Monday, August 11, 2014

So you wanna be Greek?

This is a repost from last summer, but I wanted to post for it again for all of my beautiful followers who are rushing soon! 
I've received some emails about rushing, what to expect, what to wear, etc., so I thought I'd do an entire post devoted to rush.

First, every school's Greek system is different, which means recruitment is different at every school. I rushed at a big SEC school, so my rush experience was hot, sweaty, and long, but was totally worth it! I remember someone telling me that God knows where you belong before you even begin rush, so just know that you'll end up where you belong. At times, this was hard to remember, but thinking back on that comment, it is totally true!

Before you even begin rush week, I'd consider packing these essentials in a big bag that you will tote from house to house during rush:

Wanna Go Greek? Bag Essentials

Some girls also had little battery-powered fans that they used between rounds (it was HOT), but I never brought one with me. You NEED a water bottle, no matter whether you're rushing during the fall or winter. Your mouth will get so dry from all the talking!

So for me, rush consisted of 4 rounds, then Bid Day. Rounds 1 and 2 were each two days long, because there were so many girls rushing, and because there are so many houses to visit. As the rounds progressed, you visited less houses, but spent more time at each house.

For Rounds 1 and 2, we had shirts that we had to wear. Almost every girl wore Jack Rogers or nice sandals and paired her shirt with some chino shorts (but make sure they're not too short!!). The shirt colors were pretty ugly, so it was hard to pair them with anything but plain shorts. Some girls wore Lilly shorts, but like I said, the shirt colors were hard to match and usually clashed with Lilly prints. We also had restrictions on how much jewelry we could wear, and it could not be flashy. I wore my Yurman every day, with pearls and a monogrammed necklace.

Wanna Go Greek? Round #1

For round 3, we were told to wear casual sundresses and keep the jewelry to a minimum. I wore a kelly green and navy sundress, but a lot of girls wore Lilly, with Jack Rogers. Here are some outfits I'd wear for Round 3 if you want something other than Lilly.

Wanna Go Greek? Day 3

Finally, Round 4 was Preference Night. It's the longest night, where you visit one or two houses. It's basically the night where you decide which sorority you want to join. It's the most formal round, and at my school, it was pretty dressy! Here are some looks I would wear for Pref Night:

Pref Night

Following Pref Night is Bid Day, where you receive your sorority bid! It's a fun day full of celebrations!

Here are some final tips for rush:
  • Keep an open mind.
  • Stick to neutral talking topics--nothing too weird. Also act like you want to be there, even if it's not your ideal house! 
  • Although some rounds are "casual," it's always best to be dressier than under-dressed, in my opinion.
  • Pop in a mint before you go into a house; no one wants bad breath.
  • NEVER wear a watch; we weren't allowed to, because it's a normal tendency to look down at the time, but that can come off as rude.
  • Write down what you think of each house after every round in a little book.
  • Drink lots of water.
My final advice: although it's hard to not listen to other girls' opinions about certain sororities, it's SO, SO important to make your own conclusions. Just because your best friend doesn't like a house doesn't mean you shouldn't like it. Your sorority will become a huge part of your life, so it's important to go where you love. You don't want to look back and wish you hadn't eliminated a house you loved just because they weren't a top house.

Good luck to any girls rushing this fall! Have a fabulous day!

Miss Southern Prep

1 comment:

  1. all great tips! UVA does winter rush so my experience involved snow and hunter boots!


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