Getting into a sorority may be one of your top priorities, but don’t let it get the best of you. There will be many different groups to choose from, depending on the college you go to. You want to find one that resonates with your characteristics and lifestyle. If you’re about to be a freshman and are planning to join a sorority, keep the following tips in mind.
DO: Keep You Cool
The last thing you want to let happen is for desperation to seep through. Once you become desperate, you lose your standards. You don’t want to end up joining just any ol’ sorority, especially if it doesn’t vibe well with you. So keep cool and continue looking until you find a group you like.
DON’T: Try Too Hard to Stand Out
You’ll find some students going to great measures to make themselves stand out to sorority recruiters. While you do want to make a lasting impression, you don’t want it to be a bad one. Dressing up in bright colors, wearing a large colorful hat or a ton of makeup isn’t the way to go. Instead, dress classy and let your personality make you stand out. This too should be kept classy – no being loud or obnoxious.
DO: Wear Clothes and Shoes
Make sure you are wearing an outfit and kicks that are comfortable, as you’re going to be walking around and mingling for a few hours. Your clothes should also make a good impression. Try wearing something casual, but nice. You don’t want to walk out in boots or stilettos.
DON’T: Listen to Rumors
You don’t want to get caught up in the mix of rumors. There will be plenty circulating around about the different sororities. In most cases 99 percent of them aren’t true. They were made up by the sororities to discredit the others.
DO: Make Sure to Ask Questions
If you’re a little confused about a sorority and how it operates, don’t be afraid to ask questions. You’re a freshman and this is your first time, so don’t be afraid to inquire about things you don’t understand. Talk to the members to learn more about what it’s like to be in that sorority, so you can have more of an idea of what to expect. It’s best to hear it from the people involved with the group than to hear stories from outsiders.
DON’T: Over-Express Yourself
Sororities are interested in learning about you and who you are, but this isn’t the time to reveal your troubled past. Dish out just enough to help people get to know you. You want to give them an upbeat version of yourself, so keep things on a more positive note.
DON’T: Think You’re Guaranteed a Bid
If you and a sorority clicks, that doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed a bid in the group. There are hundreds of girls competing for a spot in the sorority, so friendships are bound to happen either way. They can’t let everyone they like inside, so don’t let this go to your head. Just keep your head up, even if you don’t get picked.
If you’re enrolled in one of USF’s mpa programs and want to join a sorority, make sure to keep these do’s and don’ts in mind!