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Old 11-28-2009, 04:44 PM
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My (retro) Recruitment Story!

I've been a member on GC for a few years and after reading a bajillion recruitment stories, I decided to create an alias and post mine too. Admittedly, mine doesn't really have that "roller coaster-esque" feeling that a lot of them do, but it's still a recruitment story so I'm posting it! :-)

Preface: Small school, small Greek Life, formally-structured recruitment, and I was not a freshman or sophomore like a strong majority of the PNMs.

Just realized I need code words.......
Couldn't decide what to use so I looked around me for some inspiration and saw a pile of clothes on the floor, so I'll go with that. So we've got:

-Jeans:
I had gotten a pretty good idea of what this chapter was all about from doing pre-FR (formal recruitment) research on their national website & chapter website, as well as knowing a few of their members from other student orgs. In my opinion, this was THE chapter I wanted. I loved their philanthropy and wanted to dive right into it.

-Hoodie
: Again, I knew members from this chapter from other orgs and hadn't met a single one I didn't like. Didn't know much else about them though.

-Fleece
: This was the new chapter on campus. Knew 1 member.

-Shirt
: I don't think I knew anyone in this chapter before FR but they were pretty good with PR so I had seen them at a lot of campus events and knew a little about their symbols/mascot.

-Sweater
: I knew 1 member before FR and I just loved her. Knew a little about symbols & philanthropy but not much else.

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Old 11-28-2009, 04:57 PM
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Bah! These recruitment threads from GC posters who make a new name to post their story always kill me...I want to know who it is!!! haha I never have a clue though...

I *THINK* I know of one frequent GCer who joined as an upperclassman, but 1) I could be wrong about that fact, 2) I may be getting them confused with another GCer and 3) I don't know if this person would write a recruitment thread or if they have already written one. So, once again, I'm stumped
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Old 11-29-2009, 09:27 PM
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I don't remember exactly what order I visited the chapters in, but I THINK it was Jeans, Fleece, Shirt, Sweater, and Hoodie....so I'll go with that.

Jeans: Remember this was THE chapter I wanted. I walked in the room PUMPED to learn all there was to know about their sorority and the girls in it....imagine my disappointment when they acted like they didn't even want to be bothered with the PNMs that just walked in the room. They didn't seem like they needed more members and they sure weren't interested in us as members. They did this beautiful thing at the beginning where they all went around and said what Jeans meant to them...and then they just sorta abandoned us. It was awkward.

Fleece: I had overheard some girls (including Rho Chi's) talking about how it's bad to join a new chapter and that gave me a bad feeling when we were making our way to this room. However, once we got there and the door opened and there were 30 girls singing and chanting, it made me feel like they were proud of their sorority and they couldn't be all bad. I talked to a few girls, including the one that I knew before and they showed me tables full of the mascot and pictures. It was pleasant.

Shirt: I have to admit, when I walked into this room, I felt nauseas...I haated their colors. They told us all about their symbols and what it's like to be a Shirt, but I was sooo distracted by their colors surrounding me. I just couldn't see myself ever wearing those colors or decorating my room in them...which was sad because I liked everything else about them but I just couldn't get over that one aspect.

Sweater: They had the room set up so that you kind of go in a circle around the room and visit all the stations (ex: they had a table about philanthrophy and then when you're done, you go to the table about their history...). It was supposed to be 2 PNMs at each table and 2 members explaining stuff at the table. I ended up being the only solo PNM, which I didn't notice until one of the actives pointed it out to me, and then it was just awkward after that. THEN I got to the girl I knew....and this is where I blew it.....she said something like "OMG I didn't know you were going to go through recruitment!!!" and I said something like "Yeah, I wasn't sure if I wanted to or not so I didn't mention it to anyone in case I backed out" Her:"Well what made you decide to join now?" (meaning not as a freshman or sophomore)...and out of my mouth comes "I always believed the stereotypes about sororities and I thought they were all blonde, blue-eyed, and super skinny like you. But then I met some other girls and it wasn't like that." ...oops...... so that was awesome. Not only was it awkward to being with, but I just categorized this girl into a stereotype. I left that room relieved it was over.

Finally, there was Hoodie: On the way there, most of the PNMs in my group were talking about how they didn't even want to bother going to the Hoodie room becuase they had zero interest in them, but I was looking forward to it. I truthfully don't remember anything about this room except seeing a string of pearls on a table, their composite was displayed, and all the girls looked so perfect in their white polos/black pants combos. I also really really liked their colors and the feel of the room. I know I had a good experience there, but I don't remember what was good about it.


and so concludes Round 1.
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Old 11-29-2009, 10:42 PM
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I've been a member on GC for a few years and after reading a bajillion recruitment stories...
So why is this not posted in the recruitment stories forum???
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Old 11-29-2009, 11:46 PM
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Because I failed. I actually thought that I clicked "Recruitment Stories" and not "Sorority Recruitment". I was going to ask a Moderator to move it (or how I can move it, if that's possible) after the story is done.
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:32 AM
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THEN I got to the girl I knew....and this is where I blew it.....she said something like "OMG I didn't know you were going to go through recruitment!!!" and I said something like "Yeah, I wasn't sure if I wanted to or not so I didn't mention it to anyone in case I backed out" Her:"Well what made you decide to join now?" (meaning not as a freshman or sophomore)...and out of my mouth comes "I always believed the stereotypes about sororities and I thought they were all blonde, blue-eyed, and super skinny like you. But then I met some other girls and it wasn't like that." ...oops...... so that was awesome. Not only was it awkward to being with, but I just categorized this girl into a stereotype. I left that room relieved it was over.[/FONT]
OOPS!! Ha!!! Love it!
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Old 12-01-2009, 04:03 AM
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ROUND 2

The chapters were in the same order again, so here we go:

Jeans: They had a really good craft....we decorated canvas tote bags and loaded them up with paper/crayons/markers, etc to give to local school children in need. So heartwarming. It made me happy to know that what I was making was going to potentially make some kids day. I loved that and I wished so badly that the girls in this chapter and the ideals of the national org were a little more parallel. They weren't as stand-off-ish as they were in Round 1 but they were still not very interested in anything any of the PNMs were saying. Unfortunately, my #1 chapter let me down again.

Fleece: Another craft for children in need. This was took me by surprise because, apparently, they are affiliated with multiple philanthropies and I guess it hadn't occurred to me that one of them was a child-based group. This made me very happy to find out since I had just been turned off of Jeans and the reason I wanted them so badly was their philanthropy. I had a touch of hope again so while I made my craft, I chatted away with the girls in the chapter. At this point I didn't really have any strong feelings for this chapter either way. I didn't get that "YES, this is home" feel but I didn't dislike them or anything about them, either.

Shirt: This group shared a video with us, and AGAIN, we would be making a craft for children at a camp (similar to Fleece's project)! So that was great...because now I realized, that as much as I liked Jeans for their efforts towards the betterment of children's lives, this was far more widespread than just them :-) I didn't dislike the feel of the room nearly as much this round because the colors were toned down and the room was dark for the first part because of the video, and then I got so into my project and my conversation with the girls that I just kinda of stopped thinking about anything else. Again, a group with no strong feelings toward. I really liked the girls, still hated the colors. Either way I went as far as joining this chapter, I was okay with.

Sweater: I made eye contact with the girl I had the little mishap with (let's call her Tanner) the last round right when I walked in and we just kinda smiled at each other in a sort of awkward/embarrassed way and then I got paired with a totally different girl....a girl who was NOT like the stereotype at all. I am assuming now that this was intentional, but I'll never know. We're going to call this girl Zoey (cause I like that name and I haven't any idea what hers actually was). So Zoey and I sit together and we all watch this intensely emotional video about their philanthropy and almost all the girls in the room were in tears. To make it more emotional, one of their members...oh yes, TANNER, got up and spoke about how deeply their philanthropy has affected her personally and her family also. More crying. Finally we get to the project and Zoey repeatedly complimented my arts & crafts skills, and mostly she commented on how well I was drawing the symbols of Sweater. She was SOOO easy to be around and she was the first person so far that I felt like I just clicked with....Now I thought I had a chance in this group, but at the same time, I knew I wouldn't fit in with a majority of the girls.....they were high maintenance girls (the kind that get up hours before class starts to make sure their hair is great, makeup is perfect, and all accessories were well-matched). They liked that stuff and I just didn't. I'd rather sleep in and show up for class in jeans & a t-shirt with coffee in-hand. Such mixed feelings about this group.

Hoodie: LOOOOVEDDDD this room theme. It was another kids' camp project but this room was set up to look like a campground. It was adorable. I don't remember anything about the actual craft we did, and I remember the conversation going okay but I can't recall any of the details.


After we left that room, we were escorted to a computer lab and we ranked our groups....We had to cut 2.
My order was:
1. Hoodie. Something about them was pulling me in. I knew they were strong nationally, they all seemed to really care about each other and their sorority, their colors were aesthetically pleasing, and all the girls I met were great.
2. Fleece. New girls or not, I liked them. They were laid back & easy to talk to, plus they didn't fit the "cookie cutter" feel that a few of the other chapters had. Every girl was different and I appreciated that.
3. Shirt. Fabulous girls, good on-campus alumna support, older chapter. Okay feelings about them.
4. Sweater. I had to go with my gut feelings. I liked these girls a lot, and it was definitely a good group...just for someone else.
5. Jeans. Funny how the ONE I looked so forward to at the beginning became my number five, just because of their poor attitudes.

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Old 12-01-2009, 04:07 AM
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I'm curious if anyone has any guesses to my school, the sororities, my other GC name...anything at all :-) PM me if you've got any!
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Old 12-01-2009, 04:37 AM
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I am just curious as to which GLO has colors so atrocious to this particular poster?! Hah it will be interesting to see!
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Old 12-01-2009, 02:20 PM
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Old 12-01-2009, 08:18 PM
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Wow, all of the kids' projects sounds really redundant. I'm also curious about the colors!! Lol! I know some people DESPISE pink, so maybe it was DZ, DG or Phi Mu. I <3 pink, though!
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Old 12-01-2009, 08:21 PM
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Lucy -

I am guessing it is Delta Zeta only because I know the preppy pink/green combo is something people either love or completely hate. (Personally, I love it!)
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Old 12-01-2009, 08:43 PM
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When I was first learning about all the NPC organizations, I have to admit I wasn't a fan of the pink & brown combo that Gamma Phi Beta uses. However, now I really like the two together!!!
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Old 12-03-2009, 03:37 AM
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Time for Round 3! [Sisterhood Round]

Before we visited chapters, we went with our Rho Chis to get our list for the day. We dropped 2 last round so we would be attending a maximum of 3. I got my list and I had:
Fleece and Shirt left.

Two is better than one, I suppose, but I was more than a little disheartened that Hoodie cut me. I kept looking at the girls who were invited back to Hoodie and wondering what they did or said that I didn't....It really got to me but I didn't let anyone know it because I didn't want to hurt my chances anywhere else.


Our first stop was Shirt. I don't recall much, except that instead of their standard colors, they had a very classy black and silver decor and I was impressed! My mind was so wrapped around the Hoodie thing that I apparently just didn't pay attention to their skit enough to have it stick.

Next, and final, stop: Fleece. Their skit was about belonging and I had very positive feelings about it. They also had an INCREDIBLE slideshow of pictures from the time they were founded on campus to the present and I loved how happy all the girls looked together and how much they really loved each other and their sorority. Part-way through the slideshow is when I had that moment..I decided right then this was the chapter for me.

For Pref the next day, we could have a max of 2, and since I was down to two, rankings were super easy!
1. Fleece
2. Shirt.
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