At every HBCU, it comes that particular time of year when organizations within the National Pan-Hellenic Council begin the intake of new members and have a reveal of these members at what is called a probate. At the probate, you will find that a lot is happening at once, so it is essential to be prepared for anything and everything. Here are a few do’s and don’ts for this time of year.
Do: Cheer On Your Friend Or Loved One
For all the hard work, dedication, and perseverance it takes to pledge, a Black Greek Letter Organization deserves to be celebrated. This is your time to make them feel special and appreciated. Paraphernalia from their respective organization is always appreciated. Still, if some of the items are out of your price range, you can always purchase other thoughtful items, such as things that are personalized or a financial gift.
Don’t: Be Loud In Times Where It’s Not Appropriate
While probate season is an exciting time for everyone involved, it is essential to be mindful of the energy within the room. There will be moments when everyone is up and cheering, while other times, only a few people are cheering. In these moments, use discernment to see when it is most appropriate to speak or cheer. It is best not to talk as the new members are saying their organization’s history or if they are singing songs so that others can hear them.
Do: Bring Something To Cool Down.
As you can imagine, probate season can be crowded with everyone looking to support their loved one. Sometimes these events can even be outside. With this in mind, you should bring something to cool down, such as a fan or cup of ice, to ease the heat amid excitement. You may not always be able to leave where you’re sitting, so bringing this with snacks and maybe even a portable charger is essential.
Don’t: Sit Somewhere You Cannot See
Depending on the school you’ll see the probate at, the seating selection may or may not be the best choice. Coming earlier than the start time will help you select a seat in an area where you can see and hear everything. Sometimes you may not know if a heart is good until the show is closer to starting, so if need be, try to gauge the area and move as needed. You may not have much space, but at least you can capture the special moments.
Do: Take Care Of Your Hygiene During The Day
Rain or shine, the show must go on. Especially on those hotter days or locations, packing a mini deodorant or fragrance will help you to stay refreshed during the occasion. Depending on the organization and the number of people involved will determine the time, so coming prepared enables you to keep on top of things. GIt’sreeting your loved one with a pleasant smell after their journey is always good.
Don’t: Come Alone
Probate is supposed to be a time of excitement and celebration. When you are at an event of this magnitude, it’s always great to have others with you to enhance the experience, whether cheering for the same person or various people; the more support is given, the better.
Hopefully, these tips allow you to get the most out of this season as your friends achieve the goals they set out for themselves!
Sherdell Baker is a senior journalism major student at Hampton University. She seeks to bring the quintessential views of contemporary college culture to the masses. Check out more from her here.