15 MORE Things I’d Rather Be Than Pretty

Things I'd Rather Be Than Pretty

I read this article from HerCampus a few months ago and it’s still on my mind, these past few weeks especially. It gives 26 words to describe someone other than just a pretty face. The point is that appearance doesn’t tell you who a person is. You’re probably rolling your eyes right now, but I really believe that. Pretty is only skin deep, but beauty is so, so much more. Pretty can only get you so far, but true beauty is so, well, beautiful. I want everyone to fall in love with your character, with how you make a difference for people, with who you are. You’re the total package, so why don’t we ever acknowledge that? I don’t want little girls to wonder if they’re pretty because that’s so subjective. I don’t want them to go through life ever doubting themselves. I want them to live with confidence. I want them to see what […]

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Why I Shocked Everyone (Myself Included) And Joined A Sorority

Why I Shocked Everyone (Myself Included) And Joined A Sorority

I’ve seen how the movies perpetuate the sorority girl stereotype. I know what people outside of Greek life think of us, especially when they see a blonde wearing letters. With all of this, I can definitely understand my friends’ and family’s surprise when they found out I was going through recruitment. After all, how could a shy, quiet, timid, introverted, engineering freshman like myself possibly be interested in a sorority?   I joined Alpha Omega Epsilon my first semester of college. Recruitment started only a few weeks into the school year, so I really haven’t known college without this organization. So why, despite the stigma, did I decide to join *gasp* a sorority? Out of the hundreds of student groups out there, what drew me to this one in particular?     I can’t speak for all of Greek life since A.O.E. is very unique. We’re a professional engineering sorority- […]

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500 Words On The Inexplicable

The Inexplicable

I don’t know what it is about 2017, but we’re only two months in and my life has been so much happier. Maybe it’s because I realized how much I can reasonably handle without going insane or because I’m staying on top of my classes. It could be because I’ve been making a conscious effort every day to live out my focus word or maybe all of the bad that has taken over the news lately brings out an equal extreme- a strong, astounding appreciation for the small and the beautiful in life. Possibly, it’s a great big bundle containing all of the above and then some. As I mentioned last week, I’m one of those people that is just in love with morning. I love waking up as the sun does the same and I love sitting in the quiet with a cup of coffee to watch the world […]

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Kings And Queens | Friends That Rule The World

Kings and Queens

We cross paths with thousands of people in our lifetime. We know the names of a fraction of that. We get to know even less. Subtract from those and we have friends, though only a select few, an elite, become some of our closest. They become our lifelong brothers and sisters. These people make up who we are. They make up a special part of us that no one can take away. The boys and girls I talk about today, now amazing men and women, have all been extremely important in my life. I think about them all the time and our sweet memories will never fade away. Here, you will find friendship. I will try and give you a glimpse into these beautiful people. You will gather the meaning of a best friend, those you love with all your heart. You will see that sometimes letting someone go in […]

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9 Moments That Defined My Year | 2016

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With the end of 2016 quickly approaching, I want to take this post to reflect. Today I’m revisiting some of the meaningful memories that defined my year!   2016 began my first semester as a sister of AΩE. Is there anything greater than sisterhood? The first time I was officially able to put on my new letters and wear them proudly was such a great day. Walking around campus and seeing my other newly initiated sisters from my candidate class in their letters too was so exciting! Though that was technically at the end of 2015, I started off the new year as a sister of Alpha Omega Epsilon and have worked to uphold our ideals and objectives ever since. I’ve been able to experience so much as a member of this amazing sorority and I can say wholeheartedly that joining this organization shaped my freshman year, college career, and this […]

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PROGRESS Workshop- Introspective

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Welcome to part two of my PROGRESS workshop experience knowledge recap! I’m still not sure how to truly describe it, so you’ll have to accept that nice collection of words. Part two is all about introspection and focusing on how personal understanding benefits professional development. For more extrospective development, click here to read part one! If you have no idea what the PROGRESS workshop I’m talking about is, go ahead and click here to go to part one for some context! Foggy start to day 2!   Once again, I was trying to pay attention to what was being presented, engage with the material, and take detailed notes for you all at the same time, so I’m lumping all of my credit-due-to’s at the end of this post.   This post contains an affiliate link. This means that if you buy something through that link, I will receive a small […]

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To My Future Little

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Dear Future Little, You don’t know me yet, but when the universe finally brings us together I will be the over-eager sister you didn’t know you had. I really believe that we are meant to find each other; I can’t wait to talk to you for the first time at recruitment, all the while knowing the amazing journey that you are about to embark on. Getting a big was definitely one of the highlights of my candidacy period. I don’t have any biological sisters, so being introduced to my new family of sisters was amazing. I love my big so much; getting to know her over the past year has been great and I know she will always be there for me. #FamGoals I want you to know that you can come to me with anything. Even though crying makes me even more awkward than usual (who knew that was […]

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How I’m Breaking The Sorority Stereotype

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I saw this post from HerCampus the other day and, while I don’t always agree with everything HerCampus posts, I really enjoyed reading about the goals and accomplishments of a few sorority women at the University of Iowa. If you get one thing out of this, let it be the following- there is such a big difference between saying “sorority girl” and “sorority woman.” Sorority girls are the stereotypical characters we see all the time in movies and TV shows, but they’re just that- characters. Sorority women, on the other hand, are the real-life college students taking the world by storm. “Sorority women should not be defined by the opinions of uneducated individuals, and they should not have to face ridicule and judgmental looks for simply wearing their letters in public. These women deserve more respect than that…” –Claire Carlson, HerCampus article author These women deserve more respect than that because […]

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