The 7 Phases Of Sorority Recruitment

The 7 Phases Of Sorority Recruitment

If you've been through the process before, you'll know these phases all too well.
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Recruitment is like a whole new world and unlike any other experience you’ve had before. It’s filled with so many emotions, good times and a lot of ups and downs. Even though you feel like just laying down and taking a nap at times, you know it'll all be worth it in the end.


1. Before You Get Back To School

All summer without your girls feels like a lifetime and even though knowing summer is ending sucks, you can’t wait to get back to school and see your people. The excitement builds up more and more every day up until the day you get back to your favorite place.

2. The Start Of Spirit Week

You are FINALLY back with all of your favorite people and you get to be as close as ever while you are all spending day and night at your sorority house. You start off the week excited and enthused about every workshop and activity you are faced with, but as the week goes on, that excitement turns into exhaustion. Long days filled with guest speakers and active participation gets tiring and by the end of the week you wonder what you got yourself into – but as the week comes to and end, you know all that time and effort is going to be worth it.

3. The First Day Of Recruitment


You wake up on the first day of recruitment feeling like a new person and forget all about being even the least bit tired. Getting ready with all your girls and preparing for the potential new members is one of the best feelings and you can’t wait for the first party to start.

As soon as the doors open and the girls start to walk in, you feel like your best self and can’t wait to meet all of the amazing people who will walk through those front doors.

4. The Middle Of The Week Wall

By the middle of the week, you start to feel the exhaustion hit again – the same exhaustion you felt during spirit week. The days are repeating themselves and hours of talking takes more energy than you can imagine. You need your friends to give you a little push to get you through the week and remind you that the end is near.

5. Pref Day

All those feels of exhaustion slip away on the morning of preference day. This is the last and most important day of recruitment. You get to see sides of your sisters that you may have not seen before and the potential new girls get to see what true sisterhood is. All walls are let down and you truly get to know these girls who could be a part of your sorority. You don’t know love until you’ve stood in a room with 200 women who would do anything for you.

6. Bid Day a.k.a. The Best Day Ever

Christmas. Bid day is basically Christmas morning – but instead of presents, you get 100 new amazing sisters running home to you. Bid day is everything you can imagine and more. Girls put countless days and sleepless nights into planning the best bid day possible for current and new members. Props to you girls because you recreate Christmas.

7. The End

After a crazy two weeks of preparation and execution, you can go to sleep knowing you did everything you could to bring in an amazing new pledge class and bettering your already amazing sorority. Get some sleep and be ready to do it again next year!

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Dear Mom, Now That I'm Older

A letter to the woman who made me the woman I am today.
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Dear Mom,

Now that I'm older, I definitely appreciate you a lot more than I did as a kid. I appreciate the little things, from the random text messages to constantly tagging me on Facebook in your "funny" photos and sending me pins of stuff I like on Pinterest. Now that I'm older, I can look back and realize that everything I am is all because of you. You've made me strong but realize it's okay to cry. You've shown me how a mother gives everything to her children to give them a better life than she had, even when she's left with nothing. And, most importantly you've taught me to never give up and without this, I would not be where I am today.

Mom, now that I'm older, I realize that you're the best friend I'm ever going to have. You cheer me on when I try new things and support me in deciding to be whatever person I want to be. Thank you for never telling me I can't do something and helping me figure out ways to be the best woman I can be. Your love for me is unconditional. They say true, unconditional love can only come from God, but mom, I think you're a pretty close second.

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Now that I'm older, I don't get to see you as much. But not seeing you as much just makes the times I do get to see you the absolute best, and I look forward to it every time. Now that I'm older, I'm not going to live at home. But, I promise to always come back because I know the door is always open. Your house is always going to be my home, and no other place is going to be the same.

Now that I'm older, I realize how much I miss you taking care of me. I miss you making me dinner, making sure I was doing well in school, and taking me to endless appointments. I miss you waking me up for school and then waking me up again because I didn't listen the first time.

But, Mom, now that I'm older, I can see all that you've done for me. I can look back and see how big of a brat I was but you still loved me (and let me live) anyways. I can understand why you did certain things and frankly, you're one bada** of a woman.

To have you as my mom and my best friend has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. So, Mom, now that I'm older, thank you, for everything.

Love,

Your Daughter

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Visiting Your Friends At Different Colleges Is Worth The Drive

Learning about the lives my friends are living at other schools is extremely interesting.

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When I went to college, many of my friends went to different schools. Some of us went to the same college, some went to other in-state schools and some even went out-of-state. If you are ever bored and are thinking about spending the weekend with your friend at their college, I recommend doing it!

As a student at the University of Florida, I already know the best places to eat, party and relax in Gainesville. During my time here, I have met so many new people and have experienced so many new things. But, sometimes I forget that my friends are living their own lives at different schools, as well.

When I went to visit one of my best friends at the University of Central Florida, it was neat to see how she matured as a person. She took me to all the cool bars, introduced me to all of her new friends and gave me a tour of campus. Getting to see how she has evolved so much was so fascinating.

Visiting my friends at Florida State University was a whole experience in itself. I had many friends go to this school. Each of them lives their own lives, some still hang out, and some are even roommates. The culture at each university is so much different than the culture at my school. It was fun to meet all of their new classmates and sorority sisters. Getting to know the people that spend every day with the friends that I used to spend every day with is something I love to do.

If you ever have a break from studying, get a little bored, or even just miss your friends, give them a call and ask to stay with them for the weekend! I promise you will learn so much more about them and how they are taking on their new phase of life.

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