This weekend was insane, and made me just that more happier that I am at Butler. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, my sorority had initiation ceremonies! Our main ceremony was on Saturday where we initiated 55 new girls, our largest pledge class ever in Indiana Gamma chapter! It was so exciting that I could finally call my littles my sisters! I was even more excited to give them more gifts!
More gifts for my littles on initiation day!
While this is not exciting I guess it is newsworthy, my roommate and I started our cleanse yesterday! How the cleanse works is three days of drinking natural juices. We chose V8 vegetable juice and V8 fusion since there is no artificial flavoring or high fructose corn syrup. Then two days of fruits and veggies. Then one day of anything but meat, and then I can finally go back to normal. Last night was a definite struggle to stay on this cleanse. Let me explain.
Last night with College Mentors for Kids I was able to go to the Bulls vs Pacers game. We were so blessed to be able to sit in the Indianapolis Power and Light suite! Unfortunately for me that meant having to sit in front of a nacho bar and desserts galore, but I didn’t cheat so I was proud of myself! Being able to watch the game from amazing seats I think helped distract me enough from the food.
I was able to go on the court at halftime, which was amazing. Indianapolis Power and Light as well as the Pacers Foundation donated $10,000 to College Mentors for Kids! Myself and four other College Mentors for Kids staff members were able to help accept the check at halftime! It was awesome! We were also able to see the Bulls team come into the tunnel while we were exiting the tunnel! It was awesome!
On the court at halftime!
I’m so grateful for all the experiences I’ve had at Butler, and to think it’s only my sophomore year!
Sorry I have not been blogging lately, things are starting to get a little hectic lately. As many Butler students know Spring Break is just 9 days away. Although it does not seem that way at all. As usual many of us are struggling with the craziness that comes with breaks, which typically means that professors are springing last minute assignments and trying to attack you before Spring Break.
As of right now I am making a daily list of everything that I need to do and crossing it off because having a planner isn’t enough. Even doing this I still feel like there are not enough hours in the day. On top of all the school that is going on this week is initiation week. By the end of this week I will be able to call 55 new members my sisters finally. Although it’s a exciting time it means more crafting must commence! I have been crafting like it’s my job lately, which I can’t tell you what I have been making because then my littles and my guardian angel would know! When I can I’ll try and show you pictures of everything I have made.
Even though all this crazy stuff is going on I’m just trying to stay positive! Here’s an artist that I got recently re- addicted to! I listened to him a lot when he first came out, but forgot about him until he came up on Pandora! Here is Matisyahu!
I had three new people to my family this past week! No my sister in law did not have triplets, so let me explain!
On February 14th at 1236 AM my nephew was born! He’s so cute! As I said in my previous blog his name is Stanley Kenji, I think though I’m going to call him by his middle name Kenji because it sounds like he’s a pretty cool guy instead of the Stan the man like my brother insists on calling him. Either way I love him so much already.
My nephew at the hospital!
Last night Pi Phi was finally able to do big little reveal. This is the night where we get to tell new member who their big is! I have two littles and of course to continue on in tradition they are both half Asian! My big is half Asian and I’m half Asian so we make one full white person and one full Asian person and now my littles are the same! I’m so happy I was able finally to tell them. I love big little reveal because I think our ceremony is so awesome! I can’t find pictures right now but the bigs line up on the steps of the bell tower and light a candle, and the littles are behind us and we turn around and do reveal! It’s really pretty to look up the bell tower with all these candles!
All the gifts for my two littles! So much crafting. I'm in the Rockstar family which is the reason for the guitars!
Asian pose with my littles Lindsay and Miranda!
I can’t wait to show more pictures in the future of my littles and my baby nephew! This was an awesome end to last week and beginning of this week!
As usual I failed. I planned on blogging through recruitment, but it is probably one of the most exhausting things. Recruitment for girls usually consists of all day talking from early in the morning to 6 at night and then for the girls in the house means setting up for the next day, moving around furniture, and trying to make sure everything is perfect.
Pi Phi's getting ready for Philanthropy day!
Yesterday was bid day and we were able to meet 54 new angels. I was so excited to meet so many girls. We also got three Asians and if anyone knows me this is very exciting. I’m very excited to share with the girls why Pi Phi means so much to me and what they will gain from not only these 4 years but for the rest of their life.
Our newest angels!
Everyone yesterday had to start on a wet start. We have at Butler, Rowdy Row, the police shut down the main road of campus and everyone that did recruitment runs out and finds their new homes. Yesterday it decided to pour during this time, but it made it to be so much fun! I can’t wait for what awaits all the new people that decided to go Greek!
Today was day one of formal recruitment. Each sorority had eight parties and each party had about 54 girls. If that tells you anything then you would know that I am completely exhausted.
Last night I went to bed at 1230, but I woke up at 430 to use the restroom and could not go back to sleep. Today I was only on 4 hours of sleep and talked to 21 different girls. It is probably the most insane thing I have done in my life. I have talked for 8 hours at a time at Forever 21, but that usually just entails me to say the same three things I always say. Today I actually had to hold conversation and make sure the girls felt comfortable. Not only that all the houses do something called stairs. It’s where the sorority comes down the stairs singing a song in unison and the stairs look almost like a waterfall with how the girls step down.
I have never been so excited to sleep in my life. I think I might be losing my mind, but no worries I’m just running on 4 hours of sleep. Tomorrow is our Philanthropy Day where we discuss what we do as a sorority for our philanthropy. The parties get smaller as the days go on, and by Sunday I will get to meet the new girls of Pi Beta Phi. Until then I will be sleeping and repeating the same thing I did today! Wish me luck!
I know this is a few days late, but I wanted to do a post about my year in 2012. 2012 brought me many great memories that I will never forget, and great opportunities.
First and foremost 2012 brought me Pi Beta Phi. A sisterhood I love to call my own now. I always thought that the sorority idea was cheesy and most of my friends never thought I would ever join a house, but after being in one I love that I have amazing girls to call not only my friends but as a my sisters. While I may not know everything about each one or be best friends with all of them, I know that they will always have my back and will always help through anything I go through.
2012 also brought me great opportunities in my education. Finally saying that I am a Strategic Communications major was something that I was so excited to say. Being able to take classes that were actually something about what I plan on doing in the real world was even better. I cannot wait to see what the future brings for me as I continue on in this major!
During this past year I had some issues with balancing school, social, work, and so on, but I realized that no matter what this year especially the support from my friends, family, and sisters was unbelievable. I think I am so used to having everyone rely on me that when I finally realized I needed help I never realized how much support I have from the people around me. So if anything I am thankful for 2012 because it allowed me to realize the best things in life. I cannot wait to see what 2013 brings for me.
This past week was my sororities philanthropy event! Pi Phi’s across the nation raise money for literacy and First Book! We do a lot of different events each year! Here’s what we did this year!
Monday: B.R.I.C.S Giveback
Tuesday: Serenades for fraternities
Wednesday: Pie a Pi Phi
Thursday: Pi Phi Pie
My favorite event out of all of these was Pie a Pi Phi. Anyone on campus for $1 for 1 pie or $3 for 5 pies could pie me in the face. Obviously a lot of people enjoyed this because they couldn’t get in trouble for pieing me in the face. Even a police officer allowed people to pie him in the face! Also Levester Johnson or LJ, our VP of Student Affairs, came and pied me. Blue 2 and Blue 3 also made an appearance! I am pretty sure I got pied anywhere form 20-30 times. Some times people pied me multiple times in the face.
Did I mention LJ pied me with two pies?
Blue 2 and Blue 3 helping to clean off some pie!
Although it was a lot of fun, afterwards I had to wash my hair out about three times. My eyes hurt a little as well to with the amount of whip cream I had to keep wiping off, but I am extremely excited to do it next semester again!
End result from being pied!
At Butler formal recruitment does not start until Spring semester, but the sororities do a lot of little things before recruitment begins.
One of those things happened yesterday. We gave house tours to all the freshmen interested in recruitment. At Pi Phi we had 235 girls come through, which is a ton! Being a smaller school we are not used to having a large number of girls go through recruitment, but currently there are over 500 girls that are signed up saying that they are interested in formal recruitment. For us this is huge!
Having this many girls is fun, but can be exhausting. Yesterday during our house tours we had it set up where girls go to see our house, but also go into rooms and talk to members about different things we do. My room was about campus involvement, which my roommates made fun of me for because they think I am involved in everything. I basically talked about my blogging, Dawg Pound, College Mentors For Kids, and how my sisters support me in all these different activities. It gets repetitive really fast, but it’s nice for the potential new members to be able to get to know our house a little bit.
Although this was our first house tour there are so many more things we have left to do. Now that the first house tour is done, we can have the girls over for meals. We have to get 500 girls through our house for meals, which is insane. We also still have house tours left when it’s parent’s weekend so that families can see our houses. So even though recruitment is not until next semester, the craziness has already began.
Random, but here’s a song that I can’t get out of my head lately!
I love living in my new home. You might think I’m lying to you. Living in a house with 50 some girls does sound a little ridiculous, but I actually like it. Although there are some things that you have to get used to.
The main thing I have been trying to get used to is the singing of my roommate Kristina. This is not intended to be a mean blog, she knows we make fun of her all the time. She also knows that this annoys us, but because I like to make fun of people including myself I felt like it was time to introduce the world to Kristina singing.
This is Kristina on the left in the other Pi Beta Phi shirt!
Kristina likes to sing songs, but not to herself, out loud… in our room… with her headphones, while the rest of us have nothing to wear on our ears. Last night I was trying to read for one of my classes. I had my headphones in, volume up to about 70% and could still hear Kristina, so I left the room and went down to our kitchen to study. My other roommate Rori told me that Kristina told her that she thinks I left the room because I don’t like Kristina’s sing.
In reality I love Kristina’s singing because it always makes me laugh. She just so happens to do in the most inappropriate times and I just happen to always be studying those inappropriate times. Needless to say I love living in my house.
Here’s a song Kristina sings sometimes
After waiting for what seemed like an eternity, I am finally back on campus! Being back on campus is a feeling that I can’t really describe, but is only something you have to come and see. Being a sophomore is such a weird feeling, and coming back on to campus this year was extremely different from last year.
Last year was full of crying goodbyes and awkward hellos. This year was full of see you laters that my friends and I realized aren’t that dramatic, and hellos that involved a lot of hugging, screaming, and smiles. My living situation is also very different! This year I am living in my sorority house at Pi Beta Phi. I love it so far. At my house we have cold dorms, which means that my bed is in a separate room from where our desks, closets, and TV is. I have two roommates Rori and Kristina. We are actually all pretty crazy so it works out. Currently while writing this blog Rori is stuck in our couch, so if that gives you any idea of how anything our room is half the time.
My roommates Kristina, to the left of me in the purple, and Rori in the yellow with some of our friends!
Although I worked A LOT this summer at Forever 21, I had a lot of fun. One of my favorite moments of this summer was being able to go to the Dave Matthews Band concert! I was so grateful to get awesome seats from my second parents! It was such a blast, and also being able to visit some of Butler friends. Even though I love the summer time I am so excited to be back at Butler. There’s truly no place like home.
Front row at DMB!