Hello all! If you’re like me, you’re browsing through the Sigma website because you want to be a sister. You’re smitten with the charm of our small sorority, our goals of women empowerment, and the community of sisterhood you will potentially be joining. So what’s the next step? Recruitment!
Recruitment might sound scary, but it’s not scary at all. Sororities host recruitment events so that we get to know you and you get to know us. If something isn’t a fit on either end, we’ll be able to tell during Recruitment Week. It’s as much of a learning process for us as it is for you. Here are some tips for Recruitment Week, as well as some frequently-thought-about-but-rarely-asked questions! We hope you enjoy!
What do I wear to Recruitment Week?
Unless otherwise specified (re: “A Night With Sigma”), wear whatever you’d like! There’s no need to get “dressed up” for Recruitment—and no, that’s not a trick question. We value your unique style. You’ll find that one of Sigma’s best qualities is our sense of individuality. So sweatpants, leggings, jeans, dresses, T-shirts, button-downs—it all works!
What if I’m not the “sorority type?”
Sigma Pi Theta was founded in 1979, and we’ve come to realize that there is no “sorority type.” If you are a woman at Emerson College and if you seek a community formed on the ideals of support, trust, and love, then you are exactly who we want to come out to Recruitment Week.
What do I have to act like at Recruitment Week?
I went to two Recruitment Weeks. The first time I went, I was a first semester freshman. I did not show the sisters what my personality really was like, and did not get a bid. A year later, I returned to Sigma and felt comfortable being my happy, dorky self. The sisters thought I was a good fit—much more of a good fit than I was being someone else. The lesson here is: Be yourself. Sound corny? Probably. But we want to know you. Seriously.
Can I go to other sororities’ Recruitment events, too?
Absolutely! Many of us went to visit the other Greek organizations. We strongly encourage you to do so as well. This is all about finding your fit!
I’m a quiet person. How do I meet sisters?
If you’re quiet or describe yourself as “awkward,” you’re similar to a good part of our sisterhood. Talk to as many sisters as you can. Many of us are uncomfortable talking in big groups too, so don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with a sister (you’ll be able to spot us in our Sigma Pi Theta letters).
Do I have to go to all of the Recruitment events?
Absolutely not! As long as you go to one event, you will be considered to join our sorority. Of course, the more events you come to, the better we will get to know you and vis versa.
**IMPORTANT- But, if you are interested in Sigma, or any Greek Organization at Emerson this semester you MUST attend a mandatory information session on 1/21 at 1PM, 4PM & 6PM in the MPR, 1/22 at 1PM, 3PM & 6PM in the MPR and 1/27 at 7PM in the Bill Bordy. The sessions will be painless and less than 45 minutes long. They are meant to inform all potential new members about Greek Life on campus.
What happens after Recruitment Week?
When Recruitment Week is over, the sisters convene and we discuss what each potential new member can bring to our sisterhood. Deciding can be tough. If we do not pick you for a bid (a formal invitation to start the new member education process), this does not mean we didn’t like you! I wasn’t picked the first time, and we have a few other sisters who weren’t either, for reasons such as “we don’t think it’s her time” or “we’d like to get to know her better.” If this happens to you, come back next semester. We mean it! If you do get a bid, more information about meeting times will be sent to you.
What’s the new member education process like?
Before you are an official sister of Sigma Pi Theta, we have a new member education process that acquaints you with the history and qualities of our sisterhood. Some sisters liken this to taking on an extra class, and it is a time commitment. Over this time, you will bond with other new members, form lifelong friendships, and grow as individuals. It is definitely worth it!
We hope these tips have helped! We look forward to meeting everyone at our first Spring 2014 Recruitment event, on January 28th from 6 – 8 pm for an Info Night. Until then, enjoy this YouTube video of a baby polar bear.