Sisters to show it’s never too late to join sororities, Greek life

Kate Bigam

Panhellenic Council wants students to know it’s never too late to join a sorority.

At tomorrow’s Spring Panhellenic Sorority Info Night, students interested in going Greek will have the opportunity to meet representatives from every sorority on campus. Sponsored by the council, which governs all of Kent State’s sororities, the event is geared toward students who may be under the impression that only freshmen can go through recruitment.

The program will take place in the Eastway Lounge from 6 to 8 p.m. Participants will be able to ask any questions they may have regarding Greek life and find out more about fall recruitment.

Stacey Schroeder, senior education major, knows first hand what it’s like to wait to go Greek. Schroeder, who joined Alpha Xi Delta as a sophomore, said she doesn’t know what her college life would have been like if she hadn’t gone through recruitment.

Although Schroeder was interested in joining a sorority her freshman year, she hesitated.

“Rush was so early on,” she said, “and I was so overwhelmed with everything else.”

When she joined Alpha Xi Delta during the fall of her second year, the majority of her pledge class consisted of sophomores. Schroeder said she doesn’t feel she missed out on anything by joining late, although she would have liked to live in the sorority house, which she couldn’t do after signing an early lease on another apartment.

Her younger sister, Kelly, also is a member of Alpha Xi Delta who waited until her sophomore year to go through recruitment.

The younger Schroeder, a sophomore communications major who went through recruitment this fall, said she went through formal recruitment to get a feel for all the sororities on campus, not only her older sister’s, although she ultimately decided she felt most comfortable there.

“The main reason I waited was because I wanted to make sure the transition from high school to college went as smoothly as possible,” she said.

Stacey Schroeder said her advice to would-be sorority women is to go through recruitment next fall and make up their minds based on how they feel afterward.

“If you’ve thought about it even once, just do it,” she said. “Going through rush in the fall isn’t definite. You can still decide whether this is what you want.

“If it’s in the back of your mind that you kind of maybe want to rush, do it. Once you get involved, you won’t regret it.”

Contact Greek life reporter Kate Bigam at [email protected].