Pledge Week

This week’s blog post was written by WCO intern Laura Keys.

Well, it’s that time of year again: the Back-to-School Rush, when students swarm back to Athens by the truckload. Incidentally, it’s also Panhellenic Rush time. Never having joined a sorority, I’m rather fascinated by some of the things I hear about Greek culture on campus, and Rush Week  is a source of many of these gems. In particular, I was shocked to hear that girls participating in Rush Week events often had to be up and ready before 8am!

“8am doesn’t sound so bad,” you might say. But consider that these ladies must be up and ready and in a state to impress new strangers. Obviously no sweatpants or greasy hair are allowed at these events, and cute shoes are a must. (Duh.) That equates to a wake-up of 6am in order to have time to shower, style their hair, dress up, put on make-up, and be ready and peppy for the day to start. They do this routine multiple days in a row so that they can obtain a coveted invitation to join the sorority of their choice.

It’s already been a long morning for these ladies.

Now, I have a hard enough time just getting myself dressed and fed in the mornings. If I had to do all that prep to make myself look cute and photo-worthy in the morning, I would certainly look for a way to streamline it and give myself a little more time to sleep in.

And then it dawned on me, a simple thing rush-ees could do that would not only save them time but would also save water: don’t take a shower every single morning! After all, the average shower lasts between 5 and 10 minutes; if your hair is wet, you can tack on an additional 20 to 30 minutes of drying, straightening, curling, and styling. By skipping a shower every other morning, these girls could save more than 30 minutes in the morning as well as over 30 gallons of water EACH for each shower skipped.

If you currently shower and wash your hair every day, I challenge you to try taking a day off. If you feel like your hair is just too oily, try a dry shampoo on those off-days. You can purchase one or make a really simple one at home following advice from this blog.

So which group will you be pledging this fall? Alpha phi? Sig ep? Or W C O?


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