Just like you, we were once getting ready for recruitment with our hopes and fears ready to go as we hit submit on the sign up form.
Everyone has a story to tell and you may find, we're not so different after all.
Besides, FAQ sections are overrated.
REAL STORIES BY REAL STRONG WOMEN
LEAP OF FAITH
I wanted to take the time today to reach out to those who are contemplating going through Recruitment or rather are hesitant because of a sour taste of sorority recruitment as a whole. That’s completely normal! Honestly, when I came to college as a freshman, I was very anti greek life because of what I had seen in the media where it seemed to be a very intimidating and judgemental process; it didn’t add to my excitement when I had friends at other schools that described it as Hell Week and an extremely stressful time in their lives. I wanted to say that here at Loyola we pride ourselves on having a completely different Recruitment experience. So our recruitment isn’t about what you're wearing or who you know, instead it’s about who you are and what you want to become over the next four years. So I encourage you take that leap of faith, go through recruitment, and find your home. ~ Tess Rowland
FIRST TO GO GREEK
When I was deciding whether or not to go greek, one of the first things that went through my mind was that I would be the first person in my family involved in greek life, which was a little nerve racking.
It’s summer before recruitment, I’m about to be a freshman and I asked my parents what they thought about going greek. To be honest they were not too thrilled with the idea because the only information they had was negative connotations from the media. With that in mind, I wasn’t sure if Greek life was going to be the place for me.
I was however really interested in the chance of having a greater network that comes with joining a sorority organization and having a connection to sisters around the nation.
So I decided to be bold and gave recruitment a chance. Not only did I find sisters in my forever home, but I also met empowering women who led the recruitment groups and engaged in authentic conversations with my soon to be Panhellenic sisters. If you, too, are nervous about being the first, I say be a trailblazer! Be the first one! Welcome a great opportunity to meet amazing people.
When going through recruitment during Fall of my freshman year, I was talking to my sister who was an Alpha Chi at another University. Her major advice to me was to not get caught up in being a legacy, and instead choose a sorority that makes you feel at home. Now we have this amazing bond where we call each other double sisters. Even more so, it has been incredible to be a part of Alpha Chi and be a part of the Loyola Panhellenic sisterhood. Being able to share that with a family member, has made the experience just that much better. So everyone needs to go greek! ~ Haley Farrell
NOT YOUR FIRST YEAR
This message is to anyone who might be nervous about going through recruitment for any reason, namely because you’re not a first year student and you feel like you may be have missed out on recruitment because it’s for Freshman. My advice to you is that you should go through recruitment anyway because it is NOT just for Freshman. I actually am one of those people who went through recruitment as a sophomore and so did both of my littles. If you feel like there’s gonna be some sort of disconnect between you and the other girls who are going through recruitment at the same time, there’s not. There are lots of girls who are going to be going through recruitment that may be 19 or 20 and a lot of them are 18, but that’s perfectly okay. Everyone’s experience in Greek life is totally different and that’s the awesome thing about it. You get to meet so many different women from different states and even different countries, which makes it even better! I was a sophomore and a lot of my friends in greek life are both younger and older than me, which is totally fine. So if you are on the fence about going through recruitment, my advice to you is to just do it because you might have a whole group of sisters out there that are dying to meet you! ~ Crysten Price
FALL VS SPRING
My experience of becoming a sister of Alpha Chi was unique in the fact that I chose to go through recruitment in the spring rather than the fall. Primary Recruitment is held in the fall which allows each woman to visit all four Panhellenic sororities here, on campus. Spring Recruitment or COB (Continuous Open Bidding) is a more laid back option for women who were unable or not ready to go through primary recruitment in the fall. Each sorority has roughly the same amount of members in each organization; spring recruitment is only available depending on the number of sisters in each organization and in turn which sororities are looking for new sisters.
I chose to go through spring recruitment because I was finding that the women who most inspired me on campus happened to be Alpha Chi's! Then Alpha Chi Omega just happened to be participating in COB. While spring recruitment may make it difficult to integrate yourself into the chapter, I have no regrets, since I can say that I have found my place in the organization and even hold an executive position! When deciding to go Greek, it is important to know you have options and to pick the one that best suits you!
~ Noelie Zeichik
DEFYING THE STEREOTYPE
My favorite thing about greek life at Loyola is that it completely defies the stereotype of greek life at a state school. Here, I know everyone in every sorority and fraternity. Everyone walks by and says hi to everyone. I can say that my best friends come from more than just my own sorority. The thing about Panhellenic Recruitment is that it is not at all the pressure of a state school. It is very relaxed and really just about getting to know the girls. Everyone that you meet is really sweet and you get the opportunity to build lifelong friendships from that experience. ~ Olivia Dadoun