During Welcome Week each year, the freshmen each write a letter to themselves that they get during Senior Week. Most people forget about this, but I remembered, since I’ve been an Orientation Guide for the last two years. I got it at our Champagne Toast the other day, and I realized that I was a pro at writing letters to myself back in the day. I wrote one to myself both junior and senior year in high school, at the beginning of my freshman year, and after I joined Alpha Phi, and they have all been really great letters in different ways. I had a lot of concerns in my letter to myself from Welcome Week, which is totally understandable for that point in time for a student. So…I thought I would share a bit about what I was scared of, and how it turned out. (Freshman Steph will be in bold….just to clarify.)
From the Welcome Week Convocation I learned that I need to get more sleep already… I’m so glad that I was this honest with myself so early, but the sad thing is that I never really took that to heart. I slept very little over the last four years, and the only thing that it did for me is provided me with a coffee addiction.
My concerns are that I won’t make new friends that will last forever, and that I will fail. Again, I was really straightforward during that week I guess. In the end, I did make friends that I think will last forever. Of course, it took some to find them, and it wasn’t always easy. But, during my college years I found some absolutely amazing people who I love, and I’m positive that Twitter and Facebook will allow us to all stay together even after we leave each other. As far as the failing thing goes, I didn’t. I don’t know exactly how to define what “failing” would have been for me….but I guess that since I am graduating tomorrow, and since I truly embraced my years at Butler….I didn’t fail. Success!
Right now it’s so awkward and I feel so little… Feeling awkward and little is the essence of Welcome Week. It’s awesome time, but it really kind of sucks as a freshman. It isn’t until later years when it’s really amazing and just the best week that ever existed. Embrace college…and it’ll be fine.
I am so afraid that this will turn out to not be the right place for me… Well, it was the right place! I couldn’t imagine spending my college years anywhere else, which is why it is hard to be ready to leave right now. Butler helped me grow into the person that I am now, and I’m so grateful.
We graduate today….which still feels completely unreal. Class of 2012….you’re great and it’s been an amazing four years.
The Butler Class of 2012
The time that I’ve been dreading all semester is here….and everyone is moving out. Tomorrow is the last day of finals, so it feels like there are 5 people on campus, and all of those people are studying, which really stinks for the rest of us. It just doesn’t feel like Butler anymore, but I am excited for the very last part of my college career…Senior Week.
Senior Week is one of those things that not everyone knows about. Only the seniors participate, obviously, and then they all graduate so they aren’t around to tell the underclassmen what happens during the week. There is a senior class council that plans events for the whole week, like going to a Pacers game, having inflatables and other fun things on the mall, and taking trips to Broad Ripple and other places around Indy. It’s also a great time because it is just what we have always wanted – to be on campus, all together, without school. Yeah, it only lasts for 3 days…but that’s something, right?
I haven’t been looking forward to this week until now, because I didn’t want all of my underclassmen friends to leave. But, turns out, they had to. I couldn’t stop them. My two junior roommates, Brooke & Katie, moved out over the last few days, along with about 65 other girls in my house. So now all of Alpha Phi is empty, and I guess that all there is to do is enjoy this next week. I’m pretty lucky, since I get to spend it with our entire class, and we are a ton of fun as it is. I just decided that even though I’m super bummed that my time here is almost over, I can’t do anything about it (since I didn’t fail any of my classes…yet), so I might as well just have the best week ever. Here goes!
The Alpha Phi Senior Pledge Class
At Butler, everyone loves to honor and appreciate the seniors…which I love. For the last few weeks, we have had special events all the time, which has made life busy but obviously really fun…
This year I was fortunate enough to be selected as a part of the Top 100 Students at Butler, along with one of the other bloggers, Olivia! It is such an honor to be a part of that group of students, and they held a wonderful dinner to celebrate the program and to announce the Top 10 men and women at Butler. I think the night of the dinner was when my parents and I started to realize that I’m almost done….and that the last 4 years have just flown by. Also – a special Congratulations goes out to Olivia for being named to the Top 10 women!
Lauren, Meghan, and I at the Top 100 Banquet.
At the end of Alpha Phi’s Senior Week we always have a brunch for the seniors and their parents. We eat the traditional Saturday brunch that we have loved on for the last 4 years, our littles each say a few nice words about us, they sing some songs that are special to Alpha Phi, and they give away a few senior awards. It was just an all around amazing time to spend with my sorority sisters and our parents, because they all hear us talk about Alpha Phi, but I don’t think that they ever really understand what the sisterhood means to us all, until they see it at an event like the Senior Brunch.
Lauren and I at our Senior Brunch at Alpha Phi.
Every year during Senior Week at Alpha Phi, we have a time where the seniors hand down all of their Alpha Phi attire, memorabilia, and anything else random that we have accumulated over the years. Some people give away everything, but I really wasn’t ready to part with some of my things just yet…so I kept some of my favorite shirts and sweatshirts. Partially I kept some because I like them so much, and partially because I wouldn’t have any other clothes to wear if I did. But I did pass along quite a few good things, like my A Phi license plate, a Sarah Palin calendar, and some crafts I made over the years.
Everything I passed down during Senior Wills.
A couple of months ago I wrote a blog all about the things I will miss when I graduate, which is actually a pretty awesome list. But this past week we had Alpha Phi Senior Week, which gave me the chance to reminisce a bit about my years in my sorority, and how much I will miss certain things. I’m officially not ready to graduate…mostly because of these things.
Brian & Curtis’s Fabulous Cooking
For the last 3 years, I have had two cooks who make meals for me 3 times a day during the week. This means that I really haven’t tried out the whole cooking thing, and I’m completely unprepared for my future as a real person. It also means that I won’t ever eat as well as I have for the last few years. I don’t like everything that they make…but overall, I really love their cooking. My favorite meals include breakfast/brunch, swedish meatballs, ciabatta sandwiches, orange chicken, pizza (it’s homemade), pasta bar, KFC-ish mash bowls, and anything that he makes with pesto… I’m hungry just thinking about everything!
The Banner Closet
Our banner closet is a closet that holds paint, random things, sheets for banners, and that serves as a place to store banners that have been painted for events as they dry. For me, the banner closet is a crafter’s paradise. It is a great place to store half-finished crafts when there isn’t room in my own room, a great place to go to find that perfect color of paint when I am in the middle of a project and don’t have what I want, and to go to find anything else that I could ever possibly want. Soon, I won’t have a room like this right beside my room, and instead I will have to drive to Wal-Mart or Target every time that I have a crafting need. How inconvenient is that??!! Maybe my apartment complex will open a crafting room that could fill the hole in my life that the banner closet will leave.
I live in a house of 76, and I have 50+ other sisters that don’t live in. Most people couldn’t handle this…but I love it. There are always people around to hang out with or talk to, and life is so much more exciting this way. I love my pledge class and the pledge class below us…and the pledge class below them was the group that I worked with as the pledge educator so they will always hold a special place in my heart. And to top it all off, we got an amazing group of girls this year that I have loved getting to know. Basically, I don’t want to leave them. I wish I could stick around a bit to see how they grow over the next few years and where they take our house. I have full and complete faith in them, but they are just such awesome people that I don’t want to leave them yet! Alpha Phi, you’re great….keep it up…and never change.
My pledge class at an event earlier this year....