It’s almost that time again. Time for late nights, endless preparation and stressful decision-making. Time for sorority recruitment.
All summer long boys have been going through their oh so strenuous process of recruiting their new pledge classes. They have to go through the trouble of taking the potential pledges downtown or buying them dinner. These poor boys have to find the energy to go out and entertain, all while convincing the boys how great their fraternity is. Sounds really difficult, right?
If you want difficult, imagine spending hours perfecting hand gestures for stair songs. Picture countless conversation games and strategy planning. Think about checking and rechecking bulletin board after bulletin board of pictures. And all of that is just the pre-recruitment hustle.
Recruitment also has many rules. Certain pictures have to be hid; any interactions with potential new members must be recorded. Girls are required to stay in and focus during preparation and the actual week of recruitment. Needless to say, the whole thing takes a lot of work.
Actual recruitment week consists of staying up late to ensure everything is flawless for the next day. Then, the girls wake up in the early hours of the morning to do hair, perfect their make-up, and put on their pre-planned outfits. Once the potential new members are actually in the house talking to the sorority girls, then the girls must select the right questions to ask. These questions can determine whether or not this girl could be happy in the sorority.
Needless to say, with recruitment comes much stress.
Many wonder why sororities go through all of the trouble. They ponder why the girls fixate on seemingly insignificant details. They want to know why the sorority girls over analyze every interaction. The answer lies in two parts.
First, it’s a great way to bond with sisters. Everyone I’ve talked to has testified that recruitment brought them close to girls they never previously had the chance to get to know. All of the sisters in the house pulling together and working hard for the future of the sorority is a great way to bond. During such a crazy week, you really become acquainted with people.
Second, they love their sorority. When you love something, you care about its future. Yeah, they could half-heartedly perform recruitment and let the chips fall where they may, but that would be cheating the organization. The girls need to make sure that they find girls that will fit into the sorority and help it grow. The future of the chapter ultimately lies in recruitment. Without members to perpetuate the legacy, it can’t go on.
Even though recruitment is tough and takes a lot of work, it’s rewards are undoubtedly lasting. When it’s all said and done, the house gets 50-75 new members to wear its letters and carry its meaning with them forever.
So while the boys can have their fun wining and dining, the girls continue to trust in their system that has brought them many years of significance and prosperity.
— Amber Estes is a sophomore from Athens majoring in public relations