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.

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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21 Things You Say To Your Roommate If You Two Are Practically A Married Couple

Until I made this list, I didn't realize how absurdly close my roommate and I were. #sorrynotsorry

1. "Can you turn the light off?"

2. "We probably shouldn't go out for dinner again...right?"

*complains about not having money* *spends $8 on Chipotle three times a week*

3. "I always pick where we go"

This is a fight you have with your roommate almost every day when you're roommate is as indecisive as mine.

4. "Do you have my keys?"

5. "Can you pick me up?"

6. "Is it hot in here?"

7. "Does this outfit look stupid?"

The answer is usually yes. No offense.

8. "Can you throw this out for me?"

9. "Can we get ice cream?"

10. "I need coffee"

This text is usually sent when you know your roomie is out running errands... errands you know are near a Starbucks.

11. "Can you tell me what happened?"

12. "Are you asleep?"

There have been times where I couldn't tell if you were asleep or dead... and I had to say this out loud to check if you were alive.

13. "Check your dm's."

*cracks up in the middle of nowhere* *catches a weird stare from your roomie across the room*

14. "Can you plug this in for me?"

15. "Can you pick a movie?"

Another instance where "I always pick" happens.

16. "Look at this girl's Instagram."

*chucks phone across the room at roommate*

17. "Can you call me?"

18. "Can we meet up?"

Separation anxiety is a real thing, people.

19. "Can you help me find my phone?"

*Tries to leave the house to do something* *loses phone* every. time.

20. "What should we do tonight?"

*tries to get ready to do something fun* *ends up staying in for another girls night*

21. "Why isn't everyone as great as us?"

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To The Friends Who Became My Family

Most of us didn't know each other but we felt this energy and connection that would connect us for life

I've always felt like an outsider no matter where I've gone. Almost like I would never find my place in this world. The moment that I thought I'd found it, my world turned upside down, at the time I thought I'd never bounce back. I was so very wrong.

A few months later after going down that road, I was introduced to this amazing group of people who had come from so many different places and recently formed together. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, and when it comes to this moment in my life I know that it's true. These people have brought so much opportunity and positivity into my life. They've given me the drive to be this amazing person. I never knew where I belonged, I felt like a misfit toy, or the puzzle in the 100-piece box that doesn't fit, no matter which way you move it.

They made me feel like I could belong anywhere, with anyone.

They've given this new view of life that I've been lacking. A lot has to do with my own level of confidence, and they've truly helped build that.

After meeting them the world began to make sense again. I was able to find my way for the first time in years. I wouldn't be the person I am today without having them in my life. They've made me realize that in college I'm the guys' girl, and I love having all my guy friends. I would be completely lost without them. I was able to see all the good in the world that I was unable to see before. I know always see the most positive outlook on everything.

Now that I see the world in a new light, it seems that the world has seen me for who I truly am.

After coming together with these people I've met so many amazing people who I never thought I would meet in my life or be friends with. I've never been luckier in my life than the moment that they all walked into it. I felt like they saved me from a dark hole, and I have no idea how to thank them, other than writing an article to show my gratitude.

This one is for y'all, so thank you.

Thank you for being there when I need it, for having my back no matter what, and for pushing me. I didn't think that I could do or be half the person I am, but because of you, I am. I am myself for the first time in life, and I have no shame about who that is.

I miss you guys and wouldn't be able to survive college without you. I know that when we all venture away from each other and no longer live together we will make sure that once a year we come together. We try for once a month and have done such a good job at that, but when life gets busy I know that once a year will be enough because it will seem like no time has ever been spent apart.

To those reading this, if you find a group that makes you feel this way or even just a few people, don't ever let them go. Make the time to see each other and don't lose touch.

Life gets hard, but it without your people makes it so much harder.

I love my team, I love my squad. The moment that we first all "prayed" together I felt slightly ridiculous but then I realized that we all come from different places, and different backgrounds, but at that moment, we came together. Most of us didn't know each other but we felt this energy and connection that would connect us for life.

So here is what I want to say to you "I've always felt like an outsider, and I've had friends, a lot. I've even had friends that I love and couldn't live without, but you guys have become my family, you have become these people that I couldn't imagine living without. In such a short time you've become amazing human beings who I've seen grow and prosper throughout these friendships that each and every one of us has made. I wouldn't change the world for the moment we have, and the memories we all make.

You guys are my family, and I can't thank you enough for saving me because you truly have.

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