Going through with sorority rush was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my college career, but I had absolutely no idea how to prepare for it! I had a few friends who had been in sororities, but none of the information they’d given me had made sense. I was totally out of the loop with what I had to do. After going through the process and learning the other side of how recruitment works, here are 10 things to do before sorority rush week so you the most prepared!
Ask Yourself “Why You Want To Be In A Sorority?”
There are many reasons to join a sorority, whether it’s to make friends, get involved, have something to put on your resume, etc. If you want to be in it for the right reasons then great! If you only want to join to meet fraternity boys or have girls to go and party with, it may not be the right reasons. I joined a sorority because I knew there would be some volunteering opportunities and a great way to meet some friends. Both of those things happened for me and I’m overjoyed! So before you sign up, make sure you’re in it for the right reasons.
Sign Up For Recruitment
This may be a given but if you’re interested in recruitment, you may want to actually sign up for it! Your college’s website will most likely have a link to the form you are supposed to fill out but be aware you may have to pay a small fee to sign up but it’s well worth it!
Make Yourself Memorable
There will be hundreds if not a thousand other girls who will be rushing alongside you, and it’s important to make yourself stand out! I suggest investing in a unique dress with a bold pattern or unusual color. Distinctive hair accessories or a fun hairstyle are also easy ways to make your more noticeable. Try being creative with your makeup or lip color! I’m currently obsessed with this galaxy palette! The colors and pigments are so rich, and who doesn’t love a little glitter and some shine?
Before recruitment, try to think of some ways to stand out above the rest!
It’s so important to create a great resumé for recruitment because they will be learning about everything about you from that piece of paper, so highlight all of your attributable qualities! Talk about your high-grade point average and everything you were involved in in high school including leadership positions, volunteer work, jobs, scholarships, etc. This is the place to brag about yourself!!
The most important thing you can do before sorority rush is planning your outfits! Picking everything thirty minutes before rush is supposed to start can be disastrous, especially if you find out you don’t have everything you need. I always look at what my older friends wore to their sorority rush and build around their outfits. Plus of course, I looked at Pinterest for ideas!
Clean Social Media
You may think your social media pages aren’t being looked at by sororities, but they are! They want to get an insight on what kind of potential members they could be receiving so your social media accounts will be in the public eye! Try to delete those embarrassing photos or any inappropriate content you’d be horrified if your family members saw. Sororities are looking for the best of the best, so make sure your social media presence shows that!
Research the Houses
Before I went into rush I researched all the houses to see what they were all about! I looked at their reputations, awards, house dues, traditions, and the types of girls that were in each one. I wanted to be in a house that I would fit into so it’s a good idea to educate yourself on each one. If you can even memorize a few of the sorority’s details they’ll be really impressed!
Prepare your Questions
You’re going to be talking to a lot of girls for long periods of time, so you might want to brainstorm a few questions you want to ask at each house! Ask each sorority about their philanthropy, their values, sisterhood, events they hold, and ways they help the college community as a starting point! I wrote down a few in a notebook and skimmed them before I went into each house to jog my memory. The girls will be asking you questions as well so don’t think you’ll have to think of questions to fill the entire day!
Clear Your Schedule
Sorority recruitment can take up a full week of your time so make sure you take off work and get any homework done before hand because you won’t be thinking about much else during this time. I checked my planner the week before and made sure to finish any big assignments so that I only had small things to do during rush week! I wasn’t nearly as stressed as some of the other girls, and I had more time to think about which sorority I wanted to be in.
Prepare Your Essentials Bag
It’s going to be a very long week. You’re going to be running from house to house with only a few minutes in-between to rest and re-prep yourself after each house. That’s why I recommend packing a Sorority Rush Essentials Bag filled with a few items to make rush a little easier. Items I’d include would be a hair brush, lip gloss, water bottle, a notebook, etc.
Here’s my full post on My Must Have Sorority Rush Essentials
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