Unless you go to school in some place like Japan, you’re officially on summer break. Congrats. But now it’s time to start thinking about what you can do to help prepare yourself for rush in the fall. For starters, upgrade your wardrobe or at least start thinking of the things you should and shouldn’t take with you to college. For example, don’t even think about bringing your letterman jacket. Nobody cares that you were captain on the cross country team and were a state champion your sophomore year in underwater basket-weaving. Welcome to the big leagues, brother. Slingshot engaged.
Another thing you can do that might help you get acclimated to your future school’s fraternity’s is to look them up online. Most schools typically have Greek websites that give backgrounds on each house, as well as provide a separate website.
Also, if your school doesn’t have a bona fide Greek Row, then it might help to locate all of the frats before you hit campus. If you can, get in touch with each fraternity’s rush chair before school starts, it will definitely help you out and, assuming he isn’t a complete d-bag (in which case I recommend you promptly drop that house from your list), gets you invited to almost all rush events.
Last and certainly not least, start drinking a little bit more. Really try testing your limits and capabilities. This is no laughing matter. I’m serious. I’ve personally seen with my own two eyes a kid get completely dropped from consideration because his shotgun performance was so pitiful. Needless to say, he accepted a bid from the worst fraternity on campus. What a shame.
With this in mind, I hope I didn’t scare any of you. And if I did, then maybe becoming an R.A. is a more conventional choice for you. The most important thing for you to remember is to be yourself. Act like you’ve been there before (but don’t actually).
Try to be calm, cool, and collected. Try to keep a conversation going without sounding too awkward. And for God sake’s, do NOT tell a story about how you and some high school bro’s got too f***** up last 4th of July. We don’t want to hear that shit. We’ll have a couple more posts here in the next few weeks with some more tips and whatnot about Rush Season.
Check out this video that sums up fraternity rush in a funny way: