Advice For Sorority Recruitment

5 Tips To Help You Rock Sorority Recruitment

The ultimate guide to all things rush.

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Sorority recruitment: it's a process riddled with stereotypes and questions. Every year, incoming freshman girls and anyone else who goes through "rush" (as it's also known as) are thrown for a loop on what to wear, how to talk, and, most importantly, how to finally get to their home away from home. Here are five pieces of advice that all potential new members should follow.

1. Plan your outfits in advance.

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I cannot stress this one enough. Recruitment is a daunting process, and you don't want to start off your day by scrambling through your closet for something to wear. Don't forget to set aside specific shoes and jewelry as well to make sure you're completely prepared for the day (and stress less!). Speaking of being prepared...

2. Pack a purse (you'll need it!).

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Maybe don't fill it with a bucket from KFC like the purse above, but you get my point. Blotting sheets, a notepad and pen (to write down things you like about the sororities you've seen), a handheld fan (if you're going through recruitment in the heat), and a few granola bars will help you get through the long days.

3. Don't be afraid to ask questions.

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The members of each sorority you visit are as excited to see you as you are to see them! So even though this may feel like a process where the spotlight is on you and your interests, don't be scared to ask existing members how their experience in a sorority has been. It will help you to better understand what their sorority is all about and if you can see yourself as a member there.

4. Go in unbiased.

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The worst thing you can do in sorority recruitment is confine yourself to one sorority before the process even starts. It's bound to leave you disappointed, and you won't be able to enjoy getting to know other sororities and their members if you're focused on only one. By keeping an open mind, you can weigh all of your options equally and choose the house that's right for you.

5. Remember to have fun.

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It's easy to get caught up in the insanity that is recruitment. That's why it's important that you allow yourself to have fun. Every house wants to get to know you, so allow yourself to make friends, get to know members, and soak in this once-in-a-lifetime experience for all its worth.

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.

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To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

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Goodbye School, Hello Real World

I'm ready for ya!

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It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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