I was one of those girls who always said that I’m not that ‘type’ of girl; I am not going to join a sorority. I couldn’t fathom being with 40 or so other girls all the time, let alone living with them. But I decided to go through Recruitment to get a feel for each sorority because I came into UMD knowing nothing about any of them!

If you are questioning whether or not to join a sorority, the best advice I can give you is to go through the recruitment process. You will never know what you will be missing out on if you did not recruitment. The worst that could happen is you find out that you were right and sororities are not for you.

Below are a few things to keep in mind when you go through Recruitment:

Go through the process with an open mind. I know you have probably heard that a million times but trust me it’s the best way to do it!

Try not to listen to everyone else’s opinions. There will be a lot of talk about which sorority’s girls want to join and the many stereotypes that are already associated with each sorority. Don’t listen to them because you should form your own opinion once you have met people from each chapter.

Look for the place where you feel the most comfortable. When you look around each house, are those the girls you can see yourself being friends with?  Can you be yourself around them without feeling like you have to impress them?

Go with your gut instinct to decide what sorority would be best for you. Don’t worry about which sororities your friends want to join, it might not be the best place for you.

Don’t worry too much about recruitment! The process is a little overwhelming at first but just remember… EVERYTHING WORKS OUT!

I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. I was having trouble deciding between two different sororities and I could not be happier with the one I chose! I went into the process with an open mind and really tried not to listen to my friend’s opinions about each house. In the end, I actually ended up pledging the same sorority as some of my friends, which is really nice. If you end up in one where you don’t know a lot of people, don’t freak out. By the end of your new member period you will know everyone in your pledge class better then you ever thought you would. Once you get a bid to a sorority, the new member period is time consuming, but don’t let that stop you from joining. It’s only for a few weeks and during those few weeks you will meet and become friends with so many amazing people.

I was the girl who wasn’t going to join a sorority. Now I’m the girl who is loving it and telling you to go for it!