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Hey everybody! Emma here, coming at you to share a look back at one of my favorite parts of freshman year. My routine was changed, my world was rocked, and I began an experience that led me to some of my best friends. What kind of monumental event could have had such an impact on me, you may ask? Well, let me tell you about General Rush!

All through the beginning of my first semester, I kept hearing about General Rush. I wasn't really sure what the point was and why campus was so abuzz about it. Clubs and tribes sounded cool, but I didn't know if that would be something I could see myself being a part of. I went into General Rush unsure, but ready to discover what clubs and tribes were all about. My questions began to be answered the first night of General Rush with Rush Skits! 


These nights are designed to show the personalities of the clubs and tribes. Tribes pull out their best dance moves for skits, while clubs polish their cinematography for rush videos. Rush skits were spread out over two nights, and each day I received a slip of paper under my door with the theme for that night's skits. First, my friends and I pulled out our jorts and best throwback swag to watch Laguna and Swannanoa take the stage. Night two of rush skits meant Nenamoosha, Kissimee, and Disney!  Dressed in my Stitch costume, I grabbed Lilo and flocked with other freshmen to Swor. Even better, each night the end of rush skits meant the beginning of an awesome dance party with the clubs and tribes!

As hilarious as rush skits were, coke parties were where I really got to know the actives and to discover what it means to be in a tribe. Coke parties mean cute dresses, delicious (and free!) food, and a chance to meet new people and talk all things tribal. My friends and I laughed, took tons of pictures, and hung with the actives in each tribe.

Throughout General Rush, my friends and I shared our insecurities about beginning this new adventure. The actives in the different tribes were so helpful and encouraging to us throughout the week. Coke parties sealed the deal for us, and at the end of General Rush, we anxiously filled out our pref cards in anticipation of Squeal Day!

Being in a tribe has been one of the biggest blessings in my time at MC.  You may not be sure if you want to pref and go through the pledging process, but if you are curious about clubs and tribes, then General Rush is for you! It's such a rewarding experience that will lead you to new and stronger friendships and another way to plug into the awesome community of MC! 

Until next time,

Emma (lover of free food, free swag, and basically anything that's free)

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