Our Zeta Babies, Not So Much (Warning: Extreme Cuteness)

It’s Bid Day, and in a few minutes, you are about to meet the future of your chapter! An exciting moment. The soon-to-be sisters who are about to run toward you represent the next generation of best friends, Little Sisters, study buddies and leaders of your chapter. There is a lot riding on their amazing-ness.

You hope they are as intelligent, kind, friendly, fun, involved and driven as they came across in recruitment! But yet … sometimes, our ZTA sisters call them “our Zeta babies.”

It just doesn’t add up.

While we understand that Zetas who use this term likely mean it as a term of endearment, new members are not babies. If we want them to be the members and leaders we recruited them to be, we need to call them and treat them like the women they are.

9 Reasons Why New Members Aren’t Babies

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The babies epidemic.

For the last few years, we’ve seen our many sorority women who once referred to their sisters as new members take a more parental approach, calling these 18- to 20-year-old women “babies.”

Wow. We actually want these members to be intelligent, talented, strong, mature and successful members—women. We want them to make good choices and smart decisions as sisters. We want them to be our future leaders. And yet, some of us are calling them “babies.” It doesn’t add up.

Why? Because they’re not babies. Here are 9 reasons why.

1. They can feed themselves.
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2. They hold their heads up and sit without your support.
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3. They don’t need to be fed every few hours. Ok, maybe some do. After all, we’re college students. But at least a bottle is out of the picture.
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4. They can sit in the front seat.
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5. They can walk and move around without scooting or crawling.
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6. They can respond to their name and smile when you talk to them.
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7. They can communicate, so when something is wrong or they have concerns, they ideally should be able to tell you with actual words. You shouldn’t have to decipher their cooing sounds.

8. They can sleep through the night. Ok, so again, college students sometime struggle with this one, but at least they don’t need to be fed, rocked or sung lullabies to put them back to sleep.
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9. And the real kicker—they don’t need their diapers changed. Thank goodness.
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Lift new members up by treating them like the amazing women they are! 

National Hazing Prevention Week 2013 was Sept. 23-27. To educate our members and others about hazing prevention, Zeta Tau Alpha developed lists (inspired by BuzzFeed) to highlight positive member experiences and combat hazing. While these lists might be funny, hazing is not a joke. Join ZTA to end hazing by doing the right thing, for the right reason, all the time.