Let me tell you about my LITTLE…

Just two weekends ago my sorority finally had Big-Little Reveal. I’m SO excited to FINALLY announce that my little is a lovely junior named Tricia! It’s so exciting to talk about her in public and not keep it a secret anymore! Tricia is transfer nursing student from Sanford, NC and is such a sweet girl. SHE IS AWESOME. Over the past month and a half, I’ve been working my butt off to gather goodies and make crafts for her to put in four different baskets of surprises for four weeks straight. Well, FINALLY, the crafting and money spending is over, as it ended with a big celebration on the beach and then going out to a party my AGD sisters.

The reveal was really exciting… we all formed a long line on the beach and made a tunnel with our arms for the new girls (the littles) to run through one by one. At the end of the tunnel, I was hiding in a decorated box and popped out when Tricia ran through. Both of us were SO excited when I popped out and we hugged and laughed and took a bunch of pictures with our family on the beach. It’s a really rewarding feeling to finally have my little and see how much she appreciated everything I’ve done for her so far. I like that I have some leadership in the sorority, even though I do not have an official position in the chapter (which I wouldn’t have time for anyway). I know that Tricia is really excited to have me as her big, and we’re already getting super close. She knows I will be there for her if she ever needs anything and I’m happy to help her find her place in our chapter. This week is initiation week, with ceremonies each night for our new members before they officially become sisters of Alpha Gamma Delta after the initiation ceremony on Friday evening. Here are some pictures of the baskets and crafts I made for Tricia, and also some cute shots of the reveal and after-party. YAY FOR FINALLY HAVING A LITTLE!

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TGIFB!

TGIFB!

(Thank goodness it’s FALL BREAK.)

I’m sorry to all my blog followers who actually read this and have been disappointed in my lack of posts recently. To say I’ve been busy is an understatement. But here’s what you’ve missed since I last updated you…

CLUB BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS AT UNCP!

This is my final year playing club basketball at UNCW and I was able to travel last weekend with the team to UNC Pembroke to play in a tournament. We had 5 games in 2 days and the other teams there were UNC Pembroke, UNC Greensboro and Campbell University. I quickly learned that Pembroke is in the middle of nowhere but we had a lot of basketball to play so I wasn’t too sad that there wasn’t anything fun to do in the area. The UNCW Women’s club basketball team is really good this year. Dare I say that is has the most potential of all the years I’ve played for the team… well, we’re good. But I didn’t expect for us to do so well at our first tournament and playing together as a team. I really loved spending time with the girls and getting closer to a few on our 2 hour car ride and late night up talking in the hotel room we rented for the night. We went undefeated for the weekend and won the championship game in double overtime vs. UNCG! It was definitely a sweet feeling to win in double overtime. We have a tradition on our team that the seniors get to hold the championship trophy in the photos after the game. As the only returning senior starting from freshman year until now, I had the bragging rights and seniority to hold our beloved championship trophy! Check out my pictures from the weekend…

I GOT A LITTLE!

For those of you who still aren’t up-to-date on your sorority terminology, a “little” is a girl from the new pledge class that I have taken in to my sorority family and is considered my “little sister” (kind of?), and I’m called her “big.” So it’s a secret for our new girls to know who their big is, and the bigs are required to be super artsy and craft them things (canvases, glasses, letters) and put together a basket of goodies for 4 weeks straight. I would post my first two baskets that I have put together with all of my little’s favorite things, but for secrecy reasons I won’t post any pictures or talk any more about my little until we have our reveal in a few weeks. Did I mention how hard it is to keep this a secret? The bigs have to be super sneaky in their crafts and trying their hardest to not let the littles guess who they are! All I can say for now is that I am SO happy with the little I got and I can’t wait to finally have her know who I am! More to come on this later…

ROCK FOR A CURE IS THIS FRIDAY!

I haven’t wrote much about my involvement as a co-coordinator for Rock for a Cure, but it’s actually taking over my life at the moment. I was chosen by my PR professor to be one of three girls who are planning this event. It’s a breast cancer benefit concert downtown on a rooftop bar! All of our proceeds will be donated to the Pink Ribbon Project which helps local Wilmington women who are uninsured with mammography screenings and provides “comfort bags” to women undergoing treatment currently. My duties include, and are not limited to:

–          Writing press releases to get media coverage

–          Getting sponsorships from businesses in the community

–          Collecting donations for our silent auction and raffle prizes

–          Organizing the raffle items and creating signage for them at the event

–          Creating mini-flyers and promotional materials to get event publicity

–          Organizing and communicating with volunteers

–          Creating a VIP list for entry at the door

–          Distributing flyers and t-shirts

–          Organizing every other detail that goes into event planning… lighting, decorations, etc.

So… that’s just a GLIMPSE into what I’ve been doing for the past few months. As the event comes closer, I’m starting to become a little more stressed but excited for it to finally be here! My parents are even coming next weekend so I’ll be really happy for them to see my hard work come together. My press release actually got us airtime on a popular radio station in Wilmington, Z107.5. I’ll be interviewed LIVE ON THE RADIO on Wednesday morning so look out for more updates about how that goes! I’ll post after the event to share how it went! ONE WEEK AHHHHH.

IT’S FALL BREAK RIGHT NOW!

Yup, that means a whole 4 day weekend off of school! While the beginning of my break started off a bit rocky (I was sick and lonely in my house by myself), I turned the weekend around now by getting a LOT of errands done today and feel super productive. Which is why I’m writing this blog post now because I can!

A large majority of my friends went home for Fall Break, including my roommates, so I’m enjoying the peace and quiet in my beach house and using this time to get stuff done. I don’t really have a choice, I have a LOT to do! Today I got my haircut (which was definitely a necessity because my hair was getting ratchet recently). So now I’m writing this with STRAIGHT HAIR. For those of you who really know me, you know my straight hair is a big deal. Today I also went downtown to drop off Rock posters and t-shirts, went food shopping at Trader Joes (yum Cookie Butter) and Walmart (ugh that place is a nightmare), got more crafting supplies at AC Moore (gosh that place smells so good), and did a few other things. Not bad huh?

OKAY SARA WRAP IT UP…

I’m notorious for writing too much. SORRY! That’s all I have for now. My parents get in to Wilmington on Friday so I’m sure you’ll be hearing about that and how Rock for a Cure goes. BYE!

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AGD Recruitment

I’m finally sitting down to write this post after the craziest past few days ever. Since before classes started up, I have been attending sorority practices in preparation for recruitment here at UNCW. And when I say “practice” I’m basically referring to a full time job, because that’s how much time I felt like we spent preparing. Don’t get me wrong, we definitely needed practice. It has just been a long few weeks…

In a nutshell, recruitment is three rounds (Philanthropy, Sisterhood, and Preference) and one heck of a long week. There is a LOT that goes in to this whole process: what to say, what not to say, practicing chants, grabbing girls at the door, what to wear, how to vote, etc… the list goes on.

To be honest, I was somewhat dreading this whole recruitment process going in to it. I have never had to experience fall recruitment (since I rushed in the spring of my sophomore year and went abroad fall of my junior year), and I was hoping I could magically get out of this whole process. However, that was not going to happen, so I put on a happy face and participated. Surprisingly, I learned a whole lot about recruitment that I never knew before.

New recruitment lingo I’ve learned:

PNM – Potential New Member. Any girl who’s not Greek already.

Rush Crush – A girl you fall in love with during recruitment and NEED to have her in your sorority. Seriously, you’d give your left arm to give this girl a bid.

Bump Group – The group of girls in your sorority that you will “bump” into while they are casually having a conversation with a PNM. A way to transition into conversations with girls who have no idea that your bump process is completely planned and you have a set girl to speak to next. (This process sounds complicated unless you’ve been through recruitment before…)

Bid Day – The end of recruitment when the new girls get a bid to join your sorority and run to your group on a big lawn where everyone is freaking out hugging each other and taking pictures throwing up their “gang” sign with their hands.

With all sarcasm aside, there is a point to posting about the end of recruitment. I’ve never considered myself a “sorority girl.” Ever. But I can sincerely say that this recruitment process has opened my eyes to a deeper understanding of what it means to be in a sisterhood. I had my reservations before joining a sorority, and a few more even after getting in. As much as I was not looking forward to recruitment training and rush week, this entire process has helped me understand how strong and supportive these girls are. Alpha Gamma Delta is more than just girls going to parties and hanging out. I’ve learned quickly that some of these girls will jump in front of a moving car for me. They can tell when something’s wrong and I haven’t spoken a word to them yet. They are there to share my happiness, but also support me during harder times.

I don’t want this post to sound cliché, but AGD recruitment has changed my outlook on sorority sisterhood. It has reminded me why I’m choosing to stick with the chapter through my senior year. The last round, Preference, is a truly special ceremony when our select final groups of PNMs come in one last time before making a decision. We make this round serious, and have the opportunity to connect on a deeper level with a PNM we have invited back. After this heartfelt conversation, usually involving tears, the girls in our chapter have a special ceremony where we play “You Make It Real” by James Morrison, and pass around a candle. I’m not one to really get emotional about this stuff, but there was an energy in the room that I couldn’t help but embrace. Looking around at all my sisters with tears in their eyes, I found myself tearing up too with my heart about to burst out of my chest. The love, passion and sincerity that everyone feels for this sisterhood is something that is hard to describe with words. Finally I can say that I felt that same deeper connection to Alpha Gamma Delta that I was trying hard to find.

Bid day is now over and a group of 32 new “babies” has joined our chapter. I’m really looking forward to getting to know each one. Everyone is raving about the new pledge class already! I will say that the bid day event was a bit anticlimactic in my opinion, but it was great to see how happy the new girls were to join our sisterhood. While I was upset that my “rush crush” ran to another sorority, I learned that everything happens for a reason and girls end up with the chapter that will be best for them. I’m still a little bitter about the computer/voting system works, but we can’t change much now.

I’m really looking forward to this semester with our new “baby squirrels” to see how our chapter can help them grow and also see how our chapter can grow from them.

That’s all for now. More updates about our new girls to come soon. Now it’s time to go friend 32 new girls on Facebook and welcome them to Alpha Gamma Delta!

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