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Should You Join a Sorority at FSU?

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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at FSU chapter.

A common misconception about sororities — further perpetuated by “Bama RushTok” and highly edited recruitment videos — is that they can only be joined by a certain type of woman. A lot of people shy away from going through recruitment because social media has convinced them that there wouldn’t be a place for them in Greek life. While I can’t speak for other universities, Fraternity and Sorority Life at FSU is committed to squashing these stereotypes and helping all different kinds of people find their homes away from home. 

If you’re worried about going through recruitment because you don’t look a certain way or fit a stereotype that you think is required to join a chapter, don’t let it stop you! The Florida State University Panhellenic community is made up of a diverse group of intelligent, kind, and hardworking women, all with very different personalities and interests. There’s no specific mold to fit! 

Florida State University centers its recruitment on a values-based process. This differs from many other universities and is central to understanding Florida State’s Greek culture. As a Potential New Member, you are encouraged to determine your own character and beliefs to help you find a chapter that reflects similar values. Every chapter holds their own set of values that are the ultimate key to their sisterhood. 

Sororities are much different today than they have been in previous years. A lot of women join them for networking opportunities as much as they do for the social aspect. Many offer academic support and valuable Philanthropy events in addition to social activities. Determining your reasons for wanting to join a sorority can help guide your conversations during recruitment and aid you in finding your home. 

Joining a sorority chapter is a big financial commitment. While the prices vary from chapter to chapter, it’s a several thousand dollars per semester commitment. Every chapter does its dues differently, but most include a meal plan and social events. This could be a big factor for a lot of people trying to decide whether to go through recruitment or not, and it’s worth thinking about. 

If you decide to go through recruitment, there are going to be a lot of little things that will try to sway your thoughts throughout the process. Every chapter is going to have women you like and women you don’t like. Don’t let stereotypes, what you see online, what your older siblings tell you, or anything else outside of the recruitment process influence your decision. Most of the rumors you hear probably aren’t even true, so don’t waste your time worrying about them. 

The different parts of recruitment are designed to help each woman going through the recruitment process meet as many people as possible, make connections, and find where they belong in the Panhellenic community. Knowing yourself and what you’re looking for in a sisterhood can only enhance this process. It’s easier said than done, but showing up as your best, most authentic self is the best way to find your chapter. 

Ultimately, recruitment is about finding a sisterhood of women who accept, support, and love you unconditionally. If that is something you’re looking for, maybe consider giving Greek life a chance! 

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Dara Cadzow is a Junior at Florida State University from St. Petersburg, Florida. This is her third semester writing for Her Campus!