Anonymous asked: Hello again! Sorry for being too vague about my sorority Qs! Could you just do a quick run through of what one would od if trying to join a sorority their freshman year?:) Thanks again!
No need to be sorry, dear! I just wanted to make sure I told you what you wanted to know!
Basically, any girls who are interested in joining a sorority should start for signing up for recruitment. You’re going to have to do a little bit of research on your school to know when formal recruitment is & when you should sign up. For example, my small school has formal recruitment in the spring semester, while most schools have formal rush in the fall.
The schedule of recruitment also varies for schools, but you should see all of the sororities at Open House in the first round. From there, it is a mutual selection process, meaning you pick which sororities you want to see again & they do the same with the potential new members (aka: you).
Bid Day is the last day of recruitment. That’s the day when girls would receive a bid from a sorority if they are interested in formally inviting you into membership. If you accept a bid from a sorority, your pledging process officially begins.
Pledging is a period of several weeks. The length will depend on which sorority you rush. During this time, you’re still considered a new member & you will have new member meeting to learn about the history & operations of your sorority. Basically, they’re preparing you for initiation.
During your pledging period, new members receive a big sister. Again, a lot depends on the school & the sorority you choose, but typically that is a mutual selection process as well. Girls that are able to take littles will submit their names. In my chapter, new members make a list where they rank the five girls they want to be their big. Then some magic happens & your big will be told that she got a little.
Then, you will start to get presents & clues from your big! After that, sororities will have big/little reveal when you will find out who your big is. That happens prior to initiation, which is the last step in the new member or pledge process!
I think that basically covers joining a sorority… very briefly! Let me know if you have more questions!!