As if picking your classes, moving into your dorm and learning to navigate the campus weren’t stressful enough, some of you may be going the extra mile and making sorority rush a part of your first few days of college. If you’re considering joining a sorority you’re bound to have questions about the recruitment process. What do you wear? How do you act? How do you know you’re making the right decision? We have some simple but crucial advice, straight from a Justine intern who went through rush just last year. Just remember, this is a major opportunity, not a scary competition!
Be yourself: Allow your personality to shine through. Be prepared to answer the same questions multiple times, but make your answers memorable. Don’t get caught up in everyone else’s ideas. Pick the sorority that’s right for you as an individual. Go where you know you’ll feel the most comfortable and will be able to make lifelong friends.
Keep an open mind: You don’t have to join a sorority just because your mom was a member or because you have friends there. Don’t enter rush with the mindset that you know exactly what you’re going to do because you can easily change your mind. Wait until the final round and then pick the one where you can see yourself, not the one your family or friends want you to join.
Wear what you’re most comfortable in: Dress presentably because your outward appearance is the first thing the sororities get a chance to see about you. At the beginning of each party the sorority girls scan the room while they’re cheering (be prepared for screaming) and once they are done with that, they get to know you. You will be standing and walking much of the day, so make sure your shoes are comfortable. No matter what time of year you’ll be going through rush, make sure you’re dressed for the weather. Check your school’s rush rules to be sure that you’re wearing the appropriate outfit for each round.
Keep a tiny umbrella, breath mints or spray and small snacks in your bag: You can’t predict when it may rain, and you certainly don’t want to ruin your hair or makeup, so have a small umbrella with you at all times. Chewing gum while talking to a girl who’s rushing you is inappropriate, so bring breath mints or spray for a quick refresher. You may get hungry during the day, so stash small snacks in your purse to give you more energy and satisfy your appetite between parties.
Take notes after each party to help you remember what you liked and disliked: Some schools have numerous houses and you may forget what you liked and disliked at each after visiting multiple sororities in one day. Take notes after each event to help you remember details. Write down what you talked about, how many girls you met and what you thought about the sorority. Don’t be afraid to be completely honest because no one will see these notes except you.