My sorority sisters are in the midst of finding our new pledge class this week during formal recruitment. This week is the most important time of the year because it’s when we add roughly 80 new sisters to our chapter — those new ladies are the future leaders of our sisterhood, so it’s crucial to get great additions.
Of course, the process is just as nerve-wracking and stressful from the other side. During my week of recruitment as a “potential new member,” I was mess of homesickness and anxiety. Recruitment started a week before I even began college, so it was a lot of change to take in as a newbie to Missouri. I wish I’d had a source to get information sans-B.S. It would have relieved some of the pressure.
University Chic is doing just that this month, releasing a “Sorority 101” series of rush-related articles. My assignments for the series dealt with clearing up some of the sorority and Greek-life misconceptions. I’ll be the first to admit some things in the media are definitely true — we do have “lavaliering” ceremonies and secret rituals — but most are grossly exaggerated and downright offensive. Check out my articles…
Sorority 101: The Hollywood Myth: Think everything you see in the movies is real? Think again.
Sorority 101: Philanthropy Comes First: Greeks do more than just party. Philanthropy is a huge part of Greek life.
(And yes, I’ve read Pledged twice and each time I was horrified by the author’s accounts. But my sorority is nothing like the ones in that book! There’s bound to be a few bad apples, but the majority of sorority life is genuinely about friendship, fun and bonding — not bitchiness and exclusivity.)