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Old 08-14-2018, 10:33 PM
TXDG TXDG is offline
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Originally Posted by crcact View Post
New here. Went through this process years and years ago. Now, my daughter is waiting to hear the news. Quick question: IF you are going to drop out, is it better to do it BEFORE preference (once you see your party list) or is it better to attend preference parties and then not sign the card at all (if you don't like them still)? Don't both scenarios make you available for COB/snap bids (rare, we know)? I am just on pins and needles. She had a few disappointments after round 2 so I am trying to keep her positive and open-minded!
Go to Pref. Those pref ceremonies are emotional and are often “game changers” with regard to how PNM’s view their house. I was on the fence about DG and my other pref chapter and left DG crying and dying to be one. A girl I hadn’t met all week preffed me - and the beginning of the hour I was upset and thinking they didn’t like me because I was paired with a stranger on the most important night of rush...she ended up being my big!

If she signs her pref card and then declines a bid, she is ineligible to rush until next fall. It’s basically the same as accepting and then dropping. She would be eligible for snaps (don’t EVER count this “unicorn” bid as an option in the process) and COB as long as she doesn’t sign a Pref card.

On campuses with larger chapters (not sure if this applies to your DD), there are so many girls in the new member classes that if you get a bid ANYWHERE, I think you should take it and do your best to make friends before initiation. My pledge class 20 years ago had 75 girls in it. There were literally 4-5 different “friend groups” in the pledge class (parties, church girls, sporty girls, brainy girls, etc) and some groups overlapped and floated between each other. The only couple of girls who didn’t have friends didn’t make any effort to be a friend themselves. This is different on small campuses where a pledge class of 15 might be pretty cohesive.
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Old Yesterday, 03:59 PM
RMK305 RMK305 is offline
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Hi. I have been lurking for a while reading the boards and finally decided to join. My daughter is going through formal Fall recruitment beginning next Friday.

She attends a smaller state university and the sororities don't have houses and the process doesn't seem as intense as the larger schools around the country. Like she isn't required to have rec letter for all chapters. etc. There are only 6 sororities at her school. She did get some recs from alumni she knows at some of the sororities just to cover her bases. She is also a legacy at the sorority my sister belonged to (they consider nieces as being legacies) and my sister sent in a recommendation as well.

She is a sophomore. She wanted to wait a year to get acclimated to college life. I think I am more nervous than she is. She is going in with an open mind and believes that whatever is supposed to happen will happen.

Hope every girl going through recruitment this week or next week have an amazing experience and hope everything goes well. I hope to see lots of positive posts in the near future. Happy to have found this "Mom" post so that I can be with other moms who are nervous and antsy like me.

Happy to be here. Thanks!

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Old Today, 01:05 PM
EliBean EliBean is offline
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Originally Posted by RMK305 View Post
Hi. I have been lurking for a while reading the boards and finally decided to join. My daughter is going through formal Fall recruitment beginning next Friday.
Good luck to your daughter! It's getting close to the end for us.
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Old Today, 01:14 PM
EliBean EliBean is offline
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My daughter went from 11 to 5 today, but apparently the five were all in her top six, so she's okay with it. She says that tent talk is bad at this point, and at least two girls in her group have dropped out because they lost the houses they wanted. One was a legacy, and I don't know about the other. One of her suitemates dropped out because she's a legacy to the sorority that is colonizing after recruitment, and she decided that she really wanted to give that a shot.

My girl has decided that it's easier going through this process without the pressure to join a legacy house (my sister couldn't care less, and my daughter is technically not considered a legacy through her aunt) or having grown up dreaming about joining a sorority her whole life. I'd imagine it depends on the person, but she's loving it so far.
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Old Today, 01:18 PM
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This year marks 50 years since I was initiated, and I still find myself interested in coming to this site to find out how rush went across the country.
I also served as VP of Membership - or Rush Chairman, as we were called back in the day. Even though we had no computers or anything of that nature to assist in the process, it just seems that things were so much easier then.
Of course I got very little sleep that week, but I bet that hasn't changed with time either!

I hope your girls find a home where they'll make lasting memories and friends forever. Now, will someone pour me a glass and I'll grab a stool!
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