PREPARATION! Know what you stand for and how to live it out!
by Pat Grant on 01/22/18
Congratulations to all my second semester girls who have happily found their sorority home! If you are a young woman in high school who is considering taking part in sorority recruitment, when you attend college, my one word of advice is PREPARATION! Preparation is key to the process! Please consider letting Rushbiddies help you navigate the process of dos and don'ts. Look for our Spring workshop coming soon!
With preparation in mind, I was recently reminded of a radio interview I did with Suzanne Z. Pedro on the Voice of America broadcast from December 2, 2014. (If you are interested, below is the link to find it. You will have to find Suzanne under the host tab, then pull up her episodes and click on the December 2, 2014 episode.) I was intrigued to find out if it was still available. It was, (and I did re-listen to it), an almost full hour of interview and discussion. You never know how you will feel about things when more than three years have passed. Amazingly, I still stand by the advice and discussion that was presented during the program. I remember being a bit nervous about an unscripted discussion on the air. I was hoping my passion for what I do would come through, I like to think it did. I know the time flew by and there was so much more to share! Happy after the hour was over, Suzanne's assistant called me back and said Suzanne wanted to thank me for my insights and time. I said I was honored to be asked, meaning every word of it and happy I had not completely blown the whole thing. (Talk about putting yourself in unfamiliar situations?) Glad I did it, but glad it was over!
While I listened to the interview, I was so aware of how we are all women of all ages, just trying to find our way in this world. For me, it is about helping women (Moms and their daughters) navigate a system that is most likely unfamiliar to them. To some, becoming a member of a sorority (or for guys a fraternity), seems frivolous and unimportant. I say it is a rite of passage. To an 18 year-old college student it can be the most important event of their young lives! We all want to find our 'spot' in the world, no matter if your world is a college campus, or a thriving world corporation. We all long for a sense of belonging and being plugged into our environment. My goal is to always honor that process and to give the support and edification everyone deserves! Blessings sweet readers!
This is the description of the episode from Voice of America:
"Have you ever wondered what it takes to get into a sorority? Or are you already or were you already a member of “Greek life”? Since their inception in the 1850s, sororities have functioned as social organizations that have helped advance and empower members in their college lives, in future careers, and in their personal lives. But, sororities are not just famous for their parties and social life, they also engage in community service, leadership, and strive for academic achievement for their members. And, as you probably know, their recruitment process is very competitive. This week, join me and my guest, Pat Grant, who founded Rushbiddies, an organization that gives workshops and advice to applicants who wish to join a sorority. Her tips on etiquette and networking are not just for Greek life but are also vital for our everyday lives. So join me this week as we learn the important lessons that can help us go from the dorm room to the boardroom and, perhaps, to the bedroom."
This is the link, (don't forget to look up Suzanne Z. Pedro under the hosts tab and then look at her episodes. Click on the episode from December 2, 2014):
Thank you again for your interest!