Hi! I'm going to a Greek Opportunities Call Out meeting today for information of rush and I was wondering what to wear. I have an exam tomorrow so I'll attending the meeting in the middle of studying today. Would a long shirt, leggings, a vest, and riding boots be okay?
That sounds perfectly fine. For a casual panhellenic session, it’s Ok to be “nice” and relaxed looking. You just don’t want to show up in torn sweatpants, a ratty tee shirt and sloppy slippers. There is casual and then there is scruffy looking. During recruitment time, there are always eyes upon you, so looking appropriately ‘collegiate casual’ should be your goal.
A PNM can look totally classy in the simplest outfit, (crisp white shirt and jeans for example), as long as she is tidy, clean and presentable. The on campus fashions that you described should be attractive and appropriate for your day of testing and the greek meeting. Have fun! xoxo ;)
Since the sorority sugar Rec Letter Writers List was established several years ago, it was very hard to tell which letter writers were current or not. As I announced recently, I cleared the list and I would like to start fresh for 2015 recruitment recommendations. With Spring Recruitment starting in January, PNMs will want to make contact with volunteer letter writers very soon.
✿ If YOU are an active or alum who would be willing to write Rec Letters for PNMs, please do the following:
- Via the sorority sugar ASK, please volunteer and state your sorority and if you are Active or Alum. Your tumblr address/link will be used unless you request using an email.
- The ASK button is on my Homepage, right sidebar, below the last Ad. Or, you can add /ask to the sorority sugar HTML.
- Make sure your own blog ASK is functioning and you monitor your requests.
✿ That’s it! I will place you on the Rec Letter Writers List. Keep in mind, the former list has been deleted, so if you were on it before, please submit your chapter and membership status again. I will be dating the list this time for better organization. Sorority smiles. xoxo ;)
Please go to the sorority sugar homepage and browse the page links on the top navigation bar. There you will find several resources to help you start planning for your future recruitment. The Recruitment FAQ Page especially has lots & lots of tips for PNMs. There’s even a group of posts devoted to preparing in High School! The more you know in advance of college the better. Make wise decisions the next few years and you will be a picture perfect PNM when rush begins. xoxo ;)
Other PNMs have joined a favorite chapter after several tries at recruitment. So never say never! At the same time, I would encourage you to keep your options open and rush other chapters too if possible. Depending on what the recruitment schedule is like at your college, you should participate whenever you can. Don’t wait a year just for one chapter. Keep exploring, keep being friendly and keep your heart open to every possibility. Many different chapters can give you the greek life experience you’re looking for, not just one. Fingers crossed your next rush will be THE one! xoxo ;)
"All respect comes from persisting to completion." ~ Melissa Lima
"Champions keep playing until they get it right." ~ Billie Jean King
I'm a high school sophomore and I really really want to rush a sorority when I graduate. The only thing that really worries me is that I will most likely not have any letters of recommendation because I don't know anyone who has been in a sorority before. How much weight do letters of recommendation hold in the process and how could I get them? Also, are letters of recommendation only written by alums, or can anyone write them?
I am thrilled that you are interested in greek life and you’re already thinking about recruitment. Let me clear up a few things about rec letters….
Many PNMs don’t have close friends or relatives who are greek (I didn’t either), but in your town, your state and your region, there are greek members who can recommend you. The need for letters depends on your specific campus and what importance they put on recommendations. At some colleges they are an absolute must and other recruitments don’t require them at all.
If you do need them, they are written mostly by Alumnae. Some chapters accept Active letters too, but some don’t. Each member writes to her corresponding chapter at your university. For example, a Kappa Delta woman writes to KD and a Delta Zeta sister writes to DZ. It’s a member to member arrangement.
For details on how to find letter writers when you don’t know any ~ please visit my Recommendation Letter Connection Page. I have lots of tips for networking to get the letters you need. It can be done, even if you ask strangers in your area to help. I would start asking your teachers, coaches, neighbors and others if they were in a sorority and keep them in mind for the future. I’m sure you will turn up a few greeks right in your own hometown! xoxo ;)
Normally, if you go past the preference round and receive a bid (even if you don’t accept it) you have to wait 1 year to rush again. To avoid the waiting period, you must drop out of recruitment before the bids are extended. PNMs who drop during the middle of rush week can then participate in informal rush the next semester. But you proceeded all the way through the system and technically you should wait.
I don’t know how strict your panhellenic is, so it may depend on what ADPi or you can “arrange.” I’m surprised they are contacting you right after NOT inviting you to pledge. That’s very odd. Maybe one or more of their new members have left and they suddenly have more openings. You are currently free of any chapter commitments, since you did not move forward with the other sorority. The only hitch will be the timing in accepting a 2nd bid so soon. xoxo ;)
Question! Panhellenic is this week at my school and I was perusing the tabs you have up top and I saw the term "suiciding". We have 2 national orgs to choose from and I really only want to join 1 of them. If I only put down the one I want to join, is that considered suiciding? My biggest fear is that if I put both, the one that I don't care for might choose me but not the one that I want. Does that make sense?
YES if you put done only ONE choice after the preference round it is called “suiciding.” It doesn’t matter if you start with 18 chapter or 4, all PNMs narrow down to 2 choices for preference night (sometimes 3.) So every PNM is facing the same situation. By that point, most girls prefer one chapter over another. But the wise thing to do is to rank them in order, not write down just one.
Chapters do not like PNMs suiciding and it often works against you. Also, give the “other” chapter a chance if your recruitment hasn’t even started yet. If you let the system work, it has a way of placing PNMs like you in the right spot. But, if you are Ok with the possibility of NO greek life instead of your second choice sorority, then you can take the risk and list only one chapter. Sometimes it works out. But it’s a gamble. Be prepared for the worst and hope for the best. xoxo ;)
Currently recruiting for Chi Theta Phi ~ a fabulous and local design sorority with a social and professional focus at Oregon State University! There will always be an art to flying!
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