August 22, 2013

On the Road: Recruitment at FSU


Have you ever thought about what it would be like for an Alpha Phi chapter of almost 200 members to recruit out of a fraternity chapter house? Neither had I – at least until I got to Florida State University. When I arrived at FSU I assumed, wrongly I might add, that polish would be a standard combination of workshops, practice rounds, ice breakers and boxed lunches. What I didn’t expect was to have polish week spread among three very unique locations. The chapter practiced everywhere from a museum to a room on campus, to a fraternity house. All the while, the women were happy to be there and eager to participate!
On day seven, the chapter was able to settle into a fraternity house. Now you may be confused as to how and why this was going to work. Currently, the chapter is eagerly awaiting the completion of their beautiful new home, but in the meantime they need to have a space large enough to accommodate the
1700 women (a record-breaking number) that signed up for recruitment this year. Keep in mind that they had never recruited out of this particular house, which means that all the party flows had changed from the year before. In addition to this, the chapter also had to “flip” the fraternity to make it "sorority-ready." Chapter members hung composites, placed furniture and the extremely eager ones brought all their personal cleaning equipment to make the house look like their home. Loud music boomed from the large speakers as everyone sang and swiffered. In just a few days the house finally began to look recruitment ready. It took long days and long nights to prepare the members and the house for recruitment but it will be well worth it!
It really is true when others say that  no two days as an ELC are the same. But from the successes (figuring out party flows) to the failures (buying two different colored blinds), this week has been one off the best experiences to be a part of and I am sure there are many more to come! I can’t wait to see the wonderful women that recruitment brings to the women of the Gamma Phi chapter.
Good luck to all the Alpha Phis going through recruitment this week!
Nikki Comer (Beta Gamma-Colorado) is a first year Educational Leadership Consultant.

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