What I Wish I Knew: Sorority Recruitment

Thinking back to my time when I went through formal recruitment the sounds of door songs, heels clicking on the ground, and Rho Gammas yelling walking group numbers come to mind. Crazy to think I’m now going to be on the other side of this whole big mess that is formal recruitment. I hope my tips will give you peace of mind going into this experience! 

 

Before I get into my experience with formal recruitment, I’ll give you a little background knowledge on me. I had no intentions of rushing a sorority when I came to the University of Oklahoma because I didn’t think I was the type. However, I really believe that if you’re semi-interested in greek life, just rush and see how you like it. If greek life isn’t your thing, you always have the opportunity to drop. Also, it’s important to note that I will be discussing Panhellenic recruitment, but there are other greek councils like ones related to majors, cultures, ethnicities, and more if that would interest you more. After some convincing from my freshman year roommate, I decided I would do formal recruitment.

 

Here is all the things I wish I knew and things I think I did right during formal recruitment.

  • Avoid Greek Rank.
    • I know so many girls my senior year of high school that had this disturbing website bookmarked on their computers and constantly checked for updates. If you’re not familiar, it’s a website that “ranks” chapters at every university or college. Sure, it may be tempting to see what people are saying about a particular chapter, but honestly the comments about every chapter are extremely inaccurate. Not only does this taint the first impression a PNM has of a chapter, it ruins your experience going through recruitment. Word from the wise, is to just avoid it at all costs.

 

  • Don’t Have Your Heart Set
    • Another fatal flaw I constantly saw during when I went through recruitment and even now, is girls going into recruitment with their mind made up on the house they want. The best thing I ever did during recruitment was to not get my heart set on any house or assume that I would be in a certain chapter because girls from my hometown are in that house. It’s difficult to know what goes on behind the scenes as a PNM and understand that each chapter is very aware of the type of girls they are trying to recruit. I just remember so many girls getting heartbroken during recruitment because they had their heart set on a house even before they walked on campus. Give each chapter a chance and judge them based on your experience there and what feeling you have while you’re there.

 

 

  • Get Rec Letters, but Certainly Don’t Stress
    • I do have to admit that I did not do a single recommendation letter for sorority recruitment and I like to think I had a pretty good rush experience. However, I will say that it might have given me peace of mind to have some recommendation letters under my belt. If you’re unfamiliar, a rec letter is written from an alumna of a sorority, not necessarily the chapter at the school you’re rushing, in support of you joining their chapter. These are in NO WAY a guaranteed bid to a house, but it may help you out. With that being said, I will reiterate that I did not do a single rec letter for any house and I still ended up in the house I wanted during rush, but there is no way to guarantee the same experience. So if you’re struggling to find a recommendation letter for a particular house, don’t let it keep you up at night. 

 

 

  • This is YOUR Rush Experience, Not Mom’s
    • Fortunately, nobody in my family was involved in greek life, so I didn’t suffer with this as much as some of my friends. It is crucial to remember, that this recruitment is YOURS, not moms, sisters, dad, brother, best friend, boyfriend, or anyone else for that matter. This is yours, meaning that you have to make the decisions that are best for you. If your family member was an Alpha Alpha Alpha, that does not mean you have to be if you don’t feel connected there. This is in no way saying that if you want to follow a family members legacy that you shouldn’t, but at the end of the day, do what makes you happy. This also goes for what other PNMs will say during recruitment. If you absolutely love a certain house and the girls on your hall say that they don’t, that doesn’t mean you should compromise what you want for others. At the end of the day, you need to choose the house that makes you feel comfortable. One of the best pieces of advice I got during recruitment was if you don’t feel comfortable going to that house without makeup on and in a big t shirt and shorts, that house isn’t for you.

 

 

  • Enjoy yourself
    • I know it’s easy to get caught up in the entire experience and forget to enjoy your time. This is such a unique opportunity to meet new people at your university and within the Panhellenic community. Don’t forget to give yourself the chance to be fully present during rush and take each chapter for what they can offer you. Remember to take a deep breath and smile big! You’re gonna do great!!

I hope these five tips helped someone out and that your recruitment experience is everything you want and more!

 

Until next time,

 

Ally Mincher

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How to Apply for College

Tips I used to get into the University of Oklahoma!

With college application season upon us, I have compiled a list of tips I used when I applied to college. I was accepted to the University of Oklahoma and will attend this fall (Boomer!), but I also applied and was accepted to the University of Arkansas. Both schools had very different applications, but these tips should help you with just about every application.

1. Be early

Do your research and figure out what schools accept what application. For example, all public Texas schools will accept the ApplyTexas application. Other schools like the University of Oklahoma will accept the Common Application. And some schools like the University of Arkansas have their own application for their school. But either way, know when they come out. This is as simple as a Google search. Be aware of when they come out so you can begin working on it. The earlier you submit your application, the better. Schools have a limited number of spots for their incoming class, so it’s better to get it in early to secure your place. Also, it shows an admissions counselor that you are interested in their school.

2. Take your Time

Review, review, review and take your time! It is so easy to overlook a mistake simply because you were rushed. Yes, turn in your application early, but be sure to have several sets of eyes take a look. Giving yourself ample time to review and look through everything ensures that you provide the university with all the necessary tools to grant admission. Ask people you trust to take a look at your application and make sure you emphasize that you want them to give honest criticisms so you can create the strongest application possible.

3. Edit, edit, edit, and edit a little more

Going hand in hand with #2, edit your application. There is no way that it is perfect and ready to submit the first time you run through it. I know I sound like a nagging English teacher, but there’s some merit to this. It is so easy to miss a simple error because you didn’t edit enough. Make sure to have someone you trust look over your application and have them mark all over it. A simple error or misspelling in an essay can be the difference between getting into the school or getting wait listed.

4. Be realistic about your options

Make sure to establish your safety, mid, and reach schools. It is important to assess where you rank among your peers. There is no need to apply to an ivy league school if you graduated last in your class. The way to figure out where you rank among those who are also applying to this school is to find out the statistics. This is as simple as “Who is the average student applying to (college/university)”, this will give you an idea of what you are up against. For example, the average student attending the University of Oklahoma had 3.62 GPA, 26 ACT score, is a business major and from Texas. If those bare bones criteria sounded a lot like you, then you know that the University of Oklahoma may be a good mid school for you. Contrarily, the average Harvard student had a 4.10 GPA, 35 ACT score, is Social Science major from the United States with a heavy foreign student population. If that didn’t sound like you, but you still want to apply, know that it will be your reach school. Collegedata.com is my favorite source for all this information.

5. Have a Resume Ready

Time to brag about yourself! Woohoo! In your application, there will be a spot for you to list out every achievement with a short description. Before the application goes live, go ahead and write up a list for every little, miniscule achievement you had since freshman year. Be sure to list any clubs you were involved with, especially those with any leadership role. It comes across very well if you were involved in some club or organization all throughout high school. So if they limit you on how many you can list, be sure to prioritize those clubs first. Don’t be shy about your accomplishments! Especially if you were involved in a variety of things in school. Make sure to list that you were the captain of your drill team and was the senior editor for your yearbook (if you actually did that of course). It is important to show an admissions counselor that you are a well rounded individual.
Hopefully these tips will help as you power through all of those applications! Good luck!

 

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Sources:
“Harvard College – CollegeData College Profile.” COLLEGEdata. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 July 2017.
“University of Oklahoma – CollegeData College Profile.” COLLEGEdata. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 July 2017.

 

 

* I have no affiliation with the admissions department at the University of Oklahoma. The criteria for admission varies from school to school.

 

5 Ways to Get an Internship

Want to know how I’ve had an internship since I was 15?
Here are my tips!

1.Research, research, and some more research

It’s important to first determine what field you’re interested in. If you know that you want to have a career in law, then go to some effort to figure out what type of law you’re interested in and who is the best at it. Make sure you put some effort into finding out what the general public feels about this company to know what you’re getting into. Go to local events that have to do with your area and see what they have to offer.

 

2. Ask around

Ask your parents, teachers, neighbors, anyone! You’ll be surprised to find out how willing other people are to help you find a summer internship. Remember, it’s more about who you know than what you know. Make sure to work on those networking skills and having contacts in a variety of different fields.

 

3.Build that Resume

Make sure to have all previous work experience and list of achievements ready to go. Employers understand that you may not have a ton of work experience at a young age, but they do expect to see that you were involved in something in school, and hopefully relating to your major! It’s important to try and show that you have a variety of different skills or organizations you belong to. Be sure to list any skills you have whether that be that you can speak Spanish or are a wiz at photoshop.

 

4. Be Eager

Attitude is everything. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to be engaged. If you don’t invest yourself into finding the right internship for you, then it likely won’t shake out. No employer wants to hire you as an intern if you’re not enthusiastic about the work.

 

5. Utilize Social Media

Create a LinkedIn profile to help with the search and you can put up a post on Facebook seeing if anyone is looking for a summer intern. Social media makes it easy to find what companies are offering internships.