It is no secret that Greek Life plays an important role in bringing students to Washington State University. At WSU, Panhellenic's formal recruitment is a long, but rewarding, seven-day process. Potential new members (PNMs) have the opportunity throughout this process to meet and get to know all 14 Panhellenic sororities through four distinct rounds. As the week goes on, we help women find their home in a chapter that best fits their values and goals.
For those who are unfamiliar with the recruitment process, Rho Gammas (also known as recruitment counselors) guide PNMs through each step of the process throughout formal recruitment. Rho Gammas are disaffiliated members of the Greek community who do not reveal which chapter they belong to so they can have their PNMs' best interests at heart. A Rho Gamma is a PNM's most valuable friend, resource and liaison while going through recruitment. We want to make sure that recruitment is a positive experience for everyone!
Once COVID-19 began taking a turn for the worse, WSU's Panhellenic council had to adapt and create a 100% virtual formal recruitment. As Rho Gammas, we were all excited for the opportunity to hold a virtual recruitment, but let me tell you, it was unlike anything anyone had ever experienced. We lived and breathed technology by the end of virtual recruitment, and we all could have put Information Technology Specialist on our resumes afterward.
Being a Rho Gamma during virtual recruitment taught me five important things that I would like to share with you.