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KianaS24 10-01-2019 11:52 PM

Possible Pledging For An Online Student?
 
I know this topic has come up a few times. In my opinion, my situation is a bit different (or not). It is regarding online students wanting to pledge. The school I am currently attending is Arizona State. The school does have it's own chapter. However, I live many states away from the school and I take online classes, 12 credits per semester and my GPA is a very high. I have looked into a chapter that is nearby. Would anyone know what steps to take to verify this information? Should I wait until I graduate to pledge instead? I am very interested and I appreciate any answers. Thank you, Kiana Stevens.

Sphinxie 10-02-2019 12:21 AM

I don't think there is any way to do this. Schools require you to be a full-time enrolled student in order to enter recruitment, so you couldn't pledge at a school you don't attend. If you wanted to pledge at the school you DO attend (like if you moved closer), you could ask them if fully online students can pledge. I know that one of my daughters attended a spring-summer program at the University of Florida, and they made it so that students in this program could join pledge in the fall, even though they were not taking in-person classes in fall.

Kevin 10-02-2019 12:22 AM

What kind of organization are you looking into? YMMV.

KianaS24 10-02-2019 12:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Kevin (Post 2470229)
What kind of organization are you looking into? YMMV.

AKA. The school is located in Arizona. I am on the east coast.

KianaS24 10-02-2019 12:38 AM

AKA. The school is located in Arizona. I am on the east coast.

Sphinxie 10-02-2019 12:46 AM

After I posted that, I wondered whether it was a black Greek organization. I have some friends who are in Delta Sigma Theta, and I know they and other black Greeks do things differently and initiate alumni, whereas Panhellenic sororities (or the ones I know anyway) do not. I think you should contact the organization itself and ask your question. It may be you'll have to wait until you graduate. It seems like they have FAQ that deal with a lot of questions, but not exactly yours.

KianaS24 10-02-2019 12:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Sphinxie (Post 2470232)
After I posted that, I wondered whether it was a black Greek organization. I have some friends who are in Delta Sigma Theta, and I know they and other black Greeks do things differently and initiate alumni, whereas Panhellenic sororities (or the ones I know anyway) do not. I think you should contact the organization itself and ask your question. It may be you'll have to wait until you graduate. It seems like they have FAQ that deal with a lot of questions, but not exactly yours.

Thank you! I really appreciate it!

Sororitysock 10-02-2019 03:36 AM

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Originally Posted by Sphinxie (Post 2470232)
I have some friends who are in Delta Sigma Theta, and I know they and other black Greeks do things differently and initiate alumni, whereas Panhellenic sororities (or the ones I know anyway) do not.

Untrue. Almost every NPC sorority does alumna initiation, at least in some situations. Please stop guessing about things you don't know about.

erica812 10-02-2019 08:42 AM

Just throwing this out there...
If it is sisterhood you are after, Beta Sigma Phi has chapters all over the world, and we have active online chapters that might feel like home for you.

Please understand that the Beta Sigma Phi experience is NOT the same as a collegiate sorority experience or even the alumni experience. However, it can provide the network of friendship, sisterhood, tradition, and service that may appeal to you.

I hate to see people give up on Greek tradition and sisterhood just because they didn't have a traditional college experience!

Kevin 10-02-2019 08:48 AM

She said she was interested in AKA. Not cool to be recruiting for your own organization.

erica812 10-02-2019 12:29 PM

Oh, my apologies! I didn't read more than a couple comments in the thread. I thought this student was being told that Greek life wasn't possible for her due to distance. I should have been more thorough in my reading.

Because my organization is not even in the same category as the groups typically discussed here, extending a hand of friendship has always been looked upon favorably here on GC. (At least in the years when I was very active in the past.) I have seen the same happen numerous times with Junior League and others. No harm intended! I just hate to see an eager person turned away due to logistics.

KianaS24 10-02-2019 01:30 PM

Thank you for the advice!

AnchorAlumna 10-02-2019 02:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by erica812 (Post 2470246)
Just throwing this out there...
If it is sisterhood you are after, Beta Sigma Phi has chapters all over the world, and we have active online chapters that might feel like home for you.

Please understand that the Beta Sigma Phi experience is NOT the same as a collegiate sorority experience or even the alumni experience. However, it can provide the network of friendship, sisterhood, tradition, and service that may appeal to you.

I hate to see people give up on Greek tradition and sisterhood just because they didn't have a traditional college experience!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kevin (Post 2470247)
She said she was interested in AKA. Not cool to be recruiting for your own organization.

These are not the same types of organizations. A woman can be a member of an NPC sorority, or an NPHC sorority, and also be a member of Beta Sigma Phi. Most BSP chapters are not affiliated with a university or college. Most BSP members are adults. There are collegiate chapters and college students are members, but most are not.
I'll agree it's not cool to be recruiting in the same thread, though.

erica812 10-02-2019 06:26 PM

Yep. I just saw a woman looking for a home, and she was being told no. I jumped too quickly! I am sorry.

Your assessment of BSP is accurate. Thanks.

FSUZeta 10-02-2019 07:01 PM

Kiana, it seems you would get more benefit with a chapter in your own neck of the woods.


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