Round 1 is the shortest of the four rounds of recruitment. Round 1 is typically a one or two day experience where you visit every house for 15-20 minutes. Its designed to give you an overview of each house and to introduce you to the process. You’ll learn about the most basic facts of each house and by the end of the day you’ll hopefully have a good idea about the character of each sorority.
Round 1 is all about casual style. This is an awesome opportunity to show each house how you like to dress on a day to day basis. You will likely be given a t-shirt by your Panhellenic counselor to wear and you will put together an outfit based on the color and design of the shirt.
During my year they gave us light blue v-neck t-shirts and I paired it with a pair of pink and blue seersucker shorts from Lilly Pulitzer and a pink tote from Kate Spade. I wore a statement necklace, a monogrammed pair of Jack Rogers, and I curled my hair. It was a very accurate representation of what I would wear on a daily basis. This may look completely different for you and that’s 100% okay and encouraged!
To Talk About:
You will talk about your major, your hometown, and your freshman year goals over and over and over. Then you’ll talk about it a little more. If you want to stand out during Round 1, you can attempt to take the conversation in an unexpected direction. I suggest bringing up any interesting high school experiences, summer trips, or specific things you’re interested in doing on campus! Ask questions and be an active participant in the conversation. The more interested you are, the better the entire experience will be on both sides.
DO NOT bring up boys, booze, bars, or drama. You want to put your best foot forward and any of these topics are simply going to send up red flags for the girls rushing you. I would suggest not bringing up any names of any houses, male or female, and avoiding asking too much about parties.
Round 1 is an awesome time to simply scope out your first impressions on each house! You want them to get a good feeling about you as well and feel confident in asking you back for the next round! However, I want y’all to remember that first impressions are not always correct and this process is created so that you make your decisions in stages!
Look out tomorrow for your guide to Round 2!
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