As an incoming freshman from a small town I had no clue what I was getting into as I climbed the steps of Panhellenic in search of sisters. The next year I walked up those same steps, although instead of trying to find where I fit in I was selecting girls. From experience I know sororities and potential new members (PNMs) both judge another based on known involvement, academics, future prospects, reputations, as well as their first impression upon meeting and, whether right or wrong, looks. Therefore, ladies being rushed and sisters should look their finest.
The clothes being worn by sisters and PNMs are being evaluated by another. Chapters should wear simple, classy clothes that are required to be appropriate and match as much as possible throughout the week, creating a strong presence of togetherness. The PNM’s outfits expected for each day can vary from school to school, but in general dress chic and conservative. Brands I approve for casual days include Lilly, JCrew, BCBG to name a few, and for the formal night one cannot go wrong with a tasteful black dress. Finally, even for class tuck your norts and T-shirts away!
Rush week is emotionally and physically taxing for both parties, but until it’s over both parties should keep up appearance. A polished look should be maintained, which includes hair, nails, make-up, and in general hygiene is to be keep up. It’s important as well, members and rushees stay chipper, show interest and conduct themselves as ladies if they like another. Also, no matter how little you like a chapter or girl behaving rudely (i.e. talking down, rolling eyes, etc.) is tacky; there are plenty of nice ways to show that you do not see a fit. Lastly, for my behavioral suggestions if you do not end up getting the chapter or chapter member of your dreams give the other sorority and pledges a fair chance. They wanted you, so clearly they have good taste!
P.S. Rushees, it’s fine to eat the food!
By: Megan Wilson, UTK