Recruitment is just around the corner for the women and men of Butler. Yes, I realize this post is a little early, but for me I can’t wait for recruitment! Greek life is just one of the ways that you can broaden your horizons in college. Fortunately for Butler students you get an entire semester to see if it is something you are really interested in.
At Butler we wait until the second semester to go through recruitment, which is so nice. Waiting until second semester gives you the time to see if Greek life is something you are really interested in. You get to have meals at the houses and do house tours as well to get a glimpse of each sorority or fraternity. Not only that it gives you the chance to make your friends outside of Greek life before you start recruitment, which is really nice!
This year I am a recruitment counselor or at some schools they are called Rho Gammas. I am so excited to be able to help these girls who will be in the same position as myself just two years ago.
However, I do have a couple of things to say before recruitment! Try not to get stressed out. Some girls get stressed out by everything going on with recruitment, but remember recruitment is meant to be fun! Going in with an open mind is the best thing you can do. I know this can be difficult with the stereotypes you might be hearing or if someone told you something from years back, however keeping an open mind will allow you to make the best decision for you. Recruitment and your house doesn’t make or break you, but it does give you an experience you’ll always remember.
Sometimes at Butler it seems like there is a competition in email signatures. On all our emails at the bottom of each one sent is a signature. Typically it says your name and some of things you are involved with. At Butler since everyone is literally involved in everything signatures can get kind of out of control.
I have no room to talk. Here is my signature at the end of my emails.
Butler University Class of 2015
College of Communication – Strategic Communication
Recruitment Counselor – Butler Panhellenic Association
Director of Recruitment – College Mentors for Kids
Content Developer – Firebelly Marketing
Student Ambassador – Butler University
Admissions Blogger – Butler University
Street Team – Dawg Pound
I know it’s ridiculous. However, how I go about my signature is very well thought out, in my opinion. For one on my signature I only put organizations that I actually hold a position in. The email signature at Butler is a known thing, and literally everyone has one. Here’s the thing, it’s not a competition, at least it shouldn’t be.
Block Party! Where all our organizations come out and you can get to know more about them. This is where a lot of freshmen get their start in organizations.
My advice on the email signature is do the things you enjoy. Most students do get involved with a lot on campus. It is a great way to meet new people, and get involved with your community. However, don’t let the only reason you join something is so you can extend your email signature. At this point, anything else I join I have to drop something off my list, which is why my list has not changed at all because all of things I am involved with are organizations and jobs I love.
I have been involved with College Mentors for Kids since freshmen year and have worked up the executive ladder with that. Dawg Pound, student fan section, is my fun organization that I love. It’s something I have also been involved with since freshmen year. If you know me then you know that I love Butler sports and cheering on the Bulldogs. The Recruitment Counselor slot will be filled back in next semester with what sorority I am in. Until then I have to keep secret about what house I am in to provide the freshmen girls going through recruitment with an unbiased opinion! Last but not least my jobs will never be changing, obviously as long as I don’t get fired! I love all of my jobs and love being able to share my experiences with each and every one of you!
So long story short, don’t let the email signature haunt you. Do what you love and love what you do.
Today began my first day going GREEK. Being the first person in my family to do formal recruitment, I had no idea what to expect. It is quite the experience that I don’t think I can describe. It is something you have just to go through, but I will try my best to describe what happened today. Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures to show except one because we are not allowed to have phones with us while going through recruitment.
An outsider looking inside the “Butler Bubble” today may have laughed at what they saw. 300 girls all walking with umbrellas to and from each sorority house and then back to Atherton, but there is a plan behind all this madness. Each girl that is going through formal recruitment is put into a group. These groups are random, and is a way for there to be an organized way for each girl to see each house. It also helps the sororities pair up girls with sisters better so they can have a more effective time at each house.
Going into a house can be overwhelming. Each sorority has their own songs and chants they sing/shout when you enter. It’s an exciting thing to see! Every house usually sits you down with two or three sisters. The members will then talk to you about any topic really. It’s more of just a way to get to know you better, and a chance for you to get to know more about the house. This is why this day seems to be so exhausting because in total you are talking to 20-25 random people you have never met, and you are continually reintroducing yourself.
This may seem like a lot of craziness, but everything is extremely organized. I must give credit to all the sororities and the Greek life staff here because I would totally messed up all of today had I planned this. Tomorrow is Philanthropy day where we learn more about the sorority’s service in the community. It also means going from 7 houses to a possible 6 houses tomorrow. So far recruitment is winning when it comes to completely exhausting me, but no worries because this is becoming such an awesome experience. Good luck to anyone trying for Greek Life!
Picture of the Day:
A view from my window of what I did all day, walk from house to house!