Sorority Rush Tips: Do's and Don'ts You Should Know
Every year, students participate in rush week, presenting themselves in the best way they can in an attempt to gain a spot in one of the more than 1,500 fraternities and sororities that dot colleges across the United States.
If you're one of these promising students, and you're not sure what you should do during rush week, read these sorority rush tips to help you get you into the sorority of your choice.
A simple do and don't list will give you everything you need to know about sorority recruitment week.
Do Your Research
This is college after all, and what better way to start than to the research your sorority of choice. The more you know about the organization, the more impressed the sorority will be by your knowledge and willingness to learn. Think of it like a job interview. Have questions, but know enough to know which questions to ask.
You might also check out the National Panhellenic Conference's resources for potential new members (also known as PNM) to give them an idea of what to expect and to instill organizational values.
Do Be Genuine and Honest
Everyone has an appreciation for someone who acts in a way that's genuine. Recruiters are no different. Be sure and answer questions as genuinely and honestly as possible. Be yourself, because more often than not, people can see through fakeness.
Do Bring a Change of Shoes
I know you spent time thinking about what you would wear, but chances are, you're doing a lot of walking, and your feet are going to get tired and sore very quickly. Bringing a pair of cute flip-flops or sandals that fit in your bag isn't a bad idea. You can switch back and forth between the two shoes, and you'll be comfortable while you walk.
Don't Worry too Much About Outfits
While it's fun to think about the perfect outfit, the real reason for being there isn't to stress about what you're wearing. You're there to create memories and make a good impression. That means having a great outfit is okay, but it isn't your main focus. If you're concerned about making sure your outfit is appropriate, check out our rush week outfit guide.
Don't Stress too Much About the Event
Do you already know which sorority you want to pledge? That's great! However, you should be careful not to stress too much over not being chosen. Try not to be offended if the sorority doesn't bid on you. Remember, the sisters probably know what their own organization is looking for, how much room they have and whether you fit the bill for a new member.
Don't Talk About Parties
Parties are great, but there's a time and place for them, and rush week isn't it. When speaking with sorority recruiters or mingling with fellow PNM's, be sure and keep your subjects professional. They want to know you can be mature and match their values. If you break out a story about the last kegger you crashed, you're going to change the mood entirely and may offend someone.
More Tips for Rushing a Sorority
Rush week can be stressful and magical all at once, so enjoy it and have fun. Make new friends and make a difference.
If this list of sorority rush tips was helpful, you might also want to check out this guide to sorority terms you need to know or take a look at our Shop Greek U section for clothing and accessories. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We love to help!