ΚΔ, ΓΦΒ, ΔΓ, ΔΦΕ…7 Sorority Recruitment Tips!

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Sorority Rushing College

College Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior…No matter what sorority, no matter what semester — you’re officially signed up for recruitment of this upcoming school year! You have just signed yourself up for the best decision of your life.

“I know I am not going to enjoy it! Why do you want me so badly to join one?” This right here was a quote from my roommate telling me why she didn’t want to go out for recruitment.  Three days later she told me “Thank you, Ariel. That was the best decision I ever made.”  If you want some advice for getting into the sorority of your choice, keep on reading for some helpful tips you won’t want to miss.

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1. Be yourself:

  • Think of talking to all the sisters as if it was speed dating. Don’t be nervous and just be yourself. They want to hear all about your interests, likes, dislikes and

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2. The 4 B’s:

  • Boys– Sororities are all about sisterhood – no future sister of yours needs to know your relationship status. 
  • Brands-  Don’t mention what Michael Kors bag you have, Steve Madden shoes you want, Coach wallet or Kate Spade Phone case you just threw out in the trash.
  • Barack (Obama/President)- NO POLITICS! Politics is a big no! Keep your views about the president or the presidential election to yourself!

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  • Bucks– They do not care if you have $50 in your wallet or $5 in your wallet. No talking about how big your house is back at home

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3. Look Presentable:

  • These next few days or weeks are not the time to wear yoga pants, sweat pants or baggy shirts. You want to look your best. As people say, “dress to the best”. You want to have a great first impression on all the girls! Get out those nice summer dresses, some cute wedges and show them who’s boss!

4. Don’t bad mouth any other sorority:

  • No matter how much you might love one sorority (or house) over another, do not talk bad about the other. It looks bad on your behalf and you can potentially get kicked out.

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5. Act like you want to be there:

  • Even if you are not the biggest fan of that specific sorority, put on a happy face and act like you are interested in being there. It looks good and you are able to meet new girls. And who knows – if you go into it with a positive attitude, maybe you’ll change your mind.

6. Stay hydrated:

  • You might not think of bringing a water bottle… but depending on how many sororities your school has, you will be most likely talking to each group of girls for 50 minutes. Bring water!!! Plastic or Swell, does not matter!

7. You will end up where you are supposed to be:

  • Do not stress if you don’t get your number one choice! Everyone is supposed to end up where they are supposed to be. Don’t freak out if you are upset you did not get one that you wanted… go into all the other houses or parties with an open mind. You never know, you might end up liking one of the other ones!

                                    

Don’t forget, “Everything happens for a reason.”

Have a great fall recruitment ladies and enjoy every minute! 

 

KD

Move in Day Madness! 11 Things you need to bring to college

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Dorm Room Packing

Congrats newest freshman! You made it to your first day of college! Welcome to move in day! This might have consisted of crying to your parents about how much you’re going to miss them, or spending 8 hours making your room just the way you want it. Well, I have a few tips on what things you won’t regret bringing from home. How do you envision your ideal dorm room for this upcoming fall? Christmas lights and tapestries hung up? Sofas and canvas wall hangings? Let’s take a look at what I used for my room and what things were really needed.

Dorm Room

My room at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.

What important things to bring from home: 

1. Mini Fridge

  • Leftover pizza, midnight snacks and your daily dose of Arizona Iced Tea. Buying a fridge is the perfect idea for an on the go breakfast or keeping your water bottle cold. My roommate bought one before we moved in and it definitely was worth the money! Go out and buy yourself a mini fridge!

2. Dorm Space saver!

  • Even though you think you have enough space no matter how big your dorm is, you will not regret buying this! A Dorm Space Saver (be it a trunk or under the bed storage) will keep all of your personal belongings in an organized space.

3. iHome

  • Don’t forget about your alarm clock for those 8 am classes! It definitely helps me when I need to wake up early for those 9AMs. An iHome will become your best friend. It has a charger for your phone, AM/FM stations, Bluetooth and so much more.

4. Fan, Fan, Fan!

  • Depending on which school you go to, most freshman dorm rooms don’t supply air conditioning. Definitely bring those fans with you because it gets very hot! Large or small, it does not matter!

5. Trunk

  •  A trunk is another great way to store anything you don’t need immediate access to — think winter blankets or clothing that’s out of season. You can also use this as a way to liven up your space. Slap on a bunch of bumper stickers and band stickers for an indie look, or spray paint it in your favorite colors.

6.  Plastic Storage bins

  • For all of you who complain to your mom how you don’t have enough space around the room, buying these bins was worth every penny! I know that I couldn’t fit all my stuff in that small closet they give us so buying these bins made my life so much easier! It helped me organize them from underwear to sweaters I will not be using now, towels, sheets and gym clothes!

7. Command Hooks

  • The easiest, cheapest and best way to hang up your picture frames, tapestries and a DIY canvas. You can pretty much find these anywhere – and you’ll be glad you bought them. Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 2.39.08 PM

8. Hangers

  • For all of those clothes us ladies bring, you must must must bring over 50 hangers… I know it seems like a bit much but you will not regret it! I brought so many hangers and it kept my closet organized from dresses, pants, skirts and shorts.

9. Light Up Make Up Mirror

  • Do you really want to put on a full face of makeup on in the dark for an 8 am? Invest in a mirror with a light, specifically one that gifts off natural, daylight hues.

10. Coffee Machine

  • Espresso, chai teas and much more! Who doesn’t love their early morning coffee? I know I can’t live without my daily dose of tea!

11. Batteries

  • You might be thinking right now why would I need to bring a pack of batteries? When I say trust me, trust me because I needed so many batteries setting up my dorm room, for things like remotes and lights!

4,3,2,1… The Final Week Before College

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Freshmen year

Hey there fellow freshman! How are you feeling knowing that it is your final week before you move into your new home away from home? Have you been packing thousands of bags and furniture to load into your family car, and going to a goodbye parties to say goodbye to your best friends and closest family? Maybe even a Bruce Springsteen concert at Met Life Stadium? Here is what my last week looked like.

Your Last Days Before College

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Day 4:

“I have never cried as much as I did today” I sobbed to my mom from across the kitchen. Today was the day that my two best friends left for the University of Miami and it finally hit me that we will be 1,368 miles apart from each other. At this point, I think my mother finally started realizing that all of her daughter’s friends (or what she considers her second children) were not around anymore. Also, I think it hit her that her own daughter is leaving in less than a week. After both of my closest friends left, I did realize something, though: even though my friends are 21 hours away by car, I believe it made our friendship even closer than before.

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Day 3:

What better way to spend your last few days then to go to a Bruce Springsteen concert!? “It was one of the best concerts I have ever been to” my dad said. My family and I are huge Boss fans and it was something I wish I could do all over again. We enjoyed each others company over some hot dogs and Mrs. Feild’s cookies. And this night was special for another reason — “Bruce Springsteen breaks his own record for longest US concert” as cited by the New York Post. I will never forget the smile my family had when walking out of the stadium and it is a memory I will take with me to college and cherish forever.

Bruce Springsteen Concert

Day 2:

GIRLS DAY! Nails, lunch date and having the hardest goodbyes… what more could I have asked for? Today was one of the saddest days ever because I said goodbye to so many people at one time. Spending the last few hours with my friends was such a special moment and time in my life.

Friends

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Day 1:

Besides crying for hours last night on how much I am going to miss my best friends, the last people I said my goodbyes to was my family. Instead of having our normal family sit down dinner, my mom and dad thought it would be a great idea to take my sister and I out to our favorite sushi restaurant. What better way to end my final night with family than at my favorite restaurant? Besides saying goodbye to my family, I know the one thing I am going to miss a lot is all of my mom’s help – from laundry to waking me up before my alarm!

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I love you mom and dad. Thanks for everything.

 How did you guys spend your last week of college? I hope you’re settling into your new schools!

Home Away from Home: Your Last Summer Before College

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Home away from Home

Hey fellow soon-to-be Freshmen, where is your new home for the fall and spring semesters this year? Whether it is Quinnipiac University (which is where I will be attending), The University of Miami or Arizona State — no matter how far — this is now your home away from home.

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The Hardest Thing about Leaving for School

What is one of the hardest things about going off to college for the first time? Well easiest answer: leaving all your closest family and friends. I am not sure if I am by myself but I know the one person I can’t live without is my sister. My sister and I are inseparable — so how am I going to live without her for a few months!? Great question. Even if my sister and I don’t see eye to eye sometimes, I know she is the one person that I will have to call daily for personal updates — because she is my best friend who will be there for me through every mistake and every heartbreak I will eventually have. I haven’t even said goodbye to her and it breaks my heart knowing that the person I live right next door to will now be so many miles away.

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Then there’s the “I can’t wait to get away from my parents and move away to college already”

As much as sometimes we don’t want admit it, no matter what, your parents are your parents and you love them. Don’t listen to that line that everyone says because they are the ones probably paying for your tuition and giving you everything you probably ever wanted. Even though you’re on your own at school, don’t forget to call your parents. Personal admission: it frightens me that my mom is not going to be my personal alarm clock to wake me up in the morning before school and tell me to get up and out of bed. I know it is embarrassing that my mom still makes my lunch, but what kind of a person would I be if I didn’t have her helping me distinguish right and wrong?

College Moms

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You also can’t forget about your dad who is the one making the practical jokes about mom being stressing out her first born is going off to college. I know I am going to miss the morning update if my favorite sports team won lasts night’s game, or on the presidential debates.

Friendship

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So many things are juggling through not only my mind but the thousands of other incoming freshman about to leave for college. Like, what are my classes going to be like? Are finals going to be hard? What if I don’t make it into a sorority? What happens if my roommate and I don’t get along? What happens if I am home sick? What if I don’t make any friends? Not seeing the same faces everyday from 8 am until 3 pm is going to be a big change…

My best friend is going to be extremely hard to leave behind, but I will also truly miss my newest friends, who are my coworkers from my summer day camp job. I’ll miss laughing, crying and cracking up about the daily ins and outs of working with kids at a summer camp.

Saying Goodbye

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It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over and college is almost beginning! According to BeBe Rhexa, it’s now “its just me, myself and I”.