Written with love by Alina O'Donnell
Recruitment is a unique process for every single individual. Whether you’re rushing as a freshman, an upperclassman, or a transfer student, the experience is entirely what you make of it! Participating in Greek life offers the opportunity to meet new people and get more connected with your school. For transfer students, going Greek can help you adjust to your new environment while making lifelong friends. Going through recruitment as a transfer student is not without challenges, though. Rise above recruitment worries with these tips for going through recruitment as a transfer student!
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Be open minded
As a transfer student, you should look at recruitment as a fun way to meet new people! It can be overwhelming adjusting to a new routine in a new place. Rather than targeting a specific sorority you want to join, try to be open minded throughout the process and stay focused on meeting women who will support and empower you, and vice versa. This will allow you to fully appreciate and enjoy the recruitment process while gaining potential sisters...as well as friends in other sorority houses!
Emphasize your strengths
Because you’re not an 18-year-old freshman anymore, you have the opportunity to showcase your involvement at your previous school and really share who you are during recruitment on your social resume and in rush week conversation. This can set you apart from others and makes you stand out. You’re more confident in what you want out of a sorority and out of college life in general as a transfer student. Use your maturity to your advantage and strut your stuff!
Network, network, network!
Even as a transfer student, it’s important to send in sorority recommendations and use your connections. If you already know a few Greek students at your new school, talk to them about their experiences to get a better idea of what Greek life is like on your campus. Getting involved through other campus organizations is another great way to meet people and better understand your new school. You don’t have to go in blindly!
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Reach out to the the fraternity and sorority life office on your new college campus
Every school has different recruitment policies, so feel free to reach out directly to the appropriate office on your campus and ask for more information about what it’s like to rush as a transfer student. This will ease your stress and let you know exactly what to expect!
Whether you’re a freshman, a transfer student, or an upperclassman going through recruitment for the second time, being yourself during recruitment is the most important thing. Rather than memorizing a script or treating the recruitment process like a job interview, keep your focus on staying relaxed and having genuine conversations to find the perfect fit for you!
You’ve already taken the leap and transferred to a new school. Don’t be afraid to take another leap and go through sorority recruitment! A sorority can help you find your place at a new school and, regardless of the outcome, you will definitely meet some amazing people along the way.
About the Blogger: Alina is a senior at Texas Christian University and served as a former Public Relations Chair for her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi. Follow Alina on Instagram: @alina_odonnell