New Member Experience
ZTA’s Zeta Is Forever New Member Experience was designed to emphasize the values of the Fraternity. Each section of the program focuses on values found in The Creed of Zeta Tau Alpha that all Zetas should “seek” in their daily lives, including greatness, understanding, purpose, sisterhood and nobility. Zetas across the country take part in this program as new members and learn values they carry with them throughout their lives.
All first-year Zetas go through the New Member Experience, GreekLifeEdu, Initiation and two post-Initiation lessons during the same semester as Primary Recruitment.
Prior to the in-person meeting each week, new members will complete an online educational workshop regarding that week’s topic. Each workshop consists of information and activities that will assist new members in their learning of the material. The purpose of these online workshop is to allow for fewer lectures and more discussion and engagement with other new members during in-person meetings, building overall sisterhood and a connection to the Fraternity. The in-person meetings include icebreakers, a review of the online module, interactive activities and a personal reflection.
In Zeta Tau Alpha we want our new members to have a positive and memorable experience throughout the New Member period.At Washington College the Gamma Beta Chapter provides our newest members with countless fun, exciting activites that will enable the future members of our sorority to learn about Zeta Tau Alpha's history, the sisters of our chapter, and the ideals of our founders. Our Vice President II works closely with the New Member class and becomes a trusted mentor for them while teaching them all they need to know about ZTA!
Throughout the New Member period Zeta Tau Alpha holds fun, bonding activities for our new members to get to know one another and the rest of the sisters in our sorority. We have movie nights, ice cream parties, "Just Dance" competitions, and many events where we spend time having fun and getting to know eachother.
Each New Member will receive a Big Sister to guide them throughout their ZTA experience and throughout life. Your big sister will become your mentor, friend, and role model. This is always an extremely happy and memorable time for the sisters of our chapter! In addition each year the New Member class goes on a retreat with the Vice President II. The retreat is always a highlight of our New Member Program, and years later sisters still remember the amazing time they had on their retreat. The retreat usually is filled with a night of movies, eating snacks, bonding time, making crafts, and lots and lots of smiles and laughter!
In Zeta Tau Alpha we have a strict no hazing policy. At Washington College ZTA creates a positive new member program, where we don't belittle or break down sisters we care about in order to "build them back up". Instead our chapter embraces everyone just the way they are and we show our new members how, they as individuals, will make ZTA even better! We are a family from the start that always loves one another and that is why our sisterhood is so special!