That’s right, RESEARCH! One word that you’ll become very familiar with as you go through college. Check out the chapters at the campus where you’ll be going through recruitment. Don’t worry, this will be more fun than your senior English term paper. You might be wondering how you can research a sorority before recruitment begins since there aren’t any books or scholarly articles written about each chapter. Here are some ways:
Look at their websites. Check every page, go through every picture, read as much as you can. Jot down some things you like, don’t like, and some questions you need answered about each.
School orientations are a great place to start learning what you need to know. This will also give you a chance to practice for sorority interviews during recruitment. Make sure you walk around to every sorority booth and try to talk to a few different girls. You don’t want to stick with one girl the whole time. You could end up with the one really great, or one really terrible recruiter from a particular chapter. How did each chapter make you feel? Did you really click with a bunch of girls from one chapter? Did a certain chapter ignore you?
Observe sorority women on campus. This may be more difficult for those of you incoming freshmen who have recruitment before school begins. If you have time at school before recruitment, take notice of the sorority women on campus. How do they act? Do they sit together at lunch? Do they walk together to class? Are they friendly to others? This will also help you distinguish between similar chapters.
We like to advise you to stay away from listening to what the boys say. If you insist on asking for a fraternity guy’s opinion, ask a handful from each fraternity what they think. You’ll most likely hear a bunch of different answers, and it will probably just confuse you more. If you just can’t resist the temptation to ask the opinions of boys, please take it with a grain of salt. The boy might just be upset because he got dumped by one of the girls last semester. All in all, it’s just too tempting and easy to start buying into the crazy rumors that go around. This is why we advise against it.
You may run into some sorority women at an event over the summer. Use this as a chance to try to hang out with them, or at least talk to them in a casual setting. You’ll get a feel for what it would be like if you were always hanging out with these girls.
Remember, don’t ever judge a chapter based on one girl you meet. You may not click with anyone else, or you may click with everyone else. You know the expression- Every group of friends has an oddball, and if you think yours doesn’t, then it may be….
Use every chance and resource you have to try to get to know some women from each sorority. This will actually help you as well because you won’t just be another face in the crowd; you’ll be an acquaintance or even a friend by the time formal sorority recruitment comes around.
What are some other ways you’ve gotten to know a chapter before recruitment began?
Casey, Kate and Rachel
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