Maybe you’re a senior and this will be your last year recruiting new women. Maybe this is only your first sorority recruitment on the recruiting side, and it was only last year that you were being recruited. Regardless of your experience, we often times need to remind ourselves to “Stay Panhellenic” during formal sorority recruitment.
The number one reason to “Stay Panhellenic” throughout formal recruitment, regardless if you are a PNM or an initiated member, is to allow all PNM’s a fair chance to make a decision for themselves. A PNM can’t choose their new home fairly, if their head is being filled with gossip and rumors about a particular sorority.
Your role as the more experienced sorority woman is to help each of the young women you meet during recruitment find their perfect fit. Make sure she knows every great thing about your chapter; and on the flip side you need to learn all the great things about her.
So, how can you and your sisters “Stay Panhellenic” during sorority recruitment when competition is running sky high?
- Avoid talking about another sorority. Don’t even mention them! Even if it’s something nice, you don’t want the PNM thinking about another chapter during the few precious moments you have with her… do you?
- Be sure to follow all your school’s Panhellenic rules. You don’t want to be stuck with any recruitment infractions for dirty rushing.
- Don’t take the bait! If another chapter is brought up in a negative way, or if a PNM tells you that your chapter was brought up in another party in a negative way, don’t take that as an invitation to start bashing anyone else.The old excuse, “they did it first” doesn’t make your chapter look any classier.
- Don’t jump the gun to accuse other chapters. Sometimes the competition can make us paranoid that others are out to get us, but maybe it was really just an innocent mistake. Still want to have the problem nipped in the butt? Talk to your chapter’s recruitment counselor to let them know what you saw going on. They can give a friendly reminder to all the chapters about the rule in question.
- Accept the fact that not every woman who comes into your party is going to want to be one of your sisters. Talking poorly about another group isn’t going to change her mind.
What are some of the ways that your chapter encourages your sisters to remain Panhellenic throughout recruitment?
Casey, Kate, & Rachel
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