With recruitment right around the corner, it’s important to keep a few crucial things in mind in order to ensure the best time possible whether you’re a sister or just going through the process. We all know that, as a sister, it’s usually chaos in the time leading up to meeting new girls who could potentially become our sisters someday, so these hints will guarantee a stress-free week of fun-filled recruiting for your chapter. For those of you on the other side, here’s our best advice to having an exciting week while getting to know sororities. Be sure to keep these tips in mind to have the most successful recruitment yet!
Our Best Tips for Chapter Members:
- Be proud of who you are. Megan Larsen, Vice President of Recruitment at the Gamma Xi chapter, said, “Own your style! Every chapter of every organization is different. Showcase what makes you unique because that’s how you will find the girls that will complement your chapter perfectly.”
- Remember your “why.” Alison Horowitz, Vice President of Recruitment at the Gamma Lambda chapter, said that the most important thing is remembering why you joined Sigma Delta Tau and sharing that experience with potential new members. “Whether it’s a story about a sister comforting you in a time of need or a story about when you connected with your future big sister in your own preference round,” said Horowitz, “telling a personal ‘why’ story will be a great way to recruit the best women for your chapter.”
- Keep everyone informed. Whether it means making a Facebook group to post recruitment outfits, reminding the chapter of NPC rules and regulations, or sending out important dates in advance, keeping all of your sisters up to date is crucial. An informed chapter is a happy and successful chapter.
- Remember quality over quantity. Ashley Rodriguez, Vice President of Recruitment at the Gamma Phi chapter, said, “Find girls that fit the qualities that your sorority embodies. Work hard to get to know the girls as best as you possibly can so that you can find the girls who fit your sorority.”
- Talk to them like you’ve been friends for ages. Kate Bauer, Vice President at the Gamma Sigma chapter, said, “Avoid cliché questions and be genuine, share your weird quirks or make a joke about yourself.” Bauer states that being relatable and friendly is exactly what it takes to make each girl feel welcome and open to becoming your sister.
Our Best Tips for Potential New Members:
- Keep an open mind. Rodriguez said, “Recruitment is a time to find the sisters and the sisterhood that you’ll be a part of for life, the ones who will give you a home away from home.” She explains that it’s best to join the sorority that is the best fit for you because, “sometimes you can come in with an idea of who you want and fall in love with a totally different sorority.”
- Be confident in your past and your future. There are a lot of things to talk about during recruitment but it’s important to remember that women in the chapter want to know about you just as much as you want to know about them! Always be ready to talk about the great things you’ve done thus far and things you’d like to accomplish in the future. Show them all the great things you can bring to their sorority.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you have questions about what each organization does that makes them special and stand out, just ask! They will be excited to tell you all about their philanthropy, events, and sisterhood.
- Treat each night like a night with friends. Just like how it’s important for sisters to be genuine, it’s also a great idea for potential new members to be outgoing and friendly. You’ll make a lasting impression if you’re able to connect with someone and form a real friendship, even at a somewhat stressful recruitment event.
- Just relax and have fun with it! Larsen said, “The best way to stand out and be remembered is to unleash your personality and be confident, we want to get to know the real you!”
Kelly Potts, Gamma Xi- Montclair State University, is a senior studying English and Journalism. Aside from SDT, she loves blogging, reading, and exercising, and hopes to pursue a career in fashion journalism.