I’m not a part of Greek life on my campus, but I have plenty of friends who are. While everyone is enjoying their summer right now, pretty soon we’ll start prepping for classes to start again, which also means the start of something else: Sorority recruitment.
Check out this awesome guest post by the staff at Greek Yearbook about the “do’s and don’ts” of Sorority Recruitment.
Fall 2016 rush will be here before you know it and we all know that managing sorority recruitment can be a challenge! There are tons of moving parts that go into executing the perfect recruitment week. Finding conversation starters, managing your chapter, planning outfits and having it all fall together perfectly can be pretty stressful. To make things easier for you and your chapter, I pulled together 3 do’s and don’ts that will help you as you plan for the perfect rush week!
DO – Be Creative
One of the biggest aspects of recruitment is being creative! Having unique conversation starters, decorations and outfits will definitely make you and your chapter stand out to potential new members. I suggest working with your committee on mixing up your standard routine and trying something new and different! Adding some spice to a boring recruitment week will not only make the experience more enjoyable for new members, but it will also keep your current members excited for the fun week ahead!
DON’T – Procrastinate
Procrastination is the BIGGEST don’t! There are a ton of aspects that go into recruitment week and a lot of them need time to come together. There is nothing worse than scrambling to finish the decorations or not having time to schedule bid day photography. Planning ahead will save you a TON of time and stress! I highly recommend starting your recruitment planning as soon as possible!
DO – Use Your Resources
Organizing a recruitment committee will be the biggest lifesaver! Not only will you gain great managerial skills (hello, resume builder!) but you will also have more time to focus on the bigger picture. Dividing and conquering tasks such as bid day activities, conversation starters, apparel and decor will help keep you and your chapter on track!
DON’T – Become the Bridezilla of Recruitment
You and your committee will be in charge of setting the tone for recruitment week. Having a negative attitude toward the week will not only bring down your chapter, but it will also turn away new members from wanting to join! Smile and relax – I promise, you’ve got this!
DO – Have Fun
Now that you put all the hard work in, be sure to kick back and enjoy all the excitement of recruitment! Looking back you will be super glad that you had this awesome opportunity of gaining resume-building leadership skills in addition to bringing in the new generation of your chapter! Be proud and enjoy the week ahead of you!
DON’T – Sweat the Small Stuff
Try not to let the small stuff bother you throughout the week. None of the new members will notice that balloons are missing or that a member forgot her shoes; they will be much more interested in interacting with active sisters. Recruitment is about connecting on a personal level, not just decorations, outfits and appearances! As long as you remain positive and keep up the good work – this year’s recruitment is sure to be a breeze!
Written by the staff at GreekYearbook