Wednesday, August 19, 2009

OMG, How do I Prepare for Rush???




Preparing for Rush can be exciting and nerve-racking at the same time. What do I wear? Do I show up early? Do I ask a lot of questions? How do I stand out? Will they like me? The list of questions go on, and on and on, and on....

First off, take a huge breath. You have prepared for this. You've done your research. You realized that this was the PERFECT organization for you. The first thing you want to do is make sure you double, and triple check the location and time of where the event will be held. I have received phone calls form girls crying because they wrote down the wrong date, wrong time, etc... and asking if there is anything they can do. The answer? Nothing other than try again. You can not be granted an interview UNLESS you attend rush/informational. It is essential that you complete this step if you want to be considered for membership.

The next step is finding something to wear. I would strongly recommend that you stay away from the orgs colors, and other sorority/fraternity colors. Wearing Pink to and AKA Rush is a no no,, and wearing blue to a Delta Rush is also not a wise thing to do. Black is ALWAYS a great color or neutral colors. I remember when I attended Rush for Delta, I wore cream and brown. You want to make sure you treat Rush as a job interview. Stay away from loud colors, loud perfumes/cologne, and costume jewelry. You are representing yourself, so you want to be as clean-cut and chic as possible. Light makeup for the ladies, and men if you have worn earrings or have tattoos, I would suggest that you take them out, or make sure they are covered. Have mints available *you just never know*

"To be on time, is to be late" Please keep this in mind when attending Rush. I was the first one there at my rush. This gave me a clear advantage to speak to all of the members, choose a seat and more importantly stand out. So how early am I speaking? Around 20 mins before the Rush begins. Showing up on time can include not getting a seat, or sitting way in the back of the room.

If you are late, then I would suggest not to attend at all, UNLESS you made previous arrangements with the president, or the member in charge of the rush. (This could be due to a class conflict, etc.) In most cases, the organization WILL lock the doors after Rush begins.

While attending rush, ask questions participate in the games, and show that you are interested in the organization. In some cases, there will be a time set aside where you can chat with some of its members, and this would be a great time for you to become noticed.

Some organizations will offer you an application at the end of the rush for those who qualify for membership. I will only take an application IF you qualify. There is no need for you to take an app. If you KNOW, you don't have the community service hours, the minimal GPA, and the letter of recommendation needed for membership.

In conclusion, I would say to listen attentively, look sharp, ask questions, stand out, smile, and be approachable at the rush. You want to make sure you make all of the required deadlines that are stressed at Rush (Application/packet deadlines, etc..) If possible, I would also suggest speaking to as many of the members as possible. Remember for most organizations you will need the majority vote to be invited for membership.

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  1. is rush and the informational the same thing?

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    1. INFORMATIONal is used to inform. It's a good way to find out more about a certain organization before choosing which one you would like to pursue. Some people suggest going to all sorority informationals to get a better understanding of each before you choose. These can happen at any time during the school year.

      When a chapter decides that they want to bring in new members (i.e. MIP), they hold an official RUSH meeting. At the RUSH meeting, you will get more information about the sorority, information about the requirements to apply for membership, the new member cost, and receive your application.

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  2. Yes, they are the same thing...Some schools refer to them as an "Informational", while others simply called them "A Rush"

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    1. is a interest meeting the same thing as rush?

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    2. Yes they are the same thing

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  3. Thank you for creating this blog. I have been following you on yahoo answers for a while and I find your advice to be very helpful.

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  4. I want to thank you for creating this blog as well. I have applied for a certain organization 3 times and I know that the time is coming to apply again, so this is truly helpful.

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  5. How long did it take them to contact you about your interview/acceptance letter?

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  6. @ Anon...It really depends on the chapter....Each chapter is different and there a lot of things that have to happen behind the scenes before you will know. Patience is key!

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  7. I also want to thank you for creating this blog. I became familiar with you on Yahoo answers and have your advice to be very informative and helpful. As an aspirant I appreciate your taking the time out to share such good information and assist others in their quest.

    One question that I've always wondered about is the infamous "packet." Many people say make sure your packet is tight. My question is should all of the require recommendation/community service letters be included with the application (meaning we collect them and send it all together) or are those sent separately by the individual or organization?

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    1. You will be provided with this information at the Rush/Informational

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  8. Can someone attend an "Informational" just to be informed about the organization? or do you HAVE to be seeking membership into the sorority?

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    1. No, you do not have to seek membership, you can attend an informational to get the information about the organization.

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  9. agreeing with the question above---> I was told that it is not wise to attend an informational of another organization unless you were completely sure. how can you be completely sure without attending?

    also, I know of some girls who recently crossed a sorority in NC and talked about some of the things they had to endure -- chants etc. that were not exactly in line with their christian values...but they did it anyway. how do you deal with this? do you just compromise for the moment? you seem to be very religious-so was this probably exclusive to the line? or are these just rumors/scare tactics?

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    1. I am a christian, active, financial member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and I can assure you that I never had to do or say anything that would bring reproach. My relationship with God is my first priority.

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  10. Please respond to the March 15, 2011 question. This is the reason why I did not seek membership 4 years ago when I had the chance. I am still interested. However, I refuse to do anything that will cause me to fall out of favor with God.

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    1. You can be both a Christian AND a member in these organizations. All of them were founded on Christian principles.

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  11. This helped tremendously. I can't wait to attend my first and hopefully last rush. I'm so ready. Thanks a bunch!!

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  12. I am active duty service member and currently have a baccalaureate degree what would recommend I do first and would it be frowned upon if I email my region president???

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  13. I am interested in joining a sorority and I am planning on expressing my interest to a member, I attend every event, I speak to the members when I see them on campus or at their events, however I find myself constantly having to re-introduce myself to them. Do you they know who I am and just ignoring me to see how I will handle it or do they really not remember me?

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  14. Do they need documentation of the community service hours? or is it take your word for it kind of deal?

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    1. You will need to provide proof of your community service. Most organizations will require that you have it documented on letterhead.

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  15. If I do not know any one directly whom is a Delta how would I go about getting a letter of recommendation in order to pledge? Where can I find all the information that I need to know about this "WONDERFUL" organization to have the required information and history?
    Is there a cut off age to where one could pledge/cross over?

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  16. as far as the community service and references do you have to have that at the rush or when your going through the interview process????

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    1. All documentation will be required prior to receiving an interview. The rush will provide you with the answers for continuing to seek membership. That will be the first step to knowing what will be needed going forward in your quest.

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  17. I'm a freshman in a university and I plan on trying to join a sorority my sophmore year. Would I need a letter of recommendation from an active member of the sorority or can I get the recommendation letter from someone who knows me well?

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  18. if someone has a tatoo on their wrist is it still okay to pleadge/join

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  19. Is the application something you should have completed before or after the Rush, or is it something that you will receive during the event?

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  20. I have a question.. I am attending a private college and it is not a major university.. Can I still pledge?? And how?? Thanks

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  21. Thanks for the information. I arrived at the Alumnae rush today 30 minutes early and there was a line to get in the door. At least 150 potential candidates. There were ladies who showed up very late meaning after the rush started. They had to go last to get their membership application packets. The tips were spot on and really helped me relax. The members were watching dress too. This is an awesome blog!

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  22. This blog was SO helpful! I have been following you for 2 years, and today was the BIG day! Like you advised I arrived 45 mins later, and said a prayer in the car. There were tons of interestees in attendance, to the point where it was standing room only. While I was there, I kept thinking about your experience that you shared about your rush. I really hope I get chosen, and I am excited to complete my packet. Thank you SO much! I wish more people could be this open about BGLO's. You are truly a blessing!

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    1. Hello, were you selected?

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  23. is a rush ONLY for people who are thinking about joining a certian sorority at that moment, or can you attend a rush one year then come to one the following year to apply at that one?

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  24. How much information do we need to know when we attend the rush/informational?

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  25. Hello. I would like to know when is the best time to pursue membership of a Greek organization? I had considered senior year, but a lot of people have told me to pursue it either sophomore or junior year. Which do you insist? Thank you so much.

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    1. Only you will know when the time is right. Your life and responsibilities are different from others. Some join in undergrad, some wait and join grad, depending on finances, life situations, maturity level...good luck.

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  26. I attend a school where the organization that I am interested in has been suspended for a few years. They are rumored to be returning soon. Will I know when the informational meeting is if I don't have anyone to ask? or will I have to play a guessing game on when to look out for flyers?

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    1. Please answer this question.

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    2. They will make a public announcement once the organization decides to seek new members. I would suggest that you contact the Student activities office because they will have to clear it with them before returning.

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  27. I have already expressed interest to two deltas. I want to express to one more but she doesn't know me. I thought about writing a facebook message to avoid talking to her in person or breaking discretion. Is this a good idea? Also do we need to document our community service if so how?

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    1. My question for you is why do you feel like you must express your interest to another member? I would first gain as much insight and knowledge from the first two women you expressed interest to then work on the requirements of being apart of the sorority the more you are involved in your community the more you can network and trust me you will find many members who work in the community.

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  28. This blog was extremely helpful but I wanted to know is it inappropriate to look for a sample of a Delta Sigma Theta application online? I've heard that this can be like a job interview and I just wanted to be prepared because I'm sure that they won't give you more than one if you mess up.

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  29. Can I join if I didn't finish high school but got a GED?
    When I get to the college I want to attend how do I go about pledging? what if I don't have money for the outfits and events?

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  31. Yes you can join as long as you are a college student perusing a bachelors Degree. If You don't have the money for outfits, and/or events, then maybe you should just focus on being a college student and not pledging. I will add tho, that there's always the option of getting a part-time job.

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  32. I just attended an Alumnae Rush and it was a delightful experience.

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  33. I would like to know how to go about getting a recommendation letter. Is that something I ask about after i receive an application or before?

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  34. I just attended a Rush and have received all of the necessary documentation. I want to make sure everything is appropriately filled out. However, I want to be prepared for an interview if I am selected. Any suggestions on how to prepare for the interview?

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  35. I hope the Alumnae chapter that I am interested in will have a Rush soon.

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  36. How many community service hours do I need in order to qualify?

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  37. What if you don't see any signs for RUSH?

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  38. Thank you so much for this blog!
    I am a Sophomore and I was ALMOST prepared to rush a few years back at a much smaller college, now I am preparing again at a LARGER school and I am extrememly nervous!

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  39. I have always been interested in joining this sorority. I have been doing my research. This is my one and only chance to join as an undergrad this upcoming semester. However, I only know one member of the sorority on campus, but I know plenty in the two chapters in my area. I have not attended any events they have held on campus because I have not seen any events posted anywhere. I have the GPA as well as the community service, but the campus service not so much because I work and live off campus. What advice can you give me to become more marketable for this situation?

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  40. Hi, I am interested in joining an sorority but while doing my research on that particular organization I stumbled upon one of their philanthropy that I am interested in volunteering in. Is it a good idea to volunteer at this philanthropy. I don't want it to seem like I'm trying to get brownie points. I just really like the philanthropy.

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  41. If your college chapter is suspended until 2016, do you think they will have a rush or line as soon as they return or will they wait awhile?

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  42. Hello. I'm a sophomore in college. The chapter at my school is suppose to have a line next fall. I'm trying my best to research and make sure I meet the requirements. What should I bring to interest meeting? Do I have to document all my community service? I live off campus and the only thing I do on campus is volunteer for the Student Activity Board is that good enough ? And what about the letters of recommendation?

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  43. How do you get your volunteer hours ? Would it be helpful to volunteer at the events that they're having ?

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  44. Hello,
    I am fully interested in joining the chapter at my school, however, I do not know any of the deltas directly. I attend their events and say hi when I see one of them, but I feel like they don't remember me. Would it be wise to contact one of them privately through social media.

    Thank You

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  46. what questions should be asked

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  47. Is there any Advice that you could give for people joining any organization

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  48. Also is it appropriate to speak with members letting them know that I am interested. I have already expressed interest to a member and she told me to not speak to them when they are all together

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  49. All of the members on my campus graduated. What happens next?

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  50. How do you find a sponsor to help pay for things? I am the first in my family.

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  51. So there is no actual application on line? and when should you get the letter or recommendation?

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  52. I want to know do you have to step in order to join.

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    1. Stepping is not required.

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  53. I am a senior at my university, and yes I have decided this year to pledge. I have gone through things the last 3 years that have really pushed me to just go ahead and pledge this year. I don't know all the deltas that well and do not know how to reach out to any of them for a letter of recommendation. How do I get the fees? My father is an Alpha man but he pledged grad chapter, and I don't want to do that. And suggestions? I'm trying not to pull my hair out and get stressed...

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  54. For the alumnae chapters, not actively associated with any degree granting institution, how does one find out about local RUSH/information meetings?

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    1. I wrote letters the community chapters in 2009/2010 because the organization was suspended all 4 years at my undergrad school. Well I received an invitation to rush 2017. Alumnae chapters are not as active in bringing in new members as the undergrad chapters.So much patience will be required.

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  55. In the past semester, I had a few extenuating circumstances (3 deaths in the family at once) that required me to drop all except one of my classes in which I received one B for the semester. This semester, I took up 12 credits to get comfortable and back on my feet but had an unexpected surgery in which I had to drop one of my classes. Because I have to withdraw, I will still be paying for the credits. My question is, will these withdrawals on my transcript affect my opportunity? I know the chapter is interested in me as of now but I am afraid my home circumstances which caused me to withdraw from classes may affect my chances. I have a QPA of 3.02, strong community service resume, and many leadership positions. The class that I withdrew this semester was a gen ed (unrequired) course. I am very nervous that this may affect my chance. Please let me know what you think or what I can do!

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    1. HELLO IM GOING THREW THE SAME THING DID YOU HEAR ANY THING ELSE ABOUT IT

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  56. I feel like i did so horrible on my intake interview, I was so nervous. Do I still have a chance in becoming a member I really want this and been wanting it for a long time. How long before you know that you are rejected or accepted?

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    1. So did you ever find out?

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  57. This is one of the most wonderful blog, this is work is tremendous. Thanks
    Rush service

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  58. I'm currently interested in an organization, but I feel like everything I do is wrong. I was told to get to know the girls and most of them do not respond or respond with one word answers. I don't expect them to all be super friendly and open, but as an interest it makes it harder for me to get to know them. Am I doing something wrong or should I just continue to try and get in contact with them? I'm just nervous of coming off crazy any being blacklisted or something. #help

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  59. I am (and) have been interested in joining an Alumnae Chapter for some time now. I have inquired several times, each response being... membership intake is not being conducted. Do you have any information on Alumnae Rush 2016

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  60. I am (and) have been interested in joining an Alumnae Chapter for some time now. I have inquired several times, each response being... membership intake is not being conducted. Do you have any information on Alumnae Rush 2016

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    1. Grad chapters and their sizes vary. Some have many active members and don't feel the need to have intake often. Do not be discouraged. Attend their public events. Demonstrate that you support them. Network with them so that when they feel it is time to invite new members, they may let you know.

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  61. Thank you for the tips offered in this blog. I attended my first Rush and my packet is 95% complete. I arrived early (45 min) and nervous. I was put at ease when my friend/LOR was the one greeting the attendees. Thank you again and I will post an update.

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    1. Update! Thank you again for this blog. I received THE CALL and in MIP now. I will post another update after it is complete and I will introduce my self. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

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    2. Update!!! Spring 16
      Crossed the Burning Sands, my Soror!
      #12 Tech OPS
      Danielle JacksonThomas

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  62. Will a REAL Rush flyer have the crest on it?

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  63. Please respond ASAP, bc apparently there's supposed to be a rush next week but again, there was no crest on the flyer so i don't know if it was legit

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  64. The flyer doesn't necessarily have to have a crest on it. I attended Rush 3 years ago, and the flyer did not have a crest on it. I was selected for an interview, but I did not receive an invitation to join. My best friend got one. I am praying they have intake sometime soon again, so I can try again.

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  65. Just wanted to know how much time passed between rush and acceptance?

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    1. You have to be more specific. Undergrad or Grad chapter? Grad chapters have to sift through 100s & 100s of applications sometimes. It takes time.

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  66. I got a question. If I attended a simple forum for one particular organization (that I don't wish to pledge anymore) just to familiarize myself with all the orgs, would that hurt my chances of pledging the one I actually want to join?

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  67. I know I have to raise my gpa in order to join a sorority. I wanted to know do I need to have community service hours before trying to join and does the community service have to be at my school or can it be anywhere?

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    1. Which sorority are you asking about? Generally speaking, sororities want to see that you volunteer and serve the community on a consistent basis, BEFORE you apply for membership. Community service does not have to be at your school.

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  68. What kind of community service hours would we need to have before the rush?

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  69. Hello, I am interested in joining an alumnae chapter. I've done the research and chose the local chapter I'm interested in. However, upon reading I found out they were not doing intake. I'm fine with this knowing alumnae chapters are reserved on intakes. Curious I checked out the other local chapters and they said the same thing. This made me curious and anxious. My questions to you are; How often do alumnae chapters have an intake process?; If all local chapters are in one accord about intake, could they all process at the same time?; Even though the site states its current membership intake, should I still reach out? Thank you for your time.

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    1. There is no magic number. Alumni chapters have intake when they deem it necessary (if membership dwindles or if they are running out of active members). I have heard of grad chapters having intake approximately once every 8-10 years... Do not wait until the chapter posts Rush info to attend and support their events. Reach out now in the mean time and network with them so that they get to know you.

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  70. if your mother, grandmother and aunt are all members of Delta sigma theta and they all crossed the same chapter do I get picked automatically?

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    1. No. Membership is not automatic. You must still meet the qualifications for membership. Stay humble; do not expect special treatment because of your relatives who are members.

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  71. Does anyone have information on RUSH 2016 for the DMV area. DC, Virginia and Maryland?

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    1. DC: no rush for alumnae chapters in 2017. Check their website; there may be a rush Jan. 2018. Check the alumnae chapter website that serves the community that you live in. You must live in their serving area.

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  72. Gpa became low this past year. I had a full time job and 2 family deaths and an a family member that attempted suicide. This took a toll on me and I didn't even try cross last year. I do have alot of community service and I know alot about the sorority I'm interested in. The only thing is my GPA . Do I have a chance ?

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  73. How can we be aware of when the next Alumnae RUSH activity is for our local county!

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    1. You could check their chapter's website for updates and announcements regarding rush. Also get to know one or several members while attending their events; they may give you a "heads-up."

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  74. Can the recommendation letter be from an aunt that is apart of that organization? And also, can the community service hours be in doing anything of our choosing, such as mentoring elementary school kids?

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    1. A relative is not allowed to write a letter of recommendation for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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  75. I am currentlt attending university of Arkansas at Monticello and I am very interested in becoming a member and I was wondering how would I find out about when is rush and how many community service hours do I need to qualify

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    1. A lot of information pertaining to seeking membership can be found on the national website and simple google searches. I advise you start there, as that will answer both of those questions.

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  76. SOMEONE ANSWER PLEASE -
    I ould like to know if sororities post their informational meetings/rush or do you have to be invited ?

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    1. Some are public, some are private. If you're talking to members and remaining active, you should know when they are.

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  77. Are the the rush meeting required by the organization? Because word is in my campus they have a current interest group yet they never held a rush meeting or informational..

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  78. I read that you have to join the alumnae chapter in the city that you reside in. I am finding this to be problematic because the chapter's calendar is blank as it relates to open, public events. The only thing they have listed are monthly meetings. How are you to come in contact with members and show interest if the chapters are not active in the community. I want to be a part of more community and volunteering projects but if the chapter does nothing, what would be the allure of joining?? Are you able to join another city's chapter if the one you live in is not as active as a neighboring city?

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  79. I read that you have to join the alumnae chapter in the city that you reside in. I am finding this to be problematic because the chapter's calendar is blank as it relates to open, public events. The only thing they have listed are monthly meetings. How are you to come in contact with members and show interest if the chapters are not active in the community. I want to be a part of more community and volunteering projects but if the chapter does nothing, what would be the allure of joining?? Are you able to join another city's chapter if the one you live in is not as active as a neighboring city?

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    1. Try searching for them on FB or other social media where they may broadcast events. If all else fails, reach out via email and let them know you are interested in attending some of their events.

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  80. how much money does it cost to be at Delta? Did you have to pay it all at one time?

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    1. Until you have attended a RUSH event, you do not need to know that. I will say, however, some chapters will make you pay it all at once while others may be willing to allow payment arrangements.. But these are things to discuss at RUSH.

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    2. It depends on the chapter and whether is it is collegiate or Alumnae. They will let you know at Rush, it has to be paid within 24 hours of notification of acceptance.

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  81. Do you have to be invited to RUSH? I'm just not sure how exactly I would know WHEN and where it would be held if the chapter at my school doesn't post it on social media.

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  82. Im a college freshman, soon to be sophomore and am interested in an organization but they are suspended. I researched and saw that their suspension was lifted in 2016 so i was wanting to know is how long do you think they will take to come back?

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  83. Does anybody have any information on whether or not any Alumnae chapter in Chicago will be doing RUSH this year? I know some chapters are and some aren't, but all of them are not posted.

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  84. Is there any information about the sorority or chapter I should before attending the RUSH beside the dates and founders?

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  85. Does anybody know the community service requirements for Alumnae?

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    1. Check the official D9 org of your interest web site. If, selected you'll understand:)
      Just get involved and study my friend...

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  86. How long should it take to receive a call back? I turned in my packet today (September 28th 2017) and i am extremely nervous and excited.

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  87. How long does it take for undergraduate's to hear something back after submitting a background check? Should I expect a letter in the mail or a phone call?

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