By Dana Zillgitt, Regular Contributor September 2, 2015
Oh sorority recruitment, you stressful yet beautiful time, you. Greek life has been getting a lot of mixed press lately and sometimes it’s hard not to question why you got involved in the first place (myself included). It’s hard to remember for a only moment though, because then you remember how much good came from taking a chance that week.
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But is there anything I wish I knew going in? Of course. Let’s get started:
Trust Your Gut
Something felt off? Trust it. Something felt right? Trust it. This process should be fun throughout it all.
Do Not Believe The Hype
Make your own decisions after each round.
It’s hard not to talk to friends and get their intake about certain houses, wishing you had that same feeling. But it’s crucial that you stay true to what you’re looking for.
And the media? Being part of Greek Life, no matter what house, is more than just the parties and the tshirts for every event. It’s about being a part of something bigger than yourself and being able to contribute to it.
You’re meeting so many different people under so many different circumstances within a short span of time. It does get overwhelming. So remember to stay hydrated, be yourself, and remember, you’re getting through this.
Know What You’re Looking For
Are you looking for a house dedicated to their philanthropy? A house that throws socials with other houses? Or are you a looking for a house that stays true to their values? Most of these often overlap. But ask those questions at each round and you may be pleasantly surprised.
And If You Don’t Get Your First Choice?
I ended up being picked by my second choice. And at first, it seemed daunting. I was left with a lot of questions at the end. But I gave myself a month and ended up finding everything I needed in a sorority. Being picked by a different house was the best thing
Greek recruitment is demanding, exhausting, and at times, absolutely exhilarating.
The end result, Bid Day, is the rush we’ve all been waiting for. And I can promise, recruitment may be stressful, Bid Day may be exhilarating, but the rest of Greek Life? It’s a feeling unlike any other with highs, lows, and everything in between. Know what you’re looking for in a house and you’ll get there.
And though most of my friends ended up being in my house, some of my best friends ended up in other houses as well. Sisterhood is about coming together for our own best interests and Greek Life helped me realize that. To this day, joining not only my house, but Greek Life in general is one of the best decisions I’ve made.
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Dana has her BA in International Affairs & Spanish as well as a mild obsession with rescue animals and all things caffeinated. She’s mastered the art of the selfie, fort building, and even the sass battle. Plus, she can quote 95% of Anchorman and Zoolander.
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