20 10, 2021

The Week That Keeps On Giving: Homecoming

By |2021-10-20T17:31:52-05:00October 20th, 2021|college students, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Week That Keeps On Giving: Homecoming

Homecoming Traditions

Homecoming is such an exciting time on any college campus since it brings university traditions to life while reuniting alumni. After a year of zero student activities at many schools, homecoming is more than just an event; it was like a family reunion that didn’t make you want to stay home or hide from that weird cousin.  

The University of Missouri is often credited with having the first college homecoming in 1911. However, Baylor’s first homecoming was technically in 1909, when three professors sent out postcards to alumni to return to campus to “catch the Baylor spirit again.” 

Baylor Won their Homecoming Game

Alumni, students, faculty, and community members all reunited to celebrate Baylor University and wonderful traditions such as Pigskin, the bonfire, the parade. At the football game, Crowds hadn’t been seen like this at McLane stadium since the 2019 season. The Bears beat the BYU Cougars in a close match that was emblematic of the mood of the weekend. 45,000 people watched the Bears ring in a win for homecoming weekend. 

Many alumni traveled from far and wide to Waco, but one individual made the weekend extra special. Baylor’s pride and joy, Robert Griffin III, made an appearance at the game and led the Baylor Line on the field. 

Homecoming is a special time, and that can be seen by the love alumni and faculty have for their beloved institutions. Our team at Campus Crates hopes that our students of every school we serve are enjoying the football season and they bring home the win at Homecoming!

4 08, 2021

Tips for Sorority Recruitment

By |2021-08-04T14:09:07-05:00August 4th, 2021|college students, college tips, greek life, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Tips for Sorority Recruitment

Sorority recruitment is just around the corner. As a former Zeta Tau Alpha at Baylor University, I know the recruitment process can be tiring and intimidating. If you are going through rush or thinking about rushing at your university, here are a few of my top sorority recruitment tips to help ease your mind. Best of luck this fall or spring!

6 Tips for Sorority Recruitment

1. Keep an open mind

It is sometimes easy to go into recruitment only wanting one specific house. However, the reality is many Potential New Members’ (PNMs) minds are changed once they get to know some of the other houses. You may be surprised by how well you get along with other houses that may not have been on your radar going in. It’s important to trust the process!

2. Be yourself

During the rush process, you may feel pressure to talk or act a certain way to be liked by a house. It is important to be true to yourself in order to see which chapter you feel most comfortable in. The chapters are meeting hundreds of girls in such a short period, but there’s only one you! Being authentic and genuine will allow you to form real connections with the chapter that is right for you.

3. Prepare questions ahead of time

The fast-paced environment of the rush process can often be overwhelming. To help ease some of the pressure, think of some potential questions to ask chapters ahead of time so you don’t have to think on your feet. Having some questions prepared will help you feel more confident. Potential questions to ask the houses might be: Can you tell me about some of the events your chapter holds? What makes your chapter special to you? Are there opportunities to get involved and hold a position?

4. Submit letters of recommendation to all chapters

Something they don’t talk about enough during the pre-rush process are the recommendation letters. These letters help the chapters learn more about you. Some chapters make cuts based on whether or not the PNM has a rec letter. You should have a letter written on your behalf for each house on your school’s campus. You can ask an active alumni in good standing to write you a letter, or your local panhellenic organization to arrange an alumni to write a letter for you as well. Don’t leave this part to the last minute, and be sure to follow your school’s directions on how the alum can submit a letter.

5. Don’t talk bad about other chapters

The sorority recruitment process is unique to every girl who goes through it. Each chapter has its own set of values that make their sisterhood unique. You may love one chapter and not have quite as good of a fit with another chapter. However, it is important to keep your opinions to yourself and not put down other chapters. The goal of recruitment is for each girl to find the sisterhood that is right for them, and by doing that, all chapters deserve equal respect.

6. Relax and have fun!

While rush may seem overwhelming, the process is in place for a reason. All of the active members are excited to meet you and tell you all about their sisterhood. You may not realize it, but the active members are nervous as well! Just remember when in doubt to be yourself, and have fun finding the right home for you.

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