Formal recruitment for greek life at the University of Tampa is going to be in person this Fall semester and will be taking place towards the end of September. Although face-to-face recruitment may be a great way for greek life to grow on campus, I think that it could raise some COVID-19 concerns.
Recruitment took place through Zoom last Fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I think it is important to point out that the pandemic is still not over, and will not be over anytime soon unless we continue to wear masks and get vaccinated. With UT not mandating the vaccination for students, it is likely that many people rushing this semester will not be vaccinated, which I do feel is a bit concerning. The large amount of people that will be inside rooms together not social-distancing puts everyone at a higher risk of spreading this horrible virus around.
On the other hand, I can totally understand the upside to having recruitment in person this semester. Meeting people for the first time in real life is much different than meeting them virtually. Going through the rushing process is about finding the people who you really mesh with and becoming a part of a sorority or fraternity where you truly feel at home; so I do feel as though there is something to say for not being able to make that face-to-face connection through a screen.
Caroline Motsiff, junior international business major, is rushing for the first time this Fall, and feels strongly about the benefit of having recruitment face-to-face.
“I think Zoom only goes so far when it comes to trying to connect with other people, and of course there’s just something you can’t recreate when it comes to talking to someone virtually versus talking to someone in person,” said Motsiff. “I decided it’s never too late to put yourself out there, and I’m glad I waited, because I would rather go through the experience this way versus over Zoom, since it would be completely different with the restrictions that were implemented previously.”
With regards to COVID-19, Motsiff said she does not have any concerns, as she is vaccinated and assumes that many other girls will be as well.
Although I am not personally in a sorority and have not rushed at any point myself, I am able to see both the ups and downs of having everyone rush in person this semester.
I, along with many other people, am absolutely so ready for life to go back to pre-COVID times. To do that, though, I think it is important for everyone to realize that we need to be staying as safe as possible so that more people do not get sick.
I think that in-person recruitment is beneficial for a lot of reasons, and I know that the policy of wearing masks indoors on campus is going to help keep everyone safe during recruitment. We can just hope that the recruitment process will go off without a hitch, and everyone rushing will be able to find their forever place in their sorority or fraternity without anyone getting sick.