Hello from the heart of the historic Hudson Valley, or more notably Marist College. Located directly on the Hudson River students are only a step away from a majestic sunset or ice covered river view. A liberal arts institution of about 5,000 undergrads, Marist College prides itself upon individualized attention and opportunities for excelling not only in academics but also in social activity. With the multitude of clubs and organizations on campus, it can be very overwhelming at the Activities Fair to decide which one to sign up for. In my personal opinion, Greek Life is the way to go! Greek Life supports philanthropy efforts, provides a support system to members, and forms life long friendships.
If those reasons are not enough to get you up out of your dorm to come to recruitment I don’t know what is! Every year, recruitment for sororities is in the Fall and Spring semesters. In the Fall only upperclassmen and transfer students can come attend our one night recruitment event. Recruitment for the freshman is in the Spring semester. The Panhellenic Committee plans this. In order to sign up a student must simply contact the head of that committee and receive the general information, which they will find on flyers scattered around campus.
Recruitment is three nights in the Spring and all potential new members attend every single sorority’s room every night. Panhellenic members take photos of the girls and have them fill out general information sheets to be given to each sorority at the end of recruitment. Each sorority creates a theme for their recruitment and forms fun and exciting activities based around that theme.
On the last night of recruitment, sororities go through all the potential girls and decide which ones they would like to give a bid to. The potential new members also fill out their own sheet with their ratings of which sorority they would prefer to receive a bid from. The Panhellenic Committee then matches up the bids with what each girl prefers and then delivers the bids to them.
Didn’t get a bid? Do not fret! At Marist we host an event called Open Bid. There are so many girls at recruitment that sometimes girls who would fit in a sorority get overlooked, so that is what Open Bid is for. Many girls come to Open Bid and receive bids and get into sororities! So what are you waiting for? Get out there and join Greek Life, you will not regret it!
Want more information on Greek Life recruitment? See: http://collegelifestyles.org/2012/09/sorority-life-fall-recruitment/
Lauren Hirschhorn is a junior at Marist College and a sister of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Follow her at @lmhirschh. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow College Lifestyles™ on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.