When asked to write this blog post about bid day, I wasn’t quite sure where to begin. Bid day truly means so much to me. I’ve been fortunate enough to see 3 bid days at Kappa Delta, one of which I got to plan as the chapter’s VP-Member Educator.
While this year’s bid day was extra special to me, I can’t help but admit that my favorite bid day was and always will be my own bid day. It’s impossible to forget those feelings as a new member on bid day: finally finishing the long hard week of recruitment, opening that bid card, and sprinting down 24th one last time in wedges – but this time, to your forever home. The most memorable moment about my bid day for me was putting on my shirt with the big K D letters emblazoned across the front. There aren’t words for how much pride, excitement, and relief I felt in that moment. I radiated Kappa Delta inside and out and I couldn’t have been more proud to call myself a new member of this amazing sorority.
As I began my term as VP-Member Educator and was given the honor and privilege of planning this year’s bid day, I tried hard to recall the minute details from mine. How was the house decorated? How in the world did we manage to take that huge group picture? The funny thing is – I don’t remember any of it. I came to realize I was so overwhelmed with meeting my new sisters and trying to remember names, I simply forgot to notice the things that the women before me worked so hard on.
This realization was something I tried to carry with me through every part of the planning stages of one of our sorority’s biggest events. When things got down to the nitty gritty during spirit week and bid day was on the horizon, there were times I wondered if it was even going to happen. It’s hard to see past those tiny details you spend all your time worried about, but picturing the girls we were going to get to celebrate in a few short days helped me through it.
And thankfully, bid day did happen. The glitter, the DJ, the photobooth, the cupcakes, the drive-in, the bid day bags full of t-shirts and goodies – it all happened. And it was more than I could have ever asked for. Yes, there were some minor hiccups along the way. But the reality is, no one will remember them. The things that we remember about bid day are not things. They are the sisters we meet and the lifelong friendships that begin that whirlwind of a day.
I’m so happy with how everything turned out, and I’m so happy that the first time I’ve ever cried happy tears was as our new pledge class of 67 beautiful, amazing, unbelievable new members came running up those steps. Welcome home, PC’15! There really is nothing that compares to this fantastic group of women.
P.S. A HUGE shout-out to everyone that had my back during bid day. My SET leaders, my assistants, my amazing team of council members, and literally everyone that bent over backwards to make sure every detail was in place. It could not have been done without each and every single one of you.
About the Author:
Katie Wells is the VP-Member Educator for the 2014-2015 term. She dares you to find one person in this sorority more obsessed with the class of new members. Her personal interests include succulent gardening and googling pictures of dogs at their own birthday parties.