As a college freshman, joining a sorority can be an exciting prospect, with visions of sisterhood, bonding, and lifelong friendships dancing in your head. But there’s one aspect of sorority recruitment that may cause confusion and stress: legacies. What does it mean to be a legacy, and what are the implications for sorority recruitment? In this blog post, we’ll answer all your questions about sorority legacies, so you can be confident and prepared as you embark on the recruitment process.
First things first: What is a sorority legacy? A legacy is a potential new member of a sorority who has a family member who was a member of that sorority. Legacies can be daughters, granddaughters, or sisters of alumni members, and are often given special consideration during the recruitment process.
If you’re unsure if you’re a legacy, check with your family members to see if any of them were members of sororities during their college years. If you do have a family member who was a member of a sorority, congratulations, you’re a legacy! Be sure to let the sororities know during the recruitment process, as it may increase your chances of receiving an invitation to join.
Not being a legacy doesn’t hurt your chances of joining a sorority. Most sororities are looking for a diverse group of members, and being a legacy is just one small factor. You can still have a successful recruitment experience and find your place in a sorority.
Being a legacy does not guarantee an invitation to join the sorority your family member was part of. While legacies are given special consideration, sororities are still looking for a good match between potential members and the sorority culture. So, if you’re a legacy, be sure to showcase your personality and values during recruitment to demonstrate why you’d be a great fit for the sorority.
It’s important to remember that not receiving an invitation to join a particular sorority does not reflect on who you are as a person. Sororities have limited spots and many potential members to consider, and the decision-making process can be complicated. If you don’t receive a bid from your legacy sorority, it may be disappointing but know that there are still many sororities on campus where you can find your home.
If you are a legacy, it’s essential to let the sorority know during recruitment. There is usually a place on the application where you can indicate your legacy status. Additionally, it can be helpful to have your family member who was part of the sorority send a letter of recommendation to the sorority on your behalf.
Being a legacy may affect your opportunity with the other sororities on campus, as sororities are aware of potential members’ legacy status. However, being a legacy should not preclude you from exploring other sororities that may be a better fit for you. The most important thing is to find a sorority where you feel at home and can form real connections with your sisters.
Joining a sorority can be a wonderful experience, and being a legacy can provide an extra layer of connection. But being a legacy is just one small factor in the recruitment process, and not being a legacy does not limit your opportunities for joining a sorority. The most important thing is to be true to yourself, showcase your personality and values during recruitment, and find a sorority where you feel comfortable and supported. Good luck, future sorority sisters!