Make Your Fall Recruitment Fun!

Preparing for fall recruitment as a chapter can be tiring and frustrating. Some chapters only have one day to prepare for recruitment while others take a week. No matter how short or long, there is a way to make preparing for recruitment fun! If you are a recruitment chair for your chapter, try and make this year’s workshop a little more fun with a few easy activities!

tumblr_mrom6yoXTF1re3uvko1_1280 1. Surprise Food!- Near the middle/end of the day get a surprise snack for your members. Think about getting ice cream, candy, or popsicles as a thanks for all their hard work that day!

2. Themed Days!- Turn your workshop into a spirit week and have all members dress up to a different theme every day! A few ideas are pajama day, luau, USA, and neon. Give out prizes to the girls who dress up the best!

3. Family Competitions!- Get all of the big/little families together and have a fun competition! Whether it be relay races or practicing talking to potential new members this is a great way to get everyone’s families together!

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Fall Trends

It may be a little early to start buying fall clothes but it’s never too early to start thinking about what you need to add to your wardrobe. By the time fall rolls around you’ll be busy with homework and recruitment. So get a head start with some ideas for the fall essentials! Here are a few things that we can’t live without:

Layers – Layers are fun because you can be fashionable and warm all at the same time without having to break out that winter jacket! It’s also a chance to mix and match with clothes you already have in your closet. Another plus- when you start to get hot, just rip off that top layer!

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Plaid – This is a fall classic. There’s nothing better than a big plaid flannel with some leggings and boots. It’s a cute, easy, and comfy outfit for class or really anywhere! And the neutral colors are perfect for fall :)

Boots – I have 2 pairs of boots that lasted me all through the fall and winter- a pair of brown and a pair of black. The neutral colors go with anything and they’ll keep you warm until spring rolls around! Also consider buying Uggs for the not-so-dressy days. I have a handful that have lasted me years.

Coats – This may not be essential until late fall, but it’s a good idea to start thinking of what you want so that you’re not running around last minute looking for one. I personally love the long puffy coats that go down to my thighs. It has lasted me so long and i’m obsessed with it. Depending on where you live, you may not need a coat, but for you northerners- get ready! :)

Whatever your style may be, these basics can be a great stepping stone for you! Also check out some of our t-shirts to wear under your flannels or to layer with.

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Get Closer With Your Sorority Family!

Before fall recruitment starts, think about getting together with your sorority family! There is no bond greater than a big and little and soon you will be adding an addition to your family! You want to make sure your future little, grand-little, or great grand-little, is joining a close knit family!

Here are a few ways to strengthen the bond within your family! 36c2ec2cee48cc5c007ff93efb6251a6

1. Weekly/Monthly dinners- get together with your family at least once a month and more if possible! Once school gets started it is hard to see your sisters often so make sure to dedicate time to catch up with your family.

2. Craft for the new family member together- have a crafting session before big/little reveal to help your little or grand-little create the perfect crafts for your new family addition! Have a special craft from each member of the family to give her individually also so she feels welcomed from everyone!

3. Go shopping- go shopping with your family for the next date party or themed social together! It is a great time to get advice from the oldest member about what not to wear! (she’s seen it all!) And is an awesome way to show the new member what’s appropriate!

This about getting family t-shirts! We have big/little single order shirts here! There is no minimum order so you can get just enough for your family without spending too much!

Football Season!

College football is only weeks away and it is time to start preparing for it! Every school has a different tradition when it comes to their football team, but school spirit and support is found on every campus! Take this last month of summer to think about your future tailgates and game days!

The first thing to do is make sure you have your football tickets purchased! Whether it’s your second, third, or last year in school you will be wishing you had such easy access to your school’s football games in the future, so now is the time to take advantage! 22685fba3e29667e56a1b3aebe0be385

Look at your school’s schedule and see if there are any nearby away games that you can attend! The hotel room’s book up quickly so start getting a group together to spend a football weekend with in a different state! Your team will definitely want your support at an away game!

Lastly, get your outfits ready! Some schools go for the traditional look when it comes to football games where guys wear jackets and ties while girls wear dresses. Other schools go all out with jerseys, face paint, and fun accessories.

No matter your school’s football traditions, make sure your sorority supports the team! Talk to your chapter about getting a custom shirt that shows your school spirit! You can make a custom design here for any athletic event through Greek Streak!

Recruitment Outfits!

Recruitment is different for every chapter and every college. Your recruitment chair has probably given you different outfits to find for every day of recruitment and you might be having a tough time finding these outfits! Don’t worry, I was right there with you a few weeks ago until I did some research online and in-stores and found some great clothing websites and stores!

You will more than likely need to wear a dress (or a few) at some point during recruitment and tobi.com has some of the cutest dresses! They are appropriate, stylish, and will be something you can wear after recruitment is over too! I found 2 out of my 6 recruitment outfits from there and I cannot wait to wear them! (Other stores like Tobi: Urban Outfitters, Charlotte Russe, and LuLu’s) 600x900

Another great place to take a look is Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Macy’s or any department store! They have an abundant amount of dresses and cute clothing online and in stores and Nordstrom’s anniversary sale is coming up! They are always restocking and adding new clothes that are a great fit for all ages!

So if you have not started to get your recruitment outfits, right now is the best time to do it! You don’t want to go back to school and have to frantically search around a college town for the perfect outfit!

Make sure to let your recruitment chair knows about our 30% off of group orders promo with the code: USA30! Right now is the perfect time to order philanthropy day and bid day shirts so they arrive in plenty of time for recruitment week!

Bid Day Essentials!

Fall Bid Day is right around the corner and it is never too early to start thinking about all of the essential items you are going to need for the bid day! Here are a few ideas to get your mind thinking about what you need to get!

1. Sunglasses- one of the most important items! Protect your eyes from the sun and look adorable while doing so! Think about getting matching sunglasses for your whole chapter!

2. Hair accessories- flower crowns, headbands, and bows scream bid day and will be the perfect small accessory to complete your outfit! (Just imagine the cute instagram posts!) 1b6f19cb422c321cf78ada1745958ae0

3. Name Tags- Whether it’s for you or your new members, name tags are an essential in helping everyone remember new names! They can be homemade and will turn out super cute!

4. Bid Day T-shirt- (duh!) Bid Day is not complete without your Bid Day T-shirt! You and all of your new sisters will look so cute with your custom designed shirts!

No matter what you decide to wear on bid day, start getting excited because fall recruitment is about to start and you will be gaining a new pledge class! This is one of the most exciting times of the school year because it will set the tone for the rest of the semester! So take it easy the rest of the summer and get ready for your new recruits!

Take a look at our pinterest board for some more ideas and don’t forget that our 30% off of group orders promotion ends on 7/30/14 so make sure to get your orders in soon!

Recruitment Planning!

Recruitment is such an exciting time of year on both ends! Whether you’re recruiting girls for your sorority or you’re are the one being recruited, it’s exciting and nerve-racking all the same. You don’t have to be recruitment chair to plan the whole thing. It takes all your sisters help to come up with ideas for themes and decorations so that everyone’s personality is shown! Here are a few ideas to get started:

First thing you want to do is come up with a general theme of your recruitment. There are SO many different themes your sorority could do but some of our favorites are Wizard of OZ, Around the world with *your sorority*, Alice in Wonderland, and Nautical. Another theme could be all about your sorority. For example, for ZTA we used our symbols and philanthropy, such as the white violet and breast cancer, as a theme for each day. We named it “These are a few of our favorite things” :)

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Decorations: Incorporate the “yellow brick road” and the “there’s no place like home” quote in your decor.

Shirts/outfits: Red shoes are a must!- flats or heels would both work. Maybe order a shirt with one of the sayings from the movie or come up with a cool design with “brains, heart, and courage”.

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Decorations: Red and blue colors with stripes! Design a banner that reads, “Sail away with *Your Sorority*”. Or Make some sailboat name tags for every potential new member to really go all out! You could also make big cut-out anchors with rope and fisherman’s netting to make it seem like you’re actually on a boat.
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Shirts/outfits: Make a shirt that says “I’m on a boat” with fall/spring recruitment on the back with the name of your sorority. The girls will get a kick out of it! There’s also a really pretty Lilly Pulitzer print that goes perfectly with the nautical theme.

I hope this gave you a little inspiration to get the ball rolling. Get creative, have fun with it, and good luck!

Check out some of our designs or create a hand drawn one of your own and we can print it! Also take a look at our Recruitment T-shirts for a casual day during recruitment week to show off your sororities own personal style :)

Your First Apartment

Moving into your first apartment can be exciting and overwhelming all at the same time. It’s time to start thinking about furniture, decor, and how you’re going to organize everything!

You don’t need fancy and expensive furniture so I suggest asking around to see is anyone you know if giving away couches or desks. You can also buy quality and reasonably priced furniture from Target or Ikea!

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Decorating your apartment is the best part! Make your apartment feel cozy with a lot of blankets and maybe a big throw rug. Anything that makes you feel at home. Another way to feel at home is lot of pictures! Print them out and put them in a frame or the wall for some decor. Christmas lights are also a fun way to bring your room together. I know it sounds weird, but there are so many ways to hang them to make your apartment a relaxing environment all year round. And that’s important for when you start to get stressed! Candles and fresh flowers can also bring out the zen. And your apartment will smell good which is always a plus :)

It’s important to find ways to organize all your stuff so that when you get messy it’ll be easy to get back on track. Here are some ideas:

- Under the bed storage bins for winter clothes
- Wicker baskets for towels and laundry supplies
- DIY magnetic makeup board
- DIY crate seats for a place to sit and for storage

Check out what we mean with some of our inspiration we pinned to our storage board on Pinterest!

Fall Internships!

The school year is quickly approaching and right now is the best time to figure out what you are going to do for the semester. No matter what year you are entering, an internship will always look good on a resume! Take this time to think about if an internship is something you would be interested in doing in the Fall and see if it is something your schedule can handle.

Take this time to start looking online, emailing connections, and asking your sisters if they know of any place that they think would be great for you! There are so many different types of internships, paid and unpaid, that will be beneficial to you! Get your foot in the door with the field you are studying and you will be on the right track for after graduation!

Once very popular type of internship for college students is becoming a Campus Representative! Greek Streak has a great program for college students to represent us on their campus! Check out the details here and apply today!

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Zeta Tau Alpha

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As a sister of ZTA at Towson University, I have come to learn the true meaning of sisterhood. I went through formal recruitment spring semester of freshman year and could not have made a better choice. My sisters have been there through everything. Everyone has ups and downs but knowing there were a hundred girls that had my back made my first 2 years of college so much easier. Not only have I made some amazing friends, but I’ve also found my own little family at my home away from home.

Zeta Tau Alpha’s formal recruitment was one of the first things that attracted me to them. From the decorations and themes to the outfits. Not to mention everyone’s bubbly personality. The environment was just so welcoming and even though I was so nervous, every single girl made me feel at home. If you’ve gone through formal recruitment, then you know it’s unlike any other experience. Your adrenaline is pumping and after countless hours of talking to countless number of girls, you know where you belong. And for those who haven’t gone through it yet, just listen to your gut and you’ll know where you belong too.

After 2 weeks of talking to hundreds of girls, I knew Zeta was home. The philanthropy, the people, and what they stood for. It was everything I had been looking for. Once bid day rolled around, I was so excited to receive a bid from ZTA. I was also excited to get my ZTA bid day shirt that read “Crowning the best since 1898″ – got that right! :)

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Maybe I’m being biased but ZTAs’ recruitment shirts and bid day shirts were on point. It’s what made us stand out at first glance. That’s why it’s important for every sorority to find their own unique shirts and designs to stand out from the rest. Check out some of our designs and fill out a Quick Quote form now!

ZLAM,

Maddie Davis