Advice For Sorority Recruitment

by - July 05, 2018

If you've been following me for a while, you probably know that I joined a sorority in college and loved every second of it. My best and closest friends are also my sorority sisters. Being in a sorority helped me become the best version of myself.

I am a sister of Alpha Omicron Pi (Gamma Sigma chapter at Georgia State University) and while I first went through sorority recruitment just to meet people and make friends, I never expected to fall in love with AOII and Greek life as much as I did. Being in a sorority has changed my life for the better and going through recruitment is something that I recommend to every young woman in college because even if you end up not joining a sorority, you walk away from the experience meeting many people and even a few new friends. If you realize that sorority life is for you, you walk away with a sisterhood and bond that you might have never realized you wanted. 


I know many of you are going through recruitment and have so many questions, so I’m sharing some advice with you! This post contains a few affiliate links.

First, let's get the basic terms out of the way. There are many terms that you are going to hear and if you're like I was, you will be confused. Sorority Sugar has a great guide to all the terms. 

Now, let's get to some tips and advice for going through sorority recruitment.

It Is Okay To Be Nervous
I almost did not go to recruitment. I woke up the morning of the first day of recruitment and was so nervous. It is okay to be nervous, but don't let that stop you from going through recruitment. Have fun. Be yourself.

Do Your Research
Sure, you can get on Instagram and follow all of the sororities at your school, but also go on to their official websites to get to know what the sorority as a whole stands for. Another super important thing is to research what each day of recruitment is like for your school so you get a feel for it. Also, do some research on what to wear on the different days. You want to have your outfits planned out before so that you aren't rushing to get ready every day.

side note.. Nordstrom Francesca'sLilly Pulitzer, and Forever 21 have cute options for recruitment outfits

Keep An Open Mind 
When I went into recruitment, I did NOT want to be in AOII. I had two other sororities that were my top choices, but I walked into AOII  and immediately felt at home. I felt like I could take off my dress and throw on shorts and t-shirt and just hang out with the girl I was talking to. Be open to every sorority and give them all a chance. If you are just interested in partying... listen. There are girls in most every sorority who enjoy parties, but beyond those parties, it is the sisterhood that is forever. Get a feel for that and see where you fit best. Even if you're a legacy or your best friend is already in one, you might find your home in the sorority you never expected. 

Related: Advice For Incoming College Freshmen

Be Yourself
You want to join a sorority where no matter if you're dressed up or just in a t-shirt, you'll feel comfortable. Don't try and be different to impress anyone. Brush your hair, put on a cute outfit, put on some makeup (just a little mascara is okay if you aren't a makeup person) and put your best foot forward, but still be yourself. 


Take Notes
After every house, jot down a few notes about who you spoke to, what you talked about, and how you felt with that sorority. This will help you so much when you begin eliminating and ranking sororities.

Stay Positive
Like I said earlier, I did not want to be in AOII, but that changed the first day. AOII then became my first choice and obviously I came back, but my second choice dropped me the next day, which bothered me. Even if your top house drops you, stay positive. Everything works out.

Get Rest
Recruitment is exhausting. During recruitment, don't go out. Don't stay up late and binge-watch a season of Friends. Stay in and get rest. You'll be so glad you did.

Don't Talk About Boys, Partying, Alcohol..
You will probably be told this, but do not ever ever ever talk about boys, alcohol, drugs, or parties.

Be Selfish
This is your decision and the sorority you join will be your sisterhood forever. Don't join a sorority just because your friend is in it. Don't join a sorority just because your roommate wants to be in that sorority. Don't join a sorority just because you are a legacy if you don't feel that is where you belong. If you feel confused, upset, or need to talk, go to your recruitment counselor (these are called many different things depending on where you go to school.. we called them Pi Chis). Do not talk to your friends or other people going through recruitment. Those girls are there to help you, but make the right decisions for you.

Related: How To Make A Sorority Paddle

What other questions do you have about sorority recruitment? Let me help you! Comment below. If you have recruitment advice, leave that in a comment and let me know what sorority you're in! 

xo,

Amanda


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