It's the summer before your freshman year of college and you're scrolling through social media. You can't contain your excitement for those frat ragers and formals, but you're even more excited to join a sorority. Or... maybe not. Maybe you don't even want to rush, and all of this hoopla seems like a waste of time. But then all of a sudden it's fall or spring, and you've got to make a decision. Well, here's my advice to you PNM's, go through recruitment because all you have to do is trust the process, and the rest will fall into place.
I was not one to join a sorority, but here I am typing this article, giving you PNM's advice on this whole "process." I'll keep it short and to the point, and hopefully you'll find your group of sisters just like I did.
1. Go in with an open mind
Of course, there are stereotypes to every sorority, and these vary by school. And although you probably already know them, don't go into each house/room with these preset expectations.
2. Don't overthink it
When you rank each sorority at the end of each day, rank it by how you felt, not by how others wish you would feel. It's alright to be selfish... this is for you by the way.
3. Be yourself
Though this may sound cliché, sometimes you'll feel caught up in all the matching outfits and recruitment videos, causing you to forget what makes you stand out.
4. Eat, sleep, hydrate
Your health is important!! SO many girls get sick after recruitment because they weren't taking care of themselves during it. Sure rush is exciting, but what comes after is even better, so stay healthy!
5. Don't stress the little things
Stop stressing about which SRAT your friends want to join, what you're wearing, or about what you're going to say. Just go with it!
6. Look up questions to ask
This is actually super useful and will prepare you to keep the conversation flowing when you're in the room.
7. Bring back a white and black dress
If you do decide on joining a sorority, make sure you bring a white or black dress for initiation stuff later on... it's hard to find anything white in stores when you have spring rush.
8. Find your people
Some people go through recruitment and solely base their decisions off of the stereotypes. But if you're willing to push those aside, you're going to meet some great people in all of the organizations. Find the one that has people who support you through thick and thin, people who you can see yourself still friends with 25+ years from now.
9. Comfort is key
Are you rushing in the spring? Wear sweatpants under your dress if it's below zero and wear comfy shoes as you run from place to place then change when you get there. Overall, wear comfy clothes (I wore dresses every day). Talking for entire days gets exhausting so you might as well be comfy while you do it.
10. "Trust the process"
Yeah, this is Panhel's unofficial motto, but it's true. Recruitment is going to be one of the longest, most exhausting weeks of your life, but in the end, you'll be where you need to be and everything after that will be so rewarding. Remember "it's not four years, it's for life".