One of my biggest fears going into college was not knowing what to talk about during sorority recruitment. The thought of having to strike up a memorable conversation with strangers that I thought were “judging me” had me quite stressed before recruitment even started. I didn’t know if I was supposed to lead the conversation or if they would.
I envisioned walking into a room of sorority girls and I was the one to walk up and strike up a conversation. HELLO…WAS I DELUSIONAL? The party was the complete opposite. A sorority member met me at the door as I walked through a tunnel of celebratory members and immediately started asking me questions about myself.
I’m sure you’re thinking…
WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO ASK ME? Well, I’m glad you asked!
These are “go-to” sorority recruitment questions from current members:
- What is your major?
- Where are you from?
- What did you do this summer?
- Where did you go to high school?
- What were you involved in at school?
- Why did you choose your university?
- What dorm are you living in?
- What activities are you interested in participating in?
- What are you looking forward to most about being in a sorority and why?
- What did you learn from being involved in __(insert activity)__ in high school?
- What are you looking forward to the most in college?
- What are your fears about starting college?
As you can tell, the conversation isn’t about your political or religious views or your biggest struggle in life. It is unbelievably casual conversation so they can get to know you!
Let me let you in on a secret….sorority members secretly hope that you ask them questions about themselves too.
Just like you’re having the same conversations all day, so are they. I remember LOVING when girls asked me about my major, my favorite movie, our philanthropy, and what my favorite part of being in a sorority was. The girls that end up in the pledge class were going to be my future friends and it was nice knowing that girls were just as interested in getting to know me as I was with them.
You want to make sure to keep the conversation positive and not complain about the heat, your feet hurting, or being tired. Trust me…they’re tired too! No one enjoys someone who is negative all the time, so keep it positive and light.
Going through recruitment as a freshman is stressful and hard, but being on the other side is just as stressful and exhausting. While you’re getting ready for the day, the sorority members are already in the chapter room, getting things ready for the day. When you go back to your dorm at the end of a long day, they stay and clean up and even come back that night.
With all that to say, keep the conversation going and ask them questions in return about their major, where they’re from, what they’re involved in, what they love about their sorority, etc.
It’s also important not to rehearse your answers. They just want to get to know you and what you’re interested in, so don’t regurgitate your written responses.
Keep it light and natural and everything will go smoothly!