Read This Before Going Through Recruitment

Before You Go Through Recruitment This Fall, Read This

By the way, it's recruitment, not rush

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Dear ladies going through Sorority Recruitment,

Please make friends with your dear Pi Chi leader (or whatever the leader is called at your campus). She is so excited to assist you through your recruitment process. She won't sugarcoat the trials and joys of being a sorority member. She won't try to get you into her own sorority chapter, because she took a vow of disaffiliating from (not identifying with) her sorority to help you find your best home. Your Pi Chi is excited to give you pep talks and stellar advice.

Your Pi Chi could be the best friend and support during recruitment, so take advantage of that opportunity and trust her throughout the process.

You see, a Pi Chi has been through what you are about to experience - recruitment. She has already gone through her own version of sorority recruitment (because everyone has a different sorority recruitment story). She has also been through the actual sorority experience, too.

She has gone through the many new member class meetings, been initiated into her chapter, helped create parade floats for Homecoming until 5AM in the morning, gone to get slushies at Sonic at midnight with sisters, and even been through the same disappointments that college inevitably brings... a bad relationship, a horrible professor, and hating the dining hall food choices.

This Pi Chi of yours knows certain things you don't. She too was blinded by the glamour and glitter at the sorority houses during recruitment instead of focusing on learning about the sorority's philanthropic mission. She too was tired - so very tired - of fumbling through awkward conversations during her recruitment, or of wearing high heels (I swear, just wear fancy schmancy sandals, you'll thank me later).

Your Pi Chi also knows that it takes time to solidify friendships once you get in a sorority. Your Pi Chi understands how excitement fades with time, and every sorority member usually faces a small moment of sorority mid-life crisis when she thinks (seriously or not) - why am I still in this organization? They stay because they know it's not always easy, but the rewards of being an upstanding sorority member (embracing the values, the ups and downs, and forgiving the sorority when it isn't the best thing ever) is worth it.

I say all of this so you understand who I am as a Pi Chi, and who the other Pi Chis are at Missouri State University.

Trust that we know more than you do about sororities, especially the sororities at our campus that we have been a part of (unlike your mom, sisters, grandmas, or friends from home who have never stepped foot on our campus).

Trust that we have your best interests at heart - like, we aren't going to convince you to join our chapter. That's why we don't tell you our chapter because we just want you to be happy. Seriously, we just want you find the place you can grow the best in.

Trust that even though sorority life isn't always a bed of roses, it has the potential to make you a better leader, a compassionate friend, and a lifelong sister. It's all about what you personally will make of it. Isn't that cool? A sorority is what you can make of it - you have so much power to do good.

And here is the biggest secret of all -

You are a bright, kind, and caring woman and you can find a home in any chapter on this campus. Why? Because someone just like you is in every chapter on this campus. That's right, you can find a home in any chapter on this campus.

So take a deep breath, my dear potential new member of a sorority at Missouri State University. Be your most authentic and positive self and go out there and rock recruitment.

Sincerely,

A Pi Chi named Brooke

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7 Reasons You Should Order A Vodka/Water/Lime When You're Out

There’s a reason the Vodka/Water/Lime is the number one drink at The Strip every weekend.
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We’ve all been through it. Whether it was sometime in high school, out freshman year of college or the day we turned 21, at some point you have or will tried to order a drink while you’re out on the town. I’m here to end all the experimentation, and give you a go-to drink that is sweeping across college campuses everywhere, the Vodka-Water-Lime, and the reasons why, are clear to see.

1. It will keep you hydrated

It may seem trivial but hydration is key if you’re planning on drinking any amount any time, or so I have been told. But let’s face it, biology grants us the ability to chug concoctions called 4-Lokos with ease while drinking the recommended amount of water per day almost impossible. The drink that solves both issues—Vodka-Water-Lime.

2. It doesn't taste that bad

I’ll admit I was a little skeptical at first, but this drink isn’t that bad to swallow, especially when you think about some of the other things you could be drinking. There’s a reason why the only way people can drink tequila is in shot from or in a lime slushy. As the old saying goes: if you drink enough everything just tastes like water, and this one already has water in it!

3. It gets you drunk

That’s right. It does the job. Isn’t that really all we want in a drink anyway, everything else is just trivial.

4. It establishes immediate common-ground

What is that girl next to you at the bar about to order? You guessed it. Now imagine that you are about to order the same thing, she is practically begging to dance on you at this point, it’s that easy.

5. Easy, Quick, Universal

There are just three simple ingredients, and the amounts of which are subject to your personal preference and tolerance levels. It doesn’t require the aid of Chet the self-proclaimed mixologist to make—it’s so easy a baby could do it! And it’s known virtually everywhere, if you’re ever in a place that doesn’t have either vodka, water, or limes, you’re probably there against your will anyway.

6. Health Benefits

Since most people don’t drink liquor straight, the use of a chaser or mixer is required, but we all know the problems that causes. Sugar and alcohol don’t mix well, not to mention the calories in soda. Vodka-Water-Lime has not calories and no sugar added. On top of that, the presence of water and lack of soda is almost a guarantee that you won’t be hungover the next day.

7. It's shameless

With all of the numerous benefits, it’s impossible to give someone a hard time for ordering this, yet it happens. Becky’s friends may tell her that she looks great and shouldn’t be concerned about her calories. WELL MAYBE BECKY JUST LIKES THE TASTE. Still, Bradley may get bold and order one out with the boys, but since there’s nothing to crack open, he may be the butt of their jokes, but Bradley knows that he made the right choice.

NOTE: limes can be substituted for other in-season citrus fruits.


There’s a reason the Vodka-Water-Lime is the number one drink at The Strip every week. The facts are there; it’s not fake news. Vodka-Water-Lime should be your new drink. It’s not just something you adopt in college or for a few nights out, it’s a lifestyle. The Vodka-Water-Lime is classy and sophisticated, it is a drink that you can order somewhere fancy like a restaurant or a Carnival cruise ship, or even on your wedding night.

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Hating On Greek Life Isn't A Personality Trait, Get Over Yourself

Congratulations, you don't like Greek Life...now what?

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I was doing my usual scrolling through Twitter recently, and I found a tweet that seemed to be making fun of a set of photos. In hopes of discovering some classic Twitter humor, I decided to engage further. The tweet referenced a photo series that a group of sorority girls created, where they attempted to defy the stereotypes of sorority girls in America with statements like: "Society says sorority girls are rich and spoiled, but I pay for my dues and tuition," or "Society says sorority girls buy their friends, but you can't put a price on sisterhood." The photo series itself is sweet – it has a message of inclusivity and positivity. Yet, the responses to this photo series were anything but that.

One Twitter user responded stating that the photo series was "pathetic" because, "Some of us are actually from diverse backgrounds, immigrant families, low-income households, etc."

Another Twitter user mentioned, "I saw some s*** like this on my Facebook literally a week ago lmao why do they wanna be oppressed so bad."

It is absolutely no secret that Greek life has a bad reputation. Popular movies like "Neighbors" paint members of Greek life as shallow, rich, and incompetent for the purpose of shock value and humor. Although this image was manufactured for the purpose of entertainment, the idea has seeped into the mindset of society to ultimately promote an extreme overgeneralization of an opportunity in college that is anything but harmful.

Many of the responses to the original tweet seemed to stem from the assumption that being an intelligent and reasonable student and being a part of Greek Life are mutually exclusive. This concept is extremely hypocritical. The human identity is multifaceted and contextual. Every person engages and utilizes their intelligence in different ways depending on what the context requires, and to reason that members of Greek Life are not privy to this exact ability simply because of their affiliation is absurd.

Furthermore, users who claimed that Greek life lacks "diverse backgrounds" or "immigrant families" are only reinforcing this stereotype. Although I'd like to first state that I believe that Greek life absolutely does harness a fair amount of diversity, I think making this type of argument would be stale. Instead, I believe that restating stereotypes such as the above only isolates those from diverse backgrounds who may want to join Greek life, because they worry they will be cornered or ridiculed by their peers.

If you believe that Greek life is exclusive, my first recommendation would be for you to challenge that exclusivity by joining and breaking the barriers and proving Greek life wrong. But if we as a society continue to paint Greek life as this "whitewashed" organization and then ridicule any person of color who may be interested in joining, we are simply generating redundancy and contributing to the perceived issue.

In response to ideas of oppression, I agree with the statement that members of Greek life are by no means oppressed. There are minority groups who face genuine and violent oppression, and to use a word as strong as that to describe Greek life demeans those who endure a genuine struggle. However, I would argue that members of Greek life are unfairly stereotyped against, which is only highlighted by the backlash this photo series received. A photo series that had no purpose beyond defying stereotypes and promoting a well-rounded understanding gathered sarcastic feedback such as "sorority girls are braver than US Marines." Yet, all this negative feedback manifested in response to a photo series that had no intention of marginalizing or ridiculing those who were not a part of Greek life.

Instead, Twitter users took it upon themselves to assume the worst of Greek life.

I'm not saying that everyone needs to go rush to their nearest flower shop and send a sorority a beautiful bouquet of flowers begging for an apology. In fact, I couldn't care less if you like Greek life or not after this. What I am saying is that isolating and marginalizing members of Greek life because you believe that they unfairly prejudice those from diverse backgrounds is a problem. If you believe that joining an organization that promotes positivity, philanthropy, and mentorship isn't for you, that is absolutely ok. It isn't for everyone, and that's not a trait exclusive to membership in Greek life by any means. It is worthy to note, though, that making fun of sororities or fraternities for unreasonable assumptions you maintain makes you no better than what you perceive Greek life to be, and that is something to absolutely be mindful of.

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