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8 Tips To Help You Have The Best Sorority Recruitment, In Person Or Virtually

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Take my advice, as someone who went through recruitment twice and is now on the other side.

Sorority recruitment season is upon us yet again. A time where women all over the country get primped and glammed up to impress their soon-to-be peers and sisters, in hopes of getting a bid to their favorite chapter. This experience can be so amazing and smooth sailing for some, while others struggle and don’t even make it through the entire process. Everyone has a very different recruitment experience, which is why they encourage you to not share your experiences with anyone throughout the week and make your own choices. However, there is a few tips that can help just about anyone feel more comfortable with the process. Here are my eight best tips for anyone that wants to give sorority recruitment a go, whether it’s online or in-person:

1. Let your true self shine through

Whether you are a girly girl who loves makeup or you are a sporty spice, make sure you do your best to show who you really are. Each chapter is different and the best way to find your perfect fit is by letting your guard down and seeing where you feel at home.

2. Know what’s important to you

How can you truly decide where to spend the next four years if you can’t even pinpoint what is important to you? Is it sisterhood? Philanthropy? Certain values? It can be multiple things, but decide what you are looking for in a chapter before you get too far in the week, preferably even before recruitment starts if you can. This way, you can try to spot similarities in the chapter women and see what is important to them. It also may guide you towards some questions to ask!

3. Have meaningful conversations

Your recruitment counselor will talk a lot about values and having meaningful conversations during recruitment. Listen to them. One of the most important aspects of recruitment is your conversations, so make sure they’re meaningful. The chapter women want you to join their chapter just as much as you want to join, so don’t be nervous. They are trying to get to know the truest, most authentic version of you! Ask important questions based on the round. Talk about you and take advantage of the open-ended questions the chapter women will ask you. Use those as an opportunity to give serious and meaningful answers that show off you, as a person, so that the process can work its magic.

4.  Make them remember you

Now, when I say this, I do not mean to do anything crazy. What I do mean is try to have a conversation that makes you stand out, or even wear a statement piece of jewelry or a really cool outfit that will help the recruiters remember how amazing you were. When recruiters talk to and see hundreds of girls a day, it’s super hard to remember what made each PNM special, so it is your job to make sure that they have no reason to mesh you in with the rest. Try asking unique questions and working on actual fun facts about yourself into the conversation.

5. Look around

This may actually be my most important piece of advice to anyone going through recruitment. This is often an overlooked thought, but a really great way to see where you’d fit in and feel at home is to look at everything around you.

Not only should you look at the chapter house itself, to see if you can picture yourself hanging out there and potentially even living there, but as the rounds go on, look at the girls! Look at all the women you’re talking to, the ones walking around the house, the exec members that pop in, and even the PNMS that are in the last couple of rounds with you. Can you see yourself being friends with the chapter women you’re meeting? How about the PNMs that you keep seeing return with you to the houses you like? These are all things to take into account that could potentially help you make your decision.

6. Utilize your recruitment counselor

Some places call it a pi chi, others a rho gamma, and others just a plain old recruitment counselor. Whatever she is called, the unaffiliated woman who is appointed to you as your designated helper throughout the week was given to you for a reason.

Take advantage of her!!!

She is there to answer your questions, help you think of questions to ask, bounce ideas off of, and even just to be some moral support or someone to hear you out. Don’t be afraid to say something bad about her chapter because she is trained to be unbiased and help you no matter what you say about any chapter. Some of the most amazing women I know have been/are rho gammas. I relied so heavily on my rho gam both times I went through recruitment and would not be a sorority woman today without either one of them!

7. Look and feel your best

Panhellenic will put out guidelines for what you should wear during the recruitment and introduce ways for you to care for yourself during the week(s) at your orientation session. These guidelines and helpful tips will be your lifeline through this experience. This experience can take a toll on you, but the best way to make it through is to take care of yourself so that you can show off your very best self.

The best way to show off your best self is when you look and feel your best.

Yes, there will be guidelines for the dress code during each round, but inevitably you should take that into account while picking something that makes you feel confident and look beautiful in your eyes. When picking out your outfits, you should be able to get into them and not stop looking at yourself in the mirror while they’re on. Confidence is key. Also, to help you look beautiful, you have to take care of yourself. Make sure you are staying hydrated, eating healthy (with the occasional comfort meal, you’re gonna need it), and going to sleep early!

8. Trust the process

As a PNM, you will hear this from the very first minute of orientation to the second you open your bid. As cheesy as this statement is, it is actually true. The process didn’t go as planned for me the first time around, but I trusted my instincts to drop it and try again a second time. The second time around, I went in with more of a, whatever happens, happens attitude and let the process do its thing. That’s when I found my home.

Recruitment can be a very hard and trying time, but the one big benefit of the experience is that you have a lot of time for self-reflection and you are truly able to find yourself. You cannot truly find your place if you don’t know yourself, but if you are able to truly know yourself, finding your home will come easy to you. Every school has so many wonderful options, as far as Panhellenic sorority chapters you can join, and every chapter has something unique and special about it, in addition to a wide variety of girls. While the Panhellenic community nationwide has a long way to go, sororities are finally starting to include all kinds of women and judge based on the content of their character, instead of vein qualities.

Don’t be scared of everything you hear or see, because I promise after this trying week when you join your chapter and fall in love with your forever home, you will be so glad you trusted the process.

Good luck, PNMs, and may the odds be ever in your favor!!

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10 Ways To Make The Most Of Your 2021 Summer If You Live In South Florida

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In the tri-county area of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, there is so much to do!!

South Florida is not only a popular summer tourist destination, but it is also home to so many locals that know there is so much to do right in their backyard, but always complain they’re bored and can’t think of any fun activities to keep themselves busy. Between Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami, there is about two hours’ worth of land surrounded by beaches and countless hours of unique things to do and add to your bucket list. Whether you are visiting, or you’ve lived here your whole life, here are 10 iconic and entertaining opportunities you should take advantage of this Summer:

1. Experience a drive-through safari

This one of a kind unique experience is right in our backyard at Lion Country Safari. Located in Loxahatchee, FL in the heart of Palm Beach County, you and whoever you can fit in your car can drive through a real wildlife preserve with an audio tour! In today’s climate, this is a perfect way to do something fun with your children without breaching their exposure to COVID-19, but if you want some in-person experiences, check out Zoo Miami, Flamingo Gardens, and the Palm Beach Zoo, among others.

2. Waste away in Margaritaville

With an appropriately decorated Jimmy Buffet hotel that serves drinks on Hollywood Beach, what is not to love??

*Que “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere” by Alan Jackson*

3. Take a dip at Rapids Water Park

I’m pretty sure every South Floridian has made the trip to Rapids at least once, but this often forgotten right of passage is the perfect destination for summer fun! Located in Riviera Beach, FL (West Palm Beach), Rapids is the area’s most popular water park with a lazy river, tons of waterslides, and pools. There is also other parks like Quiet Waters and C.B. Smith that is also in the Tri-County area and has more low-key, but still super fun water parks.

4. Shop ’til you drop at Sawgrass Mills Mall

This is definitely a must-do in South Florida at least once. This mall, located in Sunrise, FL, has a great selection of regular and outlet-style stores that will give you the best bang for your buck. Don’t let all the tourists with luggage scare you off, this mall is a staple to the South Florida shopping scene.

5. Spend a day at the giant Guitar hotel

The Hard Rock hotel and casino was already a huge part of the South Florida culture, but now with the new Guitar-shaped hotel, everyone is raving about how cool the franchise is. The new hotel is equipped with a luxury pool, a handful of nightclubs and bars, spas, shops, golf, casino games, and restaurants on site for all guests to enjoy. Venturing on over to this hotel in Hollywood, FL can be loads of fun for all ages.

6. Have a full-blown beach day

After all, this is South Florida. Between all three counties, there is a beach within 30 minutes of you at all times and the weather is always warm. Grab your cutest suit, double-check for lots of water and sunscreen, and pack a cooler (do not forget the Publix subs) before heading down to one of the many gorgeous beaches. South Beach, Delray, and Ft. Lauderdale beaches are more tourist-oriented and always packed, but crowd favorites for sure. There are also a few cool part-lake, part-beach places that are also worth checking out.

7. Go to a Swap Shop drive-in movie

Going to the Swap Shop itself is an adventure that I feel like everyone should do at least once, but after the re-opening of their drive-in movie section, it is definitely worth a trip over there. Over in Ft. Lauderdale, the big screen is showing old movies at 8:30 P.M. every night for just $2 a kid and $7 an adult. You can sit and watch a movie comfortably in your own car, without fear of contracting the Coronavirus, and experience something you may have never done before.

8. Tee off at Top Golf

I know Top Golf is a chain, but it is a very fun chain at that. Top Golf is essentially darts in golf form and it is a fun outing for families and adults alike. There is also a handful of places with a similar idea to Top Golf that are exciting to check out as well.

9. Waltz around Wynwood

The art deco area of Miami is an art-lovers dream. Throughout that whole sector, there is cool buildings, colors, architecture, and so much to explore. Undoubtedly, the most fun is the Wynwood Walls. The entire Wynwood area has amazing art, delicious (and overpriced) food, and fabulous photo-ops for a day full of fun. Best of all, admission to the Wynwood Walls art area is free!

10. *BONUS* Venture into The Keys for tropical fun

Between some really tropical resorts and bars and the ability to interact with all the wildlife, The Keys (which is not exactly in the Tri-State area, but pretty close) allows you to relax on the beach, fish and boat, swim with dolphins, and feed the tarpon.

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The children are just perfect, they know how to make us smile, know how to make us realise that we have the best in ourselves, the children have always been there for us, and you can always get them so many things that they are just going to love. The children are just magical. They always are there bringing out the best in us, and the children motivate us. Their childlike wonder reminds us about how to look at the world in such a manner. The children are truly magical, and you can always opt for the gifts for children and remind them that you support and love them no matter what happens. The children will make you smile, and they will make you realise that there are many things that you can always hope for and consistently achieve.

As a parent, you always protect them, take care of them and help them out in every manner that you can, and This is when you need to find certain gifts that would be better for your children. There are times when we are looking for the gifts which would make them learn about things as well and would contribute to their development, and this is when you can always opt for the following gifts for your loved one and surprise them with that, the smile that they are going to have on their face when they see the gift that you have got for them would be perfect, you can always opt for the midnight cake delivery for your loved one. These would also be perfect, and the moment that they get these gifts, they are just going to have a smile on their faces. These would be perfect for your loved one. Here are a few gifts that you can always opt for your loved one:

The jewellery

You can always surprise your child with these, and these would be perfect for them. You can get them something made of gold or diamonds. This is something that they are going to cherish forever. You can always opt for these things for your loved ones and surprise them on their special occasion. You can even get beautiful bracelets and anklets made for your kid as well. You can even engrave it with a small message. Something that they can always cherish.

The toy they always wanted

There must be a particular toy that they would want, and you can always opt for that toy for them and surprise them with that. These toys would be perfect for them and would remind them about so many things that are there. We all have a toy which used to be our befriend, and for some of us, that toy is still there somewhere. Without that toy, we could not sleep. You can always get your loved one the toy and express your love to your kid. They are going to be so happy.

Art and craft supplies

Art and craft never fail. You can always try that for your loved ones and surprise them on their special occasion. The art and craft are bound to be perfect, and this is going to make your kid learn so much. Opt for this for their special occasion, and many kits are available online that you can opt for this occasion and surprise them with. The art and craft kits are comparatively cheaper. You can always introduce the artistic streak in them with this one. They are very imaginative; you never know what kind of beautiful things that they can create with this.

The cake

You can bake a cake with them, remember when you are cooking and that they are always there trying to help you out in some manner or another. The cake is another perfect gift that you can give them. Know about the kind of cartoons that they love and you can opt for the themed cake for them. You can even get them a cake which would be perfect for reminding them about the bond that they share with you. For this, you can always opt for the photo cake as well. You can always order birthday cakes online and surprise them on their birthday, and you can even opt for the midnight flower delivery as well.

The board games

The board games are also a perfect option for your loved one, you can always opt for these, and these are bound to develop them. You can get so many games for them which would teach them so much. There are many options available online. Opt for these options and surprise them on their special occasion.

For your child, you are the hero, and this is your turn to remind them that you will always be there. The moment they realize that you have got a gift for them, they are just going to have that beautiful smile and eyes full of wonder. Surprise them with these gifts on their special occasion this year!

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