By: Lillian Lingenfelter
Your first semester of college is finally over; we are fresh off winter break, and getting into the heart of the spring semester! This time of year, many schools may be doing spring sorority recruitment, either formally or informally.
Spring recruitment is great because you already know your way around campus, have formed a friend group, have probably developed good study habits, and have gotten more comfortable with being in college.
Recruitment can be a nerve-wracking time for many women, regardless of if your university recruits in the fall or the spring. Here are some tips to help you navigate spring formal or informal recruitment!
1) Try to Let Go of Your Preconceptions
If you have already been at school for a semester, there’s a good chance you’ve made some friends that are already in sororities. If you are going through formal recruitment, try to be as open minded as possible, and not just rank your friend’s chapters higher. This might be hard to do, but you don’t want to miss out on joining a sorority that would be a great fit for you just because your friends either already belong to or want to join a different chapter.
The same goes for what you think you already know about sororities on your campus. Every chapter has a reputation of some sort, but there’s a good chance that the stereotype you’ve heard about isn’t true, or only applies to a few of the women. If you have concerns about a chapter’s reputation, or things you’ve heard around campus, don’t hesitate to ask any of the women in that chapter; they will want to make sure you have all the facts before deciding on a chapter.
2) Put your best foot forward
First impressions are everything, especially during sorority recruitment. Many schools are transitioning to “no frills” recruitment. This means that they are less focused on the outfits, songs, and decorations, and are more focused on quality conversations during recruitment and recruiting potential future leaders for the chapter.
This being said, you should still want to make a good impression during recruitment! You certainly won’t need a dress and heels for every recruitment event, but nice pants and a cute top will go a long way.
The same goes for your conversations during recruitment. You’ll probably be super nervous, but don’t try to be someone that you aren’t. Let your true self shine, and you will find the sorority that is the best match for you! Be honest with the women during recruitment, emphasize leadership positions you have had, be confident, and don’t be scared to ask questions!
3) Be yourself
Do you have an unusual hobby? Are you really interested in a particular subset of your major? Don’t be afraid to share this during recruitment!
Anything that can set you apart from the other hundred plus women wanting to join a sorority is great to share! Women love to hear about what makes you you. Not only do they get to know you better, but the more they know about you, the easier it is for them to decide if you would be a good fit in their chapter.
4) Not sure? Do it anyway.
If you are on the fence about recruitment, my best advice is just to try it.
At the very least, you’ve met a bunch of new friends. Best case, you’ve found your home and sisters for life.
There is no harm in visiting a few chapters, going to some recruitment events and then deciding if you want to join a sorority or not. Just because you went through recruitment doesn’t mean you have to join a chapter that semester, or even the semester after that.
As long as you are in undergrad you are more than welcome to go through formal or informal recruitment during any semester of your time in college!