July 17, 2010

Rush Intro

Now if you are reading this you probably already know what rush is, so I'm not going to go into a detailed explanation about the process or a long list of definitions.  This is going to act more as primer to preparing for rush.

A few definitions (official and some of my own):

  • PNM - Potential New Member (someone going through rush)
  • Bid- An invitation to join a sorority
  • Rush - The p.c. term is recruitment but it's the same thing. 
  • Rusher- A sorority member who is involved in rush. 
  • Formal Recruitment- This is the time when all sororities are recruiting new members.
  • Informal Recruitment- This is after Formal is over when some sororities that have open spaces still available can continue to extend bids. 
  • Informal Formal- This is one of my own. This is a type of formal recruitment that is laid back. AKA No Frills.  This is usually the type of recruitment that smaller schools, non competitive Greek systems, and schools not in the south have.
So the thing about rush is it's organized chaos. I once heard someone describe it as a combination of speed dating and interviewing, which I think is accurate.  The other thing is that it is incredibly emotional. You're usually away from home for the first time and you are thrust into this super jam packed event.  Also, is the addition that you are in a sense being evaluated, which always kinda stinks.  And it's not really an accurate portrayal of what it's like to be in a sorority.  People aren't going to be waiting at the door singing and clapping every time you go to the house.

The great thing is that it's only a couple of days and being in sorority out ways the craziness it takes to get in. Also, if you know what to expect and prepare everything before hand it can be A LOT easier.  This is the part I want to help with to have you have the best recruitment you can.  Next post is What do I wear? out on the 19th!

1 comment:

  1. I love the description of speed dating meets interviewing, which is so true!


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