Social Club Week is a highlight for many students at LCU. It is a week where the students who received a bid for one of the eight clubs on campus go through a week of commitment. Throughout the week the students get to experience what the club is truly about but at the same time they get to grow closer and build lasting relationships.
At its core, Social Club Week is truly about the new members.
To see how the week went, the Duster spoke to Kathryn Shipman of Christliche Damen, Riley Kidder of Kappa Phi Kappa, Byron Goen of Koinonia, and Suzy Lewis of Zeta Gamma.
How would you describe your experience with Social Club Week?
“I truly didn’t know what to expect coming into this week,” said Kathryn. “but I am so happy with how it went. The week was definitely exhausting trying to balance both club activities and school but going through it with 23 other girls made it much more manageable. As a whole, Social Club Week was so fulfilling and filled with wonderful experiences that all of PC21 got to share!”
“My experience was that the stress of Social Club Week was exaggerated, and we didn’t have it that bad. It was a good bonding experience,” said Riley.
“It’s a great feeling to be in club. I know that about 60 men have my back now and will help me grow,” said Byron.
“My experience was kind of different from the others,” said Suzy, “ due to the fact that I couldn’t participate in everything. (I’m dealing with a concussion). But I tried to do everything I was physically capable of doing, and my experience overall was super fun and memorable. I loved Social Club Week!”
What is your favorite memory of the week?
“My favorite memory by far was when Koinonia led us in a devo,” said Kathryn. “It was a time for just our pledge class to worship and spend time with each other and there were some really special moments throughout.”
“My favorite memory was doing the Kappa traditions with my sisters on the last night,” said Riley.
“My favorite memory was the time after a particularly hard night, because we bonded over that,” said Byron.
“My favorite memory for Social Club Week was doing the Zeta chant with everyone at the end of alumni night,” said Suzy. “It was so cool and powerful. It made me realize like, wow, I’m a part of something bigger than me.”
What was the hardest part of the week?
“The hardest part for me was balancing homework and club,” said Kathryn.. “I spent a lot of time hanging out with the other new members and building relationships with them which honestly didn’t leave a whole lot of time to focus on class. By the end of the week, however, I had gotten into a routine where I was able to do my work and spend time with the girls!”
“The hardest part of the week was staying up so late in general,” said Riley. “With homework and work and everything it gets stressful to be so tired throughout the week.”
“The hardest part for me was remembering the memory verses,” said Byron.
“The hardest part of the week for me was not being able to do everything, and even doing things I could exhausted me,” said Suzy.
As a new member, how would you describe your club?
“The ladies of Christliche Damen are some of the most uplifting people I have ever met,” said Kathryn. “I knew I was cared for and loved as soon as I walked in the door. A focus that kept coming throughout our week is how much we are worth in God’s eyes and it was amazing seeing how supportive these girls are of each other.”
“I would describe Kappa as very friendly and also as confident, big personalities,” said Riley. “There’s also a lot of diversity and I think a lot of people can fit in there.”
“I would describe my club as loving and welcoming men that want to help me grow in Christ and as a man,” said Byron.
“My club is the best club,” said Suzy. “All the girls are so unique and loving and caring and just so wonderful. Baby blue looks so good on all of us, too! It feels so good to be a part of the club I’m in. Zeta wasn’t my first choice at the beginning, but if I had to do it again knowing what I know, I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
From this sampling of students, it seems Social Club Week is an impactful tradition here at LCU. Each club seems to reinforce the fact that this week is about the new members and working hard to ensure these new members have a fun, empowering week while learning about their new family.
For more information about each of the social clubs visit https://lcu.edu/social-clubs.