The first two weeks of my semester consisted of eating, sleeping and breathing recruitment and looking back I loved every second of it! I did not really know what I was getting myself into when I sent in a speech to be appointed and saw the email that night with just my name next to recruitment chair.
What I got myself into was something far more special and rewarding than I can put into words. Alpha Phi Omega has become a very large part of my life since I pledged in Spring 2013. There of course were ups and downs throughout recruitment, but I cannot help but look back over those two weeks or so and smile!
I think one of my favorite parts of the position was getting to talk about what Alpha Phi Omega is, what exactly it is that we do and why I love it so much. It is not every day that I get to talk to a ton of people and do nothing but talk and talk about APO.
My first official recruitment event was the Honors College Orientation Involvement Fair. I remember showing up and a brother asked me what my elevator speech was. I looked at him and said, I have no idea! What I found was that I did not need an elevator speech because when you love something and are passionate about it, the words come.
Throughout the first few weeks of the semester I held a number of events from info sessions, service events, meet and greets, attended involvement fairs and so on. Brothers came out to everything and were there every step of the process. However, hands down, my favorite part of recruitment were the days leading up to pinning pin, more and more people started confirming that they would be pledging Alpha Phi Omega and everything came together.
Recruitment is in no means about the number of people we can recruit. Recruitment is, however, sharing what Alpha Phi Omega is to the Penn State Community. It is about finding people that want to come out to serve the community. It is about helping find someone find their place. Recruitment is providing people with the opportunity to be friend, be a leader and most importantly that they can be of service.