The Ultimate Guide to Sorority Recruitment: Preference Round

Welcome to my sorority recruitment series! I started this blog a year ago to help women like me through college, Greek life, and every little bit in between and I'm not slowing down now! This series is purely to help you in your search for the perfect sisterhood.

Sorority recruitment can be very stressful for a lot of sorority women. Who knew finding your BFFs could cause so much anxiety? Although I really hope that's not the case for you, it's so common and happens to most, if not all, going through recruitment. I'm here to (try) to save you from your nervous jitters.

The Ultimate Guide to Sorority Recruitment: Preference Round

By preference round, you’ve probably been to the same chapters 3 or 4 times. You’ve met their girls, seen their house and learned about their chapter. You’re pretty well informed about who the chapter is as a whole. Preference round really threw me for a loop when I was going through recruitment. I figured preference round was, well, just another round. Nothing special about it other than it being the final round and the last time I’d see the chapters before I would make a decision.

I was wrong. Preference round is a special round for every sorority. If you’ve been invited back for this round, the chapter probably really likes you, and they want to show that. There might be candles, dimmed lights, soft singing… think of it as sort of a “final rose ceremony” on The Bachelor. I was definitely caught off guard because the day before the girls were so peppy and loud!

During preference round, it’s important to share what you’re feeling. You need to speak up if you have concerns about choosing a particular chapter or if you’re utterly in love with one. It won’t hurt anyone’s feelings, they just want to help you get into the perfect chapter for you. If you love the chapter, tell them! It shows you’re committed and they won’t be making a mistake inviting you into their chapter.

Another thing that threw me off during this round was the crying. One reason for waterworks is the emotional aspect for the members of the chapter. This could be because of the senior’s last recruitment, or because the songs they’re singing have some sentimental value. This should really show how much this chapter truly cares about not only their sisters but the chapter as a whole. Another reason for tears could be the emotional and physical toll recruitment takes on everyone. The active members have been shouting day in and day out, staying up late, waking up early and smiling their hardest to ensure they get the best pledge class ever. The PNMs might also be crying for the same reason, combined with stress.

Needless to say, there will be some sniffles throughout the house. Keep these expectations in mind and don’t feel like you need to hold back anything. The lovely ladies during recruitment round could potentially be your sisters soon and will support you like one.

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