Friday, June 5, 2015

Recruitment Ready!

I wanted to start a series about recruitment early in the summer because I think it's easier and less stressful to start getting prepared now, as opposed to in late summer when you're rushing around trying to pack and collect dorm things. I thought it would be too much to go into tips for all of recruitment in one post so I'm going to break it up into a series for advice for each day of recruitment.

When it  comes to joining a sorority, there's a lot to think about. It can be overwhelming; the perfect outfit, hair, makeup, resume... the list goes on. However, it's important to remember that the whole point of recruitment is finding your new sisters

That being said, the first round of recruitment is all about first impressions, your first impression of each chapter and their impression of you. So you want to put your best foot forward, and the best way to do that is make them remember you. The sisters will be meeting lots of girls so you want to make sure there is something distinctive about you. That does not mean wear crazy colored eyeshadow or wild clothing - unless that's your thing. However, a more toned down way to do that is with your clothes and accessories. 

At Clemson, for first round we were given t shirts to wear and then could choose any bottoms to go with it. This is pretty common for recruitment just about everywhere now. I wore fun colored shorts and statement necklaces with my t shirt to make it fit my style. Find something that fits your personality, maybe fun printed pants or a cute skirt. The most important thing to remember for the first round of recruitment is that it will be a LONG day. Comfort is key. You don't want to be stuck in shorts with a too tight waistband and sandals that are giving you blisters. Make sure your clothes fit well and are easy to move in, day one is lots of walking. Also, keep in mind that you're not dressing to impress boys at a party, you're trying to present a polished version of yourself - super short and tight clothing can be saved for going out. As for shoes, if they're new break them in ahead of time so you're feet aren't killing you at the end of the day. It's also fun to try some statement jewelry to make yourself stand out. Try a funky pendant or colorful earrings.

Here are some ideas for what to wear for first round. All of these options are reasonably priced. Old Navy is a great place for cute, inexpensive bottoms. Charming Charlie is awesome for finding fun jewelry. Despite what a lot of people think, you don't have to wear all designer clothes to be in a sorority.

As for the other aspects of your appearance, once again, remember that it will be a long day. If your hair doesn't usually hold a curl, don't try to force it during recruitment. You won't get a chance during the day to do touchups. Find a style that you like that will hold up. Same idea for your makeup look. This is not the time to experiment. If you're considering changing up how you do your makeup, start testing it out now so you know what works and what doesn't. It's never a bad idea to keep it simple. Also, make sure to bring things like powder, q tips, lipstick and mascara in your bag to fix any mishaps throughout the day. 

Now for the most important thing: meeting the sisters of each chapter. You need to get prepared to answer the same basic questions all day: your major, what dorm do you live in, why you want to join a sorority, what brought you to this school... the list goes on. It will get old during the day, but remember that they're just trying to get to know you and possibly spark a deeper conversation. Don't be afraid to open up - not share all your deepest thoughts and feelings, that can be saved for late night talks with your big - but when asked about your major, feel free to explain why it interests you or what you plan to do in the future. 

A lot will be going on and the day will move insanely fast. Keep a notebook with you - if you're not given a recruitment notebook by your recruitment counselor - to write down thoughts and impressions from each chapter as soon as you leave the party. It will do wonders when you're trying to make your decisions that night. 

Other tips: 
Sometimes round one is over two days, have ideas for different options for your outfit. If you have time, wash your t shirt between days, it will help you feel refreshed for the second day, and it won't be wrinkled or sweaty. 

Your smile is your best accessory. Show the sisters that you're interested and excited to be there.

Have some questions in mind in case the conversation lags. Maybe ask what's been their favorite part of joining a sorority.

MOST IMPORTANTLY: Keep an open mind. You might be a triple legacy for a certain house, and fall in love with another. That's okay. Be open to joining any chapter. (Also don't look at things like greek rank or yik yak, rely on your own opinions - only you know what is best for you).

Check back for ideas for the rest of recruitment!

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