Going through recruitment can simultaneously be the most stressful and the most exciting process. You go from happy, to exhausted, to confused all in 5 days, but as we all know, it’s all worth it in the end. Here are 15 gifs that describe what going through recruitment is like.

1. Damn I should’ve brought food

It’s hour 4 and you don’t have a break until the last round… Should have brought that extra granola bar.

2. The heat is real

Nothing is worse than having 40 plus girls stuffed into one basement with the door propped open because it’s actually cooler outside. On top of that, you’re trying to impress who you’re talking to while you feel sweat dripping off your forehead. Torture.

3. Wait which house am I in?

After a while, the letters start getting mixed up and all the lines are getting smushed together and the next thing you know, you’re in the wrong house. Or… is this the right one?

4. Can I please have some water

All of the talking has left your mouth dry af and you would do anything for a drop of water.

5. I’m sorry for yawning… again

It’s not you I promise! I’m just so tired and…  Sorry. I’m so sorry.

6. Have I told you that already?

You’re talking and you accidentally tell them you’re a Freshman… twice. Don’t worry, it’s happened to the best of us.

7. The awkward silence

Sometimes you just go through all the topics in what seems like 0.5 seconds, and now you’re stuck. In the heat. Standing together. Silently.

8. Sometimes you just don’t know what you’re doing

Doubts start filling your head, you’re not sure if you’d fit in anywhere, and you can’t even tell the difference between the ones you really like and ones you kind of like anymore.

9. Are these people real?

Seriously. From the dresses, to the hair, to their amazing personalities. How is everyone so perfect?!

10. What’s your name again?

She literally just told you, and you forgot. Just play along.

11. I’M SO EXCITED!!!

The chanting forces a big smile on your face and you think “YES! ANOTHER DAY OF RECRUITMENT! LET’S GO!”

12. Are we done

The excitements gone. Loooongg gone. You’re kidding… we have how many more days?!

13. Please please please 

PLEASE call me back. Oh please oh pleeeaaaase.

14. Rejection

And sometimes, you don’t get that call. You can’t pinpoint where you went wrong. Was it something I said? Did I wear the wrong clothes? But trust me, it wasn’t you, and you’ll end up happy elsewhere. Listen to James Cordon talk to Liam Payne- “It wasn’t meant to be.”

15. Finally

You did it. You finished. You’re here, wherever that is, and now it’s home. A wave of relief comes over you, and memories of what you thought of that house in the beginning versus what you think of them now come to your mind. You can’t believe all the hours you put in for something that will give you the friends of a lifetime. You did it. Now go treat yoself.

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