Everything You Need To Know About The Ins And Outs Of Sorority Recruitment

Everything You Need To Know About The Ins And Outs Of Sorority Recruitment

Recruitment can be a scary thing to go through, but fear no more.

If you’re still wondering about wanting to go through recruitment, or already know you want to, this article is a resource that will help you a TON! Keep in mind that many of the things will not be exactly how each university goes about recruitment but is the same general idea. I will be writing mostly from my own experience of going through Troy University’s formal recruitment.

Who helps you out during recruitment?

Recruitment week will be one of the most nerve wrecking, confusing, and awkward times you may experience. You are put into a group with other girls going through recruitment, and you will have leaders of your group who are already in sororities. At many universities, they are called Pi Chis. Your Pi Chis are your biggest support system throughout the week and are there for you to cry and laugh with. You can’t know which sororities they are in until Bid Day, because of potential coercion to their sorority.

Having an open mind while you’re going through all of the houses is stressed so heavily because you need to choose the one that best fits you. The other girls that are in your group may be in the same sorority as you, and even if they don’t get the same bid as you, the relationships you create with them don’t end past recruitment, so get to know them!

What is it like going through all of the houses, and do the girls actually scream and yell at you when they open the door?

To answer the second part of the question, yes, they do. Although they do sing very loudly and it can be very overwhelming, it’s not as crazy as everyone depicts. Some sororities go all out and bang their heads from side to side, but from my personal experience, they’re only trying to hype up the morale so when you go in you enjoy your visit. You will line up in front of the house one by one, alphabetically in your group, so when different girls in the house talk to you, they are able to write notes and give you points once your visit is over. Points and notes determine if you are asked back, or potentially receive a bid.

Each house has a different feel to it, and each sister you speak to will leave a different impact. My best advice is to keep an open mind and don’t let one negative conversation overpower other great ones.

What is a bid, and how does Bid Day work?

Sadly, not every girl who goes through recruitment receives a bid. Some girls are dropped during the week for various reasons: they didn’t meet GPA requirements, they had negative social media postings, they didn’t fit in well, etc. The day before Bid Day, you will "pref" a sorority that you wish to receive a bid, and you find out on Bid Day which sorority gave you a bid. If you do not receive a bid at all, you are contacted immediately, and no one goes into the waiting area unless they receive one.

Once everyone gets their bid and “runs home,” you go out and do different celebratory things with your new sisters, and take tons of pictures! If you receive a bid from a house you may not have wanted, get it some time. You get out of it, what you put in, so make it worth the while.

It’s a tiring week, but it’s worth it once you develop relationships with a new set of girls who will guide you through anything. Meeting new girls, especially within a sorority, will help you exponentially on campus, because many of them can help you with your classes, show you where everything is, and can also help you get involved and meet the right people for your future plans in life.

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Dance Marathon Isn't The Only Worthy Cause At Florida State

Why is FSU so hyper-focused on DM?

I’m just going to put it out there: I don’t understand why Dance Marathon is such a big thing here at FSU.

Before you lose your hats and scream at me about the miracle children and #FTK and how you stand on your feet for two days, let me explain myself.

Dance Marathon is a good cause. It raises money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to help fund research and care for sick children. Nothing about this is bad.

What throws me off is that there are other charities that do things similar to this and they don’t have the same cult following that DM does.

Relay for Life raises funds for the American Cancer Society. Light the Night supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Muscle Walks raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Association.

All of these events also occur in Tallahassee. Why is it that they don’t get the same mass recognition on FSU’s campus that Dance Marathon does? Are they not “cool” enough? They don’t have Miracle Children so it’s not as fun?

These organizations are nationally recognized. Relay for Life is in over 500 campuses across the country, which is twice as many as Dance Marathon. Dance Marathon is only a big thing down in the southern states. WHY?!

I understand that Shands is only a couple hours away. Also, if you type “dance marathon” into Google, the first six results all involve Florida State in some way.

As a college, we are in the national spotlight for our work with Dance Marathon, and that’s beyond amazing. What I want to see is our community working as hard as it is with Dance Marathon with the other charities.

Relay for Life is in April. There’s still time to set up a fundraising page and get donations! The Tallahassee Muscle Walk is in October – get together a team and fundraise! Light the Night is in November! Mark your calendars and get a group of friends to go.

There are so many Facebook posts, Instagram posts, and tweets clogging up my feeds with #FTK #FSUDM. If we redirected our efforts to equally support all these great organizations, just imagine the good we would be able to do!

I’m not ragging on Dance Marathon or anyone who participates in it. I’m just calling for us college students to understand that other events do happen and if you’re going to fundraise for literally a year for one cause, while that is remarkable, it could also be done in a way where you fundraise for multiple causes over the course of a year and spread the love.

So, yeah, that’s my message: Spread the Love.

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Yes, I'm In A Sorority, And No, I'm Not Paying For My Friends

Next time someone makes that uniformed comment, just show them this article.

I remember getting in an argument with a girl I considered a friend.

"At least I don't have to pay for my friends like you do," she hurled at me.

At first, I was very hurt by this. But then, I just began to pity her. She was just so ignorant. She had no concept of what Greek Life was really like.

I have been in a sorority for three semesters now and I can honestly say going Greek was the best decision I've made since coming to college.

The common misconception that being in a sorority is "paying for your friends" is completely ludicrous and has no basis in logic. Yes, sororities have dues that you have to pay. But you're not paying to be friends with people. If that was true sororities would just be a bunch of girls hanging out. But there's so much more than that.

The friendships we make are free. The reason we have dues is because the different events and opportunities we put on cost money.

In any given semester we will have a number of socials with venues that need booking and DJ's that need hired, sisterhood events with entrance fees that need to be covered, events involving rituals and ceremonies that need supplies provided, and plenty of t-shirts given to every sister that need to be paid for.

These sort of fees are not unique to Greek Life. In high school I was on a competitive dance team and we had to pay some pretty steep dues. I made tons of friends, but that's not what I was paying for, I was paying for competition entrance fees, costumes, instructor salaries, hotel costs, etc.

None of the money we pay in dues just disappears, it is all allocated to different budgets by our treasurer. I am sisterhood chair in my sorority and I was given a budget at the beginning of the semester. This week I planned an event for a group of sisters to go to an escape room. I was able to cover the cost of playing with my budget.

You could go to an escape room with a group of your friends that you "didn't have to pay for," but you would end up footing the bill. So in the end, you will be paying just like we do.

The benefit of being in a Greek organization is you pay a little bit each semester and end up getting to experience things you never could have afforded or organized on your own.

I've learned to ignore people who say that I'm "paying for my friends" because I realize they have no idea what they are saying. They haven't thought through the facts like I have. Event planning costs money. But lifelong friendship, that's priceless.

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