Many people think that sorority girls are all the same- all blonde, preppy, dress the same, etc. If that was true, there would only be one sorority. The point of having many sororities is that they’re all different and hold different types of girls. There are so many stereotypes out there about sororities that are just false. There is so much more to being in a sorority than people think. If you’re on the edge of deciding whether or not you should rush, I’m here to tell you that you most definitely should. I hate drama, so I was a little worried about joining a group of 200+ girls that I would be spending pretty much every moment with. As you know, I go to The University of Tennessee, so sorority life pretty much dominates the school. I wanted to get everything I possibly could out of college, so I went ahead and signed up for recruitment. I tell people this all the time and I know it sounds so cliché, but it really was one of the best things that has ever happened to me. Here are the reasons you should go out for recruitment.
1. You’ll meet tons of new people– I know this one is a given, but joining a sorority really helped me to expand my horizons and to just meet amazing girls who I had so much in common with. The way the recruitment process works is that you end up with girls who have similar values and personality traits as you. Because of this, there is a lot less drama. I’m not exaggerating when I say these girls are literally like your long-lost sisters.
2. Connections– This kind of goes along with meeting new people, but it goes so much further than that. When you’re initiated into a sorority, you’re not only connected with the girls in your chapter, but also all of the girls in other chapters all around the country. This will help you so much in the long run, especially with jobs! There are alumni committees for just about every state that’ll give you great connections post-graduation.
3. It’s a great resume builder– Going off of job opportunities, having your sorority on your resume is for sure gonna look great. Each sorority has tons of different positions you can apply for, and it’s such a great way to get involved. I was fundraising chair for my sorority, so it was my job to plan all of our fundraisers!
4. Doing good– All sororities have AMAZING philanthropies, and all of the fundraisers and community service projects you do really make a change. It feels so amazing to say that you’ve helped save lives or made people’s days so much better. I raise money for Breast Cancer Education and Awareness and am helping to save lives through the activities we do!
5. You’ll have the best support group in the world– Regardless if they’re in your friend group or not, if someone does you wrong, each one of those girls would be there for you. It’s called a sisterhood for a reason. If something happens to one of you, it happens to all of you. You’ll always have a shoulder to cry on, and 200+ girls to give revenge.
6. You will never be bored– When you have a friend group 200+ girls, there’s literally always something to do. There will always be people down to get lunch, study, sit and be lazy, really anything you wanna do, you can find someone to do it with you.
7. You get tons of new clothes and accessories- I swear I have at least 100 sorority t-shirts and just about every accessory that you can put letters on. Koozies, croakies, lanyards, fanny packs, stickers, rings, necklaces, you name it and I probably have it with letters on it.
8. You get to learn top-secret rituals– Okay I know it sounds kinda weird, but each sorority has their own rituals that were adapted over 100 years ago. It’s so cool to think about the very first chapter and how you are still connected to them through these rituals. Most sororities have secret handshakes that connect you to every single one of your sisters. The craziest thing is meeting a sister from a different school and being able to do the handshake together with no explanation.
9. You’ll become super crafty– Especially around recruitment, your craft skills are gonna dramatically increase. From painting canvases for your little, to putting glitter on giant sorority letters, you’re gonna turn into the next Martha Stewart by the time you graduate.
10. You’ll be pushed academically– Most sororities have GPA requirements to participate in activities. They will always hold you to high standards and motivate you to work hard in school. In my sorority, we get rewarded every time we score high on tests! Not only that, but there are always sisters to study with and help you in the classes you’re struggling with. Chances are, an older girl has taken that exact same chemistry class you’re struggling with and still has all of her notes from it.
Long story short, recruitment is definitely something you should try out. Even if you’re still not 100%, there’s no harm in going through the process just to see what happens. There is absolutely nothing binding until initiation, which is typically not until at least a month after bid day. You have until then to see if you wanna be a sister for life or not! It’s all up to you, but don’t knock it ’till you try it. Go into it with an open mind, and you’ll be sure to find your home.