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July 17, 2014

Sorority Love: Things I Wish I Would Have Known Before Formal Recruitment

I am fairly sure that as a whole sorority women have a bunch of things they wish they would have known before recruitment. I have my fair share of a ton. Sorority recruitment can be pretty hard to navigate so here are some ideas from sorority women so that maybe you can be a little more educated than we were about formal recruitment.

 Sorority Love: Things I Wish I Would Have Known Before Formal Recruitment | Click through to learn about what multiple sorority sisters wish they knew before they went through formal recruitment so that you can be more prepared to go through recruitment.

Here are the tips from sorority women:

Thanks again to all the sorority women who participated. Find these women on social media:

Alyssa P.//Hannah E.//Kelsey B.//Madison M.//Courtney B.//Megan M.//Kathleen M.//Emily J.//Hailey S.//Alex B.//Sarah O.//Brittany H.//Christina D.//Annaliese L-K.//Briana W.//Amber D.

Now on to my story. There are a plethora of tips I wish I knew before Formal Recruitment. I was just genuinely unprepared for recruitment because I had no idea that I would ever consider sorority life. It wasn’t a thing I thought I would ever do, mainly because I never truly knew about it. I was taking freshmen level courses so I didn’t have any sorority women in class with me–except for one.

My sorority fairy godmother if you will. She was bubbly, but a little bit strange to say the least. I wasn’t really prepared to talk to anyone in class, but she just sat right beside me and started talking. I thank her for that talk though, because joining my sorority changed my collegiate experience and made it 1000x times better.

I was getting involved at school in an RSO and I got involved in Hall Government but I had never had an RSO like Sigma. I never had a group that got together weekly, supported each others dreams and gave to causes that sisters cared about. It was a life changing moment for me when I got my sisterhood. So what do I wish I would have known before I stepped foot into recruitment?

I wish I knew about sorority life

I never got any of the craze, I wish that sorority members reached out to people a little bit more–because I just didn’t know. I had only a few brush ins with Greek Life my first semester, a couple of parties when I went out with friends (and decided that parties were not my cup of tea) and of course my sorority fairy godmother. I had just a little information on sororities: what was on the Greek Life website and then I had a little more when formal recruitment came and we got our recruitment books with all the sorority information in it and our Pi Chi.

I wish I would have known to go to those meet n’ greets

So my sorority fairy godmother invited me to a couple of Greek things–but I went with my friends from my residence hall off campus and got sonic cokes instead. Seriously if your Panhellenic or anyone hosts a Meet n’ Greet and you can attend, go! I wish I would have known to do that because I probably would have decided to go through recruitment sooner.

I wish I knew that mutual matching means mutual nerves

Being on both sides for three recruitments I know a little something about nerves. It doesn’t go away once you become a sorority woman. You are always worrying that people will or won’t like you, about reputations, about things that may or may not be in your control, etc. Seeing a new batch of women come in the door and seeing how they respond to your chapter is nerve-wracking. You love your sisterhood, but it’s obviously not a done deal that others will be as impressed.

I wish I would have known more about the recruitment process

I handled rejection in the best way I could have not knowing what to expect. I was dropped from every sorority except for one after the first day. I wish I would have known more about the process so that I could have gotten to know the sorority women better and presented myself better to all the sororities on campus. It was really heartbreaking, but the thing is never to let any rejection slow you down. I know now all the reasons that it could have happened, and I am 100000% okay with the outcome because I couldn’t imagine my life without my new member sisters and my sorority.

So those are just a few of the things I wish I would have known. My biggest advice to you is do your research on the process and ask questions if you need to. It’s better to have knowledge, than be in the dark about important things. Do your research, meet the women in any way you can before recruitment, and encourage others to do the same.

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July 16, 2014

Sorority Love: Getting To Know Sisters During Formal Recruitment

Welcome to Day 2 of my Sorority Love series. If you are just tuning in check out Day 1, it has a ton of tips on fashion and beauty. If you are a returner, thanks a million! Lets get started. I will start with a lovely slideshow filled with amazing tips on getting to know sisters and choosing your sorority forever home. This is probably the hardest part about recruitment. There are guides on what you should wear, but not a lot of great guides on getting to know sisters. There is no perfect catch all guide for making friends and connections during recruitment.There is no guidebook, but we can tell you a couple of things on how to best get through recruitment with sisters you can be yourself around on the other side.

 Sorority Love: Getting To Know Sisters During Formal Recruitment | Getting to know sisters during formal recruitment can be a daunting task, but not if you have tons of advice from sorority sisters themselves. Click through for advice on how to properly get to know sisters during recruitment.

Here is what all the lovely sorority women who participated had to say:

Thanks a million to the lovely ladies who helped. Some were kind enough to leave a social media account. Check the links to see if your favorite advice giver is listed:

Alyssa P.//Hannah E.//Kelsey B.//Madison M.//Courtney B.//Megan M.//Kathleen M.//Emily J.//Hailey S.//Alex B.//Sarah O.//Brittany H.//Lydia M.//Christina D.//Annaliese L-K.//Briana W.//Amber D.

So now on to my advice:

Have a true open mind

It’s easy to fake an open mind and be none-the-wiser. If you can, try to come to recruitment with the most open mind you can. Even if you are a legacy, a prep, an athlete, a musician, whatever. Don’t feel the need to go to the place your group tends to flock. You are not destined to end up in a sorority just because you are a certain thing.

When I went to recruitment I swore up and down that I had an open mind, but honestly I didn’t. I wanted Sigma from the jump and I didn’t try my absolute hardest to get to know other sorority women. Women in Sigma got me interested in going Greek in the first place, because before them I had never really even thought about Greek life.I wouldn’t have changed my mind, but I wish I’d gotten to know other ladies.

Don’t burn bridges

As you are crossing sororities off your list day by day, don’t burn bridges! Sororities are a community, if you don’t like a house, you don’t have to be rude to the members in the house. Your dislike for a sorority should be silent. If you don’t like a house use your ranking list and rank them at the bottom. There is no reason to be rude, because recruitment will not be the last place you see those women.

At my school we have a ton of Greek stuff like All-Greek Step Show and countless Greek pageants throughout the year. Not to mention the fact that you have classes with other Greeks and they are all over campus. You will see members of that sorority you were rude to again. Also by burning bridges during recruitment you are cutting out the fact that the sorority you are mean to might actually be a good choice for you. Always get to know every sorority that invites you back.

Don’t mourn your losses

Dropping out of recruitment after your favorite house drops you is a horrible idea. Dropping out in general is not a good idea actually. I promise you will find somewhere you belong in recruitment. If you take too much time getting upset over houses that drop you, you can’t fully appreciate the ones who invited you back. Take the time to get to know the sororities who invited you back, because obviously they see something in you and want to know more. Something about you intrigues them!

There are plenty of reasons why a sorority might drop you–and it’s not always because they didn’t like you. In fact most of the time it’s just because they don’t know enough about you. When it comes to recruitment there are a lot of people and only so many spots for each house. There is usually enough room for everyone to join Greek life somewhere, just maybe not where you thought you’d belong.

Take sites like Greek Rank with a grain of salt

If you learn nothing else from this, do not take sites like GreekRank or Yik Yak seriously. Seriously you will always lose when you depend on sites like that for news about Greek life. Just like the general population of your university or a middle school sometimes people like to stir up trouble or write untrue (or maybe true but none of your business) type things on the internet about other people, sororities, fraternities, et cetera. Just because they do, it doesn’t mean it’s true. If you just have to take a look at those sites, do not trust them!

Another reason I don’t like GreekRank–it’s usually other Greek people giving their opinions on fraternities or sororities they are not in. In sorority recruitment you can only speak for the sorority  you are a part of, so why should it be any different on the internet?

Be yourself

It would be hard to keep up with a fake personality for the rest of your life. If your personality changes over time, fine, but don’t fake it til you make it during recruitment. Yes, you want to present a great version of yourself, but never present a fake version. Be who you are and find sisters who love you for you.

If you don’t like Lilly Pulitzer that is a-okay. You don’t have to quote Mean Girls religiously, or even have to like House Bunny. We don’t need clones in sorority life. If done correctly sororities can introduce you to a wide array of people and really teach you what it’s like to work with a diverse group of ladies. Take advantage of that and don’t feel like you need to find glitter to be the best part of crafting or have a letter shirt obsession. Be you, everyone else is taken.

I hope you loved these tips from me and all of these wonderful sorority women. Be sure to check in to the blog later today at 5 PM CST for a ton of cute sorority iPhone wallpapers a little lesson on Greek Unity. Also check out the blog tomorrow at 9 AM CST for another installment of this series.

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July 15, 2014

Sorority Love: Fashion and Beauty Formal Recruitment Tips

Today is the first day of my sorority series on formal recruitment tips. I want to get all my college lovers ready for formal recruitment so during the next few weeks I will be doing a ton of posts about sororities, sorority women, and anything in between that might be able to help you out. Look on the blog every morning at 9 AM CST for a blog about recruitment until Friday. Then next week I have even more blogs about recruitment. Throughout this week I might also have more blogs about recruitment or sorority women at 5 PM CST. If I do I will be sure to let you know at the end of the post. Be sure to keep checking in and checking out my sorority series.

 Sorority Love: Fashion And Beauty Formal Recruitment Tips | Creating fashionable and true to you looks during recruitment is so important. Click through for tips on how to create the best looks during recruitment.

Today on the blog is all about beauty and fashion tips. Giving your best first impression is crucial. You don’t have as much time with these women as you think during formal recruitment so it’s important that you keep that in mind during recruitment. I got tons of sorority women to give me their best advice on beauty and fashion during recruitment. Check out their thoughts below and keep paying attention because after they speak I will speak too:

Thanks so much to those ladies. Now for my beauty and fashion advice.

Be You

I was honestly myself the entire process. I didn’t wear makeup because I don’t, on the other hand, I didn’t look like I rolled out of bed each day–because that’s not something I do either. You don’t have to wear makeup to be beautiful, but if you like makeup wear makeup. Makeup for me is not something that I wear every day so I wasn’t going to give them something I couldn’t keep up with. Makeup and I don’t get along.

Keep The Holey Jeans At Home

There are some days during recruitment were wearing jeans is totally appropriate. Don’t take advantage of that. No holey jeans whatsoever during recruitment. Even if you paid $1,000 for your ripped jeans, it doesn’t matter. Companies might be able to tell you ripped jeans look chic, but it doesn’t look put together. Bring out your nicest pair of jeans with no holes in them, please.

Be Appropriate

Your outfit needs to look put together and appropriate for the setting. Not only does this mean appropriate for the round of recruitment you are in, but appropriate for who you are trying to impress. Boys and girls are impressed or like two different things. No boys are allowed during sorority recruitment so dress for girls. Look cute, not hot. Accessorize. Be adorable. You are not going for the smokin’ hot look. Keep everything tucked in its proper place.

Don’t Break In During Recruitment

If you can, raid your own closet for stuff you already use before you go out and buy new things for recruitment. Please, if you can help it, don’t buy new shoes for recruitment! Try to make use of what you already know and love. Go for something that makes you feel and look confident over something new any day of the week. Even if you go to the store and find something you love wear it a few times before recruitment. You never know how you will feel after a few wears. Really pay attention to your body language when wearing your outfits beforehand. When wearing those particular pieces are you tugging or pulling, does it fit awkwardly? Just pay attention to the clothes you wear and how they make you feel or look while wearing them.

If you must break in a shoe during recruitment because things happen get a gel insole! There are so many great gel inserts that you can use to make shoes more comfortable and they can be found everywhere. Pick some up at the store, your feet will thank you.

Make Your Outfit Speak For You

If pictures say a thousand words, can outfits say 10,000? Your outfit can speak volumes of your personality if you let it. Your outfit can start conversations, break awkward silences, and be such a great asset to you during recruitment. Let your outfit speak for you when you are going through recruitment.

Those are my fashion and beauty tips for you.