Do's and Don'ts- Sorority Recruitment Edition
Bring flip flops to wear in your down time. During preference rounds, you’ll be in pain from standing in heels all day. Pack some flip flops to wear while you’re waiting to visit the next house.
Bring a recruitment survival pack: deodorant, perfume, makeup, mints, hair spray, etc. It’s usually hot during recruitment week and the last thing you want is to make a first impression while you’re sweaty and smelly.
Pick out your outfits beforehand. You’ll spend a lot of time doing your hair and make-up; the last thing you’ll want to do is try to pick out an outfit in the 10 minutes you have before you leave!
Keep up with your homework. Recruitment is a busy week, but don’t neglect your school work. You’ll thank yourself on Bid Day when you can go home and sleep instead of pull an all-nighter.
Keep an open-mind. You’ll hear this all week but it’s really important. You might think that you know what house you belong in, but you still need to give other houses a chance. Who knows—you might end up loving an entirely different sorority!
Utilize your rush counselors. Their job is to make the process go smoothly for you. They’ve seen the rush process at least twice (once when they were in your shoes), so they understand the obstacles that you might face.
Make friends with the other girls in your recruitment group. Sometimes girls get caught up in the idea that they’re competing with other girls to get a bid. This isn’t true at all—and you’ll miss out on some amazing friendships if you think this way. Even if you end up in different chapters, you can remain friends for the rest of your college years!
Don’t mention money, boys, religion, or politics. These are sensitive topics for some people and you should never mention them while you are going through recruitment. You should be talking about yourself and learning more about the chapter to see if you fit in with the house’s sisterhood.
Don’t wear brand new shoes without breaking them in first. Nothing is worse than walking around all day and getting blisters. Make sure to take your shoes for a test run before you go through recruitment.
Don’t worry about overdressing. The chances of you being overdressed are slim. Plus if you do happen to be more dressed up, you’ll just stand out more! Wear whatever you’re comfortable in that still shows off your amazing personality.
Don’t overthink your conversations. The girl on the other end is just as nervous as you are! If there’s an awkward pause and the first thing to pop into your head is your favorite Netflix show—talk about it! Sometimes the best conversations are the silly ones.
Don’t take a house cutting you personally. Even if you have an amazing conversation with a girl, it comes down to numbers. The house can’t take every single girl that they have a great conversation with. Once you find your home you’ll understand why that house didn’t take you.
Don’t talk negatively about a certain house. Just because you had a bad experience with one chapter doesn’t mean that the girl next to you did. If someone overhears you, that might sway their decision. Everyone has different personalities, so don’t ruin the experience for another person.
Don’t listen to stereotypes. It’s easy to get caught up in the different stereotypes of the different houses. If you do, you won’t end up in the house that you belong in. Stay true to yourself and don’t act fake in any of the houses.
Written by: Kellyn McMullan