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Old 06-12-2012, 09:46 PM
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Obligatory: What if I end up in Slytherin?
You should keep an open mind and give it a shot.

Despite the tent talk, I've known some perfectly wonderful people who were Slytherins.
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:13 PM
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You should keep an open mind and give it a shot.

Despite the tent talk, I've known some perfectly wonderful people who were Slytherins.
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:32 PM
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Great fame and glory might be yours if you join Slytherin

( course they only take legacies...)
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Great fame and glory might be yours if you join Slytherin

( course they only take legacies...)
<3 was for the quoting of Dumbledore
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:42 PM
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I couldn't remember the quote from the sorting hat
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Old 06-13-2012, 12:31 AM
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no, this is even among my friends in the "top" houses. I can think of only two or three girls tops out of everyone I know who rushed who got a full schedule of the houses they wanted every day.

I'm not speaking out of bitterness at my own experience with FR. I now realize I was at the bottom of the bell curve (though I, self-inflating as PNMs are wont to do, would have put myself in the middle, but the results indicate otherwise), and I'm very happy with where I am nowójust ask literally any of my sisters. I'm just stating my observations of our formal recruitment. As an outsider (for now).

I agree with KSUViolet, every girl whose self-confidence is strong enough to get her into and through formal recruitment at USC is going to have a pretty high opinion of herself, and think she has more power than she actually does in the selection process (except for in the case of the few "hot ticket" PNMs).

To illustrate the general point I'm trying to make, here's an example.
For convo days, PNM visits houses Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, Zeta, Eta, Theta, and Iota. A-D are "top" houses, and interchangeable, depending on the PNM's personality and the girls she talks to at the house. Epsilon, Zeta, and Eta are "middle" houses (again, interchangeable, like with A-D), and Theta and Iota are also more or less interchangeable with each other. She loves Alpha-Zeta, and says those are the houses she wants to go back to for house tours, and she'd prefer to drop Eta, Theta, and Iota. The next day, she receives her schedule: Beta, Delta, Epsilon, Theta, and Iota. Five out a possible six. She's been dropped by four houses, three of which she wanted to keep (so she's been dropped by half the houses she wanted to go back to). Again, she tries to drop Theta and Iota. She gets asked back to Delta, Epsilon, and Iota (three out of a possible four), eventually pledging Delta or Epsilon, after getting invited to pref with could be any two of the above three.

That seems like a pretty normal recruitment at SC to me (nothing like my own, fwiw, but like what my friends experienced), and one that is in the houses' favor over the PNMs'. But maybe I'll reevaluate after I participate in formal on the sister side.

I'm sure everyone else will disagree with me and prove me wrong because I don't know as much as they do, but these are just my observations, with my opinion tacked on.
That is the middle to bottom of the curve example. You're only seeing a part of the picture. Some girls will obviously have better returns, some will have worse. You are getting a cross section that is skewed to the right, but as much as you argue, it is skewed. No matter what you may think, each chapter cuts X number as determined by release methods. USC is no different than any other school. They don't release more than other schools, and it's not a different algorithm. It may seem severe due to the large numbers going through recruitment, but it's no different than the numbers at any other school.
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:35 PM
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This is all great preparation for entering the job market. Even those I know who kept full or nearly full cards through rush didn't get brought back to exact choices. And I know of at least one who found that her first runner-up was where she belonged and she knew it when she went back to that round. The women already in the sorority are probably better judges of fit - they have more information to make the decision. And, from sitting around in meetings where decisions were made, it's almost always the case of the sorority wanting someone more (or not having enough room for everyone they want) than not wanting a particular PNM.
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Old 06-16-2012, 01:41 AM
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It's been said here before but I hear it EVERY recruitment where a woman says "I'm so pissed ABC invited me back because I cut them. And if they hadn't invited me back, I would have had a spot open to go to my favorite chapter XYZ but since ABC wanted me more I got them".

No.

If you are going to a chapter you didn't like (ranked lowest), the ones you ranked higher didn't want you as much as the other women they invited back. None of the other chapter prevented you from getting in.
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:17 AM
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This is such a great post! I really wish I had known about this. At my school, chapters have a majority of the power and it would have been great to hear about this!
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:51 AM
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I feel like it would help a lot if schools did a better job at explaining the sororities' role in creating their invite list long before they rank for the first time. They need an honest tough talk about how they probably won't get everything they want back rather than the rah-rah mutual selection PC stuff many schools give them. This could be one way to soften those horrible horrible first and second round cuts most PNMs will experience. I truly feel that in the name of political correctness that we set their expectations too high.
Agreed completely!! I really hate how Panhellenic sugar coats things to the PNMs about the whole mutual selection thing. The phrase "mutual selection" is also very VERY misleading! I would know from experience. I know if I was a Rho Gamma/Pi Chi/Rho Chi/whatever you want to call it, I would straight up be honest with my group of girls and fully explain the term. I also feel like recruitment counselors don't give advice to PNMs on do's and don'ts of recruitment. It would be so beneficial to the girls! After going through formal recruitment twice, mine never gave the real truth about recruitment nor did they give tips for everyone in the group to hear. Don't get me wrong...I love love loved my rho gammas!! They did give good advice one on one, but I wish they had given tips for everyone.
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:53 AM
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Not to mention girls are really unrealistic during recruitment too. I wish every girl could have the open minded attitude after round one....it is only round one (you can't possibly have a favorite yet), and girls should just be thinking I don't care who invites me back...I just want invites back and then I can start making decisions!!
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Old 07-08-2012, 09:44 AM
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It's been said here before but I hear it EVERY recruitment where a woman says "I'm so pissed ABC invited me back because I cut them. And if they hadn't invited me back, I would have had a spot open to go to my favorite chapter XYZ but since ABC wanted me more I got them".

No.

If you are going to a chapter you didn't like (ranked lowest), the ones you ranked higher didn't want you as much as the other women they invited back. None of the other chapter prevented you from getting in.
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Old 07-16-2012, 01:47 PM
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:01 PM
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PNMs, please read this thread and take it to heart. A lot of those recruitment brochures and webpages make it seem like you blithely go through recruitment, choosing who you want for each set of parties. It rarely ends up like that!
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