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General Questions:

Aren't fraternities/sororities just like the ones that we see on television or in the movies?
No. Every fraternity and sorority is different and unique. Fraternities and sororities are not as they are depicted on TV, just as relationships and weddings are not as they are on TV. The best way to find out what fraternities and/or sororities are like is to go to a recruitment function to see for yourself.

I have heard that chapters have various reputations -- how do I handle this information?
The only opinion of a chapter that should matter is yours. Each chapter is different from campus to campus and from year to year. If you allow someone else's perceptions to influence you, then you may not feel satisfied with your choices.  Remember that each chapter is made up of many different members with different talents and qualities that compose the entire group. There are always rumors about any important event. If you hear derogatory remarks about any chapter or any member  please disregard those comments as inappropriate and antithetical to the fraternal spirit. Any questions regarding rumors or inappropriate comments should be directed toward the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life.

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General Recruitment/Intake Questions:

What is the difference between recruitment and intake?
The recruitment process is conducted by the CPC and IFC groups to add members to their organizations through local means.  The recruitment process is structured by the local governing councils.  The intake process is conducted by culturally based organizations and may require interviews and paperwork facilitated by a regional or national authority.  The intake process is dictated by the individual national organizations.

If I go through recruitment/intake, am I obligated to join?
No, many students choose to go through the recruitment process to meet people and make new friends. Recruitment is the opportunity for you to visit the chapters, get a glimpse of fraternity/sorority life and assess whether or not you would like to be a part of the Georgia College fraternal experience.

I am a legacy to an organization, is there anything I should know?
Legacy policies vary from organization to organization.  You should first consult with the specific organization(s) regarding any procedures they may have.  Each potential new member is considered on an individual basis.  A legacy is no more obligated to join a particular organization than the organization is obligated to offer her/him membership.  The potential new member and the organization are looking for compatibility, not necessarily a family connection to the group.

What should I talk about at recruitment events?
It is important for you to be yourself during recruitment, and let the conversation flow naturally. The organizations are presenting themselves to you just as you are presenting yourself to them. Asking questions is encouraged.  Do not be shy the chapters want to know about you.  Remember, everyone likes to talk to someone who is friendly, has comments to make, and questions to ask.

What should I expect my recruitment days to be like?
Recruitment can definitely be tiring, both physically and emotionally since there is so much "rushing" around to different events. However, it is really up to you to decide how positive a recruitment experience you will have. Remember, a good attitude and an open mind are vital, as is getting your rest and eating healthy. Try to remember that even though small talk can become tedious and repetitive, every event is a new event. So, try to approach even the last event of the day or week with an open mind and a fresh attitude.

What if I have trouble choosing between organizations?
Difficult decisions are a very common dilemma. Potential members, however, should not look at this as a problem. Most students can be happy in any of the organizations on campus. Besides, you have to keep in mind that chapters are having to make decisions, too. Think carefully and look objectively at what each organizations has to offer you. A chapter should be a second home, a place where you feel totally comfortable and welcome. Your intuition, experiences at each party, and personal goals and desires should guide you in your decision making.

What if I only want to join one certain organization?
Potential New Members often experience the greatest disappointment by beginning the recruitment process only wanting to be a member of a certain organization.  Membership is more than wearing certain letters.  It is giving your time and energy to the organization, agreeing to abide by the rules and regulations, and living up to the high expectations.  Don't make a decision based on stereotypes and other opinions.  Keep an open mind and make a decision that is right for you.

What happens if I turn down a bid I receive?
We encourage you to think carefully before making a decision to turn down a bid.  Emotions can temporarily cloud your thinking and judgement.  Please give yourself and the organization a chance before declining a bid.  Some councils have specific implications for declining a bid.  You should consult with the council officers and/or recruitment guides during the process to fully understand those implications.

For more specific questions about recruitment/intake visit the council recruitment pages.

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