The next week is going to be an absolute whirlwind, in the best way possible. UCLA is beginning the rush process and with a record number of freshmen (topping 6,000), we have been told that nearly 900 girls will be rushing. I’m actually very excited about this because it will mean more students will be exposed to the Greek system and all of its benefits. Contrary to popular perception, sororities are not centered on social status, or at least not in my sorority. We care about academics, philanthropy, sisterhood, and leadership. I’m excited for so many girls to see that this week.
Which brings me to my next point. Rush is a once in a lifetime experience and if I knew then what I know now, I may have approached the situation a little differently. Ultimately, I ended up in the house where I was meant to be but I think it’s good to go into Rush somewhat familiar with sorority life so that you’re not blind-sided.
A few pointers:
1. Keep your conversations PG: It’s never a good idea to talk about parties, drinking, fraternities, and the like on either end of the conversation. Being the nervous little freshman that I was, I remember asking if I would fit in, since I don’t drink. I think a lot of houses judged me for this and looking back, I don’t think I would have asked those questions. It shouldn’t be a deal breaker, but sometimes it is, quite frankly. So try and keep it to topics that won’t polarize the conversation.
2. Put your best foot forward: And best dress. I’m going to get honest here. First impressions matter and you want to be presentable. Wear what you feel comfortable in, but rush is not a time to wear sweats or tank tops with bra straps hanging out. With such a limited time to get to know each other, clothes can say a lot about character and personality. Make sure your outfits represent you and what you stand for.
3. Stay positive: Rush can be a draining process. The first two days, we will have about eight parties each day and by the end of it, the faces and names can all start to blur. If you are rushing, remember that you will end up where you are meant to be and that this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to savor. And if you’re already in a house, remember to celebrate the sisterhood and this special time you have together.
Good luck with rush everyone and try your best to stay in happy spirits!
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
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