How do I prepare for Recruitment?
Before compiling recruitment packets, verify with your reference/letter writers to see what they require and what your specific college needs. Do they need a digital or paper packet. It is in the best interest of the potential new member (PNM) to find various sorority alumnae who are willing to write and submit recommendations and letters. Providing helpful information to each of these alumnae is important. Start this process early, it is never too early to start finding your reference writer. Even if you don't know where you are going to college you can still begin the process of networking to find friends, relatives and teachers to write your references and letters of support. It's also a great idea to ask girls from your high school who just went through recruitment at the University you are attending what each sorority requires. Each chapter on each college campus is different - we have found that networking with other mothers is a great resource.
What do I need to provide?
*1 to 3 color photographs, 4 X 6. One should be close up and one full length. Please put your name and high school on the back. Use labels to prevent bleeding. These do not have to be professional shots. Please have digital photographs available for digital packets. Most will need to be under 350k.
* Resume. List name, address, home and cell phone numbers, GPA/SAT score, family information, Greek affiliations, scholarship awards, high school awards/leadership positions, employment, community activities and college orientation date. Save this in a PDF format to distribute digitally as well. These do not need to be short, take the time to brag on yourself and explain all awards and their meanings.
*High school transcript, does not need to be official - you will also need this to be scanned and digital ready (take a photo with your phone).
* If you attended another college or university, please include that information.
*Thank you note. Be sure to follow-up with a thank you through the US mail.
Do I really need to spend a fortune on fancy packets?
It is important to find out from the ladies writing your letters of recommendation and letters of support what they need before you begin compiling your packets. Most of these ladies will take these packets you send them and put the information on forms provided by their National organizations and your packets then go in the trash. So a simple folder and resume are all that are required for these items. Also, please do not pre-address envelopes or send stamped envelopes with your packets, these ladies know where to send the packets and will get them to the correct place. More often than not the stamps go in the trash. If you really enjoy doing these special letterhead projects with your Mom or daughter then have a good time and enjoy the project, otherwise, keep it simple and don't break the bank on something that will be thrown away. Ask your reference writer: digital or paper and make your list of how many paper packets you will need. Most colleges are digital these days as well. If not they have very strict guidelines on what gets sent in.
Am I required to have recommendations?
It is up to the sorority members to find a recommendation for you. However, obtaining your own recommendation gives you the advantage of having a friend or someone who is more familiar with you be able to write a more personal form. You are not guaranteed if you leave it to the local reference chairwomen and their committees. Registering with Fort Worth Panhellenic lets them know of your interest in recruitment.
Will membership cause my grades to suffer?
Sorority women take their grades very seriously. Scholarship is always a focus. The women are always striving to have the highest GPA on campus. A certain GPA is required to be a member in good standing.
What do I wear?
Each college or university will provide guidelines for each day of parties, these guidelines can be found on the schools' Panhellenic website. Many schools provide identical tee shirts for the PNM's to wear for the first day of recruitment. Distracting clothing and jewelry could move the focus from you to these items. Your University Panhellenic will have suggestions on what to wear on specific days, so please refer to their guidelines. A few things to keep in mind: you are dressing for other young ladies, you might be sitting on a chair and they are sitting on the floor at your feet (keep that in mind when picking your clothes), the parties are dressier as the rounds progress, remember the weather – hot or cold, you want to be comfortable. Bring a pair of shoes to wear to the parties and a pair for comfort between parties especially if you choose to wear heels.
What will my financial obligations be?
Dues vary by campus and sorority. Typically the first semester includes new member and initiation fees along with regular dues and is the most expensive semester.
Why are girls I have talked to before, now only nodding and smiling at me?
Every college Panhellenic has silence rules that restrict members from speaking with PNM'S outside of recruitment parties.
Should I be afraid that I will be mistreated (hazed) as a new member?
Greek members are more likely to have better GPA's and act in leadership roles on their campuses. Greek life departments support programs that education the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse as well as other important issues. All NPC groups have adopted a no tolerance approach to hazing violations.