A lot of people write blog posts about the actual experience of formal rush, but there is actually a lot more that goes into in before you even set foot on your college campus. At my college (a large southern college) pnms (potential new members) put together a packet of information that they deliver to the women writing their letters of recommendation and letters of support. Then the women writing the letter of recommendation sends off the packet to the sorority with their letter. So a lot of important people will view this packet, which is why it has to look good. I couldn't find a lot of advice on the internet about how to do this process so I thought I would post about it to hopefully help someone else who will be rushing!
Here is everything that should be in each packet along with examples of what I and others have done down below.
Letter of Support/Recommendation Packet
Make sure your resume highlights on grades, extracurriculars, and philanthropy (volunteering). Sorority resume is going to be different than one you might have created for jobs. Jobs mostly care about your grades and experience that pertains to that job. Sororities are more interested in making sure that you are a person who loves to be involved and volunteers. They want members that looking like they are going to make helpful contributions to their sororities philanthropy. They also want good students. A lot of colleges even have a GPA requirement in order to go through recruitment. Make sure you include things like your GPA, class rank & size, what AP or IB classes you've taken. These things typically don't appear on a regular job resume.
Here is the blog post that I used to model my resume
Also here is my resume. I blurred out my personal information but I wrote over it what should go there. I was told to make sure my resume only was one page, so I printed this front and back.
Just request one from your school and then make a bunch of copies of it.
3. Thankyou Note
Here is a sample of what mine looked like. The name that goes on the top of the note is yours just FYI.
Every school is different but mine required a headshot, quarter body and full body. Also I was told to try and choose natural poses. You might have a pretty shot that is a more creative pose but for pictures that are going to be dispersed all across campus to every sorority it's important to choose less posed looking pictures.
For example, even though I love the picture on the left I ended up going with the picture on the right because my hands are less posed.
5. Summary Sheet
Sometimes the ladies who are writing the letter of supports like to send them to the lady who is writing the letter of recommendation so that it can all be sent in together. This is not required but the summary sheet provides the info of who is doing what for that Chapter incase they decide to send on the letter of support with the rec letter. I didn't tell people to combine them all I just left it up to their discretion and included this page.
Here is an example of a summary page for Alpha Delta Pi. I wrote one for each sorority once I knew who was writing what letter for me for each chapter.
6. Addressed Envelope
Lastly, I printed out stamps of the addresses of each sorority. I found the correct ones for my school on their Panhellenic page. Just google "(your college) Panhellenic" and you should find something similar. For the letters of support I put a regular sized envelope because they only need to send off the letter, but for the letters of rec I stuck in a large folder that could hold the entire packet. Also make sure to include stamps. The letter of support envelope only needs one but the large rush packet envelope needed three for mine.
1. Hand deliver your packets if possible
Some of my letter writers live out of the state even so I had to email them everything. However, for the most part I hand delivered the rest of the packets. Some women receive a ton of people asking for letters so in order to stand out and give them a personality behind all your information it's really good to deliver the packet in person. Also if they have immediate questions or want to look over the packet your write there to clarify or fix anything.
2. Have an electronic copy of everything
Some sororities require all this information to be sent online, so make sure you store all the info in your packet on your computer. My recommendation is to not delete anything until rush is actually over. I have had several women ask me to email all my info instead of delivering a packet & you have to accommodate those requests.
3. Make your papers pretty
This isn't super important but it's kinda fun. Don't get to stressed over having the best font or layout, just make sure it looks like you put some serious time into creating the packets. I printed out stickers for the cover of my packet that matched my name on my resume. Totally not necessary but I liked that it made the whole thing coherent.
Good luck on your rush experience! While all this seems like a lot remember that the paper or color you use in your packet really won't make or break your recruitment. It's just a way for you to show your personality before you even get to rush week.
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