Formal Recruitment can be intimidating! It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there and make connections with unfamiliar faces. But, university is all about trying new things, so what’s the harm in seeing if UBC Sororities is right for you?
We talked to two of our active members, Erin and Lize, to get an insight on how they felt when they were in your shoes; hopefully reading their stories will help you get an authentic feel for what Formal Recruitment might be like for you. Check out their responses below!
Honestly, I didn’t know what I was looking for when I went through Formal Recruitment, but I definitely didn’t expect to call my mom afterward pretty much jumping around saying the words “I can’t explain it mom, all of these girls are so COOL”. The best part about talking to so many women was that I could relate to them in so many ways, and at the same time, learn so much from our differences. All of the women in the Panhellenic community took different paths to get to where they are now, yet we all ended up together; we’ve created this community of love and support that I think everyone needs, especially through their university years.
Before going through Formal Recruitment, all I knew about ‘Greek Life’ was what movies depict it as. I thought it was either going to be really scary and intimidating, or very systematic like an interview. But, every conversation I had was genuine, and the connections I made from just those few days of recruitment developed into pretty much one of the most important things in my life right now. When I joined, I went to events that really got me integrated into the community, and I got to meet all the people that make UBC so much fun. The women in my sorority were so excited to immerse me into this organization, and it made my heart so full to suddenly feel like I belonged. I tried over and over to imagine what not being a part of this community through university would look like, but I couldn’t. If I could give one piece of advice for women going through Formal Recruitment this year, it’s to go in with an open mind. If you think it’s going to be exactly what you’re expecting, you are wrong, my friend. I found what I didn’t even know I needed.
When I was in high school, the only knowledge I had about sororities was the negative stereotypes frequented in the media. But when I went through Formal Recruitment, I found that each room I entered had incredible, powerful, and driven women in it. They were all so compassionate, accomplished, supportive of each other, and had such ambitious dreams. I felt more motivated just having talked to them! I felt confident that by being a part of the UBC Panhellenic community, I would be amongst a group of women who aim for success, care for their academics, and better the world.
My advice for Formal Recruitment this year is to go in with no notion of which chapters you want to join. There are so many women in each sorority, so you can’t base your thoughts of the whole group on their appearance on social media, other people’s opinion, or a few friends who are already in a sorority. Trust your gut (and be prepared for HOT rooms)! My favorite memory from Formal Recruitment would easily be meeting my wonderful big Shania. When Shania started talking to me during recruitment, she instantly reminded me of all the people back home I missed; she had the bubbly kindness of my sister, the same great music taste as my besties, and a laugh as infectious as my grandmothers. Not only has she been the sweetest and most supportive big since, but she’s been among the sorority women who constantly inspires me.
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We hope that you enjoyed reading about Erin and Lize’s Formal Recruitment experiences! Stay tuned for more ‘Panhellenic Unplugged’ Blogs, coming out soon. Don’t forget to #ConnectWithUs on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!