You may have followed our What a Rush blog this fall and are now inspired to rush on your own campus. Are you worried? Do you have questions? I'm sure you do, and this post will help answer some, if not, all of them. These are just our top tips, there are hundreds more that apply based on your college, your Greek community and your preferred sorority. For all of you rushing- Best of Luck! If you aren't, check out this post and the blog, you might be interested!
This Holiday I have so many things to be thankful for--including my 84 sisters, but you already knew that. Christmas--and FINALS--is being made so much better but also so much more hectic than I ever thought possible.
Being in a sorority is one of the best things I've done in college….and I've said this about 800 times, but it remains to be true. I love the sisterhood, I love the service and I absolutely love the accessories!!
So I just got accepted-- what happens now?
After initiation and our celebrations we began to get down to the dirty work--the business aspects of the sorority life. Greek life, as I have been told by many wise people before, is a business. It's very important to have a good budget and a high bank account--it is also important to fulfill recruitment quotas, fill out all the necessary paperwork and of course have "repeat customers"-- men and women who stay in the greek society for their entire college career.
This week in my sorority we are picking our first ever leaders for the colony/chapter. I, of course, am running for several positions (I mean come on would you expect any less?!?!)
A new Lifetime movie, "Sorority Wars," makes a bunch of parallels to my own sorority experience, and we are also getting ready to make the transition into the recruitment period!!
I never really knew what it meant to be a sister--and to have sisters--until I joined UCR!! My first week has been quite a rush-- filled with sisterhood events, retreats, and of course philanthropy!!
Your favorite Rush Girl is now a Sorority Girl!! Read on about how to make the decision that’s right for you.
I thought I would know by last week, but in an odd twist of fate they are holding off until next Thursday, October 8, 2009! MORE WAITING!! But have no fear I absolutely have an update!
My interview was with two very familiar faces, as I had the opportunity to meet some of the women on Sunday. They both remembered me, which I am hoping is a good thing. This experience taught me a lot about networking, even though I haven’t really gotten started yet, I’m learning how to sell myself. I think this is ultimately what allowed me to be comfortable enough to go up to all the women at the UCR information session and speak to them about myself and about their organization. And it paid off!! I also printed out my resumes (complete with business cards, which you can get made online for a very low price!) and placed them in a folder, which showed that I actually put time and thought into the process and I think ultimately it will pay off in the end.
To me, this sorority seems like the best place to be. I have not felt uncomfortable at any stage of the game, but I’m a people person. I like getting to know people. I think if you are afraid of this aspect, you should go out anyway, because in my mind sorority interaction will ultimately allow you to shed that nervousness and become the beautiful social butterfly every girl is meant to be!
The Downside—Financial Obligations
I can honestly say the only thing that may be a “down side” is the financial aspect of it. It costs A LOT of money. Dues, new membership fees, badge fees, initiation fees and administrative fees all add up, and when you are going to a private University they add up even faster. I personally work, but this might be a problem for those who do not.
My Time Schedule
I’ve had to change my schedule slightly—I switched a shift with another employee at my job so that in the event I’m picked, I can go to my bid day ceremony. To me, moving work around campus activities isn’t a new challenge—I always work, and always want to participate. It’s a fact of life. Because it’s an informal rush we aren’t bound by the dry rush regulations, so the only times we cannot drink are our bid night and initiation night and the rush week in the spring. To me, there are so many benefits (sisterhood, networking, fun, philanthropy, and a greater sense of belonging) that giving up three days of drinking in the long run, is totally worth it.
Next week, I’ll know if I’m in!!! Keep your fingers crossed as I look forward to continuing to blog about what it’s like to be in a new sorority, as a senior, as a new member, and as someone who is slowly making the transition from student to “working adult.”
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