Are you getting nervous about formal recruitment? Don’t fret! You’ll encounter many amazing new women throughout recruitment week but most important, you’ll meet your recruitment counselor, who will be by your side during the entire process.
Recruitment counselors are sorority members who “disassociate” themselves from their chapters to serve as guides before recruitment and throughout the formal recruitment process. By disassociating from their chapters, recruitment counselors can provide an unbiased opinion during the period leading up to and during recruitment week. The main focus of recruitment counselors is to work together to increase interest in and promote positive feelings toward sorority membership.
Formal recruitment was designed with the potential new member (PNM) in mind. That’s you. Your recruitment counselor is there to help. She’s well-educated on the recruitment process and each sorority chapter on campus to provide PNMs the information and support they need to make an informed decision. If you have a question or don’t understand something, ask. If you’re unsure about a decision, talk it through with your counselor. Recruitment counselors are required to maintain the confidentiality of conversations with women in their recruitment groups, so it's OK to be honest with your recruitment counselor about your feelings and concerns.
All sorority women have been through recruitment, and they want you to feel comfortable. If you accidentally go to the wrong event, or if you have any challenges, find a recruitment counselor immediately. Don’t get upset. You’re not the first person to do this, and chapters understand that this happens.
Keep an open mind. You’ll hear this a lot during formal recruitment. Over the course of the different recruitment parties, you’ll begin to find your best fit. But recruitment is not only about the individual chapters. Recruitment is also a time to reflect on the entire fraternity and sorority community. At each chapter you’ll hear about its values and discover how alike the organizations truly are. Joining a sorority means joining an entire community of individuals committed to scholarship, leadership, service and supporting one another. No matter the letter, we’re all Greek together.