The 13 Things You'll Hear PNM's Say During Rush

The 13 Things You'll Hear PNM's Say During Rush

"When do we get to meet the frat boys?"

While going through recruitment girls emotions are everywhere. One moment, you're so excited because you had the best conversation and then the next you're stressed because you thought one of the girls didn't like you. At some point, every girl will think or say these things while going through the craziest and most stressful week of their life.

1. “I’m so excited!!!!”

Before everyone realizes how stressful it can be, you'll think it's going to be so much fun.

2. “Wait, I don’t think I can do this."

What every girl thinks after their first house.

3.“OMG, that girls outfit is way cuter than mine”

4.“Did I seriously just talk about my major for 30 minutes in that house?”

For the beginning of rush, you don't have a lot of time in each house so conversations will be short and boring. Basically, hey this is my dorm and I like dogs.

5.“It's so hot, where’s my mini fan”

6.“Do you think I can take a nap under this tree?”

At the end of the day, each girl is tired and ready to be done and then nap for a week.

7. "Why didn’t the Rho Chi put my bag under the tent? My phone has water damage."

Warning: Phones will be broken in the process of recruitment

8. “When do we get to meet the frat boys??”

Because why else does anyone join a sorority????? Just kidding.

9. "I just want to go home."

10. “I got my favorite house back!”

When you get dropped by a house you like it'll feel like the end of the world, but if you get your favorite houses back, you'll feel like you're flying.

11. “I need a drink.”

Just a little something to take the edge off is always nice after a long day of useless conversations.

12. “I need oil blotting sheets right now, I feel like my face is melting off.”

13. “When will this be over?”

Rush is hard and will make you want to cry and cry some more. But in the end, all the long days, and constant sweating will be worth it because you'll be with your sisters!!!!

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Why I've Stayed A Part Of Greek Life

My sorority has always been incredibly important to me, but that doesn't mean it's always been easy to stay.

As I'm writing this article, it's recruitment season for sororities here at Penn State. During this whole process, I've been reflecting on my time thus far in Greek Life. I can confidently say that this week has made me a tiny bit - okay, more than a tiny bit - nostalgic.

I wouldn't trade my sorority for the world, but I will start by saying that I was that girl who signed up for recruitment at the very last minute.

Neither of my parents were part of Greek Life during their time at Penn State, and I have no older siblings. So, I didn't have many people to turn to for advice. To rush or not to rush? I contemplated it for so long.

For me, the hardest part about coming to college was leaving my best friends. I'd also have to make new friends - I hadn't done this since middle school so you can imagine my anxiety level. Wondering how I would do this, I took a leap of faith, and decided to rush.

Like I mentioned, I rushed because I wanted to find those go-to people: girls who would be there for me when I got homesick, girls who would give me boy advice, girls who would help me study for big exams, and girls who would answer the phone at 2 a.m. when I needed someone. Spoiler alert: I found all of that.

But I found more than wonderful friendships when I joined a sisterhood. I was also given unbelievable leadership opportunities, many service opportunities, and developed a better sense of self.

I'm cringing at how cheesy that all sounds, but it's true. I've always been a little bit more of an introvert - and a little bit more of a follower, rather than a leader - but my sorority taught me how to step out of my comfort zone. This year, I represented the sophomore pledge class on the Nominations Committee for our new Executive Board, which allowed me to sit in on all interviews and help out with the election process. I also got the position of assistant Vice President of New Member Education, which will allow me to help guide and educate the new pledge class.

In terms of service opportunities, I complete a certain number of service hours here at school each semester. In addition to that, I got the chance to go on a week-long service trip to New Orleans this past summer to help the community affected by Hurricane Katrina.

I know I'm only 20 years old, but I've learned more about myself this past year than ever before. I've learned what it means to put others before myself most of the time, but not all of the time. I've learned how to better manage my time, due to all the events, service opportunities, and meetings I have to attend. I've learned so much from Greek Life, and I'm so thankful that I get to carry all of it into life outside of my sorority.

It's not easy to remember to pay monthly dues, or come up with the money in the first place. It's not easy to ignore the stigma that typically accompanies Greek Life. It's not easy to attain service hours, or make it to certain meetings after a long day of classes. But I've stayed because my sorority has truly given me so much; the least I can do is keep my promise and remain a loyal sister.

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9 Things Every Girl Should Know Before Joining A Sorority

Debunking ignorant myths about greek life.

Growing up in Texas caused me to have a negative view of sorority girls since birth. I thought only tall, tan, and pretty blonde girls that love parties and frat boys joined sororities. Legally Blonde did me so wrong. In reality, it is far from greek life in movies. It wasn't until I actually joined a sorority that I learned what they are really about. Being a part of a sorority is nothing like you see in the movies, and I'm here to prove it to you. Here are some common misconceptions about sororities, debunked.

1. You're just paying to have friends

This is the most common, most annoying phrase I had to deal with while rushing. Yes, paying to be in a sorority means you suddenly have hundreds of other girls around you that value similar things, making you more likely to become friends with them.

However, our national dues pay for the upkeep of the house, the support of the national sorority, the cost of events, and our philanthropies. You could use this same kind of thought process to argue that people only pay to go to college to make friends. Paying to put yourself into situations where you're likely to meet people does not mean you're buying their friendship.

2. All sorority girls do is party

This statement really couldn't be more wrong. Sure, some sorority girls party a lot, but most don't. I'm pretty sure the non-greek girls living in the room next to me, blasting old Justin Bieber songs at 11:00 p.m. on a Monday night, party way more than I do.

3. We only support our philanthropies because we have to

I'm confident in speaking for all of the sororities on my campus when I say that we all genuinely care about our and other chapter's philanthropies. My chapter's devotion and emotional connection to our philanthropy was actually the deciding factor for me on our last night of rush. It's still amazing for me to see how passionate all of my sorority sisters are about our causes.

4. We only date fraternity men

I have a little spoiler for all of you: in my experience, frat men don't date. I'm not trying to hate on all you brothers out there because I'm sure some of you are decent human beings, but frat guys fear commitment.

5. You won't have any non-greek friends

This one is only true if you make it true. If you tend to only hang out with your greek community, then it's a no-brainer that you will only have greek friends. Personally, I have several friends that aren't greek; it just depends on whether or not you put yourself out there.

6. Sorority girls are superficial and girly

Disclaimer: I adore Legally Blonde, and aspire to be Elle Woods. That being said, Legally Blonde gave all of us sorority girls a bad reputation. Some girls are going to be superficial. It happens, but I've never made friends with a girl in my sorority by ogling over tanning, bikinis, and the latest hair trends. The girls in my sorority are some of the most genuine human beings I've ever met. They inspire me to be a better sister, student, and even a better person. There's nothing superficial about that.

7. Sorority girls judge non-sorority girls

Let me keep this one simple: no one cares. Most people drop their egos when they get to college. They realize that everyone is here for the same reason: to get a degree. We all just go about it differently.

8. If you join a sorority you will be hazed

I actually had the opposite experience while rushing. This used to be true, but times are changing. People have realized that hazing is backward and pointless -- so most campuses just stopped doing it.

9. We're only in college to meet our trophy husbands

This is the most anti-feminist bs I've ever heard in my life. Sororities actually have GPA requirements to stay in the chapter. The average GPA of a sorority woman is generally higher than that of a non-greek woman.

We also have various programmes to help members that aren't in good academic standing. My sorority likes to constantly remind us that we are students first and sorority always comes second. Sorority girls don't have time for anything else.

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