While on a much smaller scale than fall rush, Oklahoma Christian University’s social service clubs have been hosting spring rush events throughout this week to recruit sophomores and other students.
Gamma Rho’s spring rush coordinator, Mackensey McNeil, urges students to participate in group events to get to know the people who are involved.
“I encourage students to at least try rush,” McNeil said. “Rush consists of meeting new people and free food. What could be better than that? In the end, whether or not you decide to rush, it’s a great experience, and you will come out with some new friends.”
Sophomore Evan Starr said he plans on rushing in the spring and is interested in joining a club because he wants to be a part of a community with similar values to his own.
“I think there is something special with big groups, like with social clubs,” Starr said. “It engulfs you into the true student life here at Oklahoma Christian. The comradery and friendships are a huge component in why I am deciding to rush, and I think it will be good to be surrounded by people who think the same way I do. It almost forces you not to just shut yourself off from the rest of the world.”
McNeil reinforced this idea, stating she believes rush is the perfect way to get connected with campus activities.
“Club is a great way to get involved on campus,” McNeil said. “In a club, you get to participate in Homecoming, Spring Sing, intramurals, just to name a few. It gives students a great opportunity to create friendships that will last a lifetime. My favorite memories in college have to do with club. It’s truly a great time.”
Starr continued to state clubs and their participation are a big part of the legacy left at Oklahoma Christian.
“Look at Spring Sing, it is a huge ordeal,” Starr said. “Clubs have built that up for years, and the willingness to be a part of something big like that just goes to show the true nature of the clubs. Yeah, we all want to win, but arguably the best part of Spring Sing is to get to create something with your friends. It’s something you can pass down.”
Friendships are a key component in what defines social clubs. McNeil stated club activities have facilitated long-lasting relationships.
“My favorite part about club is the friendships that I’ve created,” McNeil said. “I have met the most amazing people that push me to be the best version of myself. I am so grateful for my club.”
Starr concluded by acknowledging his excitement for rush and its corresponding events.
“I am just pumped about the whole thing,” Starr said. “I don’t necessarily even know exactly why. I just know that the perks of joining a club—the friendships, the group activities and the connections that are right around the corner—are something to look forward to. At the end of the day, whichever club you choose, you become part of a brotherhood or sisterhood that can’t really be replicated after our time in college.”