Sorority Recruitment Misconceptions

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

As some of you may already know from reading my most recent post, I underwent Sorority Recruitment a few days back. It was one of the craziest weeks of my life thus far, but I don't regret going through the process one bit. Being a part of a group of amazing women who share my same values and make me feel like I have a home away from home is truly a blessing and was worth every minute I spent suffering through long days in the hot sun during Rush Week. I was very scared and nervous to be going through Recruitment for a long list of reasons, and looking back now I realize that I was just psyching myself out based on beliefs that I had gathered from the other girls around me and articles that I had read online. So, I'm posting today to clear up these common misconceptions that I had throughout the week for all the readers out there who are considering, currently, or will be undergoing Recruitment in the future...

Gamma Phi Beta UCF's Pledge Class of Fall 2015 (I'm all the way on the left!)
"If you're an upperclassman, you have very little chance of getting into a sorority."
I met many other potential new members that were juniors who ended up having full schedules every day of Recruitment and ran home on Bid Day. There may be some sororities at your school who won't be willing to invite you back simply because you are late to the game, but that just means you were meant for a different house that was willing to accept that you are not entering their home as a freshman.

"You need a recommendation letter/legacy to really guarantee your spot."
Recommendation letters and legacies are obviously nice to say you have, but you shouldn't be worried if you didn't bother to get any letters or if you're the first in your family to go Greek (like me!). Just because someone talks well of you on paper or because your mother was a member of that sorority does not mean the girls in that sorority will automatically feel you fit in with them.

"The girl talking to you is the one who does all the work."
You can't always count on the girl you're speaking to to continue the conversation. They want to get to know you, and sometimes that means that you need to be the one to initiate topics. The member you're talking to will eventually run out of questions and things to talk about if you don't, and they want to get a feel for how you converse also. Occasionally, they're just as nervous as you are, so participate and keep the conversation going as much as you can to make sure you both feel comfortable!

"How you look is everything."
The girls you will be talking to are looking for someone who can hold a conversation with them along with make them feel like themselves, not someone who can show off how much money they have through their designer dresses or shoes. Obviously you should look presentable, but don't worry too much about the brand of the clothing you're wearing. I wore a lot of clothing and accessories that I already had in my closet thanks to different functions and events I attended throughout high school. The girls rushing you just want to see your personality shine through!

"You'll just know where you want to be by Preference Night."
I talked to so many other Potential New Members who told me they still had no idea where they wanted to be prior to voting on the last night. By the end of the whole process you may not know, but that's completely okay. Don't stress too much if this happens to you and just really consider every aspect when it comes down to the end of the night.

Any other common misconceptions to Recruitment that I missed? Leave them in the comments below as advice to other current or future Potential New Members!
Good luck to all of my fellow Rushers this semester!

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