10 College Norms That Are Actually Really Weird

Nothing will ever be like college. You really don’t realize how strange our habits are until you look at them like this…

10. Recruitment. We all wear the same outfit. We bounce and cheer in these random girls’ faces and hope that entices them to join our sisterhood. We have insanely intricate rotation systems and processes to vet girls… all in one short weekend.

9. Ending up at Taco Bell more than one night a week. Out of all the food options you have and all the places you could possibly be, why is it that you’re waiting on the TBell line more often than you’re proud of?

8. Setting alarms for 17 minute naps. College students just don’t have time management skills. Or motivation. We literally would rather torture ourselves by going in and out of sleep instead of actually just studying and then going to sleep. The ultimate form of procrastination.

7. Pregaming in the shower. There’s just not enough time between sleeping ALL day and when the Uber arrives for me to look completely on point AND be plastered for the frat party. Girls multi-task all the time.

6. Going to a stranger’s house for a party. But Sarah knows Kelly who knows Michelle who knows someone who knows one of the guys who’s in that frat.

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Why Rosie the Riveter Would Make the Perfect Recruitment Chair

Rosie the Riveter and recruitment chairs share many common traits. They know how to accomplish all the tasks of the job that needs to be done. They are strong, independent women who have a powerful presence.

These are just a few of the traits that would make Rosie a great recruitment chair so stick around…

10. She knows how to inspire others. 

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In every task she does Rosie acts as a mentor. She is the best big, grandbig, and leader because she is constantly aiming higher.

9. She works hard.

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Rosie is not the type of woman to half-ass any task. She is dedicated and is a force to be reckoned with so listen up!

8. She has admirers like the lovely  Beyoncé and thousands of sorority women nationwide. 

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She is the woman who inspires her little and all those under her care to do better and work harder in everything they do. She is the woman who everyone loves and admires.

7. She knows how to take charge of any situation. 

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Rosie is a woman of action. She will exceed the recruitment quota every time guaranteed and will make sure every recruitment round is running according to plan.

6. She is willing to speak to anyone about causes she is passionate about. 

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Whether she believes in the theme, the type of women your sorority is looking for, or the type of activities she hopes to put on, this woman is passionate. She knows what she wants to do and will find the people necessary to help her do it.

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10 Tips for Successful Recruitment Tabling

Tabling is a very important part of the recruitment process and spreading the word about what your sorority is all about. It is one of the easiest ways for potential new members to learn about future events, traditions unique to your sorority, and the ideals of Greek life as a whole.

10. Display photos of past events you have held in a scrapbook or binder. 

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This shows potential new members how your sisterhood interacts with each other, your community outreach, and your collaboration with other members of the Greek life community.

9. Share your social media handles. 

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Whether your sorority has a Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter be sure to show it off so potential new members can get a glimpse into your world.

8. Give out treats like candy or cookies. 

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Everyone knows college kids love free food and goodies so having these things at your sorority’s table will only help you attract potential new members.

7. Set out sign up sheets for potential new members to be added to an email list. 

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This is a great way to follow up with people after speaking with them at tabling or at meet and greet events.

6. Display your sorority’s symbols and colors prominently. 

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Show off your mascot, colors, flower, and what every else you can think of!

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10 Reasons To Love Being Disaffiliated For Recruitment

At my school, we’re Rho Gammas. Every campus has a different name for us, but every group does the same thing: we take off our letters to help you find yours. Wether you’re a recruitment counselor or a member of Panhel Exec board, it can be hard (and kind of sad) to be separated from your sisters, at least publicly. Luckily, there are some perks.

10. MORE T-SHIRTS


Since we can’t wear the plethora of shirts we have with our own chapter on them, being disaffiliated kind of eliminates your entire wardrobe. So, we obviously have to do an order of shirts that say Rho Gamma, or Pi Chi, or whatever on them. Right?

9. Getting to know other disaffiliated girls.


If your group is paired with the group of a girl you barely know, you’re about to spend 45 minutes eating food and sitting in a stranger’s bedroom with said girl. Chances are you’re gonna find something to talk and laugh about. The next time you see her on campus, you both smile and say hello and maybe make plans to grab coffee. And isn’t that what being a Greek woman is all about?

8. Getting the inside scoop.


As their recruitment counselor, the PNMs come to you with tough decisions. If they’re torn between to houses, you know about it. And you, with your infinite wisdom, get to help them figure out which one fits them better. You also know which girls become horrible and catty the second they step out of the houses.

7. Recruitment Week is a lot less stressful for us.


The week leading up to recruitment? That pretty much sucks. But we don’t have the pressure of impressing the girls, following your Recruitment Chair’s dress code, asking the right questions, and making sure you’re perfectly Panhellenic. We just have to put them in alphabetical order and hold their shit. Boom.

6. The questions.


The PNMs want nothing more than to figure out our affiliation. They will ask and guess and try to stalk our social media through its airtight security (thanks, Panhel). It’s fun to hear their guesses. It’s also fun to try and trick them. It’s even more fun when they figure out they get to be your sister.

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6 Types of Rushers

If your sorority participates in continuous open bidding or informal recruitment in the coming months you’ll be meeting a whole new batch of potential new members. There are many different types of PNMs or rushers and I’m here to help you identify them to better know how to get to know them.

6. The Entitled Legacy 

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This potential new member has a mom, sister, or other family member who was in your sorority and thinks she is therefore entitled to being a member. She has plans to “suicide” or write down only one house after the preference round and could be cheating herself out of finding the perfect fit with another sorority that could better fit her needs. This girl doesn’t trust the recruitment process and may not get into any sororities if she keeps up her bad behavior. Keep your eye out for this one!

5. The Rush Crush

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This is the girl you know is absolutely perfect for your sorority. She has great conversations with all of your fellow members, has attended every pre-rush, information, tabling, and rush event, and her letters of recommendation are absolutely glowing.

4. The Party Girl 

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This is the girl who immediately wants to know the amount of social functions your sorority attends. It’s only her first week on campus and she’s already been to parties at every frat house and live-out there is. She is a social butterfly but could easily pose a risk to the standards board if you give her a bid. She could also be the best social chair ever. So consider this girl but discuss any red flags that come up.

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Kappa Kappa Gamma’s Recruitment Video Looks Like So Much Fun!

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Take a look at this video to see all of the fun the Kappa Kappa Gamma girls are having at Loyola University in Chicago!

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Delta Gamma Making Huge Strides In The Greek Community!

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The Delta Gamma girls at Butler University even made it onto Ellen! Who wouldn’t want a chance to be featured on Ellen? Take a look at their 2016 recruitment video!

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Delta Zeta’s Members Are Like One Big Family!

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Watch the video below to see exactly what Delta Zeta at Creighton University means to its members! They’re like one big family.

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Delta Phi Epsilon’s Recruitment Video Will Warm Your Heart!

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The girls of Delta Phi Epsilon at La Salle University sure know what’s important in life, and that’s what they are for each other! Watch their recruitment video below:

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Why Being a Rho Chi Gives You the Ultimate FOMO

There is glitter in the air, the faint sounds of chanting and crafts filling the room, this can only mean one thing, recruitment season is coming soon.  Whether you love recruitment or hate it, this is what every sorority girl lives for.  This is the happiest and most stressful time of year but in the end we all have the joy of receiving brand new girls.  While this time is clearly stressful for everyone, there is one group of people who rarely get thanked for making our lives as easy as possible.  We know them well, some may even be your sisters, but at this time, they are Greek Life’s Recruitment Counselors.
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This past semester, I had the honor of serving as a Rho Chi for my Panhellenic community.  While this was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had within Greek life, it was also the most severe case of FOMO that I have ever had.  For those of you who don’t know, Rho Chi’s are “disaffiliated” from their chapters for between one and three months and during that time, they are not allowed to be seen in public with their sisters or attend sorority functions.  This would be difficult for anyone but Rho Chi’s have a special love for Greek Life which tends to make it especially hard.
As any college student can tell you, they want to be part of everything.  In a perfect world, you would never miss a party, a dinner or any event and you would never have silly things like sleep and homework to hold you back.  But the life of a Rho Chi is all about watching from a distance.  You are at every Greek wide event and spend your time talking about sisterhood but all of it has to take place across the room from all of your sisters who have made your sorority experience so wonderful to talk about.  So you stand there and encourage wonderful new college women to join Greek life and long for the day that you can re-join along with them.
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The experience of being a Rho Chi provided me with many things.  It taught me a lot about recruitment and communication, it furthered my love for Greek life and my campus and it gave me the ability to learn a lot about myself.  However, it also showed me how lost I am without my chapter.  I realized that I missed sitting with them for meals, I missed going out with them, and I missed the small encounters with sisters that can sometimes just make my day.  My only saving grace during these times were the other wonderful Rho Chi’s including a few from my own chapter.  They became my home away from my sorority home.
While this was a relatively consistent factor of this experience, it began its peak during the actual week of recruitment.  The most difficult parts are sending girls to your chapter’s room and not smiling and cheering on your sisters, controlling the desire to recruit the girls you meet for your own chapter, and being on the outside of the always emotional preference ceremony.  All of these things together pull hard at your heart strings and cause you to love your chapter more than ever.
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While all of this FOMO is a short time hardship, it is all worth it in the end.  Helping younger girls to find their home, renewing the love you have for your chapter and running into the arms of all of your sisters at the end of the week makes this an experience that you will never forget.  If you are lucky enough to be a Recruitment Counselor for your campus’ Greek life, remember that although you may experience severe FOMO, you will be able to change lives and improve your community.  So stay positive and make the most of this amazing experience that few people get to have.

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10 Times Your Sorority House Felt Like Home

They say home is where the heart is. Well, your heart lies where your sisters are, and you’ll always be able to find them at your all-important sorority house. This house is your sanctuary, your happy place, and your home away from home.

10. It was there when you needed a place to study or hold emergency tutor sessions.

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9. It’s where you can sit and talk with your sisters, discussing any and everything, for hours at a time.

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8. There’s always a place to paint, make posters, craft, and express your artistic side to it’s fullest.

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7. It was there for you on Bid Day when you made one of the best decisions of your life.

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6. It was there when you needed a place to vent and cry over life’s responsibilities. Someone’s always there to listen.

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Why I Chose Alpha Delta Pi

“I look around me and see a sweet life.” -Jessie J

There’s no limit to the amount of wonderful things I can say about my sorority. I love each and every one of my sisters and everything that Alpha Delta Pi offers me. I’ll try my best not to sound biased, but these are a few reasons why I’m proud of the amazing decision I made.

One thing I loved most about Alpha Delta Pi was the environment and atmosphere that surrounded me from day one of recruitment. From the first night to Pref Tea, I was impressed by how well ADPi presented themselves. I whole-heartedly wanted to be them. I seen a little bit of myself in every girl. They showed me how much of a family they were and how they all loved one another. There were no bad vibes or animosity. They were all genuine and welcomed me with open arms. I felt like I was wanted and appreciated.

I never felt like I had to force a conversation. Every girl that I spoke with truly took the time to get to know me and hear my story. They showed interest in me and helped me understand their organization. There were no rehearsed, timed questions and I loved that about them. Unlike the other houses, I felt like a person and not just a number matched with a face.

There wasn’t a time where I felt awkward or didn’t feel at home. From the first night I walked in the room full of fresh faces, I felt a connection to everyone. I didn’t have to pretend to feel comfortable or to enjoy myself, because I actually did. I was impressed by every story I heard and every skit that was performed. The girls never once made me feel intimidated or scared. They showed me their true selves, and that’s what I was able to give them in return.

I fell in love with the philanthropy. The Ronald McDonald House Charities is amazing nonprofit organization, and it made my heart happy when I heard how ADPi works directly to helping the health and needs of children in need. This made me want to be a part of them even more. Alpha Delta Pi raises and donates to these children and their families, and I think that is untouchable.

I didn’t feel the need to have to change myself or adjust. I already fit right in with everyone. I was three hours away from my hometown, but this place gave me closure and peace of mind. It gave me hope and faith in what my future holds.

When I was stuck in the dark, it was my flashlight. This place was where I belonged. It was my home away from home, and I know in my heart that this is where I am meant to be.

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