August 25, 2014

The Do's and Don'ts of Sorority Recruitment

First things first, I need to apologize for going MIA the last few weeks. I left NYC sadly and returned to campus for RA training, and starting my first week as an RA. I'm so lucky that I have 38 of the most amazing residents, and I'm obsessed with them already. I feel like a total mom, but it's fine because it comes naturally to me - I've always been the "mom" of my friend group.

I may have spoken about it before, but I've actually temporarily disaffiliated from my sorority for this semester's formal recruitment. Yep, I'm becoming a recruitment counselor - also called a Rho Chi, Pi Chi and Rho Gamma at different schools, but basically, I disassociate - no letters, no events, no chapter - until bid day, when I get to run home after sending all the PNMs to their home too!

I'm very excited about it, because I had a RC who changed my sorority recruitment experience. I went in wanting one sorority - not openly, but definitely in the back of my mind - and when I was cut on the second day, I was crushed. I cried to a recruitment counselor saying that I wanted to drop from recruitment, and I am so so so glad she convinced me to finish out the day and re-visit the sororities that asked me back, because that's when I fell in love with my own sorority.

So I started thinking about things I wish I knew when I went through recruitment.. little tips and tricks to make it easier, and to prevent my tears. So this is a little "I wish I would have known..".

// DO be open minded: you never know which sorority or what girls may surprise you - trust me, it's more common than you think. 

// DON'T "suicide rush": don't go in only wanting one sorority, and letting it be known to everyone because it's the easiest way for sororities to drop you. no sorority wants to pref a girl who doesn't want them, so keep your mind open and your mouth shut! 

// DO ignore rumors and stereotypes: rumors are called rumors for a reason - they're not real 9 times out of 10. don't go into recruitment with the talk that this sorority hazes and that sorority only chooses skinny girls and this sorority is full of the "weird girls", and those are the party girls on campus. ignore it, forget the stereotypes, and find where you fit in - without listening to others' opinions. 

// DON'T be too upset if you get rejected: sometimes you don't get asked back by a sorority that you really liked, or thought you wanted - don't let that get you down. every sorority has a limited number of spots they can fill, and sometimes you just weren't one of the girls to grab one of those spots. don't let that discourage you - go back to the others, give them a second chance, and you may just fall in love with one of them too! 

// DO dress appropriately: the only thing that'll make you even more nervous for recruitment is showing up in the wrong attire. pay proper attention to the recommended dress code. you don't want to show up in jeans on pref round, in a dress on bid day and in shorts when you're supposed to be business casual. it's great to stand out, but you may not be remembered in the way you'd like..

// DON'T compare your "rush" experience to friends at another school: freaking yourself out because your friend who goes to a large state school experienced this or that during her recruitment period, or a friend who goes to a small liberal arts college experienced something completely different. every school does recruitment differently, and you shouldn't let what your friends say impact or scare you at all!

// DO avoid controversial conversations: a good rule of thumb is to avoid the 5 B's: boys, booze, Barack (politics), beliefs and bucks. no one is going to talk about crazy parties, how drunk you were last week, or that you hate this, that or the other, because you don't know what the girl you're talking to believes, enjoys or even thinks. instead, discuss things about the chapter like their sisterhood, their philanthropy and what it's like to have 100+ sisters you can lean on, and leave a positive imprint on the chapter. 

// DON'T forget to enjoy yourself: although it can be super stressful, recruitment is still meant to be fun and enjoyable, so relax, have fun and i'll see ya on the other side!

Good luck with recruitment, ladies!

Do you agree with these tips? What advice would you give to some PNMs going through formal recruitment? 

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  1. I think being in a sorority would be SO awesome!! Loved reading this :)

  2. I wish I went to college so I could join a sorority! They sound like so much fun!

  3. These are excellent tips!! great post!

  4. I don't know much about sorority life (GDI) but I appreciate that you're so willing to help out others who are trying to figure out if a sorority is right for them. There's a lot of stigma attached to Greek life, I feel like you're doing a good job of trying to get rid of the mystery to ease the nerves of new girls.

  5. Great tips! Pledging can get so confusing.

  6. Great tips! I went to a local college that didn't have sororities. In a way I feel I kind of missed out but I got to sleep in my own bed so I figure its a good trade off! ; ) LOL

  7. These are some great tips. I will have to pass this post on to a friend's daughter of mine who will be going to college next fall.

  8. I still regret not pledging a sorority :( luckily I got my girly fun fix through pageantry, but I still wish I had experienced Greek life!

    Diary of a Debutante

  9. I can totally relate to these! I was cut from the house I thought I wanted after night one, but I had an amazing Rho Gamma who talked me through it. Anyways, this is such a great post!

    Zoe | La Vie en Zoe

  10. I wasn't in a sorority in college, but all of my friends who rushed had a fabulous experience!

  11. I wish my university had sororities! I've always wanted to be in one, sadly I didn't get the chance to. But this post can be translated to many aspects of life.


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