Greek Life

Four Bonding Ideas for New Members

The new member process is easily one of the most exciting things about the sorority experience. You’ve finally find your home, and you’re so excited for the next few years to come. You’re going to learn all about the history of your sorority, you’re going to get to new all of the other members, you’re going to get your big, and you’re going to bond with the members of your pledge class.

This is perhaps one of the most important parts of the new member process. The girls in your pledge class will be with you to the very end, all the way to graduation. Hopefully, some of those sisters will stay friends with you beyond college.

That’s not to say that everything will be sunshine and roses between the girls. Some pledge classes are as small as four or five girls, while some are over ninety. Every university, sorority, and chapter is different. At the core, however, one thing is the same: you’re there because you believe in your sorority and its values and beliefs. That alone should bond the girls of your pledge class together, no matter how many of you there are.

Make sure you set aside time to get to know the girls in your pledge class. You’re all going through this new member process together. Here are a few ideas to start the new member bonding!

  1. New Member photoshoot: You’ve gone through recruitment and you’ve signed your bid. Now you have a whole sisterhood that you want to get to know—and guess what, they want to know you too! Get together with your pledge class and do a photoshoot. Take a picture of each new member and write a small blurb about where they’re from, what year they are, and why they went Greek.
  2. Craft night: It’s quintessential sorority, but it’s also so much fun. Craft your letters onto a canvas, or pick an inspirational quote from Pinterest. Keep them for yourselves or exchange with other girls from your pledge class!
  3. Take a field trip: Get out of the stuffy dorm rooms. Get off campus entirely! Take your bonding events somewhere fun. Fall is just starting, so find a pumpkin patch or a corn maze. Take a hike if your university has a park nearby. The possibilities are endless!
  4. Have a good, old-fashioned sleepover: Have a movie marathon, order some pizza, pop some popcorn, and put everyone in their pajamas. Stay up until the early hours of the morning and then go out for brunch! Sometimes, there’s nothing better than an old-fashioned sleepover.

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