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TikTok is taken over by sorority girls filming rush process for University of Alabama’s Greek houses

August marks the start of an important chapter for many college students around the world, but it also marks the start of #BamaRush on TikTok.

Bama Rush follows budding sorority girls through rush week, documenting them desperately trying to get into a sorority house at the University of Alabama. 

Last summer, the University of Alabama’s recruitment process blew up on TikTok after budding sorority girls documented everything having to do with rush week, from what they wore on each day of rush to the best and worst aspects of bid day. 

And although the university’s official recruitment date is August 6, potential new sorority members or PNMs have already taken over TikTok with their videos, prompting many to tune in for ‘season two’ of Bama Rush.

University of Alabama students are taking over TikTok with #BamaRush documenting the girls desperately trying to get into one of the sororities

Last year, the recruitment process blew up on TikTok after budding sorority girls showed everything having to do with rush week, from their outfits to bid day

Last year, the recruitment process blew up on TikTok after budding sorority girls showed everything having to do with rush week, from their outfits to bid day

Although the official recruitment date is August 6th, potential sorority members have already taken over TikTok, prompting many to tune in for 'season two'

Although the official recruitment date is August 6th, potential sorority members have already taken over TikTok, prompting many to tune in for ‘season two’

PNMs have begun packing their ‘rush bags’ in preparation for the long days of rush ahead, and many have shared the essentials they packed in their monogram pink totes. 

One budding sorority girl and fan favorite is Gracyn Edmondson, 18, took to TikTok to reveal what she stuffed her large pink Longchamp rush bag with.  

‘There’s literally so much stuff in this bag, my shoulder’s going to break off before the end of the week,’ she said in her video, which has racked up over three million views. 

She went on to show off a massive haul filled with a portable fan, a toiletry bag with a sewing kit, a compact mirror, flip-flops and moleskins for blisters.

Gracyn continued by showing a separate bag with hairspray, two different deodorants, ponchos just in case of rain, a giant bag of mints, a notebook and more.

The young college student, who had enough items packed to be ready for an apocalypse, added that she ‘hoped’ she had everything, leaving users shocked at how much she was bringing for the recruitment process.

For a year now, the hopeful rushees have used TikTok as an outlet to document their outfits and ask for advice on the demanding recruitment week. 

The student have already packed their bags and one fan favorite is Gracyn Edmondson, 18, who took to TikTok to reveal what she stuffed her large pink Longchmap rush bag with

The student have already packed their bags and one fan favorite is Gracyn Edmondson, 18, who took to TikTok to reveal what she stuffed her large pink Longchmap rush bag with

Last year, the sparkle-skirt wearing community let millions inside their world of Alabama sorority culture, and now many of them are back as active members

Last year, the sparkle-skirt wearing community let millions inside their world of Alabama sorority culture, and now many of them are back as active members 

They documented each day of the draining recruitment process beginning with convocation day, which is the big introduction of PNMs and active members

They documented each day of the draining recruitment process beginning with convocation day, which is the big introduction of PNMs and active members

Season one favorite, Emma Evans took to TikTok to share a video of her and her friend excitedly dancing for the start of Bama rush while dressed in Barbie pink from head-to-toe

Season one favorite, Emma Evans took to TikTok to share a video of her and her friend excitedly dancing for the start of Bama rush while dressed in Barbie pink from head-to-toe

Last year, the sparkle-skirt wearing community let millions inside their world of Alabama sorority culture. 

The then freshman offered a look at what goes on during rush week and it quickly became must-see TV. 

They documented each day of the draining recruitment process beginning with convocation day, which is the big introduction of PNMs and active members, they then went on to day two, where they documented philanthropy day, which is when the potential members learn about each chapter.

The third day or sisterhood day, follows the budding sorority girls as they go to each sorority house and speak with members to decide which house they favor the most. 

Pref day is next and it’s when the girls get to chat with the members the two sororities they like the most and finally, the last day, bid day. 

Bid day is the most important and stressful day of all and involves the girls crossing their fingers in hopes of receiving a bid from their favorite house, or any house at all.

Now, some of the girls are back to #BamaRush TikTok, this time as active members, showing the budding sorority girls what its like to be in one the country’s most exclusive and biggest sororities. 

Season one favorite, Emma Evans took to TikTok to share a video of her and her friend excitedly dancing for the start of Bama rush while dressed in Barbie pink from head-to-toe.

The then freshman offered a look at what goes on during rush week and it quickly became must-see TV; they even documented the most important day, bid day, which reveals which house, if any, the budding sorority girls got into

The then freshman offered a look at what goes on during rush week and it quickly became must-see TV; they even documented the most important day, bid day, which reveals which house, if any, the budding sorority girls got into

Now, some of the girls are back to #BamaRush TikTok, this time as active members, showing the budding sorority girls what its like to be in one the country's most exclusive and biggest sororities

Now, some of the girls are back to #BamaRush TikTok, this time as active members, showing the budding sorority girls what its like to be in one the country’s most exclusive and biggest sororities

And while their posts garnered millions of views and likes, this year, the recruits have to be more careful about their posts, as the University refused bids to those who influenced the process

And while their posts garnered millions of views and likes, this year, the recruits have to be more careful about their posts, as the University refused bids to those who influenced the process

In July the University of Alabama Panhellenic Association announced that 2,575 students had signed up for the grueling recruitment process; the number of registrations is up over 300 than the average amount of students who register

 In July the University of Alabama Panhellenic Association announced that 2,575 students had signed up for the grueling recruitment process; the number of registrations is up over 300 than the average amount of students who register

A growing number of students participated in Alabama’s rush, while navigating how to fit in to the cult-like community. 

And while their posts garnered millions of views and likes, this year, the recruits have to be more careful about their posts, as the University refused bids to those who influenced the process.

In July the University of Alabama Panhellenic Association announced that 2,575 students had signed up for the grueling recruitment process.

The number of registrations is up over 300 than the average amount of students who register.

Each of the nearly 3,000 students are vying to join the largest Greek life culture in the country. 

Nearly 8,000 of the women who attend the University of Alabama are involved in the Panhellenic culture and the campus is home to over 18 chapters, making it the most desired sorority school in the nation. 

The week long process which begins Saturday, August 6, requires the PNMs to learn about chapter philanthropies, speak with current members and find out if they received a bid from a sorority.

Beyond being highly addictive, last year’s season highlighted the exclusivity surrounding Greek lie, which is heavily rooted in racism, classism and sexism. 

The majority of both active and PNMs on Bama Rush TikTok appeared to look practically identical – all white women with blonde locks and fake tans, which is unsurprising considering Alabama only desegregated their sororities nine years ago. 

A growing number of students participated in Alabama's rush, while navigating how to fit in to the cult-like community and this year the students are showing off the many themed days

A growing number of students participated in Alabama’s rush, while navigating how to fit in to the cult-like community and this year the students are showing off the many themed days 

From candy land to pajama day, the week long process requires the girls to dress up to learn about chapter philanthropies, speak with current members and find out if they received a bid

From candy land to pajama day, the week long process requires the girls to dress up to learn about chapter philanthropies, speak with current members and find out if they received a bid 

The 'characters' from season one are back to promote Greek life to the potential new sorority members through colorful outfit and TikTok dances; ensuring that season two is worth the hype

The ‘characters’ from season one are back to promote Greek life to the potential new sorority members through colorful outfit and TikTok dances; ensuring that season two is worth the hype 

Beyond being highly addictive, last year's season highlighted the exclusivity surrounding Greek lie, which is heavily rooted in racism, classism and sexism

Beyond being highly addictive, last year’s season highlighted the exclusivity surrounding Greek lie, which is heavily rooted in racism, classism and sexism

In 2013 Black students complained about the racism and discrimination in Greek life, and University officials ordered the sororities to end segregation after The Crimson White reported on the allegations that Black students were blocked from joining the all-white chapters. 

Despite the segregation officially ending in 2013, things don’t seem to have gotten much better.

According to the The Crimson White, University of Alabama sororities were about 89 per cent white in 2021, down only five per cent from 2011. 

To help fight allegations of racism, the University is now reportedly requiring chapter members to complete diversity training in preparation for rush week.

And although a few need-based scholarships are provided, the organization further shows their classism foundation through steep financial obligations.  

In addition to rush week essentials PNMs splurge on, the average cost of fees for new member is $4,170 per semester, according to University data.

And the outrageous cost of being a sorority member at Bama just gets higher, chapter and meals fees for active members who live in the house total around $7,465 per semester.

However, the flawed system doesn’t stop the world from tuning in to season two and getting hooked on whether or not their favorite ‘character’ received a bid from their dream home. 

While many users can't get enough of the saga, others are quick to make fun at rush week and the similarities between the hopeful rushees

While many users can’t get enough of the saga, others are quick to make fun at rush week and the similarities between the hopeful rushees

While many users can’t get enough of the saga, others are quick to make fun at rush week and the similarities between the hopeful rushees.

‘Best time of the year,’ commented one user.

Another user added: ‘My super bowl.’ 

‘U guys are my favorite characters this season,’ said another user. 

‘Omg girlie I wonder which cult I can pay to have friends,’ added a third user.

Another user commented: ‘You guys all look the same.’  

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