Having been a Potential New Member, a recruiter for my chapter, and a disassociate on Panhellenic Council, I can say that recruitment is a truly special experience. You meet so many incredible women from every chapter and learn so much about yourself and the person you want to become. However, I also know recruitment can be a very stressful time on both sides. Nerves and stress levels are high, the nights are long, and often things don’t go exactly how you expect. I want to share some wisdom with you that I have gathered from being on both sides of recruitment, because it is better to know these things now before they surprise you later.
- Remember: Everything happens for a reason! Things will not go as perfectly as you expect. And that is okay. Recruitment is a unique experience for everyone and you will think you know what chapter you want to be a part of before recruitment starts. I can tell you right now that thing will change during recruitment and you might go through some ups and downs. And that is perfectly okay. Recruitment is so special because it is so unique for every person, so take a deep breath and trust that everything is going to turn out exactly how it should.
- Keeping an open mind is the best possible thing you can do for yourself. Even if you really think you don’t like a chapter, seeing the great things about every chapter can make your recruitment experience so much smoother and will help you appreciate the beauty of each chapter and Panhellenic as a whole. Each chapter is incredible in its own way and has so much to offer. You could find your best friends in the chapter you never expected.
- Even if you don’t like a chapter, the woman next to you might love it. And vice versa. It is extremely important to keep your thoughts to yourself and keep recruitment a private experience from other women going through recruitment. That is what your Rho Gamma is for, to be a confidential source for you to be able to voice your thoughts to. In order for you to make your own decisions and find the chapter that is truly right for you, recruitment needs to be a private experience for you and one that is yours and yours alone. And remember: women around you can hear what you say too, and they might love the chapter you don’t love so much. If you wouldn’t want to hear it about the chapter you love, don’t say it about the chapter you don’t love.
- Recruitment is a mutual selection process. The women of the chapters want you there and they are excited to see you! They want you as much as you want them. With that, remember that even if you are at a chapter that you may not love, they worked so hard to make recruitment the best possible experience for you and they are still excited to see you. So smile and enjoy the whole recruitment process, because we are all so excited to see you!
- Get some sleep, keep up on your homework, and BREATHE J. Recruitment can have long hours and can get hectic, so make sure to take it easy and de-stress as much as you can. Also, homework is an important thing to keep up on so you don’t get behind during recruitment. It’s only a few days, you can do it!
Recruitment is going to be an incredible experience and I believe in each and every one of you! It can be stressful, it’s hectic, but I would do it again in a heartbeat and at the end you have tons of new sisters and an incredible Greek Life experience ahead of you J. Good luck!