Welcome back one and all! This week’s post is all about sorority recruitment, as ASU just wrapped up our formal recruitment process.
I feel like this is the best time for me to write about recruitment because it was only a year ago that I went through as a PNM (potential new member) and it was only a week or two ago that I actually recruited, as a member of my chapter, Delta Gamma.
I wanted to write the post for several reasons…
- I know not everyone has gone through recruitment yet, some schools don’t offer it until Spring, other schools just started, etc. and I figured I could offer some tips and advice to those going through.
- I know not everyone wants to go through formal recruitment, and this post is NOT a form of peer pressure suggesting that you do, it’s merely a little post about why I decided to and how my experience has been.
- My friends and family have barely heard from me the past few weeks because as a recruiter, this process can be very long and include lots of practice. So, I figured this would also be a good way to say, hey! what’s up? this is what I’ve been up to.
So, with that being said, here is my “story”, or experience with sorority recruitment.
Last year, as a freshman at ASU, I came in thinking I was not going to go through recruitment. It wasn’t that I was against it, more like I just didn’t think it was for me. A friend of mine finally convinced me by pointing out the fact that if I went through, and didn’t like it I could withdraw just as easily as I joined – AKA it wasn’t a set in stone commitment. This, I guess, made me feel at ease and I decided I’d give it a try.
The first round came around and I believe it was only one day, it could have been two because we visited 13 chapters.
AS A PNM ->I wore a yellow off the shoulder top, a jean skirt, brown sandals and my hair was curled.
AS A RECRUITER-> we wore a white DG top, black jean skirt, black big buckled belt and black bootie heels.
Round one is meant for the PNMs to get to know the chapters on the most basic level and for the recruiters to solidify your choice to “GO GREEK!”. To my surprise, I met so many amazing women in just the first round that I decided I would stick with it, at least for now.
Round two came and I knew that meant we would be talking to the women for a little bit longer than the first round. Round two is philanthropy day – at least at ASU, I think the order varies from school to school. This round is meant for chapters to showcase their passion in their individual philos and give PNMs a sense of what they do it for.
AS A PNM-> I wore a sun dressy looking dress on both days. One was blue and white striped, the other was red white and blue patterned.
AS A RECRUITER-> we wore a white bell sleeved top, blush colored skirt and nude heels.
This day was the day I met my future big! I walked into DG and spoke to a girl who turned out to be from NY, and from my county. She knew kids I knew, and went to HS with and she knew all about the missing home and the missing the bagels, pizza and water… she made me feel like I was home. Easy.
Round three is sisterhood round – again could be different – and PNMs get to see a little bit into the friendships that each chapter cultivates. You get to see if it looks fake, and orchestrated or if it looks genuine and fun. This day made things hard for me, because pretty much every chapter looked like they were having the time of their lives, with their best freaking friends.
AS A PNM -> I wore a blush colored off the shoulder maxi dress that had flowers and wedges.
AS A RECRUITER-> we wore black floor length jumpsuits, mine was off the shoulder, with black heels. **FAVORITE OUTFIT!!**
I can say now, as a recruiter that if you end up in the right chapter, this round is so much fun. Dancing around with your sisters, laughing and bumping music, it’s not fake. Definitely my favorite round by far – both as a PNM and a recruiter. Round three is the hardest though, because PNMs need to choose only 2 from however many chapters (ours was 6) to move forward with.
PREFERENCE ROUND! Pref is the round that you’ve selected 2 chapters, hopefully that you genuinely see yourself being apart of, and you get to experience a chapter ritual in each house. Super special and unique for every chapter.
This round, you usually meet up with someone you’ve spoken to in a previous round – someone you had a connection with. For me, that was Bri. So when she picked me up at the door, it was instantaneous. I knew I was supposed to be there, you know?
AS A PNM-> I wore those black and white striped pants that everyone and their mother owns from brandy… and a black strapless top paired with wedges again.
AS A RECRUITER -> we wore white maxi dresses, and went barefoot as part of the ritual.
This is the round you really get that final sense of where you’re “supposed” to be. I found that in Delta Gamma on pref day.
Since I’ve been initiated and I have spent the last year in my chapter I have realized a ton about the recruitment process in general. I realized how easy it can be to tell that you don’t belong in a chapter. I realized that what makes you go DG or go ____, is just as important as what makes you stay DG or stay _____. I’ve realized that before college I had heard a literal bucket load of negative stereotypes and stigmas about sorority women, and greek life in general that proved to be OVERWHELMINGLY false. And I realized that even when something looks like it might not be your thing, it can be and you should always give it a try.
So, that’s my spiel! That’s whats been going on over here, no big deal! Oh and I didn’t forget about bid day, obviously that’s the day everyone is waiting for.. It’s just hard to describe bid day, because you just have to feel the excitement, not hear about it, make sense? If not, you should go through recruitment and experience it yourself!!!!!
That’s all for now !!
See you Sunday with more,
Sydney ❤ 🙂