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Sorority Rushing 101

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Spring semester is among us, the birds are chirping, and snow is melting into a beautiful green scape (yeah – in my dreams). No matter how cold February gets, second semester is pretty important if you are of college age. This is your opportunity to rush a sorority! To help you out, I’ve made the ultimate guide of Do’s and Don’ts with help from a couple of sorority sugars themselves. Good luck and happy rushing.

As you may know, you will be getting a disaffiliated sister who will help you figure out the whole process, but here are a few tips just in case she doesn’t cover everything. When you meet the girls in each sorority, they will have already received your profile listing a bunch of things about you and what you’ve done in high school and college. This will mean that they have an idea of what to talk to you about and will have certain girls talk to you about different things. Rushing is basically flirting with girls for three hours and non-stop talking so try to be interesting and a little different since they’ll be asking the same question 700 times that night. You want them to know a lot about yourself, so don’t focus on just one aspect for the entire time.

Questions You Can Ask:

  • What’s your major?
  • Why were you drawn to greek life?
  • What do you feel is the most important part of being in a sorority?
  • Academically, how will this sorority help me in my college career?
    • Does this sorority have older members that tutor younger ones?

Topics to Avoid:

  • Boys
    • You don’t know if you’ve hooked up with their ex-boyfriend, current crush, or latest heartbreak so keep them out of the discussion unless you want to get some serious death glares.
  • Partying
    • Don’t be afraid to show that you’re fun, but you don’t want to give off the “all I do is party” vibe.
  • Super Controversial Topics
    • If you bring up religion, politics, or serious debate issues, you’re asking for it. Think of it like a first date: you want to present yourself in the best way possible so you can leave all the hard life topics to be debated after you’ve been together for a month.
  • Wealth
    • It depends on each school/sorority but most don’t like you to boast about how much money your parents have. It comes off as snobby and desperate for them to like you. If you mention your vaca in Bali over break, that’s fine but if you talk about how you just bought three new boats because it was a Wednesday, you’re leaning towards obnoxious and arrogant.

Safe Topics:

  • Study Abroad Interests
    • Ask questions about where they’ve gone and what their experiences were
  • Clubs at School
    • What’s the best to join?
    • What do they participate in?
  • Courses
    • Mention an interesting class your taking and see if they have any insight on the professor or classwork.

The sisters will mostly be asking you the questions but it is good to show them that you are interested by asking about how their sorority works and how you will fit in there. Hopefully, you’ll find yourself talking to a girl that you have a lot in common with at some time in the week. In that case it’s alright to ask her about her life or talk about things outside of the sorority but remember to keep it to a minimum because the night is about recruitment and not what she, Molly, and Hannah did last weekend. It also may not be a smart idea to get into super personal questions because you don’t know how the girls will react (sarcasm also being kept to a minimum).

As rush week progresses and your choices are narrowed down, you should ask questions about each of the sorority’s functions. Most sororities hold annual events that are hosted in order to raise funds for charities (this is another safe topic of conversation).

Questions Sisters Will Ask:

  • Why do you want to rush?
    • Warning: DO NOT start answering with, “Umm… I don’t know but…” Plan your answer beforehand.
  • Where are you from?
  • What’s your major?
  • What dorm are you in?
  • Which classes are you taking this semester?
  • What kind of philanthropic events have you participated in?
  • Why are you interested in our sorority?
  • Why did you choose (insert college name here)
  • What are some of your hobbies?
  • What did you do in high school? (activities/sports/clubs)
  • What did you do over break?
  • Where did you go to Prep School?

Do your homework and know what each sorority’s symbol, charity, and major campus events are so you don’t embarrass yourself with questions that you should already know the answers to. However, even if you know all about the sorority, it sometimes behooves you to ask about it anyway so the girls think you are interested and have prepared real questions.

What to Wear:

  • A nice day dress that’s at (or a little shorter than) knee length
    • Many opt for a cute Lilly dress and Jack Rogers but don’t worry if you’re the only one sporting a different print. Anything that’s cute and doesn’t show a lot of skin is a “go.”
  • A nice pair of sandals/boots depending on the season
  • A small purse for your phone (which you should NOT take out), wallet, lip balm, and tiny knick knacks the girls may hand you throughout the day

Some schools may have everyone wear the same T-Shirt and require no jewelry in order to concentrate purely on personality during recruitment. If so, make sure to wear a nice tailored pair of jeans with flats. This gives you the opportunity to focus on hair, makeup, nails, and your shining character traits.

Most importantly: remember that they’re just college girls and that they want you to like them just as badly as you want them to like you. The best advice I can give is to be yourself (as cliche as it sounds) because in the end, if you act like someone else, you’re going to be in a sorority where you don’t feel comfortable and don’t have a good time. In the end, staying true to your personality but giving a good impression is the best thing you can do.

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Late breaking emergency Prep School Grad of the Week!

And it is…Kristen Saban of Tuscaloosa Academy.

OK, Kristen Saban really isn’t a true celeb, but her dad Nick Saban just made Notre Dame roll over with their paws in the air, winning his third BCS National Championship in the past 4 years.

I saw Kristen Saban’s picture on one of my favorite Twitter follows (GS Elevator), and I just had a feeling that she may have gone to a prep school. I Googled her and sure enough, she graduated from Tuscaloosa Academy in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. OK, it’s probably not Deerfield, but hey, it’s an independent school.

Here is where it gets interesting. Besides being pretty hot, Kristen Saban made news about 6 months ago for beating the crap out of one of her sorority sisters. I won’t go into all of the details. You can read a pretty good account HERE.

Roll Tide!

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Prepped for Success

Now that my equestrian meets are over and I have basically adjusted to college life, I think it’s time for me to start posting again. (Sorry about that…)

It has recently come to my attention that people feel caught between seasons when mid-November rolls around. People don’t know if they should still be in the autumnal mindset – since Thanksgiving festivities have yet to take place – or if it is socially acceptable to start blasting “A Holly, Jolly Christmas.” I’m here to tell you that if Hurricane Sandy and that weird tropical storm met up and gave you some snow, it is more than OK to start decorating. I’m never one to rush the seasons but making a wish list, drinking hot cocoa, and going to hockey games (despite the NHL lockout) gets me more excited than a teenage boy on the opening sales day for Black Ops 2.

Take a cue from socialite Olivia Palermo and her friends Matthew Williamson & Johannes Huebland by putting some prep in your step this Thanksgiving and  holiday season. The leftward photograph features Palermo and Williamson in fall attire and the right transitions to her more recent winter garb with Huebland. In the meantime while we wait for winter to approach, here’s a question for you to consider not just on Thanksgiving but every day: What are you thankful for?

♥ Stay Preppy

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This University of Miami football rant is an instant classic

I have friends at The U. It’s an awesome school, but it has fallen on a tough times for the football team. It is not the Outlaw U like on ESPN’s 30 for 30 film. 

Listen to this insane former Miami  Hurricane ballplayer just go off on the team for losing to Kansas. Absolutely instant classic. Check out the 2:40 mark.

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Look sharp getting back to school with this giveaway with Ellis G. Designs!

Ellis G. Designs is an up & coming prep fashion and accessory designer specializing in custom-made bow ties & headbands. All products are made by hand right here in the good old U.S.A.

Enter the contest using the link below and you can win a red & gray hounds tooth bowtie. This is a great looking bow for fall dress codes and tailgates!

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Late UVA lax player to be honored by her prep school

By Associated Press, Published: August 24

TOWSON, Md. — Notre Dame Preparatory School plans to dedicate a field in honor of alumna Yeardley Love, a standout lacrosse player who was killed while attending the University of Virginia.

The Towson school said Thursday that the turf field will be dedicated Sept. 9 in a ceremony that will include prayers and remarks from the Love family and school representatives, as well as readings, music and a blessing of the field. The $1.2 million field will be used for field hockey, lacrosse and soccer.

Great move by ND Prep. Meanwhile, Yeardley’s murderer George Hughley V (who graduated from legendary prep school the Landon School in MD) was sentenced to 23 years in prison this week.

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It’s time for some football, y’all!

Kickoff tonight with two of the preppiest schools in the SEC: Vanderbilt v. South Carolina. The Commodores vs. the Gamecocks. Can you feel it, deep down in your plums???

Vandy has the coach who said that he only hires assistant coaches with hot wives (because it shows that they can “recruit”) and Carolina has one of the greatest college coaches of all time in Steve Spurrier.

CAROLINA GAMECOCKS

VS.

VANDERBILT COMMODORES

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Mackay Lowrie of Roxbury Latin is our latest featured prep athlete

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If Mackay Lowrie’s highlight tape doesn’t get you pumped for Saturday prep school football games, I don’t know what will. I haven’t seen any QB in the ISL this good since Jordan Johnson of Brooks/BYU (QB/DB). The Boston College commit from Roxbury Latin led the ISL with 1500 yards passing. He was also 3rd in the ISL with 500 yards rushing. Also note, ISL football teams only play 8 games a season. We hope Lowrie helps RL find success this fall.  It’d be sweet to see him in a few years bringing BC back into the top 25!

Follow Mack on twitter @Mack_Lowrie7.

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Rate these new Notre Dame football uniforms

 

Since most of my family went to Boston College, I was raised to not like Notre Dame. Their football team has been easy not to like. They seem to always underachieve, and have not been relevant in the past ten years. ND is a big attraction to my fellow preps at St. Sebs, but the gold helmets don’t have that much attraction for the rest of us.

Now ND is changing their uniforms to try to compete with all of the schools like Oregon rocking Nike swag. This is an epic fail on two counts. Number one: Adidas. Remember what Boobie Miles said, “Everybody knows it’s Nikes, Waterbug!” Number two: You can’t change your traditional uniforms unless your school has had a mega scandal (ask your buddies at Penn State).

 

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The Confessions of trueprep

Dear Readers,

I have a confession. I was trifling through my things getting ready to leave my house for a day trip and came to the realization that I have a serious problem. It’s called monogramitis. This terrible disease is basically the need to monogram everything one owns. From pillow cases to gym shorts to my backpack, I have my initials on practically everything. Not only is monogramitis a personal issue, but it is infectious and has caused many of my friends to start down its dangerous path. It has proven quite difficult for me not to adore things that are specifically mine and cannot be mistaken for anyone else’s so I have decided that, despite how risky this is, I need to share my love of monogrammed items with all of you. I have found Converse shoes, iPhone cases, virtually indestructible “Roadie” cups, and rain boots that can be monogrammed to your liking. (By the way, Vineyard Vines also has phone cases that make me happier than a five-year-old in Disney World.) If monogrammed things aren’t for you, that’s fine too. I discovered some classy knit bow ties to keep you/your guy’s preppy neck warm for the fall and winter and some tacky shorts to watch the London Olympics in. Enjoy!

Send in pictures of your favorite monogrammed item to the Twines & Vines Twitter page and you may be featured on our Instagram!

<3 Stay Preppy

 

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