The Classic Brunette: Sorority Recruitment Fall 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sorority Recruitment Fall 2014

Hey everyone! Sorry I've been kind of M.I.A. this past week, I was going through sorority recruitment! It took a lot out of me, and I've been stumbling around campus with blisters and barely any sleep this whole weekend. The past few days I've spent catching up on the homework I needed to get done, and meeting a lot of girls who I can now call my sisters! So here's what happened during my super busy weekend!

Friday // Day 1 AKA Meet All The Chapters:

What I Wore: 


My dress was from a boutique that I honestly can't remember the name of, but here's a dress with the exact fabric and here's a similar style. My shoes are Steve Madden from Nordstrom Rack, and the elephant necklace is old, but here's a similar one!

I also couldn't resist taking a selfie since my friend curled my hair so perfectly. I wish it could look like that all the time.

We currently have 8 sororities here at Chapman, but in the spring Pi Beta Phi is colonizing, so our first stop was a presentation by them. After that, we were taken around to each "party" as they're called, and met each group of girls. We started the night at 3:30 pm and ended around midnight, so wear comfortable shoes. I had just bought my flats a couple days earlier thinking that I would be fine, I was horribly and completely wrong. Blisters started coming up within the first half hour, my toenails were cutting my toes, and my feet were just a hot mess. Pro tip: Break in shoes way in advance. 

We also didn't get too much of a dinner break, (literally we grabbed a slice of pizza and walked to our next party) so have a big lunch before you go so you won't pass out.

Saturday // Day Two AKA Call Backs:

What I Wore: 

No jewelry today, and I borrowed some really broken in shoes from my friend since my blisters were still very painful. The dress is very pink in this picture, but it's really more of a coral. Here's an extremely similar dress that's on sale! The shoes I'm assuming are years old, but here are some cute look-a-likes!

On this day we got invited back to up to five sororities (I only got 3, but that was the average) and went to slightly longer parties for each one. This day was called Philanthropy day, and the girls of each chapter showed videos about the charities they run or take part in, and how they give back to the community. We also talked with a couple girls from each chapter and got to ask questions about how each sister gets involved, if they do hands on work, etc. Pro tip: Just because you're interested in the philanthropy doesn't mean you're interested in the sorority and vice versa. It's best if you like both, that way you'll want to be more involved!

We started at 10am and went to 5pm, so another long day, but my feet were definitely not in as much pain as the first day. Be warned, a lot of girls were crying on this day because they didn't get asked back to their number one choice. I may or may not have called my mom and cried about not getting invited back to a certain chapter (I did). Just know it's okay and you'll end up where you're supposed to!

Sunday Morning // Day 3 AKA Preference Morning:

What I Wore:

I absolutely adore my dress that I got from Forever 21! The color is so pretty and it's just my favorite thing right now. Here's a similar dress since mine's unfortunately no longer available! The shoes were mentioned in a previous post, and again super comfortable. (They actually broke at some point while I was wearing them and I didn't notice!) The necklace is another one of my recent favorite purchases, and is also from Forever 21. (While I was searching I also found a bunch of other cute statement necklaces! 1 2 3 4 )

All the girls started early on this day, showing up at 8:30am and everyone was invited to either one or two parties. I was invited to two, each one being an hour long where you talk to one girl from the chapter as well as watch and/or take part in a small ceremony. Not going to lie, these ceremonies are no joke and there were girls getting very emotional. (myself included!) Pro tip: I cannot stress wearing comfortable shoes, and also, waterproof mascara.

Sunday Evening // Day 3 Part 2 AKA Bid Night:

I just wore casual clothes, since the chapter you join gives you a shirt once you head out to the festivities. The hours beforehand I was nervous that my number one choice wasn't going to give me a bid, that the girls were going to hate me or something, but everything worked out in the end!

This is me and my best friend (since the third grade) and we went through recruitment together, and now we're Alpha Gamma Delta sisters! I am so thrilled to be where I am, and really do feel like I fit in with these wonderful women. Pro tip: Trust the system. 

Even if you don't end up joining a sorority, (many girls drop out) you will meet so many great people during the process, and it's a great, although terrifying, experience. It's good practice for being interviewed, you get a workout, (lots of walking/running!) and you can meet some amazing people. 

Are you in a sorority? Did you just go through recruitment, or are going to soon? How do you feel about the recruitment process? I'd love to hear your stories and where you all ended up! Send me and email or tag me on instagram and use the hashtag #theclassicbrunette to show me your greek life pride!

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