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What to pack your rush bag

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I came back Furman on yesterday (Thursday) however classes don’t start until Monday. I have mixed feelings about being back. I’m super excited to see my friends and to be back into somewhat of a schedule but I’m already dreading the stress that school brings along with it. My classes this semester are challenging and for some reason Spring semester always seems busier than fall semester (is that even possible?)

I’m heading back to school a few days early because we are staring our recruitment process on Saturday. At Furman we have delayed rush, which means that we don’t rush until 2nd semester versus the traditional fall rush. It gives girls a full semester to adjust to the rigor of college level work, make friends, and get to know some of the sororities and upper classmen before making that big commitment. This is the first year I’ll be on the other side of the whole process. I’m realizing that both sides are stressful but for completely different reasons. I remember the whole process a year ago like it was yesterday. Looking back I couldn’t have been more happy with my decision. I have without a doubt found my home on campus and found lifelong friends.

The process can be overwhelming as a freshman. You don’t really know what to expect and most often times there are unexpected bumps. It’s definitely not a very fun process, however if you find the right fit I think it’s totally worth every second. Although you can’t be ready for everything, one thing you can control is how prepared you are. I had one bag that I carried to all the rounds with me and it was a savoir. It stared out feeling like 50 pounds but by the last day I learned what I really needed and what was just extra weight. I also suggest packing it the night before so you don’t have to worry about running around your dorm looking for things the morning of.  Here are some of the essentials that were in my bag!    

What's in the bag? 
- chapstick
- a tampon 
- hair clip
- flats (to put on inbetween rounds)
- granola bar
- safety pins
- deodorant 
- mints
- a phone charger
- mascara
- stain remover

At Furman they offered us drinks in every round but if it’s different at your school I would also suggest throwing in a bottle of water! Good luck if your school has second semester rush too! Trust the system and remember that your first instinct is usually right!





  1. This is such a good post! I recently did a post on tips for sorority recruitment! Flats or warm boots to put on in between rounds are essential! I wore warm boots and then left them in a bucket outside of the house designated for shoes and purses.

    xoxo, Abby

  2. I really wish my school had sororities, I've always wanted to rush! These bag essentials are good to have anytime though! Great idea! :)

    Halle @ A Preppy Point of View