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Things IWish IWould
Have Known Before
From: Sorority WomenToYou!
I wish I had known that if a house wants you they
already know that! Just as we're super excited to
be rushing, they're super excited to finally
welcome you to their houses and meet you. It's
almost just as much pressure for them because
they want to get good girls.
They are just as nervous as you are, don't worry.
They want you to like them just as much as you
want them to like you.
How fast it goes by. Recruitment went by in a
blink of an eye. Also bid day as a new member is
really awkward if you don't know anyone, so
introduce yourself to your new sisters and don't
be awkward like I was.
Tiers don't matter. If I would have avoided sites
like Greek Rank before I went through
recruitment, I would have been more open
minded. I ended up in a house that I had
previously decided "wasn't for me" before I even
met anyone in it, and I've had an incredible
sorority experience I wouldn't ever trade. Keep
an open mind!
Don't be afraid to talk! We are trying to get to
know you!Tell us your passions, goals, etc. Even
if you think its stupid.
Don't try to be something you're not.The whole
point of being in a sorority is to be a better
version ofYOURSELF.There is no such thing as a
"sorority girl"-we come in all shapes, sizes,
backgrounds, ethnicity and cultures. Don't try to
make yourself out to be a cookie cutter "sorority
Don't listen to what anyone else has to say. If
you love a house and other people are talking
bad about it, let them talk. At the end of the day
this is forYOU and not them. If they are petty
enough to talk about another house, then
maybe they shouldn't be joining the Panhellenic
How exhausting it was going to be. And that
both the sorority girls and yourself will be
nervous as all get out, shake it off and be
I wish I would have known not to wear heels
during the first two days because I was in so
Don't take it so seriously.The process is
supposed to be fun and a learning experience
and there were so many people in my group that
were super serious about everything and you
could totally tell. Because of them being uptight,
they didn't get to enjoy the process.You're never
going to go through recruitment again on the
outside, remember that!
My university hosts events prior to recruitment
called "Sorority 101" and this was a time for all of
us girls going through recruitment to ask already
initiated members about our fears, what to
wear, which sorority stands for what. It was so
I wish I knew that the system works and it is
WORTH IT! Recruitment can be a grueling
process but it is ALL WORTH IT when you get to
go running home to your new sisters on bid day!
There is a plan for everyone and you go where
you belong. Naturally I didn't get my first choice
on bid night, but right when I opened my card I
put a huge smile on my face because I knew that
I fit in that sorority the best. GOTO BID DAY
EVEN IF ITS A SORORITYYOU DIDNT LIKE
DURING RUSH!Typically during rush you only
meet around 7 girls out of a 150 group! During
bid night it's so amazing to meet all the other
women you had no clue about.
SarahO. I wish I was told where I can buy comfortable but
cute shoes. Ouch.
I went through recruitment absolutely knowing
what sorority I was going to join and I was
dropped by all the other sororities after the first
night parties because I (cough, my boyfriend)
was very vocal about it. Freshman year, I
thought that saying what you wanted was a
good thing, and everything turned out perfectly
because I love my sisterhood. However, if I could
do it all over, I would keep an open mind and try
to go as many parties as possible. (I'd definitely
still end up in the same sorority though!)
I wish that I had known more about sororities in
general before going through recruitment. I
never thought that I would join a sorority, so I
was a blank slate going in. Of course, this also
meant that I wasn't biased towards any one
sorority either. I was myself throughout the
entire process and ended up in a sorority full of
girls who were just like me. It was a great
Don't make any assumptions about any of the
sororities. People will try to scrutinize this image
of sororities saying everyone is a [floozy], it's a
money scam, or it's very demeaning to be in a
sorority. Do it for yourself. If you are on the fence
about joining a sorority because of rumors, go
through recruitment.You have a better
understanding on what it takes to be a sorority
woman holding her letters proud. I know certain
girls held some presumptions towards certain
sororities because of what other people say, but
that's one opinion versus the woman in the
sorority versus you.
Haley L. Be yourself!You will end up where you truly
belong if you are yourself!
It isn't as stressful as everyone makes it out to
be- at least it wasn't for me! I went it with an
open mind and tried to keep everything in
perspective and just to have FUN. And
remember that it will go by quickly so enjoy it!
I wish I knew how excited the members were to
meet the PNMs. I was so nervous that no one
would like me, but I didn't even consider that the
members would be nervous about making a first
impression on me as well. Formal recruitment is
nerve-wracking and slightly stressful for both
sides. Just know that the girl you're talking to is
trying to get you to like her just as much as you
How much walking I was going to do! Just
kidding! I wish I knew just how emotional it was
going to be.You don't think you will be
emotional until you find your home!