1. Make friends throughout the rush process
- Rushing a sorority was such an insane process for me and everyone else. While you are
super focused on finding the right house, take some time to make some friends along the
way. You truly never know if the girl standing next to you in line might be your future sister!
This ended up being the case for me. We were able to lean on each other and talk out our
nerves before entering different houses. I also met other girls that ended up in different
houses and we are still great friends today! Spoiler alert, I ended up going to their date
parties and social events to meet even more friends.
2. Go all in after Bid Day
- The first semester is so overwhelming but attending every event you can makes it so worth
it. These are key moments to meet new sisters. I have countless pictures next to girls that I
had no idea someday would be my best friends. We had a pumpkin patch sisterhood, self-
care nights, “speed dating”, and so much more just in the first semester! Along with
sisterhoods, I took the initiative to get involved in committees and learning to steps to
3. Connect with older members
- As I said before, we had some “speed dating” type of events to get to know older girls that
could potentially become our bigs. I suggest going out of your comfort zone to grab coffee,
study together, or even swipe them into the dining hall to create relationships and have
someone to give you guidance. One of my best friends is my big and we have a bond like no
other. I love to call her my mom!
4. Go to other fraternities and sororities philanthropy events
- Meeting other people in different chapters throughout rush, living in the dorms, class, etc.,
opens so many doors. My freshman year, each chapter would host philanthropy events at
Old Brick Church. This was a way to make new connections, see the different philanthropies,
and get some food!
5. Spend quality time at mom and dad’s weekend
- College is a time where your parents don’t get to know your friends like they did in high
school. The weekends that they come, and visit may seem like a drag, but it is special to
them. You’ll look back and be glad you took them to the events. (It also makes them feel
6. Attend ALL of the date parties and formal events
- From Barn Dance, 70’s, Formal, Met Gala, Roaring 20’s, to any other theme, go to all of the
date party events! These are fun nights with your sisters where you get to dress up and let
loose! You get the chance to bring a date too. I always chose to being girls from other
sororities and they would do the same for me!
7. Sporting events with your sisters
- The perks of a Big 10 school mainly revolve around awesome sports! This can be an excuse
to get out of the dorms/apartments/house, grab some sisters, and go cheer on the
Hawkeyes. Obviously, some of my favorite memories are from tailgating on Melrose and
feeling the energy in Kinnick Stadium.
8. Live with zetas
- There’s no other time in your life that you will be able to live in a house with 36 girls. Being
able to walk down the hall to hangout with your best friends is the greatest thing. My
friends and I were able to make spontaneous decisions and spend every second together.
This carried into my junior and senior year while living in a townhouse with 3 sisters. We got
to experience living on our own together and lean on each other. This also came with
freedom and fun times!
9. Have deep conversations
- Create long-lasting relationships by having hard conversations and really opening up to your
sisters. We were all picked as zetas for a reason! Being able to confide in people that have
the same values as you has been a crucial part in my college growth. I’ve been able to learn
more about myself while learning from them too.
10. Keep in touch with your sisters forever
- As an incoming senior, I begin my year of lasts. I would do anything to go back and do it all
over again. It makes me tear up at the thought of not being down the hall from my sisters
anymore. I’ll forever cherish the memories I made at Zeta Tau Alpha and can’t wait to make
this year the best!