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May 11, 2017

5 Things That Sororities Look For During Recruitment

Recruitment can be a scary time for so many students.

Many high schoolers aren’t sure exactly what to do during recruitment because they may not have had any family guidance or their family members were a part of the Greek system so long ago. Today I am going to be sharing a couple of universal things that most sororities are looking for during recruitment. Once you understand these five things recruitment will seem a lot less scary because most of you already have these qualities, it’s just a matter of getting over the nerves and making sure the sororities see these qualities in you.

5 Things That Sororities Look For During Recruitment | Many college students will go through recruitment this upcoming fall, but so many of them don't know what sororities are looking for in their potential new members. Click through to learn five things that sororities are looking for as they are going through the recruitment process so that you can practice adding these things into conversation and add them into your recruitment applications.

1. Leadership Potential

Leadership potential in sororities is SO important because there are TONS of leadership positions to be filled in sororities. In order to fill all those officer and chair positions, sororities need to find members who are willing to step up to the plate. There are leadership positions for so many women but sometimes people end up filling two or more positions because a lot of people don’t want to step up. Women are busy with their majors or they may even lack the confidence necessary to step up.

If you are thinking of joining a sorority:

  1. Play up your past leadership roles on your application.
  2. Ask about leadership positions during the recruitment process.

If you do these two things you will be able to share your love of leadership with the sorority easily. Do this with many people that you meet during recruitment. You want to make sure that many sisters know how excited you are about potential leadership opportunities.

Make sure that you are varying the ways that you ask about leadership opportunities. With one sister you may want to ask about the leadership opportunities outright, then with another sister, you may say “Oh _____, was just telling me about her leadership role as the chapter secretary, have you had any leadership roles in the sorority?”, then with another sister, you may want to take a more natural approach and ask her about what drew her to the sorority/see if leadership naturally pops into the conversation as y’all are talking.

2. Genuine Interest In Sorority Life

*Not the party life.

Being in a sorority can lead to a fuller social calendar, but that should never be your sole reason for wanting to join. There will be plenty of time for you to worry about socials with boys later as they will inevitably come up during chapter meetings. Right now, though, your sole focus should be on getting to know the women and making sure that you feel comfortable and can see yourself hanging out with them often.

Sorority life is more than just social events with fraternities. Sororities hang out and have sisterhoods together, they bond over volunteer work, they do homework together, and so much more. You need to have a genuine interest in the totality of sorority life–not just one aspect.

If you want to learn more about what they do on a day-to-day basis don’t be afraid to ask a sister what her favorite sorority event was. Don’t be surprised though if she still isn’t forthcoming about socials as she is trying to find a sister not a party buddy. Respect her wishes if she wants to tell you about another avenue of her sorority life and believe her as some people genuinely aren’t interested in the socials aspect of sorority life. I, for example, can probably count on one hand how many socials I went to throughout my time in my sorority. I went to far more sisterhoods than I went to socials.

3. Love For Education

I am not telling you that you need a 4.0 to get into a sorority, quite the opposite. Good grades never hurt, though, because many sororities pride themselves on education. Many sororities can’t really afford to take grade risks (a grade risk is when a potential new member doesn’t meet the minimum GPA requirements.)

A chapter’s GPA is very important, but not only that you need to have a strong GPA. Most GPAs drop during the new member semester because the first semester in a sorority can be so demanding (most, but not all, mine went up by .2). To top it off, a lot of women are going through recruitment during their first semester of college so sororities are going off your high school GPA. If your high school GPA is low it doesn’t give sororities a lot of confidence that you will be able to handle your first semester of college plus a really demanding student organization.

If your GPA is really great, highlight that because sororities are always looking for women who are academically gifted. At the same time though, the only time you really have to worry is if your GPA is below the minimum GPA requirement. I am sorry to say that having a GPA lower than the minimum is the first thing many sororities cut for–even if they love your personality.

All is not lost though, if your GPA isn’t ready yet, take some time to raise it your first semester at college, try to meet different sorority women, and then go for a continuous open bid in the spring. Alternatively,  you could go through recruitment as a sophomore and use the entire first year to get your land legs together. If your school does deferred formal recruitment, you are in luck as you will have a semester to work hard and raise your GPA by doing well during your first semester of college.

4. Willingness To Volunteer

Being a volunteer is a big part of sorority life. Whether you want to volunteer at a soup kitchen, by tutoring students at local schools, coaching a Little League team, etc. volunteering is at the heart of what sorority women do. During your time as a sorority sister, there is a big chance that you will have to submit a certain number of volunteer hours and those hours can take place with your sorority or outside of your sorority.

If you love the philanthropy of your potential sorority that is also a really great advantage. The biggest advice I have is to be alert during philanthropy day. These women are sharing one of the biggest parts of their sorority with and you need to look at least mildly interested in the philanthropy they support. Once you are in the sorority there is a huge chance that most of your service hours can be outside of this philanthropy, but you will probably be doing a number of activities related to this philanthropy throughout your time in the sorority.

5. Strong Values And Passion About Something

Last, but certainly not least, sororities are looking for women who have strong values and women who are passionate about something. More than anything, this really means that sororities are looking for people who have a personality and aren’t afraid to show that to them through their conversations. If you are a huge Harry Potter geek, don’t be afraid to bring that up. If you are passionate about zoology, don’t be afraid to bring it up. If being kind is a big part of who you are, don’t be afraid to let that be seen.

Sororities are here to help make you a better version of yourself. Having a strong value system and just sharing your passion with your potential sisters is a great way to get their attention. Passion makes you happy and that happiness shows in everything that you do. Take the time to make yourself more comfortable during recruitment by sharing your passion and values with your sisters.

Sororities are made up of so many types of women and they all have their own passions and value systems. You never know who you are talking to during recruitment so by sharing your values and passions you could be talking to the person in the sorority who matches you the most. Even if that person doesn’t match you exactly, by sharing more about you they can figure out if you would fit in with the sorority or if they knew someone who would be perfect for you to meet.

Final Thoughts About What Sororities Look For

As you notice, I didn’t add looks here. Yes, there are some sororities out there that seem to fill their sorority based on superficial looks. Yes, even for sororities who don’t base their recruitment on looks, you want to look presentable and like you are trying at least a little bit during recruitment. I have had a few posts on the blog about what to wear and how to look during recruitment on the blog in the past and there are so many resources out there that I highly suggest you check out. Check out my posts about fashion and beauty during formal recruitment here and here.

I feel that these five topics are the best topics that you can focus on when it comes to what sororities look for the most. Looks can only get you so far in most sororities if you don’t have other things like leadership, volunteering, education, etc. to back it up.

Overall, don’t be afraid to be yourself and to open up during recruitment. Recruitment week is your one chance to make an impression on these women and get a bid to join their sisterhood (for now anyway, you can always go through recruitment again or do a continuous open bid if you are dropped.) Don’t waste that opportunity being scared and shutting down. Practice your conversation skills and find ways to interject your personality into the conversation and into your recruitment application.

I have so much faith in you that you will find the right sisterhood. Get ready to crush recruitment, yo!

In sorority on
January 4, 2016

Your Guide To Surviving Deferred Recruitment

At some schools, the formal recruitment of first-year students is deferred until the spring. When I went through recruitment, my school was still using the deferred recruitment method which has its ups and downs. We eventually switched over to the fall formal recruitment method, but I know a lot of schools still choose to use this method of formal recruitment. Deferred formal recruitment comes with its own set of unique challenges for potential new members and today I want to give you a quick rundown on surviving deferred recruitment.

There are a lot of unique challenges I want to cover for women going through deferred formal recruitment. I want to share some of my stories with you about the changes I saw, what I had to do, and what I encourage you to do as well. I will be breaking up the text below into three categories: before, during, and after recruitment.

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Your Guide To Surviving Deferred Recruitment | Does your school practice spring formal recruitment? If so, I have some tips you will probably love to hear. I joined my sorority during spring formal recruitment so I know about the unique challenges that potential new members face, but I also know about the overall fears that people have during any kind of formal recruitment. Click through to learn more so you can crush deferred recruitment and find the sorority of your dreams.

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July 23, 2014

Formal Recruitment Tips for First Generation College Students: Walking The Walk

Now that you have spoken with your campus sorority advisor, Pi Chi, and some sorority alumnae, its time to talk about presenting yourself in a positive way during formal recruitment.

So much rides on making a great first impression during recruitment that I considered writing about this topic first. Since most first impressions are set in the first few moments of meeting someone, most of it is based on how you choose to present yourself. The following tips have been collected from my personal experience on both sides of sorority recruitment.

How to determine the dress code for each recruitment round.

Usually, dress code information can be found on your university’s Greek Life website under Sorority or Panhellenic Recruitment. In the past, I found these dress codes to be vague and only slightly useful when choosing outfits for formal recruitment. An example of one university’s dress code for the first round of recruitment is:

“Dressy blouse, slacks or skirt, or dress.”

WHOA. You better slow down with all that specificity, University X, I might put together TOO GREAT an outfit with that level of description.

An easy way to get a better idea of what to wear is to ask your Pi Chi for outfit examples for each round, or ask what she wore when she went through recruitment.

To give you an example, I have made some suggestions and visual aids from my own recruitment experience. If you were going through formal recruitment at my college, this is the advice I would give you as your hypothetical Pi Chi.

Round 1 – Open House

Dress Code: Dressy Casual

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Outfit suggestion –

  • Black skinny slacks (not denim)
  • Peplum top
  • Statement Necklace
  • Stud earrings
  • Classic bracelet (No watches!)
  • Cute, sensible shoes

The reason most people in-the-know about recruitment suggest not wearing a watch is that by nature humans check the time over and over again, for no reason other than just a nervous tick. Unfortunately, the sorority member speaking with you interprets this as you being bored with the conversation or dismissive of her sorority in general. Yikes.

Round 2 – Philanthropy

Dress Code – Casual

At my school, the Greek Life office gives each potential new member a recruitment t-shirt to wear for this round. Since I did not have an example of one of those shirts, I substituted a college t-shirt, but you get the idea.

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Outfit Suggestion –

  • Recruitment Tee
  • Nice, dark wash jeans – no holes
  • Stud earrings
  • Simple necklace – pendant or charm.
  • Cute, casual shoes

Since my formal recruitment was held in January, the popular look for philanthropy round was a bit different. Most women wore their recruitment tee under a coordinating cardigan with dark wash skinnies tucked into cute, low-heeled boots.

Round 3 – Preference

Dress Code: Semi-Formal

Preference round is the most important, and serious, round of recruitment. The dress code reflects this by being semi-formal or cocktail attire. The tone of the round is generally somber and reflective, so this is not a place for neon or busy prints. Keep it simple with dark or muted solids – think black, gray, navy, or dark green.

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Outfit Suggestion –

  • Black cocktail dress
  • Black, closed toe pumps
  • Statement necklace
  • Stud earrings
  • Delicate bracelet

Some notes on preference round styling –

  • Dress should be no higher than three inches above the knee. You will need to be able to sit down without a wardrobe malfunction.
  • Pumps should be no higher than a 3 ½ inch stiletto heel.
  • Hair should be simple and conservatively styled.
  • Keep your jewelry simple – statement necklace if your dress has a high neckline, simple pendant if it is lower. Stud pearl earrings. Simple bracelet.

Some notes on overall styling and presentation throughout all the rounds of recruitment-

  • Paint your nails a conservative color – think nude, light pink, or clear. French tips seem to have fallen out of favor, so I would stick to a solid color.
  • Apply hand lotion prior to the first round each day – you will be shaking a lot of hands!
  • For the pale girls like me – I hesitate to recommend a spray tan for formal recruitment because of the massive amount of things that can go wrong with them – like turning orange, missed spots, makeup not matching your neck, etc. I was not confident enough to go through recruitment au natural, so here is my recommendation for achieving a slight glow without the risks of spray tans:
    • Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs – Yep, its makeup for your body. Choose one of the three colors that most closely matches your skin tone. Spray into your hands and rub into your skin in circular motions. Be sure to go lightly on your first application so you won’t get streaks. I use two coats of the lightest color. I find it gives me a bit of a glow, while masking my visible veins and all the bruises I have from being a klutz. You can find this product at Walmart, Kroger, Walgreens, or a drug store. I think one can is $8 or so. It washes off easily in case you need a re-do.
    • Women who do not need to look tan can also use this product because it comes in darker colors that essentially act as BB cream for your body. It makes everything look better, and gives you a bit of a shimmer that distracts the eyes from uneven skin tone, body acne, visible veins, etc.
    • Makeup for formal recruitment is surprisingly simple. The best look for each day is minimal and conservative. Here are examples of minimal looks-

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  • Some places to find affordable recruitment clothes –
    • Forever21 (my fave)
    • Maurice’s
    • H&M
    • Gap

The main idea behind styling for formal recruitment is to present the best version of yourself possible. It is not disingenuous or fake, it shows that you take pride in yourself and your appearance and will show that level of care to your image as a member of a sorority. Work within the style guide given to you by your university’s Greek Life office, show off your personality, and be confident that you look and feel your best. This confidence will make it much easier for you to interact personally with the sorority members you will be speaking with during the different recruitment rounds.

Happy Recruitment!

-Tera

In sorority on
July 17, 2014

Sorority Love: Recruitment Videos That Give Me Feels

I can’t be the only sorority woman who gets chills watching other people’s recruitment videos! It doesn’t matter the sisterhood, I love watching recruitment videos on YouTube. When I get in the sentimental mood I can be seen searching for any sorority recruitment video out there, but I love slideshows and recruitment videos the most.

 Sorority Love: Recruitment Videos That Give Me Feels | Sororities often put out amazing and emotional videos during recruitment to share their sisterhood with potential new members and the public. Click through to watch 6 amazing sorority videos that give me the feels and learn more about the sorority experience while you do.

Here are some videos that give me major feels.

1. Tri Sigma HPU Sorority Recruitment Video 2014

2. University of Memphis Sorority Recruitment Video 2013

3.  USC Chi Omega Recruitment Video 2013

4. SLU Panhellenic Recruitment 2014

5. AXID RECRUITMENT VIDEO 2011

6. Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority Recruitment Video 2010 at Belmont University

I hope you got chills too! I love watching other sorority women talk about their sisterhood and really prove that this is something important. Sorority women should celebrated for all that they do for women across the country. I don’t know what I’d do without my sisterhood, so it feels great when other women talk about how their sororities have impacted them and made them better people.

What is your favorite sorority recruitment video? I’d love to see some down in the comments, because I love watching them!