While I cannot give up the details of the behind the scenes action of recruitment, I wanted to give some tips I have learned from being on both sides of the process. What to expect and what the girls are looking for, as well as some tips for the long days ahead!
As a freshman, I did not participate in recruitment nor was I apart of a sorority. It was an amazing year, however, now that I am apart of a sorority, I love being able to see my sisters while I am walking to class, or asking someone to hang out in the library. There are so many benefits of being in a sorority and I think it is an amazing part of college. I could go on and on about greek life but I’ll save that for another post!
As for recruitment, I will go over tips for making the most of your experience first!
Do not let anyone persuade you into where you should go. It’s your decision in the end so never let your friends influence you. You will each find your perfect home.
Trust the dang process! Okay seems scary but you will end up right where you need to be, there is no wrong place! You will find your forever friends wherever you go!
Don’t be superficial. This was a hard one for me because I looked into every Instagram account I could find! It’s not about what they look like, it’s about meeting the girls and feeling like you could fit in with them.
Wear something unique to you. Whether it is a fringe skirt, or your favorite Kendra’s, wear something comfortable that you look YOUR best in, not what you think they want to see.
For Texas State, I remember sitting in a huge room with all of the PNMs (Potential New Members) and the room was always so cold! Bring a blanket, a book, snacks, and a notebook! Write down all of your experiences right after visiting each house to look back on when you are making your final decision!
When you are in a round…
Be polite. Sounds easy, but if you do not prefer a specific house, it is still important to be nice to them. You’d be surprised how many girls are rude! Girls talk, so just because you do not like one house, they could tell their friends in another house you were not a good candidate. Besides, a bad conversation or two does not mean the whole chapter is bad.
Tell them about yourself. Not just where you are from or what you like to do.. but have three facts about yourself that you can sneak into any conversation. One example… Tell them about how volunteering at an animal shelter is something you do frequently. It shows you are charitable, and can spark up another conversation on how you like animals!
The girls want to see what you know about them. If you really like a certain house, learn a little about their philanthropy. Don’t sound like a super stalker telling them everything that there is to know about their organization! But let them know you love what they do and stand for and you could see yourself as their potential sister!
Lastly, use your resources. If you know a girl in a specific house let them know you’re friends! It’s all about networking and getting your foot in the door. Think of this process as a giant job interview. Put your best foot forward, keep your composure at all times, be yourself, and name drop. Telling them about a fun experience you have had with their sister will make them remember you in the long run!
Honestly I could go on and on forever about recruitment. I think it is a great experience and something not everyone gets to do! The girls behind the process are just as excited and probably more nervous (& tired) than you are! But they still want this to be the best possible recruitment on both ends. Make the most out of the memories. Enjoy talking to all the girls and fellow recruitees! These are the girls that will be your friends no matter where you all end up!