How To Survive Sorority Recruitment
Being a freshman at a new university is never easy, and the adjustments are stressful and often times hard to get used to. You are trying to find your home away from home while navigating a new place with new people. This is a reason many young women choose to join a sorority: to find a family.
Whether you knew you wanted to join a sorority since you were seven, or are still trying to figure out if it is right for you, here are some tips on what to expect and what to do when going through sorority recruitment.
“It can be overwhelming,” says Janine Myers, Coordinator For Sorority Life at Loyola University Chicago, “But there are many benefits of going through recruitment to join a sorority. Sorority and Fraternity Life boast many value-adds to a collegiate experience, including academic excellence, service opportunities, leadership experiences, and sisterhood/brotherhood.” Myers says, like anything in life, perspective is important.
Sorority life is a big commitment and takes a lot of time, energy, and dedication. “A sorority experience can offer a woman empowerment, hope, friends, light, support, fun, or anything in between,” Myers says, “It’s important to understand what she wants to get and give from/to her sorority experience.”
It’s necessary to go through recruitment with an open mind and heart because you never know which sorority of women you will click with most, but most importantly, “Have fun,” Myers says. “It’s important to be yourself, and in order to gauge fit, it’s important to ask questions about things that matter to you,” Myers believes that asking questions that are important to you and seeing how the chapter women respond is crucial “to see if the chapter will support her in her values.”
What to Carry
While going through the recruitment process can be mentally and emotionally draining, it can also be physically tiring, and at times painful. Here’s a short list of a few items you might want to consider bringing.
- Flats and Band-Aids – you will be walking and standing for most of the day
- Water and Snacks – to hydrate and refuel
- Breath Mints – anything to freshen up with throughout the day
This is your time to find your home away from home, and recruitment shouldn’t be stressful, it should be exciting and rewarding. Myers says, “Trust your gut, be yourself, ask yourself as many questions as you ask the chapters, be okay with exploring new options, be open, and have fun.”
By Jessica Freeman
- written by Jessica Freeman on March 14th, 2016
- posted in Writing for the Web