When you go through recruitment there are at least a hundred or more women, depending on your campus size, going through as well.
How do you make yourself stand out?
As you will be choosing a sorority, they are choosing you too. At the end of each of the recruitment parties, when the sororities talk about which PNMs would make the most effective impact on their chapter, you don’t want to be one of the women they don’t remember.
So what should you do to make yourself known? Here are a few easy yet essential tips:
Make sure to dress appropriately. There should be an informational meeting beforehand or information sent to you before recruitment that indicates attire for each night from your school once you register. If you’re not sure about this, contact your Recruitment Counselor (you can find out who that is through the Greek Life Advisor).
Make sure you visit the sororities at any pre-college events, such as an orientation or freshman move in day. There should be signs around campus to provide dates, times, and locations. Don’t be afraid to walk up to them and introduce yourself. They’re looking for confident women who know what they want!
When you’re at any pre-recruitment or college orientation event, don’t be afraid to talk yourself up. You don’t want to brag or seem arrogant, but you do want to show members of the sororities that you would be a great asset to their chapters. Inform them of your past extra-curricular activities, as well as your aspirations for the future. Let them know what you want out of a sorority. Don’t stop at just letting them know you were on the track team. Let them know how you designed the team T-shirts for three years in a row, planned a fundraiser, and were voted captain by your teammates.
Over the summer there are many parties and social gatherings, especially if your school’s recruitment is after school begins. You should think about going to these parties to get a better and more realistic understanding of different women in the chapters. Social gatherings can be a comfortable environment to relax and meet people. But remember the sorority women and fraternity men will be watching your behavior as well. Show them you are that classy woman they want when you are out and about.
During the first days of school before recruitment, make sure you smile at everyone and be friendly! Sit in the front rows of class… and pay attention. Trust me, you’re being watched (Creepy, huh? …. but really, it is true!). Academics are important to the Greek community. Greeks have one the highest grades point averages above other groups and students on campus.
Be yourself and enjoy this time to meet new people. It only takes 5-7 seconds to make a first impression. Make the best one you can.
How are you going to stand out?
Casey, Kate and Rachel
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