I certainly hope this would have zero impact on your ability to rush or join. Go with an open mind, be yourself and if you are a good fit for the chapter and they are a good fit for you, you should have no different odds of getting a bid than any other woman.
Unfortunately most of my sorority-specific knowledge lies with NPC sororities. However, I am a firm believer that your age should not be a factor in the process. If you want to pursue membership there is no reason not to and if it is a mutually beneficial relationship you will be welcomed into the chapter. As an older student, you have a lot more wisdom and experience to offer the chapter (just don’t overplay this factor!). You may find a bit of disconnect initially with what will potentially be a younger new member group, but I have no doubt hat you will be able to bond with them as well as the older members and thoroughly enjoy the experience :)
I personally think that they mean it is just going to be a formal interview where you sit down with members and they want to make sure you will gain from the chapter as well as positively contribute through membership. So dress professionally and act professionally. Come prepared with questions for them, and answers to the questions they may ask (why that chapter, tell me about yourself, why are you the best candidate, what do you know about us, etc. ) I am not sure that bringing a portfolio would be necessary as it doesn’t relate specifically, but if they asked you to bring something that is a different story. You can also opt to bring it and only reference it if it becomes relevant. Focus on being able to speak eloquently about your passions :)
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No. From my own personal experience and all of the stories shared with me, and my trips to other campus all around, I have never met a sorority that came remotely close to that horrible stereotype. While you may come across a member of a sorority (or fraternity) that does take part in those activities, it is not representative of how 99% of Greek life behaves. A personal lifestyle choice of a member is that member’s choice and not promoted by the organization. Many Greek life chapters offer programming that promotes healthy active lifestyles, study and time management clinics and alcohol and drug awareness, and can take affirmative action to help members abusing various substances or struggling in school.
You will come across people who do these negative activities in any form of student life, not just Greek life. Members of Greek life, just as in any other student life group, are university or college students getting an education looking to be successful in the world. Cheating, (illegal/immoral) drug use, and constant partying would not help us accomplish our huge goals and dreams. While it is unfortunate that people use a potentially really positive resource to put negativity and shame towards their own organizations, you will constantly encounter a huge force from Greek life members in the real world constantly working to overcome stereotypes, showing the world just how amazing the things we accomplish together are.
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