As summertime approaches, the countdown to Fall Formal Recruitment 2017 becomes an increasingly prevalent topic.
More importantly, as the opening registration date of June 1 nears, more questions are inquired. As this year’s Head Pi Chi, I will share some tips I think you will find useful as you prepare for recruitment.
Although you feel overwhelmed and anxious right now, I guarantee you will feel at ease as soon as you have the opportunity to meet your Pi Chi and your Pi Chi group at Recruitment Kickoff on Aug. 11, 2017. I know the week of recruitment is filled with some discomfort along with melancholy for some, but your Pi Chi group will be the perfect encouragement you need to make it through the week!
I urge you to reach out to each and every girl in your Pi Chi group, as well as your Pi Chi, because this is a great way to form lasting friendships prior to joining a sorority.
While there are many items I am sure you feel are essentials, I feel a battery-charged fan, a brush, an umbrella and mints are the four items you will need most.
If you forget any item you deem important, there is no need to worry because your Pi Chi will have a backpack full of items, ranging from a mirror all the way to a first aid kit.
Throughout the week of recruitment, I encourage you to be yourself, and all that may encompass you. Instead of trying to mold yourself to be the “perfect” match for a particular sorority, I strongly advise you to give all 18 sororities the opportunity to get to know your authentic personality.
You may feel discouraged at times, or unhappy, due to your schedule and during these times your Pi Chi will be there to lend a hand and a hug every step of the way. Allow yourself to be vulnerable and connect with others, specifically your Pi Chi and your Pi Chi group.
I strongly recommend each of you to take notes upon leaving each party. Hold onto the positive conversations you have and this will help you differentiate the 18 sororities.
Lastly, if a sorority you like regrets to invite you to their next party, remember that every sorority on Auburn’s campus is worthy of praise. The best way for you to make the most out of your recruitment experience is to open your mind to all 18 wonderful sororities.
If you are currently in the process of deciding whether or not you want to become a part of Auburn’s Panhellenic community, then I strongly encourage you to seek advice from someone who is, or was, a part of Greek life, as well as someone who is not, or was not, a member of a sorority.
For me personally, pledging a sorority at Auburn University has not only allowed me to form substantial friendships, but my sorority has also held me accountable to succeed in significant areas as an undergraduate student, such as academic achievement and involvement on campus.
Whether you join a sorority or come to the conclusion that recruitment is not what you want to take part in, I assure you that your college experience at Auburn University will truly be remarkable regardless of your decision.
This letter was submitted by Head Pi Chi Hannah Dean.