How do Sororities Work?: A Guide to Understanding How to Join
If you've just started college, you might feel lonely or out of place. You may have left behind close friends back home, and are looking for your place or purpose in your new home.
That's where Greek like can come in for many students. Greek organization members make up a huge percentage of the student body on most modern college campuses.
Sororities are a major part of college life for many American college students. Sororities provide a home, activities, events, and a sense of community to young girls during their college years. They can provide young women with a great social circle as well as academic, leadership, and career opportunities.
If you're new to a school, you might be wondering how do sororities work exactly. Read on, and we'll walk you through everything you need to know about what sororities do and how you can join one.
How Do Sororities Work And What Do They Do?
Sororities are typically national organizations that have local chapters located on college campuses around the nation. Most sororities fall under the umbrella of the National Panhellenic Conference, a congress of 26 national and international sororities.
Sororities are groups of girls who support each other and engage with each other throughout their college years. Yes, a lot of times this means getting together to watch television or throwing parties, but it can mean a lot of hard work as well.
Sororities are frequently involved in putting together charitable drives and causes, as well as working with other organizations in the community, including fraternities. Sorority sisterhood is considered a big responsibility and time commitment, and allegiance to sorority identity is considered important.
First Steps To Joining
If you're interested in joining a sorority chapter at your school, there are a few first steps to take.
Recruitment is the term used to refer to how sororities get new members. You should research and find out when recruitment begins at your school. It will usually occur very quickly after the semester begins, but each school is different.
There typically is a number of mandatory events you will need to attend as part of recruitment, and you should familiarize yourself with these dates and make sure that you are available.
Do Your Research
Before registering for recruitment, do your due diligence and look up the different sororities that have chapters at your school. The national websites for these sororities should give you some general information about their goals, priorities and general vibe.
Look more locally, and don't be afraid to reach out to current sorority members and ask them about their experiences. As you begin the recruitment process, you should try and have a sense of which sororities feel like the right fit for you.
Sign Up For Recruitment
The process of signing up for recruitment will vary from school to school. It is easy to miss the deadline when trying to keep up with classes, so it is advisable that you sign up early to avoid any mistakes.
Registration usually requires a small registration fee that you'll need to pay up front. At most schools, you will be notified of a registration group that you will be a part of soon following our submission.
Provide As Much Information As Possible
When applying for recruitment, make sure to provide as much information about yourself as you can. Include all high school activities you were a part of, leadership roles, and academic achievements. Anything that can make you seem more attractive in the eyes of a sorority is a plus.
Regardless of their depiction on television and in movies, sororities actually hold academic achievement in high regard and some may even require a certain grade point average for you to be eligible.
The Recruitment Process
During the period of formal recruitment, you will be invited to attend a number of events at various sororities.
These events are put on my sororities so that they can meet and get to know potential new members. These events are usually divided into rounds, with a number of different sororities having events in each round.
While the sororities are feeling you out during these events, this is also a good opportunity for you to do the same to them. At the end of recruitment, you will need to decide which sorority you want to be a part of. These events are perfect to figure out which chapter you would feel the most at home in.
Make A Good Impression
Consider recruitment not so different from a job interview. You want to put your best self forward to the current sister and make yourself seem like an exciting prospect.
Dressing well is a big part of making a good first impression. Generally, each night of recruitment will grow more formal as the week progresses, starting with simple jeans and moving to cocktail dress events. Pride in appearance and self-confidence can be a big tip-off to sisters when looking for new members.
While at these events, attempt to engage in conversation with as many sisters as possible. Be friendly, but not overbearing. A good way to get a conversation going is simply to ask questions about their experiences in the sorority.
Accepting A Bid
At the end of your recruitment events, you will make a list of sororities that you would be interested in joining and prioritize your order. At the same time, different sororities will begin to put out what are known as 'bids,' to various girls from the events. These bids are offers to join.
Look over the bids you receive at the end of recruitment and compare them to the list you've made. Choose the sorority that feels right for you. Upon selecting and accepting a bid, you will officially be offered a pledge position in the chapter and the beginnings of your sorority life will be underway!
Living Your Best (Greek) Life
Joining a sorority can be a life-changing experience for any young girl. Greek life can offer a meaningful and exciting college experience and create long-lasting connections that can continue to flourish after school.
Now that you no longer have to ask 'how do sororities work?' you can get started on the recruitment process and be on your way.
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