Sorority Life - The Ins and Outs of Pledging
Being part of a sorority is not an easy task. It is a life long commitment but it does have amazing opportunities. Whether you are looking for an international, national or local sorority, each provides specific opportunities but they also provide sisterhood, friendship and scholarship despite the rumors and gossip that your might hear about being part of such an organization.
- Research: Look into the history of the Greek organization you wish to pledge. Learn the history, check out the website and find out if anyone in your family belonged to that particular sorority or fraternity. Legacies are looked at with a special eye. Tradition is key so if your family has history have that member write you a recommendation for membership. Any push is great if you can get it.
- Meet and Greet: On the first night of rush, you’ll go around to each sorority and meet the ladies involved. You want to make sure that you are well presented (think of a job interview but more stylish), show your personality: don’t be shy, ask lots of questions, this a lifetime commitment, so make sure that you are pushing towards an organization that has values and volunteer opportunities that jive with your lifestyle and beliefs. The most important part of pledging or rush is to make sure that you are ready to commit and that you believe in what they are doing.
- Preference: This is where the sororities choose ladies that they believe would fit into their organization and get along with the current members. If you are attending a large university you may be preferred by multiple organizations depending on the Panhellenic council on your campus. Choose the organization that suits you best, even if you are a legacy of a different Greek organization, choose what suits you.
- Initiation: Each organization has a different initiation ritual but each is special and should be taken seriously. Make sure your go into an organization with the idea of lifetime commitment. The ceremony of initiation is special and should be taken seriously.
So if you’re on the fence about joining a Greek organization, think about it, commit and perform at events. You’ll only benefit from it!