Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday Five: The Five Days of Sorority Recruitment

(Borrowed from Indiana State)

TGIF! It's been such a busy week for Greeks and I have to admit, I'm a little worn out. Even though I'm a little worn out, it's totally worth it. Recruitment week is one of my favorite times of the semester because all of the sororities join together to meet their potential new members. It's fun, heartwarming, and super exciting. If you were curious about what happens during sorority recruitment, I hope you find this post to be of some help and also help you decide whether or not you'd like to go Greek. Click the pictures to enlarge.

Open House (Day 1):

Open House is pretty self-explanatory, but I'll clue you in on what you might not know. During Open House, all of the sororities set up a table and display some information, scrapbooks, and fun facts about their sisterhood. This night is meant to give you a chance to come see what all of the sororities are about and decide whether or not you're interested in continuing on with the rest of the week. There's a lot of small talk and getting to meet new people, which I personally love. If that's not your cup of tea, don't worry. It's not as scary as it sounds! Everyone is extremely welcoming and sweet. To help settle any nerves... I want you to know that if you're coming out to recruitment, it's okay to be nervous. Because, guess what? So are we. It's a two-way street and we want you ladies to like us as much as you may want us to like you. If there's any recommendations I can give throughout this entire post... it's to attend Open House. Get a feel for it and if you don't like it, you can easily just walk out, no strings attached.

Game Night (Day Two):

This is where the action really starts. On game night, you'll attend two different sororities' events. This way, you have some time to actually interact with the ladies instead of having a few minutes of small talk. Also, since it's a "Game Night", the awkwardness that comes with getting to know someone won't be as likely to occur. You'll be able to interact, feel like part of the sorority, and see if you could see yourself as a part of them.

Philanthropy Night (Day Three):

Tonight is the night that you get to see what the sororities are really passionate about. Just like on Game Night, you only go to two of the sororities events so you can spend some quality time together. There are many different things you'll do this night but it all involves learning about the sororities' philanthropies and probably helping their philanthropy in a small way (making crafts, creating awareness, etc.)

Preference Night (Day Four):

Preference Night is a very important night in recruitment. This night is one you have to be invited to by a sorority. Once you get an invitation, you can either attend the event(s) or decide not to go. All of the events are slightly secretive and very special to the sorority. Tonight is the night that you typically decide which sorority you want to be a part of forever.

Bid Day (Day Five):

Bid Day is my personal favorite. It's such a fun and exciting time! New girls stand in line and get their name called and the sorority that extended them a bid is announced. There are sororities screaming and cheering for their new girls, so excited to have them a part of their sisterhood. Gifts are given to the new members (t-shirts, candy, and homemade crafts) to officially welcome them and hugs are thrown everywhere. Today is a memorable day for any sorority girl and it's such an amazing feeling to go through it and watch others go through it as well.

Hope you all have a great week and learned a little bit about recruitment week from this post!

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