Formal Recruitment: Tips for Success
- Be yourself. Do not adopt a new personality just because of recruitment! Each chapter has its own personality and women that could be the perfect fit for you. Sororities are interested in the real you, not a fake front you put on for two weeks. Be yourself!
- Keep an open mind. When you receive your schedule from your Pi Chis at the beginning of each round, you may not receive your top choices back. Don’t get discouraged. If you ask many women currently in sororities, they’ll say that their opinions of each chapter changed drastically during the course of recruitment. Though you may not have “clicked” with a sorority on a particular day, it might have just been one particular person that you talked to and didn’t have much in common with. Each sorority can have up to 122 members, so don’t base your opion on just one conversation. Similarly, you may not receive as many sororities back as some other women in your group. Remember that it only takes one bid on Bid Day to join, so keep an open mind and get excited about the chapters that did invite you back!
- Manage your time wisely. While the two weeks of Formal Recruitment can be an exciting and intense time, women who manage their time will find the weeks much easier than those who do not. Remember to allow enough time for your meals, homework, and sleep during recruitment.
- Try to meet several women from each chapter, not just one or two. Getting to know a broader range of women can give you a better sense of whether or not you feel at home in each chapter.
- Ask about finances. Do not be afraid to question the financial obligation of joining a sorority. Feel free to ask your Pi Chi, as well as sisters in each chapter.
- Ask about housing. Living on the floor is a huge part of joining a sorority, so be sure to ask each chapter what their expectations are.
- Get to know other women in your Pi Chi group. During Formal Recruitment, you will have the opportunity to meet many wonderful Greek women, as well as the other women going through recruitment with you. These other potential new members might turn out to be your new sisters, or they might join a different chapter and you’ll see them at many Greek community events over the next few years. Having friends in other chapters is a huge part of being in a sorority.
- Stick with it. At times recruitment may seem stressful, but have fun with it! This is an opportunity to meet hundreds of great women in a short amount of time. Enjoy recruitment and by the end of the two weeks the reward of a new sisterhood will make it all worth it!