Hey all, Delta Eta Iota Recruitment Chair here (please ignore the fact that I have a ridiculously long title and let's be friends...actually)!
I am excited for Rush, it is basically what I live for. My summer has been four months of Rush Week planning: excitement and headaches. I feel like the rush process isn't always clear... especially since ours is very different from many, so I wanted to pop over here and do a little "Getting Ready for Rush" blog series. When there is more than one Sorority on campus, you want to make sure you are joining the one that is right for you!
Our Rush process looks a little different from many other sororities (national or local). For those of you going to the University of Lethbridge this year, we have a table setup in the University Hall atrium, along with all of the other clubs on campus. This club week (also known as Rush Week) is when you get to know what clubs are on campus and you have the opportunity to talk to people from the clubs to find out more! Don't be intimidated by this (more tips on how to manage this will be coming in another blog post, so stay tuned!) Not only will you see us at our table with all of the other clubs, we have events and mixers for the first two (full) weeks of school. To get the schedule click here.
During Rush you have the opportunity to attend events to get to know Greek Life. The University of Lethbridge has three Greek organizations: two all-female organizations (Delta Eta Iota Sorority, and Kappa Pi Chi Women's Fraternity) and one all-male organization (Kappa Sigma Fraternity). We have a few events that are just Delta-only, and events that include the other organizations. It's always a good idea to go to an event where it's just the sisters. It's an opportunity to get see how the active sisters act together and with others. This is also a good time to learn more about us.
We have a few events that are all of Greek Life (both sororities and the fraternity). An event with the other organizations is what we cal la "mixer." There are a lot of mixers, and you are not required to show up to these, but this is a great way to see what Greek Life looks like and how or where you fit in. This year, for the first time, we're having an all girls mixer. This is exciting for a couple reasons....1) It's all girls, which will help you decide which sorority you connect with more and see how we act together. 2) It's a brunch, and who doesn't love brunch? Comfy clothes, girl talk, and food...basically as good as it gets!
Bids are handed out after Rush is over. A bid is a formal invitation to join our sorority (confused by all the sorority words? Check out our Greek Dictionary.) After you accept your bid you enter what we call a "pledge period." The pledge period lets you test a sorority out to see if you want to commit (remember, when you commit, you have these sisters for life... You want to make sure you love the group you'll represent and who you'll be around). Although you may get a bid from both sororities, you can only accept one bid. Once you enter the pledge period, you will spend eight weeks in pledge classes and bonding with your new sisters... Although I'll leave that to our Pledge Educator to talk about!
I'm not going to lie...Rush Week can be intimidating, but take control. This is your decision, after all! Joining a sorority is about having fun, making friends, and getting involved on campus and in the community.
I hope y'all found this helpful, and look for my next post on Getting Ready for Rush! I hope to see you around.
Signing out, with love,