Hi babes, sorry I have been MIA life has been a little crazy lately. I am currently back with my sisters preparing for recruitment, it has been so great to see them and I can’t wait to see my chapter grow. With recruitment on my mind I thought it would be appropriate to share a few posts about the topic.
Navigating through recruitment is honestly super overwhelming. I remember doing so much research on the process and still not totally understanding what I was about to go through. I’m here to tell you that its okay. Recruitment is a whirlwind and its nonstop excitement, anticipation and pretty much every other emotion possible.
Nothing can really prepare you for the experience but there are some helpful do’s and don’ts of recruitment that every PNM should know.
DON’T Gossip about other houses or listen to gossip about houses, people start rumors for fun and like none of them are ever true. Make your choices about your experience within that house not what you heard.
DO Come prepared. Bring snacks, water, mints, chapstick, blotting sheets, tampons, deodorant, makeup for touch-ups. I know that’s an overwhelming list but you have long days ahead of you and its better to be safe than sorry. Also bring stuff to kill time with, books, homework, a journal, whatever, you will probably have down time and just sitting there makes it go by so slow.
DON’T Talk about boys, drinking or religion. Yes boys are cute, drinking definitely happens and religion can play a big part in your life but its important to not bring them up.
Obviously there are exceptions, many chapters make efforts to build relationships with fraternities through philanthropy and date parties so that may come up, but don’t talk about how hot Chad in Sigma Apple Pi is.
Please don’t talk about partying or drinking, there’s really no exception to that one.
A lot of sororities have affiliations with religion but it’s still controversial because well, it’s religion. Recruitment isn’t an appropriate time to discuss your beliefs. If you volunteer with your church or have leadership experience from it absolutely talk about it just keep it religiously neutral.
DO Take advantage of your recruitment guide. The name varies based on your school but they have the same purpose. They are there to help you through the process, from deciding what house to pick to fixing a broken zipper. They are your saviors, and could even become your friends or even better, your sisters.
DON’T Take anything personally. Seriously it sucks so hard getting dropped from the house you thought you were going to be in. I consider myself to be a confident woman and still had a hard time swallowing the fact that I got dropped from my top picks.
DO Ask questions and take notes. Actives love answering any questions you have and it makes carrying on the sometimes awkward conversation so much easier.
Taking notes after you visit each house helps you keep your thoughts organized and makes narrowing down your top houses so much easier. I personally rated each house out of five stars and wrote down three likes and three dislikes.
DON’T Party. It is so tempting to go crazy, the year is just starting off it seems like everyone is going out. Don’t do it, you have the rest of college to go to parties. Getting caught could jeopardize your Greek experience and even if you don’t get caught you could get a hangover. You have your whole life for hangovers you don’t want to experience one during recruitment.
DO Bring comfy shoes. You don’t have to necessarily wear heels on all of the days but when you do it’s a good idea to bring comfy shoes to walk from house to house with, your feet will thank you.
DON’T Over think your outfits. Yes, first impressions are important and looking good often times makes you feel good too but don’t dress in ways that are untrue to your personal style. It’s more important to feel comfortable and confident in what you are wearing.
DO Trust the process. You will hear this phrase 9 million times throughout recruitment but it’s honestly so true.
With social media and recruitment videos it can be easy to feel like you’ve already picked your house before rush has even started. I encourage you to base your decisions on the women you interact with in the houses and trust your gut.
Just embrace it, know that in the long run you will end up where you are meant to be. I’m not even kidding the sorority I ended up in was not even on my radar when I started rushing and I can’t even describe how amazing my house is, like I don’t even know what I would do without my sisters.
To the young woman considering going Greek, just rush. I never thought I would be a sorority girl and here I am writing a blog post about it.