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I read every day – I have conversations with my children, co workers and Friends – I see change happening – it makes me feel hopeful and helpless at the same time.  I have learned so much from my children, their acceptance of everyone and their willingness to stand up for what is right.  I am having those hard conversations with others and with myself.

My brother who is in the military told me about a coworker who is black and he asked her if she feels there is racism in the military – she gave a few examples.  How the uniform rules affect her beautiful hair and how affirmative action really works.  AFFIRMATIVE ACTION DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE JUST HANDED THE JOB – YOU HAVE THE SAME SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS, DEGREES & WORK EXPERIENCE AS THE OTHER CANDIDATE – IT IS BASICALLY THE TIE BREAKER FOR EQUALLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATES!  They are not less deserving or given anything – They worked, in many cases harder than the candidate they are up against – So stop giving the elbow nudge and trying to feel better about yourself because someone else equally deserving beat you out.

If you can add to this, please do so in the comments – I am eager to learn and understand.

This post seems like a perfect opportunity to again promote the United Negro College Fund.  Please think about giving.  GIVE HERE!

College tuition hikes and decreasing financial aid have caused more and more students to apply to UNCF for assistance each year.

However, they can only support one out of every 10 students who applies. Therefore, nine out of 10 deserving, ambitious students have to be told “no.” Why? Because they do not have sufficient funds. These students are our future health professionals, social workers, teachers, government policy makers, and military men and women—they are the future prosperity of our nation. We must do more. And with your help they can.

 

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Greek Chic: Graduation Apparel

Congrats college seniors, you have officially made it to the home stretch! There are only a few weeks left until graduation! This is the moment you have been waiting for since the first day of freshmen year, and it is finally almost here. Greek Gear is here to make sure you have everything you will need to garnish your graduation day look, from stoles to necklaces and beyond. Here are a few of our graduation gear faves!

  1. Sashes: Design your own Greek Graduation Sash! Each stole is made of bridal satin and measures 5” width & 60” length. They come in your choice of colors: Available in black, white, light gray, pink, salmon pink, red, maroon, purple, gold, navy blue, royal blue and hunter green. So many choices! Design yours HERE!

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  1. Lavaliere: Our Premier Lavalieres are silver pendants with your choice of sorority letters. These elegant necklaces are the perfect accessory for your graduation gown and a beautifully subtle way to represent your sorority on your big day! Pick yours out HEREGrad 1
  2. Bangle bracelet: These trendy bangle bracelets with raised letters feature your group’s color surrounding the letters in beautiful enamel. The bangle can be bent slightly for a custom fit. Created with your organization in mind, this one of a kind piece can be worn at casual or more formal settings…AKA graduation and beyond! Grab one HEREGrad 2
  3. Wood picture frame: This great new sorority picture frame is made of wood and holds a 4″ x 6″ picture. Customize the engraving to help capture your special day! Pick yours out HEREGrad 3

Congrats to all of our graduates! Head over to GreekGear.com for all of your graduation and post-graduation Greek apparel needs.

– The Greek Gear Team

On-Campus Jobs that Prepare you for the Future

In college, it is important to devote some of your time to getting ahead in your career. Internships are great, but it is hard for a lot of college students to devote time to an unpaid internship with all of the financial burdens they have to bear. Fortunately, on-campus jobs can be a great addition to your resume and can give you the hands-on experience you need plus a little cash in your pocket! Plus, on-campus jobs are a great way to get involved at your school and are awesome networking opportunities. Here are a few ideas on how to get the most out of the job opportunities your college offers!

Tutor students

Tutoring other students shows great leadership and communication skills. It also takes a lot of patience and requires you to know the subject you are tutoring forwards and backwards. If you are good at math, tutor other students in math! Great at English? Proofread other students’ research papers! Not only does this look great on a resume, but you get a great sense of accomplishment from helping others succeed! I am forever grateful to the math tutor who helped me crawl my way through calculus.

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Paid to Tweet? For real? Sign me up! Be a Twitter ambassador for your school. This will boost your knowledge of social media and give you a leg up in the marketing/business world! Virtually every university has a Twitter page, not to mention the numerous separate accounts for their sports teams and clubs. Twitter pages require constant maintenance to keep them up to date and accurate.

 Assist a professor

You know who writes great job recommendations? Professors. Is your major Biology? Work in the bio lab or assist a Biology professor. If you are planning on being a teacher, what a great way to get hands-on experience in your field!

 Become a brand ambassador.

A lot of brands offer programs where you get paid to be a brand ambassador to create awareness for their product. When you are beefing up your resume, this is a great addition! Companies will be impressed that you have done social media marketing for well-known companies.
It is always important to keep your future in mind, and what better way to prepare for that future than to get a job that prepares you for it! Happy job hunting,

The Greek Gear Team

Greek Chic: Fall Fashions from Greek Gear

Colder weather means that you need warmer Greek apparel! We have just what you need to rep your letters all season long while still staying warm and cozy. Here are our top 3 must-have fall items from Greek Gear!

  1. Custom twill long tee: We love these long sleeved tees! You can choose the shirt color, letter color, and even a pattern for the twill- truly making this your very own custom Greek lettered tee! These tees are super preppy and classy. Pair this lovely long-sleeved tee with leggings and boots and you have a cute, comfy ensemble for fall!gamma phi beta
  2. Custom twill crewneck sweatshirt: These sweatshirts are totally in right now. Just like the long sleeved tee, these crewnecks come in a variety of colors and the letters are customizable. Do you love sparkels? Animal print? Chevron? We have all of these patterns of twill and SO many more, which means that you can rock your letters in style. These sweet sweatshirts are perfect attire for any group events that your sorority will be hosting this fall/winter season.zeta tau alpha
  3. Anorak: Come prepared with our Fraternity & Sorority Greek Patch Anorak. This classy anorak is lightweight and packs into its pouch, making It easy to tote around with you so it is there right when you need it! This classy jacket is lined with flannel and it is waterproof, making it the perfect campus accessory on those cold, rainy, windy fall days. It even has a nice insulated front pocket to help keep your hands warm or to store your phone or keys for easy access! This jacket really is the perfect way to both represent your sorority AND survive those long chilly walks to class this cold weather season!delta zetaWhat are you waiting for? Head to GreekGear.com for the latest fall fashions and everything Greek!The Greek Gear team

Help! It’s Time to Choose a Big!

So you’ve joined a sorority. Good for you! You have just joined a sisterhood that will change your life. Now that you are a member, it is time to choose your Big. What does that even mean? What does that entail? How in the world do I choose? Here’s the skinny:

In a sorority, your Big is an upperclassman member of the chapter that will be your confidon, go-to girl, and pro advice-giver. Preferably, this sorority member should be one that you look up to and feel totally comfortable with. She will be your mentor through your “newbie” stage of being a member of a sorority and will share a special bond with you even after college. Think of these things when choosing a Big.b80ec82135ac99520a62bce9ccda92f1

  1. Who do you see as someone who could be your mentor as an initiated member?
  2. Who do you want to share special moments with throughout your college experience?
  3. In your chapter, who do you look up to?
  4. Is there a member that has an officer position that you think you would like to have one day?
  5. Is this woman a person who is only fun on the weekends or is she someone who is consistent and accountable to put you in your place if you start to slip?

These are all great attributes to look for in your future Big. You want someone who will support you and lead you. Your Big will be someone that will encourage you in both your sorority and your schooling as well as your career.

No matter who your Big ends up being, value the relationship and appreciate the new bond. You were put together for a reason! Getting a Big is an exciting time, so cherish every member of this new experience!

 

The Greek Gear Team

 

Top 4 Proven Ways to Get Hired

To all of our college graduates, getting hired is probably a top priority, is it not? Don’t you wish there was a job fairy that would go out into the world and “bibbity bobbity boop” you into your dream job? Although we are no fairy god mother, we have the next best alternative! Here is a list of the top 4 proven ways to get hired.

 

  1. Clean up your social media: Any time you are applying for a job or even an internship, you want to clean up your social media. What are some things you want to remove from your profile? Any foul language, photos of you partying or drinking, photos of you gambling, scantily dressed selfies, that sort of content. Before interviewing you or after reviewing your resume, some employers will Google search you. When they search you your social media profiles will pop up, and some potential employers will even scroll through your profile to see for themselves if you are responsible and mature enough to work at their company. One moral of the story is to think twice before posting anything on social media, because you never know who will view it 6a00d834520c6f69e20133f2609640970bat any point in time!
  2. Fine tune your resume: The first thing hiring managers see is your resume. First impressions are crucial. The saying is true, employers typically spend less than a minute looking at your resume unless it catches their attention. One tip is to make your resume generic and not make it tailored to a specific job. Another very important tip is to check your grammar and spelling! Also, leave reliable references! You should also keep the resume 2 pages long or shorter, because short sweet and to the point is the way to go! And finally, use a professional email address. Having an address like Rainbowpony98@yahoo.com will not get you taken very seriously.
  3. Follow up after you send in your resume: Unless the ad says not to call, a good recommendation is to follow-up wither later the same day you sent the resume or the next day to make sure it arrived and landed in the right hands. Following up will also get your resume to the top of the stack!
  4. Rock the interview!

 

It’s a tough world out there, but with these tips you will be able to land your dream job!

Good luck out there.

 

The Greek Gear Team

Greek Life: Famous Women Who Were in Sororities

Did you know that according to USA today, all but three US Presidents since 1825 have been members of a fraternity? Also, 85% of Fortune 500 executives were involved in Greek life. How about the females in sororities? Lets see, the first female astronaut was in a sorority, the first female senator, and, most importantly, Elle Woods! I had no idea so many famous women got their start in sororities! Here are a few more leading ladies that got their starts in Greek life and went on to do great things.

Katie Couric

Katie was a member of Delta Delta Delta at the University of Virginia. All you Tri-Delts out there, you are in good company!Katie_Couric_a_p

Condoleeza Rice

Condoleeza joined the Alpha Chi Omega sorority while she was a piano/poli sci major. This worked perfectly for her because Alpha Chi was a sorority with musical origins.

Kate Spade

Kate Spade went to Arizona State University where she majored in journalism. Spade was an Omega member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. I personally LOVE anything Kate Spade! Totally adorable.

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Sara Blakely

You may not know this name right off the bat, but you will be singing her praises when I tell you who she is. She is the creator of Spanx! The world’s best way to suck it all in when you need to well, suck it all in! She is the youngest woman to be on the cover of Forbes’ Billionaire list and was a member of Delta Delta Delta at Florida State University.

 

We hope you have learned more about some of the leading ladies who got their start in sororities! They are such an inspiration.

 

The Greek Gear Team

The 10 Most Amazing Healthy Dinners You Need to Make Now

When you’re in college, top of the mind is getting your assignments completed and making sure you’re prepared for class each day. Not to mention fraternity and sorority recruitment season, when you barely get a moment to yourself. Some nights you might forget to eat, let alone make a healthy meal, but you need a good dinner to be prepared for your upcoming day. You can make quick meals that are not just tasty, but also packed with nutrients and good ingredients.

Try one or more of these 10 healthy dinner ideas when you’re in your dorm or apartment. They should take no more than about 30-45 minutes of your time and are totally worth it. Also, invest in a few small aluminum baking pans from your local dollar store so that you can make small meals for yourself (and maybe your roommate).

Lemon Garlic Butter Baked Fish

White fish is so easy to cook and tastes delicious with basic ingredients. That includes flounder, cod, and turbot. Put a couple of clean pieces in one of your aluminum baking pans and add a few pats of butter. Sprinkle garlic, cilantro, and squeeze some lemon on top, then add a few lemon slices before putting it in the oven. Set the temperature to about 375 degrees and let it cook for about 30-45 minutes, watching it closely.

Cheesy Chicken Roll-up

Slice a chicken thigh into chunks (remove as much of the skin as you can and discard the bone). Season it with garlic, salt, pepper, and Italian salad dressing. Fry the chicken in a bit of olive oil and toss in some sliced red and green peppers if you have them. Pop two soft spelt or spinach tortillas in the microwave for 10 seconds so that they will be warm and soft, then add a layer of your favorite shredded cheese. Add the chicken mixture and roll it up like a burrito.

Rice Noodle Soup

Rice noodles are considered a healthier alternative to standard noodles. You can find them in the international aisle of your favorite grocery store. You’ll need a box of Pho or Ramen broth, chopped scallions, and mushrooms at minimum. Cook the veggies first then add the broth. Place the dry noodles in a bowl, pour the hot broth over them, and cover the bowl with a lid until the noodles soften. You can also use mung bean noodles, sometimes called bean threads.

Quick Spinach and Mozzarella Rigatoni Bake

Those small bake pans that you can find at the dollar store are magical and inspirational. You can make all sorts of baked meals with them, including Italian dishes. Heat up some tomato sauce with Italian seasoning, garlic, salt, and pepper. Add spinach as well as mushrooms if you like them, and boil rigatoni or penne pasta in a separate pot. Layer the sauce, then the pasta, then the mozzarella cheese, and again until the aluminum pan is full. Bake on 350 for about 45 minutes, watching it closely. Your roommates and probably people down the hall in your dorm will want to know what’s cooking after a while.

Crispy Potato Wedges 

It’s recommended that people consume at least 4700 mg of potassium each day for good health. Yet very, very few people get anywhere near this level. So, it’s also good to incorporate a few potatoes in your diet each day (preferably not the greasy fast food fries). Make some baked crispy potato wedges instead.

Chop them up in whatever way you like, boil them with some salt for about 20 minutes, then drain the water. Let them cool for a while, then pat your potatoes dry and coat them with a mixture of cornstarch, paprika, salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic. Sprinkle with olive oil or peanut oil. Bake in the oven for another 20 minutes or until they reach your desired crispiness.

Turkey Meatballs and Gravy

Making healthier meatballs is not as complicated as you might think. It’s just a matter of getting a clean bowl, some seasonings, and a pack of ground turkey which is often only a few bucks at the supermarket. Turkey is a healthier choice compared to beef. Put a half pack of ground turkey in the bowl, Italian seasoning, some Italian dressing, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, adobo seasoning if you have it, an egg, parmesan cheese if you have it, and a good dollop of olive oil. Get your hands into the mixture and combine all of the ingredients thoroughly. Roll up into meatballs (your desired size) and place them in your mini baking pan. If you have some of the mixture left over, just freeze it.

Bake in the oven on 375 degrees for about 45 minutes to an hour until they’re fully done. To make gravy, pour the liquid left into a cooking pan, add vegetable broth, water, and cornstarch or flour for thickening. Whip it all together and let it simmer for about 10 minutes. Pour it over your turkey meatballs and enjoy.

Mushroom Stir Fry

Mushrooms have a number of health benefits, such as antioxidants, protein, and fiber. They also have a delicious flavor and the consistency of meat. If you’re trying to do a meatless Monday, make a quick mushroom stir fry with carrots, sliced red and green peppers, and onions. Just let them all fry together in some olive oil and then douse the mixture with some low sodium soy sauce. Add some garlic powder, salt, and pepper and you’re good to go. Remember to fix some rice to serve it with, or rice noodles.

Easy Chicken Parm Sandwich

You don’t have to deep fry a chicken breast in bread crumbs to make a decent chicken parmigiana sandwich. Just season the sliced chicken, then fry each side in olive oil until done. Pour your tomato sauce over the chicken in one of your mini baking pans and cover with mozzarella cheese. Let it bake for about 30 minutes on 350 degrees while you finish reading the assignment for your class tomorrow. If you can find it, use an artisan bread roll to house your cheesy parmigiana. Remove some of the inside of the bread roll, because there’s no reason to have that much bread if you want a healthier choice — it’s all about the chicken, sauce, and mozza after all!

Roasted White Potatoes and Spinach

Spinach is a miracle food. It has loads of vitamins and minerals that your body needs to stay active and healthy. It’s enough to make you want to eat spinach all day long, at every meal. Spinach is especially delicious with some boiled then roasted potatoes, olive oil, garlic powder, and a little salt. Use an air fryer for your potatoes if you have one.

Chicken Drumsticks Dinner

If you want a delicious dinner that is easy to prepare, healthy, and affordable, go with chicken drumsticks. They are probably the least expensive type of chicken you can purchase. Other than the drumsticks, all you need is a white onion (chopped) and some standard seasonings (paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder). Clean the drumsticks and remove as much skin as you can. Put them in your aluminum baking pan and mix everything together with your hands. Bake on 375 degrees for about 45 minutes or until done. Serve over rice.

These 10 healthy dinner recipes will give you motivation to eat better throughout your college years, and most likely inspire you to chef it up in the kitchen after you graduate and impress your sorority sisters, fraternity brothers, friends, and family. Pick one to start and go from there.

For quality sorority and fraternity gifts, clothing, and even Greek lettered aprons for cooking your delicious, healthy meals, shop GreekGear.com .

10 Sorority Recruitment Hacks

It’s about that time again. Time to start planning recruitment activities with your chapter to bring in some new members. You might be wondering how to make things run more smoothly this time around. Consider these 10 sorority recruitment hacks that could make your upcoming rush season a great success.

Have Regular Meetings with Chapter Sisters

Regular meetings with fellow sorority members in your chapter, specifically regarding recruitment business, will help you to put things in the proper perspective. It also gives you a chance to have some well-needed quality time with your sorors.

Wear Para at Every Meet and Greet

Even one small sorority button on your shirt or Greek-lettered jewelry worn at each meet and greet with potential recruits can make a big impression. Ideally, you and your sorority sisters should have matching Greek-lettered shirts shipped in for recruitment season. It’s a sign of unity.

Schedule One-on-One Meetups

You may find yourself interested in a certain potential recruit, and want to learn more about her. Schedule a one-on-one lunch meet up with them at a dining hall on your campus to find out what she’s really like.

Refresh Yourself on Sorority Etiquette and History

There’s nothing worse than not being able to answer a question about your sorority’s history, basic principles, or chosen initiatives when a potential new member asks. So, take the time to look over your national and chapter website to make sure you’re ready for any question that arises.

Stay Visible on Campus

The more that freshwomen see you on campus, along with your other sorority sisters, the more interested they may become in your organization. So, spend as much time as you can around campus wearing para, socializing, and being friendly.

Give All Potential Recruits a Chance

There are cases when you might come across a potential new member who rubs you the wrong way on the first meeting. Give it time to see if you may have had the wrong first impression.

Order Your Recruitment Supplies in Advance

You want to make sure you have all your recruitment supplies ready to go at least a couple of weeks before you start activities. If you’re a little behind, know that you can get Greek gear, including Greek party favors and custom t-shirts rushed to your chapter house by paying a small rush fee.

Produce Videos of Various Lengths About Your Sorority Life

A lot of chapters like to create a sorority recruitment video each year to promote their organization. Create videos of various lengths for different applications: one short video for social media, one medium sized video to play in the background at your table when you attend Greek events on campus, and a full-length video to play at rush events for serious candidates. Take the time to write a screenplay. Tell your chapter’s story, choose a few members to feature on camera, and highlight the various activities and initiatives that you and your chapter sisters participate in each year.

Host an Open Forum

You want to know what is going on in the minds of your potential new members. One of the best ways to do that is to get them to open up at a talking forum. Pick a topic of recent relevance, create some questions to start the conversation, and then open the floor for discussion. Encourage everyone to give their honest opinions on the subject. This may give you some insight into their individual personalities.

Bring in Your Alums

Don’t underestimate the knowledge that your alumnae members have to offer. After all, they have been there and done that. They may have some special tips for you that will help you have a very successful rush season. Invite them to come visit your chapter house and attend recruitment events—they will likely appreciate it and be eager to help.

For top quality sorority recruitment merchandise and gifts for rush this year, including custom designed Greek clothing, shop at GreekGear.com.

How to Travel This Summer for Cheap

How to Travel This Summer for Cheap

We are all eager for the chance to travel again and have some fun, especially when the weather starts getting warmer. After an extended period of struggling with the effects of the pandemic, how excited will you be when you can hit the shores again? Or go to a beautiful lakeside cabin with your besties and sorority sisters? Breathing fresh air and enjoying nature’s beauty.

But how can you travel on a budget? It is exciting to get away, and do something different. It is even more exciting when you’re able to save a few dollars.

Here are some tips for how you can travel this summer for cheap.

Set Aside Lots of Time to Peruse Travel Sites

Part of the fun of planning a summer trip is spending time looking for the best deals. Who would want to spend top dollar on a hotel and flight that turns out to not be so great after all? You can find some wonderful deals on hotels and airfare if you take some time to do research.

There are countless websites you can browse to find good deals that are more than happy to give you discounts so that they can fill those seats and rooms. Also, look for flights or bus seats that guarantee you space to socially distance.

So, grab a cup of tea or cocoa and dedicate an hour or two to look for the best deals possible. You can save a lot of money when you take the time to look at multiple travel sites instead of settling for the first one you find.

Also, ask the people you know if they have any tips on where you can find an affordable vacation package.

Buddy Up

When things get safer after the pandemic, most people get vaccinated, and you know that you have a responsible buddy that you can trust to be around, consider taking a trip together to save money. 

Link up with a sorority sister or fraternity brother who you are close with and share a hotel. Bring your Greek lettered mask, hand sanitizer, and make sure you’ll have your own area to relax. If you hang out, take it to the balcony so that you both can enjoy some fresh air. Always wear your masks and socially distance, even if you’re vaccinated and tested.

Also bring your disinfectant wipes or spray to wipe down high touch areas (door knobs, tables, dresser drawers, toilet handle, etc.) as soon as you arrive in your hotel room.

Bring Your Own Lunch

One of the most expensive things about traveling is spending money on restaurants and fast food. You can easily spend hundreds just on eating out. Go to the grocery store instead and pick up food that is easy to prepare or microwave in your hotel room. Here are some ideas for things you can grab for your trip at the local supermarket as soon as you land at your destination:

  • Lunch meat, cheese, rolls, lettuce, tomatoes, and condiments.
  • Your favorite soups (easily heated in a microwaveable bowl).
  • Fresh salads.
  • Burritos (also easy to heat).
  • Can’t say this enough: get paper bowls. Get plenty of bowls for heating up food, as well as an assortment of utensils.

Also, pick a hotel that has free breakfast in the morning and load up your plate for the day.

Pack Light

An easy way to save money on your upcoming summer trip is to pack a small bag as a personal item with the most important items you will need while you are traveling. Some airlines will charge you $50 or more just to have an extra bag. What is the point of saving money on a fare if you’ll have to spend more money on luggage? As long as it fits under the seat in front of you, it’s normally considered a free personal item.

Think about it. You will most likely only wear two or three outfits the entire time you’re away, so only pack for that. You can also buy things that you need when you are at your destination. So, pack light—just the basics.

For top quality Greek merchandise and clothing that you can wear on your summer trip this year, shop GreekGear.com.

Sorority Lingo: Dictionary to Greek Life

Have you ever wondered about sorority lingo? The terms that are used throughout the rush and recruitment process that is. These are a few of the terms that you might want to know about — a little dictionary to Greek life.

PNM

PNM is short code for a potential new member. This person is also referred to as an interest, rush, or candidate. These are people who have a serious interest in joining the organization.

Spec

Not every sorority uses this term, but a spec is short for a special. It is someone who you take a special interest in when they are joining. A spec can be someone from the same chapter, the same sorority at a different chapter, or someone from a completely different organization. A spec may get mentored or just receive the occasional snack.

Chapter or House 

A chapter is a group of the people at a sorority house at a specific school. Sometimes it might be at a group of schools that are nearby each other. A house is pretty much the same thing.

Bid Day

One of the most exciting days for sorority members and potential new members is bid day. This is the day when bids or invitations are handed out. It’s the day when people are confirmed to become a new part of the chapter or house.

The Para Game

As you can imagine, sorority members can be a little mischievous at times. The para game is a way for members to have fun with each other. Paraphernalia, which is Greek Gear like jackets or even small trinkets that include sorority letters, is treasured. Members sometimes take each other’s para and then brag about it in jest. Eventually it is returned. 

But please only do this with someone who has a good sense of humor!

Legacy

A legacy is someone who gets into an organization because they know someone or are related to someone who is already been initiated into the organization. It is usually someone who is a close family member.

Bis Sis or Lil Sis

When someone becomes a serious candidate for membership, they are assigned a big sister. And you become their little sister. it is so that you are guided to understand how to be a good sorority sister.

Neo

Neo is a short term for a neophyte. It is someone who has just joined the organization and still doesn’t know all of the traditions. It is also someone who has a lot of opportunities, such as joining the chapter board in some capacity.

Initiation

initiation is the process of making you a fully official member of the sorority. It is a beautiful time when everyone welcomes you into the organization. It is a time for Greek gifts, sorority paraphernalia, and lots of hugs.

So that’s some sorority lingo. There are so many more terms you’ll learn over time while navigating the rush and recruitment process. This is a start.

Just know that the most important thing is for you to love and be good to your sorority sisters. Be there for your community and care for others. These are bonds that can stay strong and long for many years, decades.

Understand what others are going through and care for yourself as well.

For Greek merchandise, clothing, and home goods that you can be proud of and that will promote your organization for many years, shop at Greek Gear.

10 Essential Things You Must Have During Sorority Recruitment

Recruitment season for sororities is a time that can quickly become overwhelming and chaotic, which is why it’s so important to plan ahead. It’s best to focus on the most important details first and order what you need in advance to ensure you’ll be ready in time. Consider these 10 essential things that you must have during sorority recruitment so that you can hit the ground running this spring or fall semester.

Party Favors and Gift Sets

It’s common courtesy to send your guests home from a party with favors and gifts that will help them remember you and your organization. And these items don’t have to cost much — just little trinkets that potentials can put on their desks or in their cars to remind them of the day they attended your recruitment event. That might include keychains, little notepads, or even personalized sorority tumbler cups or drinking glasses.

Matching Lettered Jackets (Fall Recruitment)

Greek letter jackets are as cool as they are practical. When people see you and all your fellow chapter sisters around campus wearing the same jacket or pullover with your brightly colored sorority letters etched across the back, it is sure to be memorable. You may be surprised by how many people show up to your interest meetings.

Sorority Themed Decorations

When you’re throwing a proper sorority recruitment event, it isn’t enough to just book a room and arrange seating. You must decorate it with your sorority colors, letters, and themes. Order custom Greek-themed balloons, signs, and tablecloths. Create an area that features some of your chapter’s favorite sorority paraphernalia and photos from the past.

Creative Ice Breaking Activities

It is essential to have a list of ice-breaking activities prepared for your upcoming recruitment events. If they become new members, they are going to spend a lot of time together over the next four years. So, it is important to see how your potentials get along with each other and the current sisters. Here are a few ideas:

  • Ask each person in the room to give their name and a fun or funny fact about themselves. Laughter is always a good way to break the ice.
  • Partner each person in the room randomly and ask them to write a short story, one or two paragraphs long. This will allow you to see who has a sense of humor or a creative mind, which is great for social committees or public relations.
  • Prepare questions about your sorority or about details that have been discussed at the event and offer a prize for whoever gets the most correct answers. A good competitive game that involves a lucrative prize is a good way to gauge the various personalities in the room.

Recruitment Tees in Various Designs

Think of all the many occasions during recruitment season when you are going to host potential new members. That includes at parties, on campus social gatherings, community service projects, and outdoor barbecues. Make sure you and your sisters have plenty of t-shirts in various designs and colors. The more variety the better. Not to mention, these t-shirts will live on well past your college years, like a collection of memories.

Sorority Buttons and Pins

It can be difficult to distinguish sorority members from interests at recruitment affairs. That’s why it’s important for each initiated sister to wear a special sorority pin or button. Whether it’s a simple button imprinted with your Greek letters or a lapel pin, potential new members will know you’re the point of contact if they have questions about your organization.

Invitations and Stationery

Throughout the recruitment process, you will have to send notes and invitations to potential new members. Stock up on sorority stationery with your Greek symbols and letters as well as specially designed invitations. Also, remember to grab a box of pens and pencils that identify your sorority affiliation to use and distribute at events.

Plenty of Face Masks

At a time when it is so important to protect your health and that of others, it is important for you and all your chapter sisters to stay masked up. You could be hosting dozens of potential new members at your events. So, make sure you have a box of Greek-lettered masks — at least two for each member in your official sorority colors. And of course, encourage attendees to wear masks as well.

Table and Event Signs

How will anyone know about your recruitment events if you don’t let them know with proper sorority signage and banners? At the minimum, you’ll need a customized banner imprinted with details about your upcoming affair, a sign to hang in front of tables and podiums, and a general sorority banner that includes your Greek letters, chapter name, and founding date.

An Open Mind

When you’re navigating the process of recruiting new members into your sorority, it’s important to have an open mind. There are going to be girls who are nervous, girls who may feel the need to try to go above and beyond to impress, and some interests who just rub you the wrong way at first, but remember that recruitment is the perfect time to get to know them better. Maintain a positive mindset and look deeper to find the good in every potential new recruit.

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5 Tips to Help You Transition from High School to College Life

You’ll soon learn that your experience as a high school student and your experiences in college are completely different. For one, you no longer have someone to give you instructions and guidance each day. You have to become your own person, make your own decisions, and learn how to stay on track.

College is more than just a way to learn book knowledge so that you can get a good job — you also gain invaluable knowledge about how to live. This learning experience is amplified when you become a member of a fraternity or sorority in your first or second semester. Cherish every moment and use what you learn to become the best possible version of yourself; now and in the future. Remember these five tips to help you transition from your high school life to becoming a successful college student and eventually, a productive member of the Greek community.

1. Design Your Dorm Room for Comfort

There is a good chance that you’ll be spending most of your time in your dorm room at college, whether writing papers or hanging out with friends. This is amplified when you’re a member of a sorority or fraternity and living in the chapter house. So, when you’re transitioning from high school to college life, make sure that your dorm room will be comfortable with all of the necessities. Those necessities may include a desk and chair, a Greek afghan blanket (which could also double as an area rug or wall decor), writing utensils, and sorority or fraternity cups for your tea, hot cocoa, and ice water. And don’t forget a shelf full of snacks for late night study sessions! Your bedroom should be an extension of our personality — just as it was when you were in high school.

2. Be Prepared for the Freshman 15

Do you know why you gain about 15 pounds when you become a freshman in college? It’s because you go from eating minimalist high school lunches to full buffet style meals in college, courtesy of your paid meal plan. And those meals come three times a day with regularity. But just because you can pile on your plate at breakfast, lunch, and dinner doesn’t mean that you should. Make healthy choices in what you eat and only splurge on a few goodies once in a while.

3. Get Used to the Idea of Living in Close Quarters with Someone Else

You may have had to live with a sibling in your childhood home when you were in high school, but at least you had your own room. When you are in college you are going to have to get used to the idea of living in very close quarters with another person who is most likely a complete stranger. Be a good roommate: clean up after yourself, respect study times, and understand that everyone has different personalities.

4. Be Active in Your Fraternity or Sorority

One of the best ways to transition into college life, especially if you are going to be away from your high school friends and siblings for the first time is to join a Greek organization. One of the exciting things about going Greek is that you gain a new family while you’re away at college. You gain new brothers and sisters — a new community of people to stay in touch with. You also get to wear some cool fraternity or sorority paraphernalia while you’re on campus!

When you do join a sorority or fraternity, make an effort to be active and social. Make friends and be a genuine friend to others. This will help you to come out of your identity as a high school senior to an ambitious college student and eventually a full-fledged adult.

5. Enjoy Your Freedom, but Remain Self-Disciplined

For many college students, going away to university is the first chance they have to truly express their personal freedom. But sometimes that freedom can come at a cost — especially if you don’t have a sense of self discipline. Discipline includes setting a schedule for yourself and sticking to it. It’s having a time designated for work and a time set aside for fun. As you may have learned in high school, temporary decisions can have long term effects — be smart and resourceful.

It may take some time for you to mentally and physically transition from high school to college life. But it happens eventually, and you’ll be ready for the next adventure. Keep a positive mindset and join in with like-minded people so that you can make the best of those four or more years in college.For Greek merchandise, clothing, and home goods that you can be proud of and that will promote your organization for many years, shop GreekGear.com

How to Accessorize Your Sorority Recruitment Outfit

Details matter, especially when you are in a room full of sorority women. Women tend to have a knack for noticing small things, like a pretty pedicure, a cute pair of earrings, or a purse that perfectly matches your belt or shoes. You might have your outfits lined up for sorority recruitment week, but no outfit is quite complete without the ideal accessories. No matter how you choose to dress for your upcoming Greek recruitment event, there are a few sorority accessories that you’ll want to have on deck.

Stylish Sorority Bracelets

You’ll likely be spending a lot of time talking to potential new members at sorority recruitment events. When we talk in these settings, we tend to use our hands to accentuate our points and add personality to the conversation. So, wear a cute sorority bracelet on your wrist that displays your Greek letters, symbols, or mascot. Some bracelets also make a gentle jingling sound that attracts people to you. One or two bracelets should be sufficient — you might want to pick out an array of options to wear throughout sorority recruitment season. You’ll probably get a lot of comments when you wear this Silver Dangle Bracelet or a Sorority Mascot Jewel Bracelet.

An Elegant Sorority Lavalier

Lavaliers are necklace charms that have traditionally been passed from fraternity members to their girlfriends as a symbol of their dedication. The charm displays the organization’s Greek letters vertically (sometimes called a drop necklace), diagonally or horizontally. But you don’t have to wait for a guy to give you one — you can order one for yourself displaying your own Greek letters. Some sorority lavaliers are silver, some are gold, and others have delightful accents like Swarovski crystals. If one of your sorority recruitment outfits includes a V-neck sweater or blouse, that is a perfect opportunity to wear your drop necklace. It will glimmer, shine, and attract plenty of attention from PNMs.

Lettered Wallet or Purse

When you’re walking around the venue at your sorority recruitment event and meeting new people, you’re probably going to need something to carry literature, as well as personal items. Make sure you’re holding a cute little sorority bag that matches your recruitment outfit and includes images or letters that identify the organization you belong to. You’ll probably love the Mini Sorority Jute Bag, which is small and compact, yet large enough to hold important items throughout the day. Best of all, it’s designed with your sorority crest and colors.

Mask Up, Sorority Style

At a time when it is crucial to be safe and protect yourself as well as others, there may be no better accessory than a sorority mask. These masks are uniquely designed for each sorority organization, including the official colors and letters. Masks have become sort of a fashion statement. Unique designs allow you to stand out from the crowd while looking like a responsible and sensible sorority member. Make sure that you and all your fellow chapter sisters have a mask to wear at all of your upcoming recruitment events this semester.

Remember the little details when you are planning your sorority recruitment outfits for the upcoming semester. Choose accessories that are not only cute but also pay homage to your Greek organization. First impressions are everything, and you should make every effort to look your best when meeting potential recruits.

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How to Look Cute on a Budget – Style Hacks for Sorority Sisters

One of the most important subjects you’ll learn while you’re in college is how to live on a budget. After covering your textbooks, supplies, late night convenience store trips to stock your dorm with snacks, you might need to live a bit more frugally. But you can still be sorority chic while you’re on campus this semester without spending a lot. Here are a few simple style hacks for sorority girls to keep in mind before you go shopping for the upcoming school year.

Sorority Jewelry

You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on custom made jewelry that displays your Greek letters. Not when you can get a beautiful gold-plated sorority necklace or an attractive dangling silver-plated sorority bracelet for around $25. A nice piece of sorority jewelry will help take any outfit to the next level and attract plenty of attention.

Sorority Tees

You can’t go wrong with a new Greek t-shirt or figure-flattering tank top and a pair of your favorite blue jeans when dressing cute for a long day on campus. You can find an array of tees for sorority girls that are under $15. They’re colorful, come with a variety of screen-printed designs, and allow you to express your love for your organization whenever you wear them.

Colorful Flip Flops for Sorority Members

When you want to show off your latest pedicure, a pair of fancy sandals would be nice. But if you want to keep to a budget and look cute but casual while you’re on campus, a pair of sorority flip flops will do. Since you’ll be traversing your school’s halls and walkways almost daily, it’s important that you get a good strong pair made of high quality materials, including a solid rubber tread. Your sorority colors and symbols are imprinted on your flip flops, making them a unique yet affordable shoe to wear all semester long.

Cute Sorority Tote Bag

Some days, when you have a heavy class load, you’ll probably have to bring your backpack or a briefcase. But on those days when you only have one class, a meeting, or you’re just heading to the dining hall with your sisters, bring a custom sorority tote bag. They feature your sorority letters, symbols, and colors. It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing a pair of old sweatpants—throwing an eye-catching Greek-lettered tote bag over your shoulder will add appeal to your outfit. Best of all it will fit right into your shopping budget for the school year.

You’ll find so many cute and affordable things to wear at GreekGear.com that will help you represent your Greek organization in the best possible way, whether you’re partying with your sisters or hosting recruitment events. See more of the awesome deals available for members of your sorority.

Keep Keeping At It

We are seeing change and understanding in many places, but we have such a long way to go. The single biggest thing you can do over the next few weeks is VOTE! Vote to make a change – vote the candidates who see the importance of change. From your local politicians to the POTUS. What happens in November can hopefully finally start us on the path to healing. We all need that – Life is hard in 2020 – and harder for those without a voice and without fair opportunities. Vote to help open those doors that have been previously closed.

Be sure and check to see you are registered to vote:

https://www.usa.gov/confirm-voter-registration

Is Sorority Rush for Me? – Your Questions, Answered

Sorority rush is a period of time during either the fall or spring semester when sorority chapters choose new potential members. They want to get to know the ladies who may be joining their ranks. Not everyone will be fit for the sorority recruitment process, but if you feel that you may be a good candidate these are some possible questions (and the corresponding answers) you may have.

How Is It Being Around So Many Women All the Time?

One thing that you’ll have to understand is that when you are around a lot of women, there are a variety of personalities that you will encounter. Some sorority sisters will be nice and friendly while others will be difficult and challenging to deal with.

But the great thing about being in a sorority with a lot of women is that you are more likely to meet someone who you really get along with. Many sorority members meet lifelong friends during the rush process and beyond.

How Difficult Is it to Answer Questions Asked by Current Sisters?

During sorority rush and recruitment you should expect to be asked a lot of questions by the current members. They want to get to know you and what you are all about. They want to ensure that you will be a hard-working member of their organization if accepted. Be prepared for questions like “why do you want to join this specific sorority?” That answer will require you to do some research on the background and history of their organization. You’ll also be asked questions about yourself, like how you’re doing in school, and what are your priorities.

Think of it as an informal job interview. If you were accepted into college, you will generally know what to say when you’re being interviewed, so relax and let the words flow. Be honest and authentic. Also, be prepared with solid questions of your own to ask members.

How Long Does the Sorority Rush Process Usually Take?

The length of the sorority rush process varies depending on the organization and chapter. But in a lot of cases you can expect for it to last for at least a couple of weeks. Be prepared to spend a lot of time attending sorority-hosted events during that period.

How Can I Improve My Chances of Getting a Bid?

Be yourself. Do not feel that you have to put on an act in order to impress the members, because they can see right through that. Always dress to impress, smell good, and take care of the details (such as hair, nails, and light makeup), but don’t overdo it. Try to make a strong connection with at least one of the members, who will most likely advocate for you in the bid selection process.

What is the Most Exciting Part of Rushing a Sorority?

Young women join sororities for all sorts of reasons, but the main reason is that they want to be social and have an exciting experience while in college. One of the most exciting parts of rushing a sorority is that you get to meet new people who you may not have met under any other circumstances on campus. You have a chance to expand your social skills, which will help you in the future. And of course, there are the parties and gatherings you’ll be expected to attend with a sea of women wearing their colorful sorority paraphernalia and Greek lettered clothing.

Hopefully some of your questions about sorority rush and whether it is right for you have been answered here. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get to know a large group of women who you might fall in love with.

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