My name is Lauren Torpey and I am a freshman here at Auburn. During recruitment, my main goal was to find a sorority that felt like home to me. I know that may sound a little cheesy but being from out of state I wanted a place that had genuine girls in it, that I knew could be a place I would have fun in and most importantly have a group of girls that I could lean on. I found exactly this in Pi Phi. I
have never felt more at home with a group of girls then I did walking into this chapter. One of the main things that really stuck for me was how authentic all the girls were and are. It is easy to see that Pi Phi is made of up of all different types of personalities, which makes it so unique. I wanted to find a group of people that I could experience life’s highs and lows with and I found that here. If I had to describe my experience in Pi Phi in one word it would be worthwhile. Getting to know all the girls, participating in Pi Phi events and learning about all of Pi Phi traditions was so fun and interesting. Last semester, was a whirlwind of emotions. There were highs and lows, but at the end of the day it was all worth it. I know Pi Phi is exactly where I am supposed to be. If I had to name my favorite tradition in our chapter it would probably be big/little. Joining a sorority can be intimidating at times but having someone older to guide you is so helpful. It is reassuring knowing that you have someone you genuinely click with in your corner. I know my big Ashely would be there for me for
anything and everything. She is one of the nicest, funniest, most genuine girls I have met and I am so happy that this tradition brought us together. My favorite sisterhood moment actually happened on bid day. For a little background on me, I took a gap year after my high school graduation. During that year I was so excited to start the next chapter of my life. I watched all my other friends go to school and join a bunch of different sororities and couldn’t wait to have that. With that being said I was terrified thinking about going through recruitment because I knew absolutely no one. But that all changed when I met my friend Meg in my Pi Chi group for recruitment. We clicked instantly and it was really reassuring knowing that I had someone like her to go through recruitment with. Fast forward to bid day, we are standing in the arena with our envelopes in our hand waiting anxiously to open them. Finally, everyone starts counting down and it’s time to pull out our bids. We both saw Pi Beta Phi on our bids and instantly screamed. We both got to run home together and it’s a moment that I will remember forever. It is hard to narrow down my favorite Pi Phi memory, however one that really stands out to me would be initiation day. That day was exciting for so many different reasons. To me, it felt like the last piece of the puzzle coming together. I personally felt our pledge class as a whole become closer. I remember looking around at the end of that long day and feeling genuinely excited and lucky to be surrounded by such an authentic group of girls. I definitely will hold that day in a special place in my heart because it finalized the beginning of a very exciting chapter
of my life. My advice for girls going through recruitment would be to come in with an open mind and to be yourself. By doing that you will end up exactly where you are supposed to be. The goal is to find your home that fits your unique personality in the best way. With that being said, don’t let the process overwhelm you. It is a process that should be fun and enjoyable. Rush was one of the best experiences of my life because it made me step out of my comfort zone and introduced me to such a positive and genuine group of girls. If you are unsure about going through recruitment, I would definitely say take the leap and do it. You are not just making new friends, you are joining a sisterhood that will last for the rest of your life and that is something that not many people have. These relationships you make will be with you through all the highs and lows of life.