5 TIPS FOR RECRUITMENT:
If you are like me back when I signed up for recruitment in fall 2016, you might have a lot of questions about what to expect. It can be a nerve-wracking thought going through a process talking to a bunch of peppy sorority girls. And the stereotypes don’t do us any justice. I sat and wondered what they were going to say, what I was going to say, how to make myself stand out from the crowd, and what on earth to wear! Looking back, there are five things I believe were the key to finding my home. I hope this helps you as you begin your recruitment journey!
1. Dress to Impress
Everyone’s probably heard the saying once in their life, “Dress for the job you want, not the one you have”. You can apply this to sorority recruitment as well. Choose clothes that show us you’ve taken the time and effort to get ready for the day. It’s all about making that lasting first impression. And if you dress confidently, you’ll be confident too!
2. Know What You’re Getting Into
During those five days of recruitment, you’ll have a lot of information thrown at you. Sorority women will be talking to you about dues, time commitment, service activities, sisterhoods, and other events. It can get a little overwhelming. But it’s important to understand what you’re getting into. Take the time to listen as we talk about sorority life commitment during house tours. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! It’s better to know what is expected of our members now so that you are able to make an informed decision about which chapter is best for you.
3. Be Open
Everyone will tell you to be open and to be yourself during recruitment. But what’s as equally as important is to be open with your family and loved ones about your choice to go Greek. When I decided to join a sorority, my parents were a little apprehensive. They knew what the sorority stereotype was and they did not want that for me. Communicate with your loved ones why you chose to sign up for the process and what you hope to gain from it. Help them resolve their concerns and questions by attending the parent/family orientation with them that Wednesday of recruitment. By being open with them you can be more confident in your decision to join a sorority.
4. Don’t Be Afraid to Communicate
This past year alone I’ve heard from so many girls saying that they were afraid to tell their favorite sorority that they really liked them. They thought it was just not something you said during recruitment. But I’m here to say we absolutely want to know if you like us! Our goal is to make sure we invite girls into our chapter that love us as much as we love them. So don’t hesitate to tell us why you think you’d get along well as a member of the chapter. Communication is key!
5. This is Your Journey
Above every other tip and trick I can share with you about recruitment, this one is the most important. Remember that this is YOUR journey. You might make friends with other girls going through the process. After all, you’ll have a good amount of down time getting to talk to them and wait for your next party. It’s great to form bonds with girls going through the same thing as you. You might even be roommates with some of them or have met them during UTA orientation. But don’t let others sway your decision. Trust your instincts. Please make sure you choose the chapter that YOU love the best and where YOU feel at home. I’ve heard too many unfortunate stories of girls choosing a chapter just because their friend did and then regretting it a few weeks later. Don’t follow the crowd, follow your heart.
Remember that recruitment is FUN! While I admit I was pretty nervous as the doors opened to the first party I was attending on round one, I left extremely excited and pumped for the next few days. I still get excited thinking about it! And I’m even more thrilled to meet each and every one of you this year. I wish you all the best!
Alpha Chi Omega