During formal recruitment a phrase you may hear often is “maximize your options.” This means you should accept all party invitations extended to you, and attend all events to which you are invited. Here are four reasons you should heed this “maximizing” advice.
♥ Chapter members are skilled in determining who will be a good “fit” in their chapter; more so than you. Even if you’re unsure about a chapter that has invited you back, give them the benefit of the doubt. Attend the event and meet more people from the chapter. You might be pleasantly surprised.
♥ All sorority women have friends in other sororities. While you may only join ONE chapter, sorority recruitment is a wonderful opportunity to make friends throughout the sorority community.
♥ Accepting an invitation and then not attending the event is impolite. Word does get around, and you may hurt your reputation with other chapters.
♥ Failure to accept invitations or to attend events may jeopardize your ability to receive further invitations within the recruitment process. Please ask your recruitment counselor for exact details about how making this choice might reduce later opportunities for receiving invitations or bids.
So, accept your invitations. Attend your scheduled events. You may be unsure about a particular chapter. Your best friend may not have been invited to their event. Someone may be pressuring you to not attend the event.
None of these reasons should stop you from “maximizing your options” during recruitment. It’s a great way to meet new people and make new friends. You just might find your “home away from home.”
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Beth Titlow Gittons is a SureSister.com contributor. She is a former college Panhellenic president, student body president, Greek Life Advisor, and a volunteer for Delta Zeta Sorority. Beth holds a bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and a masters degree in Higher Education Administration from Saint Louis University.
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