Q: What were the first steps you took in planning Rush Week?
LR: The first step I took in planning Rush Week was thinking of a theme that could have events relative to our tripod of fellowship, leadership, and scholarship. My committee and I brainstormed ideas for themes that could have activities based around the tripod. Once we did that, we presented those ideas to the chapter and voted on the theme. After we picked the theme, we had to plan the details of the events and make sure that all of the activities promoted some sort of brotherhood bonding so the brothers and the rushees could get to know each other in an easy-going, fun environment.
Q: How much work went into planning each event?
LR: Planning any sort of event where you want to do fun activities while also promoting social interactions is challenging. There are a lot of things to take into consideration therefore there is a lot of work that goes into planning each event. My committee and I had to make sure that the activities we were planning were feasible. We actually did a few trial runs to make sure the activities in the event would run smoothly. It was pretty tough to think of all the possible ways that the event could be successful or unsuccessful but the amount of work in planning it was absolutely worth it.
Q: Where did you get ideas for events?
LR: As many people do, to get the creative juices flowing, I started thinking about events by going on Pinterest. When I had a few baseline ideas of some themes and events that would be possible, I met with my committee. The members of my committee were the most helpful and useful tools I have used in planning rush week. We thought of the ideas by basically talking through them aloud and figuring out the details of what would work and what wouldn’t. The members of my committee were very creative and had great input and ideas. Without them, I would not have been able to create the fun events that we did.
Q: Why did you want to be Recruitment Advisor?
LR: When I rushed Phi Sigma Pi I wasn’t able to attend a lot of the rush events because of my busy schedule. However, the following semester I attended every single event and fell in love with the rush process, which is why I ran for the Recruitment Advisor position. During rush, I created relationships with people that I never would have known otherwise and now I cannot picture my life without. Rush is such a unique experience; it essentially is the process that turns complete strangers into family. The events during the week exemplify who we are as people, what we do as an organization, and how strong our brother bond is. Rush allows the prospective members to start building relationships and experience what it’s like to be a Phi Sigma Pi Brother.
Congratulations to Leann on her success this week! But there's no rest for Recruitment Advisor! Leann and her committee are starting to plan for next semester right away to ensure that everything goes out without a hitch. We all look forward to finding out what you come up with for next semester!