What to Expect During Recruitment
What to expect: Here at YSU, we like to start things off with a couple days where we provide information to you about who we are and what we do. Attending this event lets you catch a glimpse of what sorority women do – and helps you make a decision on whether or not being in a sorority is for you. You’ll also get a chance to meet the Recruitment Counselors: sorority women who are there to help you through the recruitment process.
What to wear: This event is the most casual. A t-shirt and shorts are perfectly fine but you’re also welcome to dress up a bit. Remember that this is the sorority’s first impression of you so dress tastefully!
What to talk about: Since Information Sessions are relaxed and informal, you’ll probably be walking from table to table. If you don’t have a chance to have an in-depth conversation with everyone you meet, don’t worry about it! This event is intended to give you a taste of what sororities are – so ask! Ask about Greek life in general, about individual sororities, or about personal experiences. Don’t forget to tell them a little about you since they want to get to know you, too!
OPEN HOUSE ROUND
What to expect: During this round each sorority holds their private event so they are each in a separate room. Recruitment Counselors will be there to help escort you from party to party. Each chapter has their own schedule of activities – be prepared to get up and move around! These 20-minute events are fairly short and the time will probably whiz right by as you visit all four chapters. Be sure to ask any questions you have but also make sure to enjoy yourself! Don’t be surprised if you’re greeting with clapping and a song or chant – they’re excited to see you!
What to wear: You might want to wear something a little nicer than a t-shirt, but the dress code still falls solidly into the casual category. Comfortable shorts, capris, khakis or jeans are all perfectly viable options.
What to talk about: At this point, you’ve decided that being in a sorority is definitely something for you; now you just need to figure out where your best match is. Ask questions that will help you learn more about the individual sororities. Tell them about you, too! There will probably be some fun activities that can provide some great conversation starters.
What to expect: This round is very similar to the Open House Round but the parties are 30 minutes in length and the chapters are focused on sharing their philanthropy projects with you. You’ll get to attend up to three chapters’ parties and discover what each does for their community and how they do it. They may even have some plans for you to get your first chance to help out the community! They’ve gotten to know you a little better over the past few days and will be excited to see you again – they’ll probably greet you with songs and cheers again! If you have questions between parties, ask the Recruitment Counselors. They’re there to help you through the recruitment process and give you advice on questions to ask.
What to wear: Again, the attire for this round is casual. Anything from shorts to capris to jeans to khakis works great!
What to talk about: As the day will be focused on the chapters’ efforts to promote their various philanthropies, this is a great chance to ask them what service projects they do on campus. You might just be surprised at the what these women can accomplish!
What to expect: This is the most important and meaningful event of the week. This serious hour long event is where you’ll make your final decision on what sorority you want to call your own. Listen carefully to the words they say and the songs they sing – that’s where they’ll tell you the essence of their beliefs. This round is often a very emotional step in the recruitment process because each chapter is sharing a ceremony with you that reveals their whole heart and soul. After the conclusion of the parties you’ll return to sign a Preference card stating which sorority you want to call your own. Think back on the past week and recall the conversations and activities which made you feel most at home. Remember that this is your decision and nobody else’s – don’t feel pressured to make a particular decision. Towards the end of the night you’ll get a chance to guess which chapter each Recruitment Counselor is from. Their identities will be revealed later as a part of the Bid Day festivities.
What to wear: This round is the one where you want to dress to impress! Your Sunday best or a cocktail dress are both appropriate. Each chapter will share a short ceremony with you so you want to be respectful in attire as well as in attitude.
What to talk about: Pay close attention to what the sisters tell you about their sorority. Tonight is the night when you’ll make a decision that will affect the rest of your life!
What to expect: The last and most exciting event of the week! At this event you’ll receive an invitation to join a sorority. Recruitment is a mutual selection process where your Preference card is matched with the sororities’ preferences. After discovering what chapter each Recruitment Counselor belongs to, you’ll get to join your new sisters in a celebratory sisterhood event!
What to wear: This event is casual: shorts, jeans or capris will all go great with the t-shirt you’ll get from your new sisters. (You will have a chance to go home and change between Preference and Bid Day.)