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Dear PNMs: Everything You Need to Know About Sorority Recruitment

While many students are coming back to campus from winter break, ready to take on a whole set of new classes this semester, there are other thoughts in the back of students’ heads; one of them being NPC Sorority Recruitment Season. 

At Montclair State University, we have five NPC Sororities: Delta Phi Epsilon, Phi Sigma Sigma, Sigma Delta Tau, Sigma Sigma Sigma and Theta Phi Alpha; all five organizations participate in Formal Spring Sorority Recruitment. This process allows both Possible New Members (PNMs) and the organization to meet new girls and invite them to join their sisterhood. While many enjoy the process, it can be nerve-wracking, which is why this article exists. 

Here’s everything you need to know about the Sorority Recruitment Process:

Don’t Be Nervous

Everyone is just as nervous as you. While many movies and tv shows depict the stereotypical sorority girl as intimidating, keep in mind many of the sisters went through this process too and were just as – if not more – nervous as you. It is best just to be yourself, and trust the process. The best piece of advice I can give you to calm said nerves is to watch sorority recruitment videos on YouTube; those definitely helped me out.

Breaking Stereotypes

Many ideas of sororities are not necessarily true. A lot goes into choosing which organization is your home. When people say you are buying your friends or all sorority girls are dumb white blonde girls, they tend to generalize. The truth is many of the people choosing to join sororities are genuine, everyday people. As I was told through the process, it’s nothing like “American Pie.”

Trust The Process

A common trend in girls during recruitment is dropping out the moment their top pick drops them. While it is very disheartening, it shouldn’t be your defining reason to drop the process. Eventually, you will be where you are meant to be. An organization you initially didn’t favor could have your future best friends; it’s best to trust in the process.

Dress For Success & For You

The four-day process usually has a dress code of sorts. While it is important to dress for the day intended, it’s also important to dress for you. You don’t have to spend lots of money on new clothes just for the next four days. You most likely have great outfits in your closet already. I know people who also reached out to friends to borrow outfits. There’s no reason to go broke buying new clothes.

At the end of the day, the sorority recruitment experience is one of the most nerve-wracking but worthwhile events to be a part of. Hopefully, you will be able to breathe a little easier with this guide and get pumped for Spring Recruitment from February 18 – 21.

Nicole Sandoval

Montclair '24

Hello, I'm Nicole. I'm a Business Administration Major with a love for fashion, beauty, and writing. Hopefully, you enjoy my articles just as much as I enjoy writing them.
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