Starting at a new school as a new student carries enough challenges as it is, but being a transfer student? That’s a different story! Learning a new way of life at a new college after uprooting from a previous, familiar space comes with hurdles. There are several ways to settle into a new college. You might research what your new school has to offer, the classic orientation day, or meet-and-greet events. What if you had another option? Students can find solace from the complications of being a transfer student when they join a sorority. Greek life can help you make friends and connections for life, and can help transfer students settle into a community. However, recruitment is not without its challenges. Here are three tips for transfer students navigating sorority recruitment in a new school.
Take Your Time
It can be easy to get caught up in the sorority rush! Make sure you don’t make any decision you are not 100% satisfied with making. Stay open-minded and patient as you navigate the different sororities on campus. You will be spending a large amount of time with your sisters. So, make sure you focus on finding a house that will empower, welcome, and support you. On top of that, ask yourself: Can I give the same virtues back to my sisters? Do your research, ask questions, and do not let others (or yourself) pressure you into making a hasty decision.
The Gift of Gab
When it comes to sorority recruitment, do not forget to network. Sororities are all about fostering and building connections. This also makes it the perfect place to start as a transfer student. Sisters from different sororities often attend campus events. You may find yourself asking tons of questions while getting involved in an on-campus organization. If you already have Greek connections at your future school, you can submit a sorority recommendation, as well. Sororities love welcoming new and transfer students into the mix, so don’t be afraid to ask questions and make connections.
This tried-and-true method of playing to your own strengths is paramount. Showcase your activities from your previous school during recruitment and rush week conversations and events. As a transfer student, you carry more confidence than you may know! You should not treat something this fun like a job interview. Instead, try and focus on staying relaxed. Your genuine self is what your future sisters want to see. Memorizing a social script or over-rehearsing conversations may be well-intentioned but could come off as disingenuous.
Now Go Strut Your Stuff
These are just a few tips on navigating sorority recruitment as a transfer student. Most importantly, trust your gut. Even if you are new to this campus, you are not new to college life. Apply what you have already learned to your new home. If you still have questions, you can always reach out to your new campus’s Greek life offices. They are there to answer any question or concern you may have. A sorority office can also flesh out any additional details regarding a specific sorority you may be interested in. Just remember to let yourself come shining through; it will not go unnoticed.
Looking for Your New Sisters?
Sororities are a great place to foster friendships, make memories, build connections, and help on- and off-campus communities. No wonder they are attractive to new and transfer students alike! GreekXperience wanted to help these organizations by developing their own unique platform. Visit us for Greek life, houses, and college life. When you join GreekXperience as a current member or chapter, you can utilize GreekXperience to manage chapter or collection dues, and more.