It’s so crazy to me that it’s almost September and almost the start of back to school. With school starting back up and considering COVID ruined a lot of school experiences for students (including myself) last year, going through sorority recruitment is a great place to start. Coming from someone who has been in a sorority for 4 years now, who has been in charge of recruitment as a Membership Director and who is currently the President, I have a lot of advice to share from experience.
DON’T BE NERVOUS | Believe me, just as nervous as you may be going through recruitment as a potential new member, the girl’s recruiting are just as nervous, but also extremely exciting. Recruitment is my favorite time of the year because we get the opportunity to welcome new sisters into our sisterhood. It should be just as exciting for you. Take a couple deep breaths before the rounds start, talk to the other potential new members to release some nerves, and just be yourself. I promise that you will find somewhere that you will fit.
SHOW THAT YOU’RE INTERSTED | Whatever sorority you are visiting or talking to, ask questions and show you’re interested in learning about them. Ask about their philanthropy, what types of events they hold, how COVID has affected their sisterhood, what does the new member period look like. They should have all the answers for you and this can also help with your decision making process.
TALK ABOUT YOURSELF | Just as important as it is for you to understand and learn about each of the sororities, it is just as important to share information about you. Coming from a former Membership Director, we want to know about you, we want to know if you will be able to vibe and have fun with us and find your girl gang. Talk about your interests, hobbies, leadership experience, and why you are going through recruitment. This is how you build bonds and find your sisters, and you can figure out where you fit best.
DON’T GO IN WITH ANY EXPECTATIONS | This is something I personally struggled with during recruitment. I creeped Instagram before the week of recruitment and almost immediately shut down the sorority I went with because they looked quote-on-quote “mean” and “intimidating” and I was honestly so afraid to talk to them. I was convinced I was going to go with another sorority. As soon as I walked in the room, though, I was greeted with smiles and warmth which eased my nerves immediately. As much creeping you may do ahead of time, you really won’t know who you will enjoy talking with the most until you get there. With that also, you may talk to a sorority that is just extremely awkward and you don’t have good conversation with at all, and that is totally fine. Remember to still be nice and accommodating though.
WEAR A SMILE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN | Believe me, I know you will be tired and you may not feel like talking to anyone once you get to the final rounds and later on in the week, but we, as recruiters, can tell when you’re not enjoying yourself or having a good time and we keep note of that. Carry caffeine around you always, do some jumping jacks to stay awake, dress comfortable, yet confident. Set yourself up for success.
Sorority recruitment is supposed to be fun! Make friends, enjoy yourself, appreciate the process, and find your forever girl gang! If anyone has any questions at all, feel free to leave a comment below or send me a DM on Insta. I will respond!