Monday: I attended a day and a half conference for social media and content strategy in higher education. The name tags were these huge bulky things that felt incredibly awkward to wear. It was fun getting to meet other people who do what I do and learn that no one knows what the hell their doing with social media. After the conference I started getting pretty emotional, and made a video that you can watch here.
Tuesday: Alex loves Don Pablo’s and on Tuesdays they offer all you can eat tacos. So we stopped by his fraternity house on the way to the restaurant to see if anyone wanted to join us. We ended up gathering quite the party!
Thursday: The outfit I wore the day Alex and I suddenly realized it was a good weekend to move him out of where he was currently living. He leaves for Germany in a month and moving on now will save him $350. If you want to see a video about our moving adventure you can watch it here.
Saturday: Alex and I spent the weekend at his parents’ house. We went out to dinner with family friends and took a photo together. I love this man so much. He’s my best friend and my biggest supporter in everything I do.
I’ve been an active part of my sorority since I joined back in 2010. From being on committees to taking on a lot of different positions, I have learned the ins and outs of my organization. For years I’ve put my heart into TPA, but I’ve gotten to the point in my life and education that I’ve been forced to take a step back.
I’m graduating at the end of this year, so these last two semesters are going to be packed with final courses and internships. There just isn’t enough time to accomplish everything I need to academically and financially on top of all of the sorority obligations. I had to prioritize and do what is best for me in the long run. That just happens to mean fewer sorority events. In the end I know I’ll be much happier not trying to kill myself by doing everything. It’s just going to be weird not being a part of a lot of things.
This past weekend my sorority volunteered at the Eastern Michigan Food Bank packing boxes for the holidays. We made it a mixer with the university’s Chemistry Club. What a great time it was doing something for others and getting to see such a ridiculously amazing organization at work.
Tonight I volunteered with a few sisters on campus. We helped the YWCA host a “Night Out for Women and Children” where the mothers were pampered in one room and the children did crafts with us in another. I’m a sucker for crafts.
Another year flew by and I found myself back at formal recruitment. This was my second year on the “inside” of recruitment and much to my surprise it was a lot different than last year. I contribute the drastic change to my presidential status within the chapter. Plus my own recruitment was two years ago, making me feel a lot older than I actually am.
It was awesome to see all the new, excited faces of girls who wanted to join a sorority, but have no clue what it’s really all about. They talked about making new friends and getting more involved, but it won’t be for a few months until they truly understand what a sorority is really all about.
To me a sorority is a blessing, a headache, a stresser, a motivator, and an omnipresent being that makes you a better person through it all. Every year recruitment is said to be the most stressful time, and maybe that’s true to some extent, but I didn’t feel it this year. Sure the nights got lengthy, but to me it flew by leaving me feel like I only got to know a few girls.
I did manage to develop a crush on one of the potential new members. I knew the other two sororities were eying her too, but luckily she decided that my sorority would be her new home!
Recruitment brought back a lot of emotions for me. I thought a lot about my family tree and how we’re all growing up and moving on but still there for each other.
I’m also glad to have my best friend no longer a recruitment counselor so she can wear our letters again and hang out with me in public. I’m curious to see what happens in the next year and how our new girls fit into the chapter. It’s going to be an interesting rest of the semester.