Dear Potential New Member,
The beginning of August is rapidly approaching which means so is Rush! Whether you have been waiting for this day since you were five or if your mom made you sign up for recruitment, rush is a crazy week filled with so many different kinds of emotions. If I could only give you one piece of advice it would be to keep an open mind throughout the whole process. It's okay to have a top 5 list but don't go into a house already knowing that you don't like it and that you don't want to be there.
HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE!! We all know how hot it gets during summer in the South but if you don't know, it gets extremely humid and hot. Rush is almost an all day thing and between standing outside in front of a house or quickly speed walking to your next house, you are going to get thirsty/sweaty so you need to be continuously hydrating. During the party, sisters will usually come around with cups of water and offer you a cup. Even though it might seem awkward, please drink the water. Also carry mints and a granola bar in your bag for when you want to freshen up your breath or if you get hungry while at the break house.
Just because a house drops you doesn't mean that you are not a great person. Throughout recruitment it is inevitable that you are going to get dropped by a house and it sucks but by narrowing down the chances you will find the house for you! Houses drop you because they think that you will fit into another house better or that they know that the certain sorority isn't for you. As hard as it seems you have to trust the process because it all works out in the end. During rush it is really easy to get discouraged and think badly about yourself but you have to continue telling yourself how awesome you are!
Make recruitment fun! The week is filled with meeting tons of new people, having amazing conversation and inevitably stressful moments. Grab dinner with your rush group or stay up talking to your roommate talking about all the great things that you learned about the sororities today. Tell your parents and your best friends back at home all about your day. If you keep everything bottled up, you are going to become so stressed and that takes away from the underlying happiness that you are going to find your new home for the next 4 years!!
I wish you the best of luck during recruitment and I hope you have such an amazing week!