What is pledging? and other…


How is Sigma different from other sororities?

Generally speaking, all sororities are fairly similar. Every sorority works hard to support a national philanthropy, has their own history, contributes to their community, and offers social activities. However, the main difference between SYZ and any sorority is the women in the organization. When choosing a sorority to rush or pledge, the most important factor should be how comfortable you feel and how well you get along with the sisters. Ask yourself, do you feel relaxed while chatting with them? Can you see yourself hanging out with them in the future? If the answer is “Yes”, then you should definitely consider joining! After all, sisterhood lasts beyond pledging and even beyond college. It lasts for a lifetime.

What can I expect from a “typical” Sigma sister?

There is no “typical” Sigma sister. Sisterhood is not a mold for women to fit into. Nor does it make each sister who they are. Each sister contributes her talent, idealism, devotion, and energy to the greater organization, giving our sisterhood the character it has today. We hope that each sister will change our sisterhood, helping it to grow and evolve through time.

Does Sigma Psi Zeta haze?

Sigma Psi Zeta National enforces a strict non-hazing policy. Our organization’s national philanthropy is “to combat the violence against women.” With this in mind, we are against the disrespect of women in all its myriad forms. Pledging is a challenge and a commitment during which trust is placed in both the pledges and the sisters. Subsequently, we do not mentally, physically or emotionally degrade our pledges.

I am not of Asian or Pacific Islander descent, can I still rush and join?

Absolutely! Although we are an Asian-Interest sorority, we welcome women of all races, ethnicities, and nationalities. In fact, nationally, 10% of the sisters are of non-Asian descent. We are the most diverse national Asian-interest sorority in terms of race and ethnicity.

What is pledging?

During pledging, pledges learn about the traditions and history of Sigma Psi Zeta. They also establish bonds of sisterhood within the pledge class and with active sisters. Pledging is a unique experience, a time to create lasting memories and friendships, as well as to invest in yourself and develop leadership and time management skills.

What is the time commitment for pledging?

Pledging is certainly a commitment, but the amount of time that you devote to it depends on you. The more time you put in, the more valuable your experience will be. Pledging takes time, but it is not meant to be overwhelming. We always put your academic performance first, and the sisters are there to support and help you along the way.

I still have questions.

Unfortunately, we can’t predict every single question you might have for us (“What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?”) and we don’t want to keep you scrolling through this page forever. If you have a question that we still haven’t answered, please feel free to drop us a line at syzyale@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you.


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