It’s finally summer and if you’re rushing in the fall you’re most likely getting your summer checklist for sorority rush ready. It’s a crazy exciting time and it may seem a bit overwhelming with all the things you have to do. This post is a checklist type of post that I hope will be super helpful to you as you are preparing for this exciting time.
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YOUR SUMMER CHECKLIST FOR SORORITY RUSH
1. REGISTER FOR RUSH (RECRUITMENT)
You will want to register for rush – or recruitment as most colleges will refer to this as. On your school’s website they will have links to the panhellenic organization and you can find registration links there.
2. CREATE YOUR SORORITY PACKETS
A sorority packet is basically a SOCIAL RESUME accompanied by a photo and a cover letter to your rec writer. Most rec writers ask for this to be delivered digitally now – so I’d maybe hold off on the big presentation with paper folders, stickers and ribbons until you have a feel for how your rec writers will want your info.
Your social resume should include everything you did in high school – your interests, sports, club involvement, achievements, work experience, and anything else that helps to tell your story.
3. ASK FOR RECOMMENDATIONS (RECS)
The sororities on your campus will need a rec from a current or alumna member of their sorority. Find out which sororities are represented at your particular school so you know who to contact for recs.
4. CLEAN UP YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA
The sororities will begin to look at your social media after they get your name (when you register for recruitment (rush). Make sure you are putting your best foot forward on social. delete any images and posts that may be inappropriate. Your Instagram account will most likely be the first impression the sorority will have of you.
If your account is private – that’s okay. It won’t actually hurt you, but it won’t help you either. It does make it a little bit harder for the sororities to get to know about you ahead of time. Some people open up their Instagram just during the summer and through rush week. Then make it private again after pref day.
5. PLAN YOUR OUTFITS
Rush Week is typically a 4-7 day event and you will need a different outfit for each day. Usually this will include Open House Day (Sunday brunch dress), Philanthropy (Nice shorts and top), Sisterhood (Sunday brunch dress), and Pref Day (nicer dress & heels). Hopefully you have some outfits in your closet already that are perfect and that you feel super confident in, but if you’re going to shop, make sure you shop early and allow yourself plenty of time for alterations, returns, etc.
6. TALK TO A FRIEND OR SISTER ABOUT RUSH
It can be really helpful to talk to someone who’s been through rush and find out what the sororities will ask you during recruitment week. Just remember to try to be yourself (even if you’re nervous, or tired) and ask them questions too. They want you to love them too!
7. KEEP AN OPEN MIND
I see a lot of girls prepare for rush and come to rush week with their mind made up about what sorority they want to be in. You’ve probably heard this a million times but it’s really best to come with an open mind.
Trust the process of selection and invitation.
And above all, be prepared, so you can be confident and be yourself – HAVE FUN!!
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For more tips for your freshman year, check out the other posts in the COLLEGE SERIES.
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