One of the most highly anticipated events during a woman’s collegiate experience is sorority recruitment. While joining a sorority may not be for everyone, the recruitment process itself is rewarding in that you make many lifelong friendships in your Rho Gamma groups as you proceed through the various Rounds. For some, recruitment may seem like an extremely stressful time, but with a few helpful tips, you will be able to enjoy the whole process.
During Recruitment, you will undoubtedly find yourself rushing to get from house to house, so it is imperative that you pack smart snacks with you in case you do not have time to stop and eat lunch. In the morning, make sure to eat a hearty and filling breakfast, such as oatmeal or Greek yogurt with fruit, to sustain your energy levels throughout the day. A few smart snack options that are easy to eat on the go include granola bars, sliced fruit, and mixed nuts. Also, make sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
At the end of the day, sorority matching is all a big numbers game. Sometimes the houses you get called back to aren’t necessarily the ones you ranked highest, but don’t let that detract from your recruitment experience. As with most events in life, everything happens for a reason. Maybe it was meant to be that you got called back to the house you did not like as much as the other ones. It is important to keep an open mind during the entire recruitment process and be receptive of the opportunities that come your way.
Rush Week can be one of the toughest weeks that you will experience at college, but by just being yourself during the conversations, you leave with a more memorable experience and enjoy it all that much more. Sorority recruitment can seem kind of superficial in that girls feel like they have to put on a persona in order to impress the sisters, but that does not have to be the case at all. When you stay true to your genuine self, your true personality will shine through the conversation and sisters will see you for who you really are.
Showing respect- both to the sisters and the different houses- is one of the most crucial aspects during sorority recruitment. Not only is it rude to talk about other houses in a negative light, but it also detracts from the opportunity to learn more about the current house you are at with the sister whom you are speaking with. Additionally, you never know if the sister you are speaking with has a connection to the house you are talking negatively about.
At the end of the day, everyone’s main concern is to find a house that’s right for them- one that they feel comfortable in and where they can be themselves. With this goal in mind, the best thing you can do is be yourself- and remember, have fun!
Michelle Chen is a sophomore at Cornell University majoring in Nutritional Sciences with a concentration in Dietetics. She plans to enter the field of medicine.
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