Get ready for one of the most exciting, rewarding, and FUN experiences you'll have in college! While you will be moving into a sweet new dorm space, buying overpriced textbooks, and getting used to some long-awaited independence, you'll also get the chance to meet some of the most well-rounded and caring women that may, one day, be your sisters!
Greek life at DePauw is refreshingly different than at other schools. While my role in the Greek and Panhellenic communities is a definite commitment, I've never felt that my other campus involvements have been compromised or limited in any way. I've found a one-of-a-kind devotion to philanthropic service as well as an invaluable sense of solidarity amongst motivated young women. Looking back on my decision to participate in Recruitment, I wouldn't change a thing.
If you've heard concerning rumors or a daunting story or two about Greek life and what being in a sorority is all about, you aren't alone! It's funny now as I realize how absolutely wrong my fearful expectations about Greek life were. Similarly, I never imagined a support system quite like the one I've established with sisters and all women of the Panhellenic community alike.
Here's a short list of helpful things to keep in mind for recruitment OR if you're considering whether or not you want to go through the process at all...
1) TRY IT. There's no penalty for simply proceeding through the recruitment process. If you decide along the way that it truly isn't for you, that's fine! But, you can't as easily decide later that you want to participate after opting not to.
2) Be confident, be YOURSELF. During the process, the Panhellenic women want to get to know YOU for YOU (and I bet that's a pretty cool girl because you're at DPU!!). If you have a confident, "Be Me" mindset, you will be more relaxed and able to make the best decisions throughout the process!
3) Meet new people. The process of recruitment and even beyond the process is like the ultimate speed dating game! Social butterfly or not, this is such a fun aspect of recruitment. See who you mesh well with and learn something new and cool about the women you talk to!
4) Maintain an open mind. Myself included, many women that go through recruitment have a set decision in their mind about a handful of chapters. While this is definitely okay, don't limit yourself! This is such a unique time for each and every chapter and you are sure to be surprised at least once at a chapter that really stepped up and made a great impression on you! This aspect will make your final decisions tough, but in a good way!
5) Your choice means your choice. You'll find that you'll hear an insurmountable amount of things, right and wrong, about Greek life, individual chapters, and what happens after you make your final choice. While every other woman has an opinion about what she thinks is right or best, SO DO YOU. This is primetime for you to be true to your heart (cue the 98 degrees backup dancers)! In the end, you will be SO glad knowing you made the best decision for YOU, and not for anyone else.
6) Enjoy it! Greek life and the recruitment process is so unlike anything else you will ever experience. Take every moment and event for what it is and just have a fun time with it! A smile is the BEST thing to wear throughout the process:)
7) Make the BEST memories. When all is said and done, you are well on your way to making some of the greatest memories of your college experience. Live it up!! It goes way too fast, trust me!
While ultimately it is your decision (you are a big college gal now!), take it from me, someone who, in a million years, would never go Greek! (At one point I even thought going Greek meant eating Greek yogurt and studying Socrates) My personal experience was eye-opening-- I reluctantly challenged myself and found something I hadn't dreamed of. I'd be kicking myself if I hadn't decided to participate in Formal Recruitment and I'd be lost without an irreplaceable family of sisters and even larger community in Panhellenic.
So, now it's your turn! It's your time to discover something new about yourself, about some other wonderful women, and about an idea much bigger than all of us that, nonetheless, binds us together in the best way possible.
Head Rho Gamma