What is Rush? To different people it can mean all sorts of things, from fun parties to good conversations to funny dances and, of course, yummy snacks. However, to me Rush is more than all of this. Rush is a unique opportunity to take a chance, to get out of your comfort zone and to meet other students who may just become lifelong friends.
I still remember spending way too much of my Christmas break freshman year preparing for Rush. I had to pick out the perfect outfit for each night of Rush, then sit down and ask God for discernment and wisdom to make the right decision related to Rush.
When the time came to go back to school to start Rush Week, I was a roller coaster of emotions. Excitement, anxiety, fear and happiness all flooded while I got ready with my friends in our tiny room in Francie. We walked over to meet our Panhellenic leaders, and as soon as I entered the door of my first party, all my emotions calmed as I recognized the familiar faces I had seen all semester.
Why was I so nervous, when standing in each room were girls who were devoting time to get to know me and had been in the exact situation either one, two or three years before? At that realization, Rush changed from being this intimidating week to a couple days of gathering with my friends and getting to understand a little about what makes each club special.
Rushing can seem stressful to anyone going through it. One of the reasons I decided to run for Panhellenic president was to be able to organize a week that both rushees and clubs would enjoy. Being in this position has required hard work, but with the help of a great Panhellenic team we are eager for Rush Week to arrive. Throughout this semester we have been in prayer for this year’s Rush, and have been focusing on Philippians 1:27,
“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel.”
Joining a club is not for everyone, but to someone on the fence about rushing, let me ask you: What do you have to lose? Think of the experiences, laughs, memories and friends you have to gain. There are numerous wonderful organizations that students can be involved in at Ouachita and I truly believe that each club on campus has a part in making OBU the special place it is.
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