With recruitment at Drake less than a month away, we hope that you at least have an interest in seeing if Greek Life is for you. But, we know you still may be confused by the recruitment process. And that is okay! It can be a bit confusing. Hopefully, this post can help to answer some of your questions!
What events do I need to know about for recruitment?
Before recruitment even begins, there are some important events to know about. Come pick up your recruitment shirt or register for recruitment during the first week of classes (August 25th-29th) in Helmick Commons from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM (only 1:00 PM on Friday). Recruitment Counselors (Rho Gammas) will be available to answer any of your questions.
On Monday, September 1st, we will be holding a recruitment kick-off event. Everyone is welcome—even if they have not registered, bring them! Your Rho Gamma will contact you beforehand and tell you where to meet her on campus at a designated location at 2:45 PM. Everyone will meet in Parent’s Hall in Upper Olmsted at 3:00 PM for a question and answer panel. We will all go down to Helmick Commons for snacks/socializing/registration if you haven’t already afterwards. The registration deadline closes this day at 11:59PM.
There are three rounds to recruitment at Drake. The first is Values Night, which is either Tuesday, September 2nd OR Thursday, September 4th. You will report at 5:45 PM wearing your recruitment T-Shirt and nice bottoms. There will be a short presentation and afterwards we will walk over to Greek Street together. Everyone will be attending all five chapter’s events and the night will conclude by 11:15 PM. Values Night is your first opportunity to interact personally with the members of our Panhellenic sororities. Conversations will be one-on-one and focus on topics such as your extra-curricular involvement, your experience at Drake so far, what you want to get out of a sorority experience, etc. Additionally, chapters will give you a brief presentation on their philanthropies.
On Wednesday, September 3rd, Drake will host the Student Activities Fair in Upper Olmstead from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Everyone is encouraged to attend and look at all the student clubs and organizations. Greek Life will have a booth at the fair in case you have any questions. Your Rho Gamma will also be in contact with you and meet up with your group.
The second round of recruitment is Sisterhood Night, which is Friday, September 5th. You will report at 5:15 PM wearing a nice dress, skirt, or pants (something that you would wear to a picnic or barbeque). There will be a short presentation and your Rho Gamma will give you your schedule for the night. You may be attending up to four events determined by a mutual selection process, however, it is quite common to attend less. The night will conclude by 10:45 PM. The night’s conversations will focus on each chapter’s member expectations as well as the financial, housing community, service, and scholarship obligations of each member. A brief tour of each chapter facility will also be given. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
The final round of recruitment is Preference Day, which is Saturday, September 6th. You will report at 12:15 PM wearing a nice dress or something that you would wear to a special occasion. There will be a short presentation and your Rho Gamma will give you your schedule for the day. You may be attending up to two events determined by a mutual selection process, however, it is common to attend one event. The day will conclude by 4:15 PM. You will talk more in-depth with members about their sorority experience and why their chapter is so important to them, as well as attend a special ceremony that is unique to each chapter. Some women may be emotional during this round, as they consider the bonds of sisterhood they have formed with the women in their chapter.
On Sunday, September 7th, we will celebrate Bid Day! If you receive a bid to join a chapter, you will report to Parents Hall in Upper Olmstead at 11:30 AM. Bids will be opened at 11:45 AM. From here, you will learn which chapter your Recruitment Counselor (Rho Gamma) and all other disassociated members belong to. At 1:00 PM, Bid Day with your new chapter will begin! Bid Day is the start of your journey as a Greek new member. It tends to be a little overwhelming, but it is filled with excitement and Panhellenic spirit.
What are recruitment events like?
Before each round of recruitment event begins, you will be lined up alphabetically with the other potential new members attending the same event outside of the chapter house. At the start of the event, the chapter members will likely sing in a group and invite you inside. Once inside, you will sit down with one or two members and just have a conversation. They want to get to know you better (and you want to get to know them, too!). This is your time to learn about their chapter and sisterhood.
At each event, a member will offer you a small snack (like cookies or fruit). Do not be afraid to eat the snack—the members have prepared them specially for you and want you to enjoy them! But, it is also fine to pass if you are not hungry. Despite what you may have seen in the movies, you will not be judged on whether or not you eat the snack. Be sure to eat lunch or dinner beforehand though. The snacks are not enough to be a meal!
What are my chances of receiving a bid to join a chapter?
If you maximize your options, there is a very good chance that you will receive a bid to join a chapter. Drake’s Greek Community is very diverse, and you will likely find a home in it if you keep an open mind. There is a place in our Greek Community for nearly anyone that is interested in being a part of it. It is important to come into recruitment with an open mind because you never know which chapter you will connect best with! The chapter that potential new members think they connect best with may change throughout the recruitment process. It is also important to not base any of your decisions on the conversation you have with one member of a chapter. As you speak with different women throughout the process, you can begin to see all the different characteristics each chapter has to offer.
Don’t forget to register if you have not already!