Society Spotlight:  What to know if you’re new

Iyesha Ferguson


Hello new Society members! First, I want to say welcome and congratulations on making it to the other side. I know I can speak for all the Societies when I say we are so happy to have you and can’t wait to continue getting to know you and forming even tighter bonds. 

As most of you know, I joined the Thalian Society in the Spring of 2018, and it has been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had; My love for my sisters, my society, and my school has grown immensely. I remember joining like it was yesterday , and I know it can be weird the first couple of weeks once you cross over, but I am here to welcome you to Society life. 

Here are some tips as you navigate your way through your first couple weeks as new society members: 

Be proud

You just did the damn thing; be proud of yourself! You just finished a month-long process on top of going to class and, for some, working. Give yourself a pat on the back because you made it! 

Take a breath

Breathe. Breathe. Breathe. I cannot stress this enough. Take time for yourself. One thing all societies can agree on in regards to our respective processes, is that all the processes are time-consuming and require time management, which often leaves new members putting themselves last. Take some time to put yourself first. Go out to your favorite restaurant, take a walk — whatever you do for yourself, do it. 

Hug your new member class

Let out a big sigh of relief as a group. These people were your main support system for an entire month. Let them know you appreciate them being there for you. 

Keep up the good habits

Over the month, you probably picked up some fantastic time management skills — keep doing those! If you learned that a planner helps you stay on top of things during this month, then keep using the planner. Don’t stop these good habits just because new member education is over, the skills you learned during this past month can be of use for the rest of your college career and life!

Be ready

Finishing New Member Education does not mean the work is over. In fact, the work has just begun. It’s time to immerse yourself in this new group, make new connections, and learn more about yourself. 

Read more next week, as I’ll be giving detailed tips on how to fully immerse yourself into Society life. Until next time, happy first active week; we’re so happy you’re here!