10 Sorority Recruitment Outfits You Need to Add into Your Rotation

Every time potentials see you on campus, you should be dressed appropriately and to impress because how you look is a representation of your sorority. Look at this list of sorority recruitment outfits that you need to add to your rotation. 

For Official Business (Panels and Forums)

Potential recruits will tend to take you more seriously when you are wearing an outfit that makes it clear that you are businesslike and in charge. A sorority blazer featuring your Greek letters is a must-have in your rotation. Wear it with a white collared shirt or sorority polo underneath and a pair of slacks and you’re ready to meet your public.

Bid Day Casual

On bid day, the day when you finally let potential recruits know that they have been chosen as a candidate, you want to look cool, casual, and fun. It’s an exciting moment, and the perfect chance to wear a colorful sorority t-shirt with large Greek letters and a pair of relaxed khaki pants.

Laid Back and Cute When It’s Party Time

When it’s time to party, you want to feel relaxed and look good. Pick up a Greek tank top (preferably in white so that you’ll be noticeable in a dim party room) or a tie dye tee for sorority members, and a pair of boyfriend jeans.

The “Welcome Freshwomen” Barbecue

The welcome back to school BBQ, which is often thrown by sororities to welcome freshmen to campus is the time when you want to wear as much para as possible, especially your letters. You also want to wear something that you will not be angry about staining with barbecue sauce. A simple Greek tee with your sorority letters imprinted on the front is a good choice along with some shorts, skorts, or a cute skirt.

The Sorority Sleepover 

Even something as simple as a sleepover becomes a fashion party when you’re in a sorority. When you host your next sleepover with potential recruits for the semester, you might want to have a few sorority sleepover clothes to choose from. Don’t forget to pick out a pair of matching Greek lettered slippers.

The Tea Party

Some sororities like to hold tea parties with their potential new members as a way to get to know them and ask them questions in a more intimate setting. This is a good time to get dressed up and wear some lovely sorority jewelry, and one of your favorite belted dresses. If possible pick a dress in one or both of your official sorority colors.

Formal or Cocktail Party Gear

It’s difficult to explain the excitement that builds up to a sorority or fraternity formal. You’ll spend time in department stores and shops looking for the perfect party dress and shoes. This is the chance to really dress things up and show how classy and fashionable you are.

What to Wear to the Dining Hall

It’s hard to miss a sorority member in the dining hall when she is wearing a Greek lettered jacket or sorority sweatshirt.  Some jackets come with your Greek letters imprinted on the back in twill letters—you can bet that interests will be curious about what they stand for, and possibly make their way over to your table for a chat.

Dorm Dance or Step Show

Some sorority chapters do impromptu dances, step shows, or displays in the dorms to let everyone know that they are recruiting. Pick from a variety of sorority t-shirt designs in fun colors with your symbols and sayings.

White Dress for Ceremonies

For many sororities, there will come a time when recruits are to be initiated. During many of these initiation ceremonies, it will be necessary for you to have a white dress. Make sure you have one or two in your closet, as well as a pair of white pumps.

Make sure you have these 10 sorority recruitment outfits in your rotation for the upcoming semester so that you’ll always be prepared with something nice to wear.

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Our Go-To Lunch Recipes for College Students

A lot of students skip lunch because they have so much going on during the average day on campus. But in many cases, lunch is the most important meal when you’re in college. It bridges your morning with your evening classes and obligations, especially if you are going to have to spend hours at fraternity and sorority recruitment events. While the most important consideration is that your meals are healthy, you also want them to be quick and easy to make to save time. Here are some of our go to lunch recipes for college students that you can easily prepare at your chapter house or possibly even in your dorm room on campus.

Note: If you can, invest in an air fryer because it will make preparing easy lunches even more of a breeze.

Simple Tuna Melt

Everyone knows how to make tuna salad. A can of tuna, a bit of mayo, maybe some celery or onions (or both), salt and pepper. Turn it into a melt by adding a slice of cheese on top and putting it in the toaster oven or air fryer on a slice of bread or bagel. You can save the leftovers and make another melt in minutes for tomorrow’s lunch.

Pita Pizza

It can be fun to have a pizza night with your sorority sisters or fraternity brothers, where you make a dough from scratch and load it with toppings. But when you’re stopping by your dorm room between classes, you don’t have much time for making a classic pizza. Instead, make a pita pizza.

Get a slice of pita bread (or even a soft tortilla would work) and make a quick pizza for the toaster oven or your air fryer. Add tomato sauce, cheese, and healthy toppings like broccoli, spinach, and mushrooms if you have them. It should take about 15 minutes to make.

Cucumber, Tomato, and Mozzarella Salad

Sometimes you just want something light and healthy to eat for lunch. A cucumber and tomato salad is not only loaded with good stuff to keep you going throughout the day as you head from class to class, it’s also refreshing, delicious and takes minutes to prepare. When you add mozzarella chunks it becomes a fuller meal. Just chop everything up and mix with a spoon.

It’s best to prepare this salad the night before and refrigerate so that all you have to do is scoop some into a bowl, drizzle with your favorite dressing (Italian or Balsamic is the preferred choice), and enjoy it while you catch up on some reading between classes.

Healthy Fries and Guacamole

The fries at your favorite fast food restaurant may be very tasty, but they are loaded with unhealthy ingredients that can make you sluggish, and you need every bit of energy for your school work and Greek life activities. You can make your own healthy fries. Slice a potato into fries or wedges, squeeze out any excess moisture, and spray with olive oil. Put it into the toaster oven or air fryer and cook for about 20-25 minutes on 375 degrees. Meanwhile, make a quick guacamole by mashing up a ripe avocado with salt and lime. If you have an onion add a bit of that too. Once your fries are done dip them in your guacamole for a healthy potassium-packed lunch.

It’s worthwhile to set aside some time to create a weekly list of lunch ideas that you can easily and quickly prepare. A good healthy lunch will help keep your mind sharp as you attend late afternoon lectures and plan fraternity and sorority activities for the semester.

For quality sorority and fraternity gifts, clothing, and even Greek lettered aprons to wear when you’re making your lunches, shop at GreekGear.com .

Our Go-To Dinner Recipes for College Students

The last thing you want to do when you are a busy, overworked, and over stressed college student navigating Greek life is to have to worry about spending a lot of time cooking when you get home after a long day of meetings and social affairs. But it is possible to prepare some very simple recipes that will keep you healthy and not require much effort. Try some of our go to dinner recipes for busy college students and take the time to explore other dinner ideas that won’t require too much effort before you put in a long night of studying or planning your upcoming fraternity or sorority recruitment activities.

Asian Noodles with Chicken or Beef

If you go to the international aisle of your favorite grocery store, such as Whole Foods or your local supermarket you’ll find a variety of sauces that you can use to make noodles. You will also find rice noodles. Grab a bag of your favorite vegetables as well (such as broccoli, scallions, or carrots) and a small package of beef or chicken.

When you get home take a few minutes to slice the meat and save the excess for later in your freezer. Fry the meat in olive oil along with the veggies, then add some water and your rice noodles. Let it cook for a while until the noodles are al dente. Add some of your sauce and mix everything together. Turn off the heat and let it simmer for a little while. You have a delicious meal. If you are a vegan or vegetarian, no need for the meat.

Sausage, Peppers, and Onions in the Oven

Some recipes may sound difficult, but they can be surprisingly easy to make and very delicious when you cook them in the oven. You can make sausage, peppers, and onions in a small baking pan and it will only take about 20 minutes to prepare. Boil the sausage for about 15-20 minutes. Slice everything up, put it in the pan and drizzle with some olive oil. You can cook it in the oven for about 45 minutes while you are doing homework.

Taco Time (Mushrooms or Ground Beef)

It doesn’t have to be Tuesday for it to be taco time. Tacos are not only delicious and easy to prepare, but also fun to make. You don’t have to go all out buying hundreds of ingredients to make tasty tacos, you just need to start with two ingredients. Either ground beef or you can also use chopped mushrooms if you are vegetarian. You also need lots and lots of cheese. You can easily make a really good taco with these two basic ingredients, but you can also add tomatoes and lettuce if you’d like.

Just heat the hard or soft taco in the oven for a couple of minutes and sauté your meat or mushrooms in a pan until thoroughly cooked. Put everything together and of course add lots of cheese before enjoying.

It’s possible to make simple and delicious meals for yourself after a long day on campus. Try these go-to dinner ideas in the coming week—they may inspire you to try more recipes in the future.


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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.

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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.

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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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