LET‘S GO GREEK
It’s time to find your new family! Your big, little, gbig -yes girl. Everybody!
Sorority recruitment gets more popular each year and it’s a great way for us girls to find an additional sisterhood of encouraging young women from all walks of life. If you’ve yet to join a sorority and are ready to rush, this is YOUR survival guide. I’ve asked girls across the state from different sororities all the things they want their new sisters to know before they step into a new world. I have yet to become apart of a sorority, so it was interesting hearing other girls’ inputs! Enjoy reading wise words from your future sisters.
School: Florida A&M University
Sorority: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
Enjoy the process! Be yourself and no matter what’s thrown at you, make the most of it. DO YOUR RESEARCH. You don’t want to join a sisterhood you aren’t knowledgable about! Go to their events, get to know your potential family. It is a discrete process, but always present your best self if you yourself being apart of Greek Life.
School: University of North Florida
Sorority: Delta Gamma
Be YOU. Trust me, the sisters will know if you are trying too hard or trying to be manipulative. During Rush Week, wear comfortable shoes. You don’t have to have the most expensive outfit, or flash you Lily Pulitzer everyday. Don’t buy all of that crazy stuff just for recruitment! Show your style – “cheap” is cute and will look just as good girl I promise! Every school has different guidelines for what to wear so make sure to follow their guidelines and use Pinterest. It’ll be your new BFF. Last, I hope you find a home that matches YOUR values and it’s where you can see yourself flourishing in the next four years of your life.
My favorite Delta Gamma memory so far was on bid day. I opened my card and I saw what was inside – my dream sorority! I couldn’t stop crying. I hope you have that same feeling when you join your new sisterhood.
Name: Chloe (Pictured in the middle)
School: Florida State University
Sorority: Kappa Delta
When starting recruitment, the most important thing to start with is an open mind and a positive attitude. Go into every house and be yourself regardless of what you think or have previously heard about it! You might be surprised at the end of your experience that a house you thought you wouldn’t be for ends up being the place you run home to.
During recruitment partied remember to not only be INTERESTING, but to also be INTERESTED. What I mean by that is to not only talk about yourself and make yourself seem interesting, but to show interest in the girls you talk to and what their sisterhood stands for. Always ask questions and listen to what they have to say! The main thing is to focus on the connections.
After every conversation you have, ask yourself: Can I see myself being friends with her? Because at the end of your experience that’s one of the most important things to consider.
Being in a sorority is full of wonderful experiences and friendships. Recruitment is just the beginning. My sorority has provided me with social functions, professional networking opportunities, meals, housing options – the list goes on and on. Being in a sorority is not for everyone, but I couldn’t be more thankful for my experiences so far.
Good luck finding your home!
School: Valdosta State University
Sorority: Zeta Tau Alpha
I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I signed up for recruitment. All I knew was what was shown on tv or on social media. Going through recruitment was the best decision I’ve ever made. It’s the most stressful week of your life but in the end, it’s all worth it. Biggest advice I could give is to go in completely open minded. When it comes to your outfits – dress to impress, wear something you would wear to church or something you wouldn’t be afraid to wear of in front of your dad. GIRL. FRAT PARTIES!!!! Please contain yourself and act like a lady. Avoid dancing on raised surfaces. Some of your sisters will become your best friends. Within my sorority, I found my people and my forever friends. I wouldn’t have been able to survive this past year without their love and guidance. They’ve been my rock, my go-to & my shoulder to cry on. You’ll always have a sister to count on no matter what. If i could go back in time, I wouldn’t change a single thing. Zeta Tau Alpha is my home away from home and I’m forever grateful.
Name: Mary (my roomie!) Xoxo
Pictured on the right in both photos
School: University of Central Florida
Sorority: Kappa Alpha Theta
The most important part is to ignore the stereotypes of what you think joining a sorority means and just go through the process with an open mind!
Also, be yourself and just remember when you’re going through rush week it’s just conversations with normal girls who are just like you and to choose wherever feels like home! You’re going to love it.
School: Florida International University
(Miss Florida International University and Miss Pi Kappa Phi; Miss Ability)
Sorority: Alpha Xi Delta
This is going to be so exciting for you! Make sure to have an open mind. Never let anyone else sway your decision. This is YOUR sisterhood for life an your decision.
Look for something that will challenge you. More often then not girls look for a sorority for fun, cool outfits and photos. However, it’s important that you look for an organization that is going to push you past your limits. Make sure your organization is involved in campus. It is SO important to give back to your university.
If possible, see if the philanthropy can be something you can become; or already are passionate about. Last, make sure you have the financial stability to pay for a sorority and the time to put into a sorority. You will only receive as much as you put into your organization.
(Think you’ve seen her on this blog post already? You’re seeing double! Her twin sister, Jocelyn is also her sorority sister. How cool!)
Sorority: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
School: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Becoming a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, inc is one of the best accomplishments I have made so far, but what made it better was having my twin sister right there by my side. The process was one of a kind, and has molded me in who I am today. Jocelyn and I now know the best part of being in Greek Life: gaining lifelong sisters, future bridesmaids and some of my Bestfriends is what sisterhood is all about.
Sorority: Zeta Tau Alpha
School: Valdosta State
going through recruitment can be super overwhelming, so make sure to keep track of what makes each sorority unique! after each party write down what stood out about that sorority to you. this could include their philanthropy, sisterhood, or even if you just clicked really well with the girl(s) you spoke to!
each school’s rush process is different, but every school should have a preference round (usually called “pref”). this day (typically the last round before bid day) is super important because it means the sorority is very interested in you! by this day you will most likely have a general idea of the sorority you want- if this is the case TELL THEM. make sure the sorority knows you want them. show interest by asking plenty of questions and pointing out qualities about that sorority that match up with what you’re looking for.
if you get called back to a sorority that you are not interested in, see this as a compliment. be friendly! don’t give the sorority false hope by saying “oh i can definitely see myself here!”, but make an effort to carry on conversations. although you may not see yourself being sisters with these girls, recruitment is a great way to make friends!
Name: MY MOMMA (Sheri) Pictured on the far right with her hand on her hip. #YasQueen
School: My mom has earned numerous degrees from NCCU, UCF, UOPX, and soon from NCU. She’s been everywhere. She’s amazing. Iconic.
Sorority: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
I became apart of DST while in the military in Seoul,Korea and was in awe of being surrounded by such incredible, ambitious women. Although I did not get the college experience of joining greek life , the concept of sisterhood still has the same lifetime commitment. Choose wisely and trust your heart when selecting the sorority you wish to be apart of.
“Sororities symbolize all that we wish to accomplish in our lives. They represent the struggles we all face as we grow. Why we cling to them no one can explain, but in the end, we are all stronger for it.” ~ Unknown
Good luck finding your new home! Run straight to it, and never look back.
Sorority Girl To Be