2. Everyone is nervous, push yourself to get out of your comfort zone!
"You have to pick the places you don't walk away from." The first vivid memory I have at Western is walking up UC Hill alone. I was nervous, I had come to Western with a group of friends but sought to branch out into Greek Life. I didn’t know anyone going through recruitment and as I walked up that hill alone I remember thinking I could easily walk back to my dorm and hang out with my friends. I am now in my third year and I meet girls who went through recruitment in second and third year because they were too nervous to do it first and the one consistent comment they make is "I can't believe I didn’t do it sooner." Whether in first, second, third, or fourth year, just remember that all the ladies you have yet to meet were in your footsteps at one point! Step out of your comfort zone and you definitely won't regret it. It's never too early or too late, but making the decision to push yourself is a rewarding one.
3. Smile! Smile! Smile!
Be positive! Don't be too cool to talk to people whether they are girls who are going through recruitment as well or the ladies you will be meeting in each house. Engage in all positive conversations and start them because you never know who you might meet! Don't be 'too cool for it,' set the tone by putting your best self forward.
4. Leave your stereotypes at the door!
Be open minded! Through the recruitment process it will be fascinating to meet all kinds of girls, some that you expected and others that will surprise you for the better! Don't let misconceptions rule your recruitment process! Be kind and make meaningful conversation with everyone. Going into each house with an open mind will help you with this! Ignore house reputations or what your friends are saying and choose the one that is best for you. Listen to your gut and heart!
5. Talk yourself up!
We want to hear about how great you are because we are going to do the exact same in return! If you're shy this is a great time to come out of your shell. Not only do you meet many people while rushing but it also teaches you valuable life skills in terms of being able to sell yourself in 30 seconds and being able to talk to everyone.
6. HAVE FUN
This is a great opportunity to meet new people and develop valuable communication skills. The women I have had the chance to meet are some of the smartest, kindest and well-rounded women I have ever met and I am so lucky to call them my Panhel and sorority sisters! Embrace the experience and enjoy every moment!
Tip Number 1: Keep it Classy
It is human nature to judge someone based off of an appearance! Girls in the houses want to see that you would represent their sorority well. Make sure to be yourself and show off your personality while shying away from wearing low cut tops, short shorts and clubbing dresses because it will distract from what you have to say. Remember: classy over sexy! Examples of clothing include dresses and skirts at respectable lengths along with tasteful tops. Here are a few examples of options! Your Rho Gamma (Recruitment Counsellor) and the rest of the Panhellenic team will also be there to help with any outfit questions you may have.
Tip Number 2: Stand Out
Girls in each house meet so many Potential New Members throughout the day and it can often be difficult to remember who is walking into their sorority. You can never go wrong with a statement piece that helps you be remembered. Examples include a cool/unique jacket, a nice pair of glasses, scarf, shoes, accessories etc. You can stand out while still looking polished.
Tip Number 3: Be Yourself!
Don't feel like there is a mold that has to be fit; this is about showing off your personality and finding the right house for you! Wear a unique/quirky romper or nice shorts that emulate your personality if dresses make you uncomfortable. Tweak things around to fit your personal style! Confidence and comfortability is key to being yourself and is always noticed! If you feel awkward it will show. When in doubt stick to a basic skater or sheath dress and let your personality do the talking.
Tip Number 4: Have Fun!
Formal Recruitment is such a fun weekend! It's natural to be nervous but don't let your nerves take away from such a great experience. Mix and match styles to the best of your ability, and make sure to show your true colours. Outfits along with your own personality will shine a light on the person that you are. A key tip to relieve stress would be to plan out outfits for each day in advance! Nevertheless, enjoy a weekend of meeting many girls that will soon be your potential sisters/ Panhellenic sisters!
Specific Day by Day Outfit Planner:
Day 1: Business Casual
Day 2: Business Casual (a bit more fancy)
Day 3 (Preference Night): The most fancy - think nice dresses, cute skirt-blouse duo, or a rockin' pant suit!