Small talk is an integral part of any recruitment!
Topics to talk about:
Your major (or majors that you'd like to have if you're undeclared!)
Where you're from
How you like campus
Favorite places to go on/around campus
Topics to shy away from:
My Pi Chi told us to think of it like this, don't talk about the 5 B's:
2. Booze (partying)
3. Bush/(O)Bama (aka politics)
4. Bible (religion)
5. Bashing (don't be negative or talk about other sororities)
Think of small talk as a mini-interview! If you were going on an interview for a job, ignore topics that you wouldn't want to share with a future employer.
"Be open, and talk about things that you are interested in. It will make conversations much more comfortable for everyone involved."
-Sister from Delta Delta Delta, Phi Beta chapter
Ask lots of questions!
Examples of good small talk questions:
1. "I'm undeclared in my major! Do you like yours?"
2. "What have you gotten involved in on campus?"
3. "Where's your favorite restaurant off campus?"
4. "What dorm did you live in freshman year?"
5. "Have you ever changed your major?"
6. "What are your plans after graduation?"
7. "What's a good place to study on campus besides the library?"
8. "What has been your favorite sporting event (football game) that you've gone to here?"
9. "Where's good shopping around campus?"
Also keep in mind that recruitment is a great time to meet fellow classmates and friends! Think of it as an opportunity to get to know your potential new friends as well! Small talk it up with girls in your recruitment groups, girls you're waiting around with and practice your small talking then too. Some girls may even be older (perhaps going through recruitment as a transfer student or sophomore) who'll have even more good information for you!
"Ask questions! Just as much as the girls in each of the houses want to get to know you, you want to get to know them as well! It is a mutual process-- you have to love them just as much as they will love you!"
-Sister from Delta Zeta, Beta Delta chapter
Go with your gut and feel out each situation on your own! Ask your Pi Chi for tips and she'll help guide you in the right direction. She'll have more topics that you can have tucked up your sleeve to chat about during recruitment.
Tomorrow's post will include what to wear (and what not to wear!)!