Thursday, February 18, 2010

"The Interview"



I received quite a few questions around "the interview process." If you receive an interview to join an organization, chances are your packet was complete, and congrats are in order because you made it to the next step! People that do NOT receive an interview typically have an incomplete packet and are not granted an interview.


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Once you have completed your interview, the waiting begins....Depending on the chapter, the wait can be very VERY long! This can be due to how many people the chapter needs to interview, the voting process, and verifying other qualifications (such as letter of recommendations from community service, and LOR from an active member (for example for Delta you have to you are required to provide a letter of rec from a financial member).

I have seen cases where the interview process ALONE can take up to TWO weeks, and after each interview is completed, the verification process begins. So if you have interviewed for a fraternity and/or sorority and haven't heard anything, don't freak out! Chances are they are still going through the motions of verifying info, still interviewing prospective members, get approval from the regional director, etc...

After the interview, I would recommend that you keep yourself busy oppose to stressing out about getting chosen. You will end up pulling your hair out if you don't.

Most chapters will inform you in a form of a letter if you you were not chosen for membership.

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  1. If you are accepted, does the chapter call or send you an acceptance letter.

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  2. If you are accepted in the organization, generally you will receive a phone call. (This is of course after you interview). If you were NOT accepted then you will receive a letter in the mail.

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  3. Does each organization actually call each community service organization to verify your community service or does the letter serve as verification that you performed community service?

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  4. How long does the interview last? I was called for one and I'm very nervous about it! What are the usual questions they ask and how many people will be in the room? Will it be ok if i gave the people interviewing me thank you cards afterwards or would that make me appear more anxious?

    Thanks!

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    1. Did you find the answer to this...this is something that I would like to know as well

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  5. Wow. Its amazing how many people are going through the same thing. This post is very helpful. I myself am going through the same thing. One of my mentors is a member of the organization same chapter and everything that I applied too and she was telling me the same thing. Lol. She told me that it takes time and not too worry. Now I'm just taking it day by day waiting on a call...

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  6. The packet that you discussed, does it have to be printed from the internet or is it made available by the chapter. Also how will you be contacted to get an interview?

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  7. What questions do you recommend to look at and review to be prepared for the interview?

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  8. When you attend the Rush event they will tell you everything you need to know in regards to how to turn the packet in.

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  9. I have a question, what if you get pick for an interview for an organization, but had all of the qualifications such as gpa, community service, active in other organizations on campus, etc. But did not get a phone call or a letter? What if you were a graduating?

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    1. I am in the exact same boat. This Wednesday will be two weeks after my interview. I am starting to give up hope. I don't know if I should just give up and move on or what.

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  10. Good evening, I've been looking at your blog since I wanted to go greek, I had a few questions regarding a few things since I have no members in my family who are greek so I'll be the first, I couldn't locate your email on your homepage so I was wondering what is your email so I can contact you

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  11. Good Morning, I recently had an interview for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. I was extremely nervous and couldn't even remember my own name. Will they still consider my application and letters of recommendations over my awful interview.

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    1. Me too. I had an interview on February 25th with the chapter on my campus, I thought I knew all I could to know, and was tripped up at my interview. As of March 20th, I have not yet received a phone call as to whether or not I've been accepted and when my money is due. Have you heard anything yet?

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    2. Hello ladies how long did it take for you to finally get notified?

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  12. My interview is tomorrow morning and I am so excited. I've been reading this blog for nearly a year now and the time is finally here. I will remember to go into the interview with a clear mind and confidence.

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  13. Is there a certain amount of time that it will take from the interview till you get a call or letter?

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  14. I was always torn between Delta and another organization. My friend then went to our other friend telling her I am undecided, who is a Delta, on what I want to be. I am now nervous and want to give up on pursuing intrest interest in the organization because I do not want to look like a flip flopper, even though I didn't make any final commitment. Should I continue or just give up.

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    1. I think as long as you haven't been at many events for both organizations you will be ok. Once you decide to take an offer and get application materials it makes you look bad.

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  15. Turned in my packet a while ago and I'm just praying for an interview. I really hope that I can get one. I have wanted this for the longest and there is nothing I would love more than to be able to serve beside my mother and aunts as their Soror. I am incredibly nervous about the interview and I do hope that it goes well. Good luck to all those hoping to join the Greekdom as well.

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  16. how do I go about finding a rush meeting? I am a little apprehensive about go up to someone on campus and asking? Where should I start. Please help.

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    1. There should be a posting on campus when a rush will be held. Not all chapters will be having a rush

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    2. By attending events some chapters will tell you they have a rush coming up so to be on the lookout. Usually a flyer will go up somewhere around the school as well

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    3. There may be a flier posted around campus
      Check to see if that chapter has a website
      Don't ask any member about when they are having rush - that is a big no no. However you should try and get to know the members on the campus - if they don't know u - why would they choose you. Attend their events - if they host a community service project - go
      Your interest in any org should be your business- discretion is key - everyone doesn't need to know about what you are trying to do - if you have one or two close friends that want to do it as well its ok to discuss things amongst yourselves- but keep it between yall -

      I am not a member of any org - but I have been aspiring to be one for years - and I have learned alot over the course of those years. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there - the founders of these orgs were movers and shakers - we need to live up to that

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    4. The chapter normally post flyers around school when there is a rush week coming up. Or you could contact someone in your greek department to inquire about it.

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  17. Can anyone remember or share interview Ques

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  18. I just turned in my application packet for an Alumnae chapter of a BGLO and am currently waiting on that call for the interview as well. I have been wanting this for about 15 years now and I really hope that spr 17 will be my time. Good Luck to everyone trying!

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    1. Please keep us updated on your journey. People like you give folks like me hope.

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    2. I received a rejection letter. I would be lying if I said I wasn't hurt, upset, mad, sad, confused, I just couldn't understand what happened. I had been volunteering with two different committees within the organization. I have been volunteering with the local chapter's race committee for about 8 years, and Delta Academy for about 3. I had just received my MBA and finished with a 3.40 GPA. I had gone to just about all the events, I did community service outside the organization. I just KNEW that I was a sure in this time. I say all of that to say, make sure your packes are ON POINT. Ask the Delta that is writing your letter for you to go over your packet with you. I was denied because of my service letter. They were looking for a letter from a nonprofit organization, and I just was not thinking of that. Did I think about giving up, sure did. But a member of the local chapter reached out to me and asked me to keep pursuing. She asked me to keep volunteering with them, and that I had other members in my corner pulling for me. I don't know when they will decided to take on new members again, but I will be there waiting. Like a member told me, if this is something that you TRULY want - you will never give up on your dream.

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    3. You have NO idea how much your post just helped me!! I was rejected 9 years ago for insufficient LOR's and had NO idea why. After reading your post I now know what happened. My GOD! Thank you, for your transparency and sharing your thoughts with us. Best of luck to you in your pursuit.

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  19. How long does it take on average to receive a interview call after you've submitted your packet?

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    1. Honestly, it all depends on how many people apply, as well as how many people are on the membership committee . The chapter that I applied too had over 300 women attend the rush. Granted this was for alumnae chapter, but just keep that in mind. It could take up to two weeks - or it could be 3-4 days.

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    2. When I went through the interview process during undergrad, it took me 3 days to receive an interview call after the packet submission deadline. For grad chapter, it took 5 days.

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  20. Just submitted my packet for an Alumnae chapter. There were only about 70 ladies who attended the rush, but they mentioned they can only select 8 for membership! I am excited and nervous at the same time. Hoping to receive a call for an interview. After 25 years, I am just so honored to have been given an opportunity to submit.

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    1. That's great! Please keep us updated on your journey. The org I want to join haven't had membership intake for over 13 years so I am still waiting patiently. I guess in the meantime I can live vicariously through you.

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    2. WOW!!! 13 years??? I've never heard of an organization waiting that long! I will keep my fingers crossed that you will be able to move forward in the near future. I will definitely keep you posted with everything going on with me! Thank you, and have a great week! ��

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    3. Still waiting 3 weeks, today, after the interview

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  21. Just submitted packet for Alumnae Chapter. Deadline was Monday. I just received call for an interview tonight, (Wednesday), that will be held on Saturday. I am extremely excited, nervous, and grateful to have been given the opportunity to express interest! Wishing the best of luck to everyone in the process!

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    1. How did you do? Did you find out anything?

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    2. I believe my interview went well. Much better than I had expected. That was almost 2 weeks ago (this coming Saturday). No word yet. Just trying to enhance my skills in patience. It is truly a test when you absolutely have no control, and can only wait. It is so encouraging to read of all the ladies that are receiving invitations for membership. Wishing the best for everyone!

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  22. I was granted an interview on Saturday and I am nervous. I really hope all goes well. I am beyond nervous, and I went shopping and bought 3 different outfits. I am indecisive of which one to wear. Wishing all you godspeed as you go through this process. And thanks Ms. Love for your advice. I have followed it to a t and it's got me this far and I hope it continues and gets me to the finishing line.

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    1. Was your interview successful?

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  23. I read the bylaws off the national website, and it says that all membership intake requests have to be submitted to the regional director by March 1. Is that true?? Our deadline was 2/25 and I submitted mine 2/22 but still have heard nothing...and ppl were called the evening of the deadline for interviews I am just confused on how this whole process works..

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  24. Had my interview, and I've been waiting for 2 weeks now to find out of I made it or not. I'm trying keep the faith but it's hard. I've wanted this for almost 18 years and I genuinely put my best foot forward. Praying for the best, and losing my mind all at the same time. Lol.

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    1. Had my interview on this past Saturday. I believe it went well, but you never know. The waiting game is going to be the most difficult for me. I pray you all are successful in your pursuits!

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    2. The waiting part is serious.

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    3. Its been two weeks and 2 days since my interview..I have been doing okay so far but I often think at what point do you began to worry.

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  25. Is it possible to be accepted if it is a small chapter, and you don't know any members? Provided you have a great packet and good interview?

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  26. I'm in the exact same boat. 2 weeks, and 2 days. I get more anxious with each day that goes by without hearing anything..

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    1. Has anyone waiting heard anything or know of anyone who has?

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    2. I just got the call (After three LONG agonizing weeks) that I MADE IT!!!!

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    3. Congratulations, I'm so happy for you. I'm waiting patiently just to find out if my alumni chapter will have a line this year

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  27. It will be three weeks for me on Friday. Is it safe to say that I didn't make it? I am starting to lose hope. A whole lot of it. (Sad face)

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    1. Come back to let us know if you hear something or not.

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  28. Currently on my campus, the sorority that I've waited basically my whole life to join (18 years) has decided not to have a rush this semester. My fingers are crossed that they will have one this coming fall. My question is for legacies. Does being a legacy give you an advantage in the selection process??? I'm asking because when I attended a Greek 101 event there were so MANY legacies trying to get into the same sorority as me because my schools chapter just recently came back from a five year suspension. I'm trying not to get my hopes up if there are an overwhelming number of legacies...

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    1. It depends on the organization you are apply to. My cousin is an AKA and their legacies are pretty much guaranteed a spot as long as the person who is their legacy have been active for the past two years. There was one time when there was over 300 at the rush, the school had a cap of 100, and they had to accept 90 legacies. That meant that only 10 people had a chance of getting voted upon. She made it since she was a legacy, and they didn't have to vote on her, however her roommate did not.

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  29. I just got the call (After three LONG agonizing weeks) that I MADE IT!!!! Whoo hoo!!!! Thank you Ms. Love for this blog! I have been following you seven years following your advice. I tried once in college in 2010 and was denied, came home and quickly connected with the nearest alumni chapter. I got to know the people in the organization, and I finally MADE IT! I am doing the happy dance in my cubical at work. To everyone else who have interviewed and are waiting I hope you get to do the happy dance soon as well. This all just seems surreal.

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  30. Congratulations!!!!It is heartwarming to know that you made it! Enjoy your new journey.

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    1. Congratulations! I hope its everything you dreamed of. I'm happy for you. I'm hoping that I get to do a happy dance like you too! :)

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    2. Yaaaaay! Congrats! I am taking notes....it can take 3 weeks to get a call after the interview...lol. Want to know what to expect.

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  31. I received my phone call last Friday!!! thank you for this blog!

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  32. Is anyone else still waiting on "The Call" to find out if they got accepted. Its been past 3 weeks for me but I have not received a rejection letter is it safe to say I didn't make it.

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    1. I am still waiting for my call. I have been checking my mailbox more than usual just in case I get yet another rejection letter. This wait is killing me.

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    2. Im waiting on the call, its nerve wrecking! Everytime i see a number I jump up! Ugh! But its only been 5 days.. i got a call for interview the day after my packet was submitted. My interview call was March 9th. March 11th was my interview... been waiting since.

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  33. I haven't received a call or rejection letter at this point for me I'm struggling to hold on to hope that a call will come its been over 3 weeks since my interview. I believe there's still hope but realistically as each day pass that hope diminishes. I continue to pray for peace.

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    1. Don't give up hope. It's not over. Wishing you all the best!

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  34. Hello everyone! I interviewed about 2 1/2 weeks ago...It's an alumnae chapter and had a few hundred people at the rush. They have a cap of 50 people for the line so I'm in the same boating waiting and checking the mail everyday! Good luck everyone!

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    1. I wish you the best upcoming success after interviewing today...I pray for you to get a call back..Keep the blog updated. Wishing you the very best.

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    2. Few HUNDRED at a RUSH??? With a cap of 50???? I better have my stuff together: i will continue to attend their public events, say hello to members, keep community service current, schmooze with financial members! So excited for you all who interviewed! Keep us posted. Good luck.

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    3. I can't believe you said a few hundred, but then again that makes sense since most alum chapters don't have intake often. I have a friend in the chapter that I am trying to join and I was very disappointed when she told me they decided NOT to have intake this year. I need to up my game and make sure they get to know me when they do have a rush. I really need to find a way to stand out.

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  35. Hi Everyone! It's been FIVE weeks since I had my interview. Nothing! Should I still hold out hope that I will get picked? Is it required that they send rejection letters? I am at a loss as to what is taking so long. I am expecting the worst at this point but hoping for the best.

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    1. Wow five weeks...I wish I had an answer...its been 3 weeks and 4 days for me and I been freaking out...5 weeks is much longer than I would have expected. Do you know anyone who is waiting as well who can let you know anything. But Im thinking if you haven't got a rejection letter there is still hope. Praying for the best outcome for you.

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    2. I am in the exact same boat, it's been 5 weeks since my interview as well and I have not received a rejection letter yet.

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    3. I am also in the same boat. Had my interview the 11th of February and still haven't heard back. I'm in undergrad btw.

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  36. It's been 4 weeks waiting since my interview for me. Still praying this time is my time.

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  37. For me it's been four weeks and three days since my interview. I haven't heard anything, so I am wishing and praying as well. I will be back to post my results either way. Hopefully my result will be a "I MADE IT! Here's to keep hope alive.

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    1. There is still hope...its four weeks today for me as well. No call and no rejection letter....I am still praying that I get the call. Prayer and Peace

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    2. Any word yet?

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    3. How many people interviewed you ?? Was it just the membership committee or the whole chapter ?

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  38. I Had my interview the 11th of February and still haven't heard back. I'm in undergrad btw. Is this normal? It was less than 100 girls at the rush. I know of some others who also got an interview and haven't heard back either. We only have a month and some weeks left in the semester. Can a line be dropped before it even starts?

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  39. Has anyone received a call or a rejection letter? How long did you wait?

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  42. I made a post a while back saying that I had been trying for 11 years and was waiting on my call for an interview but rec'd a rejection letter because my packet was incomplete. This was my third time trying (once in undergrad and twice at the alumnae level), and I thought that ai was done. Thought that maybe this just wasn't in the cards for me. However, there was a glitch in the matrix. I rec'd a call saying that everyone had rec'd a rejection letter. Something happened after the chapter held interviews that led them to reject all prospects. So, because of that they will try again in the fall!!! This gives me yet another chance!!! I feel sorry for the ones that were granted an interview, however, I KNOW how hard I've worked for this org. Not just work to become a member, but actually putting in work by volunteering with them. I am just so happy that I may have another chance at it later this year.

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    1. Wow that goes to show you there is always hope.

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    2. How many people did they interview for them to reject all applicants...it must have been a very small number.

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    3. I'm not sure about how many interviewed, but I do know that over 300 women attended the Rush. At the Rush we were told that they were only allowed to take up to 64 girls. I do know those girls that interviewed waited about 4 weeks before they heard something.

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    4. That is so unfortunate! I hope there is success for all at some point.

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  43. That is so awesome for you! I can only imagine how the ladies who did interview feel, but this was definitely confirmation for you NOT to give up. Wishing you the best in the near future!

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  44. Hey just an update! So it's been over 6 weeks since my interview. I found out they made calls a couple weeks ago. I guess the chapter I applied to decided not to send out rejection letters. I just wish I would have found out earlier (via letter) instead of being in the dark all this time. I'm still happy for all of those who made it! Maybe I'll be one of the chosen ones at another time :)

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    1. So sorry to hear that. Very thoughtful of you to post an update. I wish you luck in the future.

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  45. The DST have not been that active on campus at my school everyone has graduated but there is one on campus but I do not know her like that and most likely she do not know me. The Deltas come on campus during homecoming, probate, or when there is a greek show. This is my second semester here and all I can say that I have done volunteering work and keepig my grades up.i have always wanted to pledge but is it possible for me to pledge or if they are not active on campus or what should I do cause this is something I want to do.

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  46. I have a question. If I were to have a GPA of 2.75, would I be rejected because I met the criteria and not excelled? what are some reasons of being rejected?

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    1. If there are too many women that apply, the members may pick the cream of the crop, those who exceed criteria. Reasons for being rejected: not enough volunteering, incomplete application, the member who writes your letter of recommendation is not financial...

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  47. I am going to turn in my application for Delta (undergrad) this coming up semester, any words of encouragement? I am very nervous

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