When you have 3 midterms, a philanthropy event, a mixer, a grad school or job search info session, AND your volunteer shift coming up in the same week, exercise may be the LAST thing you’re thinking of adding to your schedule. Here’s why you should make time for sweating this week:
Exercise actually increases your energy levels.
Feeling that 3pm study slump? Take a break from your laptop screen and hit the gym. Though it may seem counterintuitive, expending energy through exercise will increase your energy in the long-run and a regular commitment to exercise will fight ongoing fatigue. Put down the Red Bull, put on the Nikes.
Exercise improves your memory, focus, and cognitive performance.
Studies show that exercise supports the healthy operation of your hippocampus, the part of your brain that controls the formation, retention, and recall of memories. Exercise has also been shown to increase attention scores and test performance in college-level students (that’s you!). Just another reason to make your study breaks sweaty.
Exercise can help to relieve stress & boost your mood.
Regular exercise reduces stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline and produces endorphins that help to boost your mood. Combined with any of your other favourite self-care practices, exercise can play a big role in helping you relieve academic stress.
Convinced? We want you to join us at Hi-Ignition Fit Lab (Richmond and Oxford) for a two-week FREE trial period. ANY class on their schedule is free for you to try October 23rd-November 5th.
To activate your free trial period:
We're so excited to bring you this exciting partnership! See you at Hi-Ignition!
NOTE: Hi-Ignition has a 12 hour cancellation policy. If you must cancel a booking, ensure you do so at least 12 hours prior to the class time. If you book a class and do not show up your free trial period will be cancelled. If you have a class pack and cancel less than 12 hours before class time or do not show up you will lose that class credit.
UWO Sororities Info Table
SEPTEMBER 12-15, 2017: Concrete Beach
Visit our booth on Concrete Beach (at the UCC). Sorority members will be there to answer your questions and share their experiences.
Recruitment Info Session
SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 @ 6pm-7pm: UCC65
Come to this 1 hour information session to learn more about the recruitment process, what sorority life is like, and ask any questions you have. Representatives from each sorority will be present for you to chat with and get excited about recruitment!
Meet your Recruitment Counsellor Night *MANDATORY FOR ALL REGISTERED
SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 @ 7pm-9pm: IGAB Atrium
Recruitment Begins with Meet your RC night. All Potential New Members must attend to meet their assigned recruitment counsellor (she's like your orientation leader, but for recruitment). More information about the recruitment process will be shared, and you will get to meet other potential new members!
Recruitment Round 1 *MANDATORY FOR ALL REGISTERED
SEPTEMBER 23, 2017 @ 8am-5pm: Recruitment Locations
In the first round of recruitment, you get to meet women from all five sororities in 30 minute recruitment "parties". Transportation between recruitment locations between parties (unless they are close enough to walk) is provided. Dress comfortably and casually, bring an umbrella and a sweater, and wear comfy shoes! After this round is complete, you will submit a list of 4 sororities you'd like to visit again to your recruitment counsellor. You will receive a schedule for your Round 2 parties from your Recruitment Counsellor before the next round begins.
Recruitment Round 2 *MANDATORY FOR ALL REGISTERED
SEPTEMBER 24, 2017 @ 8am-5pm: Recruitment Locations
In the second round, you will visit up to 4 sororities. You may only visit 1, or 2, or 3 sororities during this round, don't worry! During these longer parties (45 minutes) you will learn about the sorority's philanthropic commitments. Transportation between recruitment locations is provided. This round is 'smart casual' - prioritize being comfortable, and remember to bring an umbrella and sweater. At the end of this round, you will submit a list of 2 sororities (of those you visited during this round) you'd like to visit again to your recruitment counsellor. You will receive a schedule for your Round 3 parties before the next round begins.
Recruitment Round 3: Preference *MANDATORY FOR ALL REGISTERED
SEPTEMBER 25, 2017 @ 7pm-10pm: Recruitment Locations
In the final round of recruitment, you will visit 1 or 2 sororities for one hour each. During this party, you will learn more about the chapter's sisterhood - what does being a member of their sorority mean to them? This round is dressier - wear a dress that makes you feel good. Transportation between recruitment locations during this round is NOT provided. There will be a long enough break for you to take the bus or take a cab to your next location (Panhellenic representatives are there to help you!). At the end of this round, you will submit a list of your 1st choice and 2nd choice sorority (of those you visited during this round).
SEPTEMBER 26, 2017: TIME AND LOCATION TBA
To celebrate the end of recruitment, we host Bid Day, an exciting day where Potential New Members find out which sorority they have been invited to join!
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I bet 90% of girls who went through recruitment sometime in their life remember the moment they were informed about the dress code for formal recruitment weekend. It begins with a sudden gasp, then a glance around the room to see others reactions and finally the feeling of instant stress.
To this day I remember the words “no jeans, no running shoes, no leggings, no flip flops … basically all together NO CASUAL CLOTHES.” With it being the day before recruitment starts, it’s kind of a shock to find out the restrictions of dressing. I immediately thought “I have no cute clothes”. As a formal requirement survivor here are some early pointers and advice on how to dress so you don’t feel as shocked as I did.
A general rule-of-thumb when deciding on outfits for recruitment is each day gets progressively dressier.
Day 1 – Open House
Open House is the first day of recruitment and probably the most casual day of the weekend.
-Feel free to wear a move comfortable outfit this day. Constantly standing and being on your feet all day can be tiring. So don’t be afraid to incorporate some sort of fancy sandal or flat shoe instead of wearing heels.
-As for accessories, wear statement pieces that will differentiate yourself from the others and make you memorable. The current members see about 200 girls each day and it’s hard to remember every single one of them. It’s true that the girl who wears a peacock feather hat (not saying to wear this) will be noticed and remembered more then the girl who has the exact same outfit as every other girl in the house.
Day 2 – Philanthropy Day
The second day is dedicated to each sorority’s philanthropy. Most of the time the sororities will put on a presentation to showcase their charities.
-This day is a little dressier. Usually on this day, girls would wear anything that displays the best versions of themselves. It ranges from dresses, skirts, formal pants and cute accessory pieces. Fancy flat shoes and heels are acceptable for this day as well.
-It’s a day to show off your favourite outfit.
Day 3 – Preference Night
The last day of recruitment is the most fancy. On this day conversations usually get more personal with your final two sororities.
-You should be thinking about wearing a semi-formal dress for this event.
-Basically think about what you would wear to wedding or formal party.
-It’s a very important night in which the girls in each sorority represent themselves and the formal attire entirely sets the special atmosphere.
Last Minute Quick Tips
- Always keep it classy
- No skin-tight outfits or too-high heels (nothing you would wear to the club)
- Think brunch with grandma or a wedding
- Overdress to play it safe
- Blazers are always a yes
- Consider buying insoles if you plan to wear heels all weekend to make the fit more comfy and bearable to stand on
- Don’t be afraid to wear bold pieces that really show your personality
Just make sure to be yourself and wear clothes that make you feel good. Good luck with recruitment ladies!
Recruitment is in full effect and that means it’s officially time to “GO GREEK” and time to start convincing your gal pal, your roommate, your lab partner, and your neighbours third cousin to RUSH! For most people who don’t really know much about being greek the common easy reply is “it’s just not for me”, but they couldn’t be more wrong.
This is a message for anyone who believes that they don’t belong in the Greek community. This is for the girls that don’t like pink or glitter or being best friends with 50 other girls. (C'mon who wouldn’t like that?)
People who believe that the Greek life isn’t for them seem to have this preconceived notion of what it entails. It’s easy to think that sororities are just made up of girls of the exact same “type” (and we all know the cliches). It begins with the stereotype of what a “sorority girl” should be - preppy, stylish, crafty, and girly. As a “sorority girl” myself I can easily say this opinion is so wrong
A sorority girl can be anyone. In fact, the not-so-sorority girl is the perfect candidate to Go Greek. She offers new perspectives, alternative passions and an authentic love for the organization itself. She is able to break that stereotype of what the Greek life seems to be on the outside and open it up to more of her kind.
Going Greek doesn’t require you to be a certain “type” but instead it celebrates all your quirks and ambitions that make you, you. In a sorority there is always a place for everyone: the girl who loves computers and design makes the best media chair and can bring new ideas to the table, the girl who’s only friends with guys makes the best fraternity social chair, the girl who’s only passion is helping others makes the best philanthropy chair. It’s a common push and pull - when you’re saying you won’t fit in, we’re saying that you’re perfect.
Going Greek may be the best decision of your life and the only thing holding you back from obtaining that amazing experience is you. Going Greek is the first step of gaining those opportunities to grow as an individual and attain those connections you’ll have for a lifetime. It’s a chance for you to become who you want to be and continue to grow with girls who are always there to love and support you.
In your mind you can still probably think of a million reasons as to why you shouldn’t Go Greek but compared to the benefits and all the possibilities, do those reasons even matter anymore? There is no doubt in my mind that at the end of the day, you will be calling UWO Sororities your home! AND it all starts with signing up for recruitment and who knows you might even surprise yourself.
Joining a sorority can be a tough decision
-It can sometimes be a "I have no idea what to expect" scenario.
With that said, prepping for recruitment can be super stressful and nerve wracking if you have no idea how it's going to go.
So, UWO Sororities has gathered some tips and tricks to help make your sorority recruitment weekend as successful and fun as possible.
To Potential New Members (PNM'S) of UWO Sororities
1) Be yourself. Don't stray away from showing your true personality and missing the opportunity to find the sorority that fits best with who you are.
2) Go into recruitment with an open mind. Don't go into it being set on one sorority. You need to give every sorority a fair chance to show you what they have to offer.
3) First impressions are EVERYTHING. Smile, enjoy yourself and dress in a way that makes you feel confident and comfortable throughout the weekend.
4) Don’t listen to anything you’ve heard about the other sororities on your campus. People will talk and tell you the reputations each sorority holds but try to block those out and form your own opinions.
5) Don't be afraid to eat or drink during each party! Take advantage of the cute snacks and drinks made by each chapter. Trust me ... no one is going to judge for indulging in a cupcake.
6) Make sure you talk with everyone! Even if you make friends with someone who is interested in another sorority don't box them out ... I mean where do you think #panhellove comes from?
7) Keep in contact with your Rho Gammas. Your Rho Gammas (recruitment counsellors) are there to make your recruitment process easier. Make sure to ask them questions throughout the weekend ... they've been through it before and can give some killer advice.
8) Make friends within your given PNM group. The girls in your group are there to make you feel more relaxed and comfortable with the process. They're always there to talk to and you can relate easily to them because they're going through the same thing.
9) Trust the system. You may go in thinking you’ve found your home on day 1, but you might not get called back. Don’t let that shatter your hope. Just stay hopeful, stay strong and everything will make sense when you’re accepted to your forever home on Bid Day!
10) You can never be too overdressed. The recruitment process is a perfect way to show off your own personal style by adding accessories or bold pieces.
11) Don’t be nervous to ask real questions. This is the only way that you can really learn which house is the right fit for you. All the girls will be more than happy to answer anything you have on your mind.
12) Keep on top of your studies. Make sure you don't fall behind. The recruitment process is a full weekend of sorority parties ... which will 100% drain you by the end of the day. Just make sure you don't add any extra stress that could of been prevented.
13) Stay rested. Recruitment days are long and can be quite exhausting when you have to engage and talk to girls 24/7.
14) Follow your gut and trust your instincts. At the end of recruitment take your time when deciding which sorority you honestly see yourself being in. It should feel natural and right when you pick the sorority of your choice.
15) Take good notes and remember key conversations! Recruitment parties can go by very quickly, and at the end of the day conversations can blur into one another. By taking notes after each party, you will be able to remember all of your amazing experiences at each house.
16) Don't be disappointed if things don't work out. Recruitment is all about trying to find your best match, even if you don't see it at first.
17) Have fun. Just enjoy the experience and see where Western Sororities takes you. Remember that recruitment is meant to be fun, not stressful. Keep in mind that the girls you are talking to may soon be your best friends and family forever.
We're so excited to welcome you to the updated UWO Sororities website! Check out the site to learn more about our sorority chapters, Recruitment 2017 (registration opens TOMORROW!) and more. Any questions? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we'd be so happy to chat with you!
Watch our 2017 Recruitment Video here: