Recruitment, the Whats? Ifs? and Hows?

Hello friends!

As the school year is starting to approach (I know right?). The stores have put the college stuff in front and all the other stuff in the back…thanks Target. Some of you might be heading back to college or starting college and with that comes the age old question…Are you going to rush?

Now, here are some few things you need to know. First, some schools don’t call it rushing they call it recruitment. And second not every sorority out there has a supper serious recruitment. There are sororities out there are not affiliated with Panhellenic Council (Pan–panehll what? Hang on).

But if the traditional sorority route is the way you want to go, then keep reading!

The Language: 

  • Panhellenic Council= is like the European Union for sororities. It includes 26 different sororities. Its kind of a governing body over the sororities.
  • Recruitment= days where girls can get to know the different houses that are on their campus. As the week or weekend continues the girls and houses pick which ones they want to keep and which ones they want to let go
  • Potential New Member= anyone who is not in a sorority, including those who are not going through recruitment
  • Philanthropy= an organization or charity that the sorority supports either by donating money or participating in events.
  • Active= anyone who is in a sorority
  • Gamma Chi= the group and leader that you are going through recruitment with.

To help you in your experience, I thought I would share my own. I am a member of Alpha Delta Pi- Theta Alpha Chapter at Northwest Missouri State University. I did not start at Northwest wanting to go Greek. Literally like two days before, something inside me told me to go to the sorority showcase where each house would share a video introducing themselves. Though that I was placed in a Gamma Chi group. I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t know what I signed up for. I went straight back to my dorm and was like “Janette! What did you do?!?!” But I went along with it, because what was the worse that could happen, I didn’t get in. Okay great! I didn’t care!

I am so happy I went with it! It was a weird experience but I love my sisters. I also learned some Do’s and Don’t’s

DO 

  • Make eye contact
  • Smile
  • Sit up straight
  • Talk about any type of leadership you did in high school. Even if it was small like church group or band section leader
  • Talk about your goals
  • Who inspires you
  • Your family
  • If you worked during the summer

DON’T 

  • Talk about boys
  • Talk about parties
  • Talk about religion
  • Wear combat boots and a trench coat and sit with your legs spread out (yes a girl really did come like this)
  • Don’t be a fake…they can tell

When it comes to clothes, where something that makes you feel girly and comfortable. This may not be the time to wear those 6″ high heels…stick to a 3″ or 4″ heel. Dresses are awesome! Some school’s have different themes for each day. For example, on the first day we wore shirts that Panhellenic gave us. On the second day we wore something that showed who you are (I wore a Cinderella shirt cuz she is my home girl). On the third day you wore a dress that you would go to a wedding in. Your Gamma Chi leaders will also be able to help you.

Hair and makeup should be clean and to a 10. Hair should be washed and dried and styled. Makeup should look natural and bring out your best features. But remember to be you! Because if you are you then there is a house out there that will love your for it, and will give you a bid.

Thank you so much for reading, sorry this is so long! And I hope that if you do decide to do recruitment, that it leads you to your home away for home!

From Nebraska To You,

♥ Janette

DYI Desk Upgrade

Hello guys! So I got an apartment for the school year and have been collecting furniture to put in it. My mother gave me this old wooden desk that she had. It needed lots of love and care guys. So I decided to give it a new paint job. I’ll walk you through the colors I used and the steps. FYI this whole project costed me less then $10!!!

Step 1: First I decided to sand off the old paint and primer because it had been on there since the Regan era. And there where some scratches on the top of the desk that needed to be sanded down. (I forgot to take a picture showing it all sanded sorry)

Step 2: After I sanded it, I gave it a new coat of wood primer. (Again forgot to take a picture with the primer sorry)

Step 3: Next I painted it Ultimate White (I already had this color). I used a roller so I wouldn’t leave and brush marks and did two coats.

Step 4: Next I got a stencil of this really cool pattern from Walmart ($5.00) and lined it up on the edge of the top of the desk. The color I choose to paint the top was New Black (I got a sample size so it only costed me $3). After I finished the section I would wait for that section to dry, clean off the stencil and then move on.

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Here is the stencil lined up with the edge

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Section one done! I love how cool this looks!

Step 6: Once I got all the way done with the stencil, I let it dry completely. Then I touched up some areas. Once that dried I did a light coat of Mod Podge over the whole top. I wanted to use the Mod Podge because not only would it seal the design but it would also protect it from any dents.

Here is the final look! I am so happy with how it turned out! Stay tune for more DYI’s. Next project is photo coasters.

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From Nebraska To You,

♥ Janette

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4th of July

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!! As I sit here to write this short and sweet message there are fireworks going off all around me. As most of the nation knows, fireworks don’t only go off on the 4th of July…they go off starting June 27. Or at least here in Omaha they do.

The 4th of July is a special day. Not only do we celebrate our freedom but it is a day of power. To me, the 4th of July is a way to show the world that “Hey you may have knocked us down, but we will stand up and fight back.” Our nations history is full of knock downs and come backs. Thats how America was started, Great Britain forced more of their control on the colonist and they fought back. The War of 1812, Great Britain burnt down the White House but America fought back at the battle of New Orleans. Spanish-American War is another example. And then you get to the World Wars, where it seems like the whole world wanted to bring us down but with the help of some fellow nations we fought back and won. We continually get knocked down, but we always come back up stronger and ready to go.

That story reminds me of Captain America before he was a superhero; back when he was just Steve Rogers. Its in the beginning of the movie where you have the skinny Steve get all beaten up. The bully says to him “You just don’t know when to give up, do you?” and Steve replies with “I can do this all day.” (you can see the video of this scene here) Steve is America, America can take punch after punch and still get back up. She is a powerful woman, a scary force.

So this 4th of July, remember we will get back up. We will get back up from Orlando. We will get back up from anything that comes our way. It might take us a while, and we may make a few mistakes along the way. But in the end, our flag will fly high, our people will be free, and eagle will continue to sore. Because there is no nation, no people group, no person who can take the United States of America down.