Recruitment season is here, and boy is it a stressful one. Having been through both sides of it, as a potential new member, and as a member of a sorority, I know how it feels. It can be hard, and confusing, and even frustrating. But it is also fun, and oh so worth it. Here are some tips on how to handle the process.
- Find some time to be by yourself. It’s important that you take a break for your mental health. You also need time to make your decisions without the influences of others. People have their own opinions, but at the end of the day, your own opinion is what matters.
- Find somewhere that feels like home. You want to be comfortable wherever you go. You’re always going to be welcomed when you’re invited into homes during the process. But you need to find the chapter that makes you feel at home, safe, like a member of their family.
- It’s okay to have different opinions from your friends who are rushing, or who may already be in chapters on campus, but if you’re going against the grain, that is perfectly okay! Again, it goes back to what makes you comfortable, what makes you happy.
- Do your best to stay positive throughout all of the repetitive questions. It does suck, constantly answering the same questions over and over. But remember, the women you’re meeting are trying to get to know you. And they are trying to find their future sisters. Be patient. It is hard, but it’ll help you figure out what chapter you feel fits you best.
- Stay positive in general. It is a long, and trying process. But at the end, you get to “come home” to a group of women who will inspire you, who will support you, who will love you.
- Enjoy every moment. While it is very stressful, it is a fun experience! You’re meeting awesome women! You’re going to find your new home!
It is a process. You will be exhausted, but in the end, when you’re running into the arms of your new sisters (and yes, you will run, and no, you won’t care who is watching), it will all be worth it.
Blog contributed by Lillian Homan.