10 Things The Sensible PNM Brings With Her To Sorority Recruitment

10 Things The Sensible PNM Brings With Her To Sorority Recruitment

Sorority rush is right around the corner. These are some must-haves before heading out on your adventure.
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It's around that time of the year again, that's right sorority recruitment. As a potential new member, you have many unanswered questions and want to be as prepared as possible for this incredibly overwhelming week.

This list provides some must-have items that will get you through the week as smoothly as possible.

1. Bag/Purse

A cheap water-resistant tote is perfect for the week! You'll need something big enough to carry all your stuff in, but small enough to not annoy you as you carry it from house to house. Some girls use a knockoff Longchamp from Amazon but remember to put a ribbon or something different on it so you know it’s yours. All the bags piled up on a Sorority's front lawn will make it hard to find yours.

2. Handheld fan

These things are absolute lifesavers for anyone participating in fall recruitment, especially in the South. It'll keep you cool while waiting in between houses. Plus you can always use it later on down the road on game days!

3. Oil-blotting sheets

Being out in the heat all day with a full face of makeup on is sure to cause your face to get a little oily and gross. These sheets will keep you looking refreshed and at your best all day long.

4. Mints/Breath spray

When talking in close quarters with so many girls you're sure to not want to embarrass yourself by having bad breath. Especially after lunchtime make sure to chew some gum to freshen up your breath for the rest of the day.

5. Touchup makeup

A full face of makeup isn't going to last all day long in the heat on its own. Bring some extra makeup in your bag to touch up when you have a break. For example, bring extra powder, lipstick, and maybe even some mascara.

6. Cheap flip flops

You're going to be wishing you didn't have heels on when you're having to run between houses during the last few days. Bring some inexpensive flip flops to wear between houses or even when you're just on a break and don't want to get any blisters.

7. Rain jacket or umbrella

If you're rushing in the South you need to expect the possibility of rain because the weather here is super unpredictable. If you do get caught in some light showers you don't want it to soak your outfit and drench your hair and makeup.

8. Handheld mirror

You'll need to be able to check-up on how you look during the day to make sure you look your best. This is especially handy when touching up makeup, and you most likely won't have access to any other mirrors all day.

9. Pen

Don't forget to record your thoughts about to each house after you visit them. When seeing so many houses in a day it's easy to get some confused and forget what you talked about in each house. After you leave a house it's super helpful to write down quick notes about what you talked about and how you felt about each house, it'll help you out later.

10. A smile and a good attitude

I know this sounds super cheesy but don't forget to bring a smile and a good attitude to each and every house you visit! Remember to smile from the moment you step foot out front to the second you walk out the door, you always want to put your best your best foot forward. Always keep a good, positive attitude even if you're not expecting to like a certain house. You never how you'll feel about that house later or how other girls feel about them.

Happy Recruitment!

Cover Image Credit: Lori Walker

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12 Unhealthy College Habits That Never Should Have Become Normalized

No, you shouldn't have to pull an all-nighter to pass every exam.

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College is a weird time in our lives, but it doesn't have to be bad for our health. Here are some trends I've seen on social media and watched my friends practice that really never should have become a "thing" for college students in the first place.

1. The "freshman 15."

Everyone has heard of the dreaded "freshman 15," where college freshmen gain 15 pounds because of access to all-you-can-eat dining halls. Rather than eating healthier options at the dining halls or, you know, only eating until you're full and not stuffing yourself, we've just accepted our fate to gain what's really a large amount of weight. Not a very healthy mindset.

2. Eating only junk food because we're "too poor" to buy real food.

For off-campus students, the theme is ramen and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. This is really not how it needs to be. You can buy a bunch of romaine lettuce for around $1 at the grocery store I go to in my college town, and other produce like broccoli, potatoes, and apples are always cheap. Shop sales and keep your pantry stocked on staples like dry pasta, rice, beans, and other canned vegetables. It's not that expensive to eat decently.

3. Gorging on food at the dining hall just because you can.

This is what leads to the freshman 15. Just because you can eat whatever you want doesn't mean you should.

4. Procrastinating EVERYTHING.

I'm always ahead of my schoolwork, but all of the people in my classes push things right down to the wire. It creates unnecessary stress. Just get things done in advance so you don't have to worry.

5. Being generally unorganized and struggling to keep your life together. 

Actually using my planner is one of the best things I've done for myself in college so far. I don't know why it became popular for college students to be a hot mess all the time, but again, do what you can to avoid putting unnecessary stress on yourself.

6. Pulling all nighters, ever.

If you don't understand it by midnight, you won't understand it any better by five in the morning. You'll do so much better with less studying and more sleep than the other way around. Take the L and go to bed.

7. Waiting until the very last minute to start studying for your finals.

This is what typically leads to the aforementioned all-nighters. If you have an exam in two weeks, start studying NOW. Give yourself time to figure out what you need to focus on and get in contact with your professor or a tutor if necessary. Do yourself the favor.

8. Getting blackout drunk Friday and Saturday night...every weekend.

A lot of college students like to drink. That's fine, I get it, college is stressful and you just want to have a good time. But you don't have to go out every night of every weekend and drink so much you don't remember anything that didn't occur between Monday-Friday every week. Give yourself a break from drinking every so often.

9. Getting iced coffee before class and being late because of it.

I always make sure I get to campus early if I plan to get Starbucks, which I often do. It's rude to come in late, and it's detrimental to your education to consistently miss class. Your coffee can wait if you're running late. Plan better next time.

10.  Committing to 10 different extracurriculars because "it'll boost your resume if you have more on it!"

If you only participate in one club where you're the head of marketing and the treasurer, that will look SO much better than if you participated in five clubs but were just...there for all of them. Excel in one thing rather than being mediocre in many.

11.  Skipping class whenever you feel like it.

You can take the occasional mental health day, but if you're just being lazy, you're only hurting yourself. Go to class. You're paying a lot of money for it, after all.

12.  Spending every last penny you have to go somewhere for spring break (Daytona Beach, anyone?).

"Broke" college kids always end up taking the most extravagant spring break vacations. I'm sure it's fun and you'll cherish the memories, but wouldn't you cherish that $500 more if you saved it for things you actually need rather than living off of ramen for a month when you get home?

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5 Things That Happen When It's Greek Week

It's like a sports pride week, except it's for sororities/frats.

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The weather is warmer, people are happy, spring rush is over and most of the new members have been initiated into their respective frat or fraternity. Snow pants have been traded for jean shorts, winter coats have been traded for tee shirts and cardigans. Crowded libraries are now emptied out as people move outside to study. There are now kids napping in hammocks instead of the floor of the library. Instead of gloves, hands now hold iced coffee and tea. It's no longer dark at 5 pm and you can walk back from you're night class not in fear. In general, life is good and it keeps getting better.

The greeks like to capitalize n this to have the most fun and successful greek week possible ( I should know, I'm in a sorority). The outdoor games, the friendly competitions, and the smiles make the week much more fun.

1. Letters everywhere. 

Everywhere you you look someone is wearing their letters. Weather it be for point check in or just general pride, the amount of letters worn this week, increases exponentially.

2. Games

Games like corn-hole or flag football make a comeback for some friendly competition between different frats and sororities and are just fun in general, especially with warmer weather.

3. Music being played loud and outside

Now this usually happens when the warmer gets warmer no matter what but greek week just lends it self to large groups of young men and women gathering and playing music.

4. Your friends will ask you to help their sorority/ frat "win" 

"Please place coins in the coin buck for X sorority/frat!!"

"Don't forget to sign up for this and to put our sorority in the description"

With competition comes the need to mobilize all of our friends.

5. Social Media

Suddenly everyone's stories are just picture of their letters/ promoting the sorority. It seems strange but think of it like posing your team's mascot to your social media during a really big game

Greek Week: it's fun, it's loud, it's warm, it's spirited. Even if some of the activities are a little bit confusing, I promise you'll have alo more fun if you participate in the skits, races, corn hole tournaments than if you stand by and judge those who are. It's also a great way to break down stereotypes and get to know your greek community in a fun, non competitive way.

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