What Sorority Recruitment Taught Me

Participating in recruitment as a chapter member for the first time can be intimidating, stressful, and overwhelming. Most collegiate members experience these feelings, but don’t realize the life skills recruitment teaches them. Being on the chapter member side of recruitment three times and assisting with recruitments as a leadership consultant has truly shown me the value in the process. Here are the top four things sorority recruitment has taught me:

  1. Interview Skills 

In recruitment practices, we learn how to ask questions to strangers that will assess their values, all within a 10minute conversation. Knowing the questions to ask to get the information you need better prepares you to answer those questions yourself. Whether you’re interviewing for an internship, grad school, or a once in a lifetime opportunity to work for your national organization (like I did) – you know what to do because of recruitment. If you know how to showcase the great things your sorority does and appeal to the needs of the woman standing in your chapter’s room, then you know how to market yourself for any interview. You have values, a purpose, you participate in service, and you are exactly what that interviewer is looking for. You can take the conversations you had in recruitment and apply them to any situation.  

2. Perseverance  

You are capable of more than you know.  If you can survive long days of non-stop talking (sometimes singing) to unfamiliar women, with only the motivation to find future members, then you can survive anything at all. Recruitment can be uncomfortable and outright exhausting, but it shows you how much you can handle for something you love. Feet blistering, headache, and hungry? No big deal when you’re having the time of your life connecting with a woman who you know could enhance your chapter. After college, perseverance will play a role in your career success, your long-lasting relationships, and your daily attitude. It’s all about learning how to have fun during stressful times and turn the negativity into positivity! This life skill will help you appreciate all that you are and the incredible things you can do. 

3. Trust 

Sorority recruitment challenges you to welcome new members with open arms without having spoken to each one of them personally. It challenges you to put the future of your organization into the hands of each of your sisters. Through this, it helps you build long lasting bonds with your sisters and makes your organization stronger. In the long run, this makes you stronger too. Learning to trust others and stay loyal is a skill that does not come easy to most of us. Through the nature of recruitment, you are pushed to do so and can continue this outside of your sorority experience. This trust can help you create networks of people to rely on when you’re in need, or people to count on when you’re feeling down. In life it isn’t always going to be easy, but trusting others to be there for you will make the hard times much smoother. 

  4. How to be friends with anyone. 

For me, this is the most important skill I’ve learned through sorority recruitment. I use this every single day in my job as a leadership consultant. From having conversations with chapter members on the opposite coast I grew up on, to meetings with professional staff about supporting the Greek Community on a campus I don’t attend, I can create connections with anyone. Building these types of friendships has given me support, opportunities, and joy. I’ve learned that it’s the little things in conversations that matter and even if you’re never going to see someone again you can still have the best time with them, which makes every day     more fun. 

In the end, sorority recruitment may feel like long and tiring days, but you’re surrounded by your sisters and will learn so much more about yourself than you ever imagined. It is a unique experience that will prepare you to handle anything that comes your way, even falling flat on your face and still acting polished (which definitely happened to me). 

   LC Kelly’s Bio: 

As a leadership consultant, Kelly supervises activities of assigned collegiate chapters; partners with volunteers and staff to implement an execute chapter development efforts; directs, teaches, advises and consults with chapter members in the areas of recruitment and chapter operations. Kelly is from the Zeta Mu Chapter at the University of California, San Diego. When she was a collegiate member she served as ritual chairman, vice president of philanthropic service, vice president of new member education, chapter president, and volunteered in elementary classrooms, worked in a mental health research lab, and was involved in the Human Development Student Association. A fun fact about Kelly is that her ultimate career goal is to work supporting children as an educational psychologist.  

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