Initiation is something that the media portrays as a mysterious, sometimes scary, event that occurs after your time as a new member has come to an end.
But every sorority girl who has gone through initiation knows that it is so much more than that. Each sorority’s initiation might be kept secret, but that is because it is a ritual that has been passed down for over 100 years. And yes, it probably seems weird to those who have not participated in initiation before, but it is more than just going through the motions and wearing the same color. There is nothing scary or stereotypical about initiation, and that is what makes it so special.
Sharing in initiation is sharing in the bond. While your journey with Alpha Chi started on bid day, your journey as an Alpha Chi begins with initiation. I like to think that the steps you take to join a sorority are somewhat similar to the steps you take in a relationship. You could say that recruitment acts as the dating process, bid day is much like an engagement, and then initiation is relatable to marriage. It might be weird to think of it that way, but it is true. You have learned about your chapter’s history inside and out, you know your pledge sisters’ favorite anything, and you have probably already grown an immense respect and love for Alpha Chi. But now you are taking the next step. With initiation, you are making those feelings and experiences more permanent by vowing yourself to a sisterhood, to a lifetime membership of unselfishness and sincerity.
As we say time and time again joining this bond as an Alpha Chi Omega is for life, not just for four years. It can be easy to get caught up in our busy lives and take something like ritual practices or our symphony for granted; but really these two things are the founding principles of our entire sisterhood. If it weren’t for ritual we would not be able to share the bond of initiation with our mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers. The fact that hundreds of generations before us participated the exact same ceremony and fostered the same traditions is what bonds us all together and is what makes us unique.
So throughout this entire week, think about initiation as something more than movements or directions. If you are a freshman, think about the time you have spent with Alpha Chi thus far and how it has impacted your life. If you are an active member, think about when you were as a freshman doing the exact same thing; how have you changed these past few years, do you look at initiation any differently? Just some food for thought…happy initiation week sisters! And as always, LITB.