With less than two months before the start of recruitment, we know you probably have several questions. This week, we will tell you what you should pack to wear (and what not wear!) for each night of recruitment. Keep checking back on this blog throughout the upcoming weeks for answers to more common questions. Don’t be afraid to post a question if you have one so we can help answer it! Also, be sure to register if you have not done so already!
The most important thing to remember when packing for recruitment is to be yourself and be comfortable. There is no need to go out and buy a new outfit for any of the days—especially because it will likely be the first time you are meeting women in each chapter (and they have never seen your wardrobe!). You will be having conversations with women, and should aim to look put together and classy—but not over the top. Each day of recruitment is a bit dressier as the week progresses. Your Rho Gamma will be available the week before recruitment to do outfit checks with you if you are having trouble deciding between two outfits or do not know if something is appropriate. Below are some pictures of good and bad examples of what to wear from our Rho Gamma fashion show two years ago as well as some pictures of what Potential New Members (PNMs) wore last year.
Values Night (Tuesday, September 2nd OR Thursday, September 4th)
Values Night is your first opportunity to interact personally with the members of our Panhellenic sororities. You will visit all five chapters. 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.
Values Night is the most casual day of formal recruitment, so dress is casual as well. You will be provided with a t-shirt to wear. This year’s shirt is a black V-Neck with our Panhellenic crest (shown above) in purple. Jeans, jean shorts, or a casual skirt are all good options to wear on the bottom—but most people choose to wear jeans. Sandals, flats, tennis shoes, or any other comfortable shoe are appropriate.
The first picture is too casual. Athletic shorts, yoga pants, and sweat pants are all comfy, but too informal for Values Night. The second picture is too formal or inappropriate. Fancy skirts, dress pants, and heels should be saved for a different day of recruitment. Jean shorts should be an appropriate length and you can probably find a better shoe option than boots. Remember, you want to present yourself well and this is your first impression. The last picture is just right! Also check out the example of what a few women wore on Values Night last year.
Values: Too Casual
Values: Too Formal or Inappropriate
Values: Just Right!
Values Night 2013
Sisterhood Night (Friday, September 5th)
On Sisterhood Night, you will receive a schedule with up to four events for the day; these events are determined by a mutual selection process. The night’s conversations will focus on each chapter’s member expectations as well as the financial, housing, community, service and scholastic obligations of each member. You will also receive a brief tour of each chapter’s facility. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Active members will be prepared to answer any questions concerning living arrangements, time commitments, membership requirements, etc.
Sisterhood Night is more formal than Values Night, but still fairly casual. Dress is comparable to what you would wear to a company picnic or family reunion. Casual sundresses or a nice shirt with a casual skirt, capris or pants are appropriate. Flats or sandals are a good choice for shoes. Remember, on this day you will be receiving up to four house tours, so heels are not recommended. Don’t be afraid to wear some jewelry though!
The first picture is too casual. Sisterhood Night is a little more formal than jeans. The second picture is a better example. Also check out some candid examples of what a few women wore on Sisterhood Night last year.
Sisterhood: Too Casual
Sisterhood: Just Right!
Preference Day (Saturday, September 6th)
During this round you will visit up to two chapters. 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.
Preference Day is the most formal day of recruitment. Dress is comparable to what you would wear to a wedding or an important ceremony. Most women choose to wear a nice dress. Flats, wedges or heels are appropriate. Some women choose to walk to Greek Street in flats or sandals and then change into heels for each event (there are often acorns along the path to Greek Street and we do not want anyone falling right beforehand!).
The first picture is too casual or inappropriate for Preference Day. Leggings are not dressy enough and be careful not to show too much skin. The second picture is too formal. Please do not wear a prom dress or business jacket! The last picture shows some examples of what to wear on Preference Day. There are also some pictures of PNMs from last year!
Preference: Too Inappropriate
Preference: Too Formal
Preference: Just Right!
Preference Day 2013
Preference Day 2013
Preference Day 2013
Bid Day (Sunday, September 7th)
If you receive a bid to join a chapter, Bid Day will be spent meeting with your recruitment group, receiving your bid card and joining your new chapter in their planned activities. You will also learn which chapter your Recruitment Counselor (Rho Gamma) and all other disassociated members belong to. 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.
When you arrive to receive your bid card at noon on Sunday, wear a tank top with jeans, capris, or shorts (along with flats, sandals, or tennis shoes). You will receive a t-shirt from the chapter you receive a bid from, and will wear that upon being greeting by those chapter members.
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