friends. We have shared laughs, tears, and countless memories with one another that I will remember and cherish forever. They are the stories I will share with my future family. Years from now my future daughter will hear what the word “sisters” means to me. We will come back to Western and I will show her the Big White house that built me. There has always been a sorority sister who’s been there for me in hard and the good times. Somebody to depend on during college. These women have become my family away from home. I’m so thankful to be a part of this organization. Joining a sorority has given me more than friends, it has given me a family.
When you are a Tri Sigma, you will never stand- alone.
If you have any questions about recruitment, Greek Life, or Tri Sigma please do not hesitate to reach out to me at J-Gallegos@wiu.edu
I am so excited to meet all of you pretty ladies for fall recruitment!!!
We are Tri Sigma, Faithful Unto Death