This week, I am going to turn the mic to myself and share my own recruitment insights! I suppose that I might be an exception, but joining Alpha Gamma Delta has made an enormous impact on my life and I don’t know if I would be in the same place now if I hadn’t gone through recruitment. Recruitment is a hectic time for me as a Panhellenic Advisor- because we are a smaller school, we take a fairly hands-on role in making sure that the PNMs get where they need to be and do what they need to do. Despite it being a stressful week, I enjoy it and am looking forward to the 2016 recruitment season!
1.Did you go through formal recruitment or informal recruitment?
I went through formal recruitment, in the fall of 2009!
2. What is your favourite memory of recruitment?
My favourite memory of my own recruitment is the Alpha Gam Preference party- I talked to my future sister-mother, and another future sister that I am still good friends with today. While I had a ton of fun during recruitment, I felt comfortable and happy spending a half an hour talking with them- we have similar senses of humour, similar interests, and it felt like we had known each other for years. (I was also half-scared, because it was the first Preference party of three, and I was petrified that they would forget about me with all of the other PNMs following in parties after me. Oh, how little I knew….)
3. What is your favourite round or event in recruitment?
My favourite round is a tie between the first and second round. In the first round, everyone is excited! PNMs are entering a brand new world, collegians aren’t exhausted yet (aside from the Recruitment team, sorry ladies!), and the magic of recruitment begins! The second round is almost as exciting, but the nervous energy shifts into more curiosity and PNMs really dig in.
4. What is your number one piece of advice for PNMs going through recruitment?
I’m going to change my own question, and do my top two pieces of advice for PNMs! 1) Do a little research into what Greek organisations are, and what they stand for. While each group should introduce you to their organisation, don’t leave it all in their hands- ask about the time and financial commitments, ask what their values are, and what their general expectations of members are! 2) Enjoy recruitment- there is no other event where people spend a week actively trying to get to know you and impress you. Take advantage of it while you can, and have a good time!
5. What is your number one piece of advice for collegians during recruitment?
Plan ahead, especially if recruitment occurs during school! Get a week ahead in your readings and studying if at all possible, make sure you have appropriate meals and snacks, and have all of your clothing (for recruitment, classes, and work) laid out beforehand. The week will be tough, do everything you can to make it easier on yourself!
6. If you are (or theoretically were, for alumnae) recruiting right now, what is the top quality you for in a PNM?
As a Panhellenic Advisor, I don’t actively recruit PNMs but I do get to meet all of them- I love PNMs who are truly passionate about going Greek, and can tell you how they are going to contribute to an organisation! More often than not, I find that these women are often on the quieter side but are amazing when you give them the chance to open up. These articulate and driven young women are going to carry our organisations forward, and do more than we can imagine!
While Greek Life might not be for everyone, I thoroughly encourage women to go through recruitment and give it a chance! Set your assumptions aside and see what there is for you- because there is something for everyone. Leadership, Scholarship, Social, Philanthropy, and Sisterhood- these are tools that every woman will need to succeed!
What is your favourite memory of recruitment?