Rush Week

The process of seeking out a fraternity or sorority can be a little intimidating and confusing. Trust me guys, don’t over think this process it is simpler than you think. First, do a little research to discover if Greek life is the right fit for you. Many people I know will go the through process and end up dropping out wasting a bunch of time and money.

If you are still on the fence, here is a great blog on 5 reasons to go Greek:

So you’ve made the decision to join for a lifelong commitment, you are on your way to meeting your best friends, future business partners, and possibly your bridesmaids or groomsmen.

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Photo Credit: Amber Goodman

Let’s start with rush week, this week usually takes place a week or two into the fall or spring semester. Full disclosure, I will be focusing on fraternities since I’m a male and that’s the organization I joined. The university will have Greek information night where different fraternities on campus will be tabling to show you what they can offer. The key here is to go talk to all of them, not just the one your family member is a legacy at or one that your roommate is interested in. Gather rush information so you will know where there are doing there rush events, what time, and what to expect. Most of the time rush events will have something to do with a BBQ, sports day, or different events. I can still remember the first time I walked into a fraternity house, my blood was pumping and I was officially excited for my next for years of college.

Do’s and Don’ts: You have arrived at your first fraternity house, now what? DO walk around introducing yourself to the active member, ask questions to get to know them. What is important here is you are seeing if you fit in with the group of guys. DON’T hide in the corner with your friend or reenact a movie seen you saw out of animal house, everyone will hate you. The biggest goal of rush is to figure out what house you fit into.

You’ve found a house you really like, you fit in, and are getting along with all the guys. It is time to get yourself a bid. If you don’t already know what a bid is from doing your research it is an invitation to come back and do an interview. The most important step to joining the fraternity you chose is your interview. All the active member will be present, relax and just be yourself they were all in your shoes at some point. Waiting for the call back to receive the news of you made it or not is gut wrenching, but if you do get in you are in for the best time of your life.

If you made it to this point, you must be interested in joining a fraternity. Go purchase the book TFM, crack a cold one, and read up on what it’s like to be a pledge.

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Settling In, Tips & Tricks To Living With Roommate’s

The parents have left their freshmen behind, the halls are beginning to fill with card board boxes. Despite the designated area where everyone is supposed to discard of their moving boxes, they will always end up in the hall. It is time to set up your room, all I have to say is command strips, command strips, command strips….. you will thank me eight months from now when it’s time for you to move out. These are the most useful little guys to hang up decoration, hang towels, or whatever it might be that needs to be hung up.

You will typically have one roommate or two, depending on the size of your dorm. Some dorm rooms have their own bathrooms, you will find out when you select your dorm. Having your own bathroom has its perks, but like anything it has its downfall. On one side, you won’t need a shower caddie or the need to wear flip flops in the shower, it is also really nice when you get home from a long night of binge drinking (yes you will binge drink a lot your freshmen year). However, having communal bathrooms eliminates the hassle of cleaning your own bathroom. If your roommate’s were anything like mine, you will be cleaning up after them for eight months. Okay, that’s my rant for choosing a room with a bathroom or not, let’s get back on topic to settling in.



You’ve met your roommate or roommate’s and it’s time to settle in, draw up a contract immediately. It is better to put in writing how you would like your roommate’s to respect your space and any pet peeves form the get go. They are more likely to accommodate your needs if you let them know from the start.  However, part of living in the dorms is to learn to live with people and not sweat the small stuff. Trust me when you move out of the dorms, you will be living with even more roommate’s. One big NO NO, don’t ever use your roommates stuff, or eat their food without asking. This will cause drama, fighting and make your life a living hell.

Be organized, a great way to keep your room nice a tidy is by using bins, and plastic under bed containers, make your bed every day, and create a cleaning schedule. This is a great way to make your room feel presentable, which you will want when inviting your new peers over. While we are talking about being clean, dorm rooms are tight quarters and typically will start to smell. When in doubt, spray or plug it in. Air fresheners are your friend, just don’t over use them so your whole hall gets a headache. Another trick to keep your room smelling good is strategically place your trashcans and change them daily. Nobody I repeat nobody will want to be in your room if it smells. Basic hygiene is a very important trait when living in the dorms. Be clean people it’s not rocket science. Mainly have fun and enjoy your dorm days, they will go by fast.

The Beginning

Welcome to “college unwrapped & uncensored”, my name is Jason Kalman and I’m here to give you an insight on what to expect on the next chapter of your life. If you are anything like me, I came to college pretty much blind folded, I did not know what expect. What will the dorms be like? Is the food going to be good? How will college classes be run? How do I study for these huge exams? Do I pledge a fraternity? What is a fraternity? What is the secret to balancing class and a social life? These were all questions that I wish I could have had answers to when I got dropped off.

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Photo Credit: University of Nevada, Reno

Freshmen move in day, one of the most chaotic days of college you will experience. Cars everywhere, finding a parking spot to unload your car that is packed to the roof is a challenge in its own. After finding a designated load/unloading zone, its time to check in with your resident hall advisor and obtain the keys your 5×10 shared living quarters for the next 8 months. After multiple trips up and down the stairs (since the elevator is a 30min wait) maybe a few dropped items fromrun ins with other freshmen and their parents, you have moved in. The start of a new chapter in your life has officially begun.

Now what you have been waiting for, time to meet the roommate. This is one of the scariest things to face when moving in the dorms. Your roommate can really make or break your freshmen year. Is he or she going to be a complete weirdo? Are they into drugs? Do they smell bad? Are they messy? Do they have a boyfriend or girlfriend that will be there 24/7? These are all questions that have been running through your head all summer. Well, the time is finally here. One item of advice that I can give you is to not live with your best friend from home. Not only will this ruin your friendship, but it will render your opportunity to meet new people; possibly one of your good friends for the rest of your life. You are asked to do a questionnaire prior to room assignments so relax, majority of the time it all works out.

It is time to get settled in to your new living facilities, alone away from home. Hang some fun posters up on the wall and make the most out of living in the dorms. You will meet a ton of people, some that will be your best friends for the rest of your life. Don’t be shy in the dorms, everyone is just as nervous as you. Have fun and meet as many people as you can, who knows your business partner could be in the room next door.