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Just to preface this little  ”blog post”, I am a staff writer at HerCampus SDSU so some of my many posts may be exact replicas of my articles.

So you’ve decided to go Greek, or at the very least, give it a shot – good for you! As a member of a Panhellenic (that means sororities for you non-Greeks) organization, I cannot stress enough how everyone should give Greek life a chance, even if you “think” it’s something that’s maybe not right for you.

Now that you’ve decided, you probably yourself worried about recruitment – I definitely did when I went through it. It’s a stressful time, both for you and the girls in the different sororities. Well, luckily for you, I’m here to make your life a little easier.

Let me start off with what I know is on everybody’s minds – what the heck do I wear?! Simple. Here at SDSU, recruitment is broken up into different days with different names. The first two days are what as known as “Letter Days”. These days will seems somewhat repetitive as they serve as a chance for you to meet as many different girls in the different houses as you can and for them to meet as many of you as they can. My advice for this day is something cute and casual. Go with a cute top paired with shorts (not too short!), nice jeans, or a skirt. Whatever is the most comfortable for you. Quick side advice, if you’re not really feeling it the first two days, still stick it out! Since the first two days are so repetitive, it’s hard to get a feel of the different girls and the different houses in that short amount of time.

The third day is “Community Service Day”. Today is the day that the houses will be introducing you to their beneficiaries and what they do for their philanthropy. If you were unaware before, ALL sororities and all sorority women must participate in community service. If you were in it to just “get fratty” maybe this really isn’t something for you – something to think about. The attire is the same as “Letter Days”, casual and cute.

On “House Tours”, you will be getting tours of each house and learn a little more about what it’s like to live in a sorority house. I highly recommend living in to anyone who wants to get a full sorority experience. Living in allows you to feel closer to your sisters and you’ll create bonds with girls you maybe wouldn’t have otherwise. Recommended attire for this day would include sundresses, cute rompers and wedges if you wish or even just cute flats if that’s what you prefer.

“Preference” is a very special day – it is the day when you will be invited back to houses that really see you as a potential sister. This is a more serious day, as you will learn more about the traditions that each sorority is founded on. A nice cocktail dress and heels are best for this day, however, be sure to keep it classy. If you wouldn’t wear it to meet your boyfriend’s grandmother or if you would wear it to a frat party, it is not appropriate for this occasion. Try to steer away from black if you can as all the houses will be wearing black cocktail dresses on this day and we don’t want you getting lost in the crowd.

Last few tips: smile! Be confident! If you are nervous, know that you are not alone. Recruitment is an anxious time for those going through it and for those who are already in sororities. We are trying to impress you just as much as you’re trying to impress us. So relax, and keep the conversations comfortable and natural. Don’t try to be someone who you really aren’t – embrace yourself, otherwise, you may end up in a sorority where you will later find you don’t really belong.

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Why Go Greek?

Just to preface this little  “blog post”, I am a staff writer at HerCampus SDSU so some of my many posts may be exact replicas of my articles 🙂

A new school year means a chance for a fresh start. Whether you’re an incoming freshman or you have a year (or two!) under your belt, the beginning of fall semester is a time to make new friends and get involved. But with the excitement of new faces, new classes and all the campus-happenings, you may find yourself drowning in a sea of fliers from campus clubs and organizations, leaving you unsure of which one is right for you. And while I’m not a guru who can pinpoint you to the exact organization “where you belong”, I can give one solid piece of advice: don’t knock it until you try it. Now what exactly does this apply to? Well, everything – but more specifically in this case, Greek Life.

Yes, Greek Life may not be for everybody but I am a firm believer that until you have talked to the Greek organizations and acquainted yourself with what they’re all about, you will not TRULY know if it is something for you. The words fraternities and sororities seem to be automatically attached to negative connotations, which have been generated by society to create a form of entertainment. What people should realize is that what they see in movies or on TV or have heard about is unrealistic to what Greek Life actually entails. So the big question – why go Greek?

Fact number one, students who get involved in the Greek community have an overall higher GPA than those who do not. Contrary to popular belief, being in a sorority or fraternity isn’t all just fun and games. SDSU requires students to maintain at least a 2.0 in order to be in a Greek organization.  In addition, many of these organizations require an even higher GPA than a 2.0 based off of their national standards. Greek organizations also provide networking opportunities to help you find better jobs in the future. Overall, Greeks tend to stay in school longer than non-Greeks.

Going Greek is also the easiest way to get involved in a variety of activities. All Greek organizations have social aspects for those who want to have fun but also involve lots of community service, with different beneficiaries for each house. Greek organizations also play in intramural sports and compete with one another in philanthropy events.

Like any other organizations, what you get out of going Greek will depend on what you put into it. The more you get involved in your organization, the more likely you will have a positive experience. Being Greek opens the doors to new opportunities and new friendships and you will realize that SDSU is not that big after all.

(For more information about Greek life in general, check out the SDSU Student Life and Leadership Page. For more information about Panhellenic [sorority] recruitment, check out http://www.sdsuphc.com/recruitment or register for recruitment at http://www.sa.sdsu.edu/cfsl/greekregistration/index.html )

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