Today began my first day going GREEK. Being the first person in my family to do formal recruitment, I had no idea what to expect. It is quite the experience that I don’t think I can describe. It is something you have just to go through, but I will try my best to describe what happened today. Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures to show except one because we are not allowed to have phones with us while going through recruitment.
An outsider looking inside the “Butler Bubble” today may have laughed at what they saw. 300 girls all walking with umbrellas to and from each sorority house and then back to Atherton, but there is a plan behind all this madness. Each girl that is going through formal recruitment is put into a group. These groups are random, and is a way for there to be an organized way for each girl to see each house. It also helps the sororities pair up girls with sisters better so they can have a more effective time at each house.
Going into a house can be overwhelming. Each sorority has their own songs and chants they sing/shout when you enter. It’s an exciting thing to see! Every house usually sits you down with two or three sisters. The members will then talk to you about any topic really. It’s more of just a way to get to know you better, and a chance for you to get to know more about the house. This is why this day seems to be so exhausting because in total you are talking to 20-25 random people you have never met, and you are continually reintroducing yourself.
This may seem like a lot of craziness, but everything is extremely organized. I must give credit to all the sororities and the Greek life staff here because I would totally messed up all of today had I planned this. Tomorrow is Philanthropy day where we learn more about the sorority’s service in the community. It also means going from 7 houses to a possible 6 houses tomorrow. So far recruitment is winning when it comes to completely exhausting me, but no worries because this is becoming such an awesome experience. Good luck to anyone trying for Greek Life!
Picture of the Day:
A view from my window of what I did all day, walk from house to house!
While on break I notice that one thing has been missing from my Tuesdays and Thursday. That one thing missing is awkward lunch!
The first day in my business class I met my friend Lynn. Lynn and I oddly enough had the same schedule where we had business at 11-1215 and then another class at 1. This is why we called it awkward lunch because we had 45 minutes to eat and then leave,which around this time is the busiest time at Atherton. But what started as a little lunch with me, Lynn, and a few others, turned into madness. Awkward lunch is no longer a few people. Instead it consists of the regulars such as Meghan, Kelly, Jimmy, Trey, Lizzie, and Ally. Usually everyday a new person or new face comes to awkward lunch. We always take up a huge table.
Lynn and I after our final presentation in Business, and at awkward lunch!
Through awkward lunch I have gotten closer to Lynn, and we have both realized our obsession with Butler basketball. I have become closer to Jimmy who now calls me airplane because of my last name and loves my mom’s Asian accent. I have gotten closer to all the other people like Kelly, Meghan, Lizzie, Ally, and Trey just through a simple 45 minutes. I don’t know if I would have ever met any of them prior to awkward lunch besides Lynn, but I’m pretty grateful I did.
So shout out to awkward lunch, and may the days of awkwardness continue.
I know I love Butler, but there are a few things that I miss about home that I did not think I would miss!
- Laundry: I never thought I would miss being able to doing laundry whenever and just downstairs in my house. Now this includes quarters, carrying a ton of laundry down three flights of stairs and then up three flights of stairs. It takes so much effort just to do some laundry. On the positive side, I work at Forever 21 so my clothes are pretty much endless for the most part!
All the laundry I need to do :(
- Mom’s Food: I miss my mom’s food so much. I am half Japanese and my mom cooks authentic Japanese food. I miss rice, and not like Atherton or Resco rice, like my mom’s legit sticky white rice. The one good thing though about Atown and Resco is that I love the salad bar, but still I miss my mom’s food.
- Working: I never thought I would say this, but I actually miss working at my job. I work at Forever 21 but currently I am a seasonal worker. I could still work, but I’m too worried about them overdoing my hours and then not being able to have enough time to do school work. I used to hate working because I was working so much, but now that I’m on a hiatus because of school I miss it!
Oh, clothes. Such a bad & good job all at the same time!
- Mikan: Mikan is my cat’s name. In Japanese it means tangerine, which you can understand as you see the picture! I used to not be a big fan of my cat, but I miss it coming up to me and wanting to be pet, and all that jazz.
It looks like a snake, but my cat likes to sleep in the sink.
- Friends: I miss my really good friends and even my not so good friends! I see a lot of them because I visit a lot, but there’s some that I can’t see because they are too far, so I want to see them soon!
The sad thing about all of this is that I’m only 20 minutes away from home… yeah I’ll stop complaining now. Happy Friday!!!
I’m sorry I couldn’t help myself… this video just makes me laugh oh the 80’s.