If you would like to complete a recommendation for a potential new member please complete the online recruitment introduction form.
Registration for Formal Fall Recruitment is open for this year, for more information go to https://web.uri.edu/greek/sororities/
Dear Potential New Members,
Recruitment can be a very stressful time in a young woman's life, but it has also been one of the most rewarding experiences that women across the nation in hundreds of different chapters have participated in. It's hard: you're just acclimating to college life, still trying to get books for your new classes and get a hold on academics and now you're taking on formal recruitment. Recruitment is full of long, sweaty, and exhausting days full of touring all of the chapters on campus and having the same conversation over and over again. With that being said, it is worth it in the end.
Round one will start with touring all of the houses on campus and getting a basic understanding of each house. Round one is a very overwhelming process, which is why it is two days long to help you breathe for a minute, and it's really easy to get everyone mixed up! My advice to you during round one: keep your mind as open as possible, take notes on each house after the round commences to help you remember which house is which, and definitely make sure that you make time for yourself to relax and get your thoughts straight.
Round two is really special: philanthropy. That's the reason that all of us are an organization in the first place: each sorority was created based on the cause they chose and we all have a special place in our hearts for them. A lot of girls end up choosing chapters in which they have a personal connection with a philanthropy, which is really special and something to consider. Each house will show you a video on their philanthropies and explain to you how they participate in fundraising or other events to support their causes. After that round comes sisterhood, which is the same vibe as philanthropy but a little more formal. Usually, the chapters recruitment video is shown and then have conversations based on how each chapter values sisterhood.
Preference round is the most formal anything is going to get. It's the round where you really have to focus on what you personally value and what chapter your values line up with. After this, you’ll really have to focus and try to choose which chapter is meant for you. The anticipation after this round will probably kill you because the next day is bid day! THE most exciting day of the year for every chapter. It’s basically a huge celebration that celebrates you and the beginning of this new chapter in your life! Another perk is that there is usually a lot of food which is always something to look forward to.
Being a member of Greek life, especially at URI, has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, and I'm only a sophomore. URI greek life is the gift that keeps on giving. I learn about myself and continue to make lifelong friendships every day. Without Sigma Kappa, I don’t know who I would be or what I would be doing right now.
Sigma Kappa has helped me find myself, as cliche as that sounds. The formal recruitment process is brutal: you're going to end each day with a cramped face from smiling so much and sore legs from walking around frat circle multiple times (bonus: definitely will help you get some steps in though if you track them!). This process is emotionally draining, but there is no better way to do it. This gives you an opportunity to really see each chapter, and their house, which is really beneficial for decision making. There is one thing that is going to be said over and over again that will probably drive you crazy: Trust the process! This is something that I absolutely hated when people said this to me because quite frankly I didn't understand it. Looking back, it's one of the only pieces of advice I would give to someone who's starting this process. You will end up where you are supposed to be and it will work out. It seems ridiculous, I know, but trust your gut during this and you'll end up okay in the end. Wherever you end up, it will be for a reason and I hope you take this opportunity and run with it: you'll be surprised about how many things can come out of it.
Good luck and trust the process!
Vice President of Membership
Sigma Kappa Phi Chapter