What is it like to undergo the Fall Recruitment process at NYU?
NYU has a relatively small Greek Life compared to many large schools, with around 3000 participants equating to about 13% of NYU’s student population. The recruitment process of rushing one of the eight sororities or the multiple multi-cultural chapters varies. The main Fall Recruitment process for seven of the eight sororities was held over two weekends.
To summarize the two week process toward getting a bid from an NYU sorority: talking, talking, talking, standing, talking, waiting, nerves, and more talking. If you simply add a few hours of sleep, excitement, meeting tons of new people, and one orientation session, that’s pretty much the two weekends!
It may seem like I’m exaggerating the talking part. I’m not. The first day of fall recruitment is Round Robin, which means seven sessions of 25 minutes of talking and meeting new people. At the end of six hours of socializing, you have successfully met anywhere from 20 to 40 people and unsuccessfully lost your voice. While talking at hours at a time is exhausting, it was still a lot of fun and the girls I met were amazing. When I wasn’t socializing with the active members of each sorority, I was meeting other potential new members in line waiting to enter the rooms. It was easy to bond with these girls over the nerves of wanting to impress the sorority members and discussing what we thought we would wear the next day.
When the night before bid day finally arrived, I couldn’t sleep. Talking to some of the other potential new members, they couldn’t sleep either! A mixture of nerves and excitement kept us all awake, and I’m sure we’ll be just as excited for next year when we’re on the other side of recruitment.
Though Fall Recruitment may seem like an exhausting process,
the end result and friendships I’ve already made are definitely worth it!
“From the outside looking in, you can’t understand it.
From the inside looking out, you can’t explain it.”