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Old 05-17-2012, 02:46 AM
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Recruitment for a Sophomore

Hey guys, this fall I'm rushing as a Sophomore for . After reading some stories on here, I'm quite scared that this in itself may be grounds for me to end up not in a sorority at all! I hope this isn't the case, but I feel like it may be especially considering my GPA has dropped considerably since HS (it is now only a little bit above a 3.0) and on top of working hard in a few difficult classes and working part time I didn't participate in many clubs. Is there any advice you guys can give me about rushing that is tailored specifically to being a sophomore? I've done lots of research but i'm just not finding much about this.

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Old 05-17-2012, 09:35 AM
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Hey guys, this fall I'm rushing as a Sophomore for UGA. After reading some stories on here, I'm quite scared that this in itself may be grounds for me to end up not in a sorority at all! I hope this isn't the case, but I feel like it may be especially considering my GPA has dropped considerably since HS (it is now only a little bit above a 3.0) and on top of working hard in a few difficult classes and working part time I didn't participate in many clubs. Is there any advice you guys can give me about rushing that is tailored specifically to being a sophomore? I've done lots of research but i'm just not finding much about this.
There really isn't much advice to give. If you had asked this question last fall, I would have said to get involved in campus, get good grades, and get to know sorority members before the next recruitment. However, that ship has sailed. Your grades are what they are, and it is too late to get involved on campus before recruitment. That being said, all those things make you a better candidate for membership in general, but they don't guarantee a thing. You might still go through recruitment and make a great connection with a sorority and get a bid. You may have fewer options than a freshman or a well-qualified sophomore, but it only takes one sorority - you can only get one bid. The only things you can do at this point are to get good, solid recs, and present yourself in a pleasant, classy manner. Prepare yourself mentally that your chances ARE slimmer than some other PNMs, but the only way you have any chance of getting a bid is to rush, so give it a shot.
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^^All great advice from irishpipes. I would add to stick with the process. If you get your invitation list back and your not crazy about any of the Chapters that have invited you back continue on through preference. You might find that you have changed your mind. Give the process a chance. After preference you can decided whether you want to be Greek with the choices you have. If you quit your done probably forever. Good Luck to you.
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Old 05-19-2012, 01:44 AM
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Thank you guys for the advice, it was truly helpful! I do not plan to drop out and have a very open mind about the sororities, they all I'm sure have a great sisterhood and each have their own positive aspects. I'm willing to give each a chance (hopefully if they will give me a chance!)
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:37 AM
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As a sophomore at UGA, the best advice I can give you is keep an open mind. Even though they do have a separate "upperclassman quota," that usually means each group only has a few spots for sophomores.

A problem I've seen with many sophomores is to assume that they will get a bid to ABC or XYZ because they have friends in that house. They often end up disappointed and drop out of recruitment because they didn't get into the houses their friends are already members of.

For some good perspective on a sophomore rush that went well at UGA, check out Sally in this thread:
http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/sh...d.php?t=115415
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Old 05-20-2012, 07:45 PM
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Thank you guys for the advice, it was truly helpful! I do not plan to drop out and have a very open mind about the sororities, they all I'm sure have a great sisterhood and each have their own positive aspects. I'm willing to give each a chance (hopefully if they will give me a chance!)
All the advice you have gotten so far is solid. I would just add that you ought to brace yourself. Between your sophomore status and less than stellar GPA, you will most likely get cut very hard very early on... sorry to be blunt, but it's true. Try not to dwell on the fact that you only have a couple of invites and focus on the houses that DID invite you back. Remember, at the end of the week you can only pledge one.
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