Thursday, December 29, 2016

Year in Review

2016 is certainly a year that won’t soon be forgotten for its overall ~ridiculousness~, but even though 2016 was arguably one of the worst years on a global scale, it was also sprinkled with quite a few shining moments. This past year for me personally was one of fun, firsts, and, growth. Here’s a look at my 2016 (with pictures!):

At the start of the year, I was just beginning the second semester of my sophomore year and I started my term as Executive Vice President in Sigma Kappa! To brainstorm ideas and get to know each other better, the newly-elected Executive Council all traveled to Chicago for a Regional Leadership Conference at the end of the month. At the start of this position, I had no idea how much I would learn. One of Sigma Kappa’s values is personal growth, and this has always been my favorite value of ours because of the ways I’ve seen myself grow in my two exec positions. Becoming EVP came with a huge change in workload and responsibility, and that led to a busy year packed full of personal growth. I not only learned how to handle myself in chaotic situations, but learned how to better communicate with others and carry myself in a more confident and assertive way.

The 2016 Executive Council at RLC in Chicago.

I definitely felt a little worn out at the start of February, clearly having not yet adjusted to the stress of school after three weeks of time off. Luckily, my friend Kayln planned a lip sync battle sisterhood event for our sorority to spend time together and help relieve some stress. This was probably one of my favorite sisterhoods we’ve ever had. I was on a team with most of my closest friends in the sorority, and our performances of “Cheetah Sisters,” and “Hollaback Girl” won us the overall title at the end of the afternoon!

Over the past year, I’ve grown really close with a small group of my sisters and have really come to appreciate the friendship side of Greek life. I’ve always seen its merits in leadership development and networking potential, and while I’ve had friends in my sorority, it wasn’t until this past year that I developed that support system that I originally joined Greek life to find.

The beginning of March brought a much needed Spring Break, and traveled to Sebring, Florida with my roommate and friend Sarah-Elizabeth. Over the course of one week, we went to the beach, laid out at the pool and explored Highlands Hammock State Park. We even visited Disney World for the first time for both of us!

Right in the middle of our trip, I joined the 20s club, and I welcomed in my birthday with the help of Sarah-Elizabeth and her lovely grandparents. Since I turned 20, I think the most significant change I’ve noticed in myself is the ability to be more independent. Even though the 20s club is, at time, a scary club to be a part of, I’m so excited to continue to learn more about myself during these years. I firmly believe this time in my life is meant for doing just that, and I can’t wait for all the unique experiences that come with being a 20-something.

In April, I was so happy to get to bring my friends Noah and Sterling along to Sigma Kappa’s spring formal. I cannot explain the love I have for these two people! We had so much fun dancing the night away on the rooftop of the Village Promenade, and later that night we were blessed with Beyonce’s surprise release of her visual album, Lemonade. We of course had to stay up another hour to watch, and our love for Queen Bey grew even more, if that was possible.

Just before the end of the month, my mom traveled to Muncie for SK Mom’s Day. I always love when my mom can come to visit me, and I think one of the best things about having chosen a university a little over an hour away from my home is that my family can come visit me somewhat often. Whether it’s for a planned event like this one, or a spontaneous trip to take me to dinner, I never go too long without seeing my family and I am grateful for that.

We each made our own paintings at this year's "Cookies and Canvas" themed Mom's Day.
My sophomore year ended, and two days later I was on a plane with eight of my classmates to London, England. For two weeks, we explored London, Bath, Paris, and Chartres (just to name a few cities) on what was probably the busiest trip of my life so far (check out my blog post from earlier in the year about all the summer travels I mention in this post). Having never visited these places before (other than a few days in London when I was a literal infant), it was unreal to see the places I have so often fantasized about visiting.

The Globe Theatre in London, England.

In Paris with my friend Noah! I was so glad I we were able to experience this trip together.

When I returned, I began my full-time summer internship with Gibraltar Design, an architecture company in Indianapolis. This was my first hire in a professional setting, and I learned a lot about responsibility and personal accountability. Even though I feel like a functioning adult in many ways, I often still feel terrified of the “real” world, especially when I think about my future career. In the next few months, I will be looking for more opportunities to develop my skills and get closer to what I want to do as a career, since you could say that my current aspirations are a little vague.

In June, my family and I traveled west to Boulder, CO where we got to see most of my dad’s side of the family. We also hiked in the Flatirons and in the Rocky Mountains (okay, we drove through those) and tried lots of new restaurants. I even got to visit my friend Grace at her school, University of Denver! Although I had been to Colorado before, this time around I really got to appreciate the scenery and the atmosphere that is so different than Indiana. I also loved seeing the school where my friend lives for most of the year, since, again, it is so different than the places I am most used to back home. If you know me, you know that I love to travel, so I was thrilled to have a summer full of so much traveling. It was a good chance to physically and mentally take a break from my hometown.

In the Rocky Mountains.

July brought yet another travel adventure, this time to Chicago for Sigma Kappa’s national convention. As one of two delegates sent from my Ball State chapter, I got to vote in the election of the new national executive officers and attend lots of leadership workshops! I also met some officers from other chapters nationwide, and even reconnected with some other Sigma Kappa’s I had previously met at RLC. Being in Chicago, we took any free time to explore the city. One night, my friend Jessica and I joined our roommates (from a chapter in Pennsylvania) to explore Navy Pier! This was another adventure that, although short, was something I’ve always thought about but never actually done. We rode the ferris wheel on the pier, and looking out over the city at night was an amazing sight.

Jessica and I exploring Chicago during Sigma Kappa's national convention.

I love going to concerts when I can, and on the last day of the month, my mom took me to see one of my all-time favorite singers, Gwen Stefani! I had never seen her in concert before, but my penchant for listening to my copy of Love. Angel. Music. Baby. constantly when I was younger assured that I could sing along to all the words!

In my last month of summer, I finished up my internship and moved into my very first apartment in Muncie with Sarah-Elizabeth. We spent an entire afternoon with our families carrying in furniture and making ourselves at home. Ever since we decided to move off-campus last year, I was a nervous wreck about living on my own. Being an adult is hard! However, we have done just fine in our first months living in our apartment, and I really enjoy the independence! Almost every Monday night for the past few months, I had Sterling and Noah over for a homemade dinner, and Sarah-Elizabeth continues to make the place more of a home with the addition of new decorations every so often.

This past September, I interviewed and was hired as a tutor at the Writing Center at Ball State. There, I work one-on-one with clients on specific writing assignments that range from research papers, to personal statements for grad school applications, to short stories. Since then, I’ve had countless sessions with all kinds of undergraduate and graduate writers. Writing is extremely important to me, although I know what it’s like to feel like your writing isn’t good enough. It’s really rewarding to help other people to feel more confident in their writing, and I also can use the techniques I use in the writing center when I do my own writing.  

In the middle of the month, my dad came to Ball State for SK dad’s day, where we played as a team in a series of “minute to win it” style games in what was a very entertaining afternoon. I look forward to this day every year because I love getting to spend quality time with just my dad.

My travel-intense year continued over fall break, when I traveled to New York City for four days with my mama (check out my earlier post all about this trip!). We had so much fun exploring the city. Last year I wasn’t able to join the rest of my family on their trip to the Big Apple, so I was happy to get to catch up on some of those experiences, as well as see two Broadway shows! One of my favorite things that we did was track down Carrie Bradshaw’s brownstone from the filming of Sex and the City, my all-time favorite TV show. When we finally found it with the help of Google maps, I was glad to see I wasn’t the only one obsessed with finding it! After that, we watched the sun go down from Washington Square Park and ate dinner a trendy restaurant with all the mood lighting located a level below the streets of SoHo. I will not kid myself and say we still didn’t look like complete tourists, but it felt really cool to get off the touristy path for the evening.

In front of Carrie Bradshaw's brownstone in SoHo.

We enjoyed walking around Times Square at night after we saw our two shows on Broadway!

When break was over, I was hard at work practicing for Air Jam, a lip-syncing competition part of BSU’s homecoming week. I was part of Air Jam my freshman year with my residence hall, and had so much fun then that I was looking forward to getting to perform on Sigma Kappa’s team at some point before I graduated. It had been a while since I did any kind of performance, but I loved getting to practice and clean our routine because it reminded me so much of my showchoir days in high school. Our team performed on the night of the 18th, and had so much fun rocking our denim-on-denim looks for the “blast to the past” theme!

Our Air Jam team was made up of Sigma Kappa's and Phi Delta Theta's.
Sigma Kappa’s fall formal was in November. Formal is the event we all look forward to all semester, and I was so glad to get to take my boyfriend, Von, along and introduce him to my friends! It was so much fun to get all dressed up, go out for dinner, and show off our dance moves.

Just before leaving for Thanksgiving break, my friends and I held a "friendsgiving" at our apartment, where we made an entire Thanksgiving meal complete with ham, mini green bean casseroles, mac n cheese, mashed potatoes, deviled eggs, and pumpkin pie. Then, I traveled to Cincinnati for actual Thanksgiving with my family to join our cousins. I was glad to get to see some cousins that I don’t see as often because they live further away than just Ohio! Family is so so important to me, and although I appreciate my family all year round, you can’t beat having everyone under one roof.

Our own friendsgiving in our apartment.

All semester, I attended training sessions to become a Greek Peer Advocate and learn information I will use to facilitate workshops in my own sorority about sexual assault prevention. In December, I finished my training! Sexual assault prevention is an area which I am really passionate about, so I was glad to hear from professionals every week and even learn about some topics I didn’t know as much about. After passing off my position as Vice President and finishing up all of my finals, I finally came home for break, where I have seen some friends from high school and have been spending lots of time with my family, even going on surprise adventures that my mom has planned for us! Our first surprise was going to Breakout Indy where we worked as a family to solve puzzles in order to escape!

We broke out of our room with just 35 seconds to spare!

I’m happy to have this time to relax, since I know because of who I am as a person I will be thrown into 2017 already behind. I’ve learned so much this year about myself, what I want out of my life, and how I should go about achieving those goals. But like any 20-year-old, I still have so many questions (and I still ask my mom around 27 of them every day)! But on a serious note, I look forward to the next year as I continue to figure things out in the only way I know how, which will likely involve making mistakes, but will surely involve making memories that I will hold forever.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Manhattan Milestones

Over fall break, my mom and I decided to take a trip to New York City. Ever since my entire family visited the city five years ago, I couldn’t wait for a chance to return to the Big Apple.

In front of Rockefeller Plaza, where we later watched people skate on the ice rink.

After an early-morning flight out of Indianapolis, we arrived in New York with a full day ahead of us. Not wanting to waste any time, my mom and I dropped off our bags at the hotel and set out to the High Line, a Monon-trail type public park that extends for almost 1.5 miles over the city. At the end of the park, we visited Chelsea Market, an artsy indoor area complete with arches covered in fairy lights and full of jewelry merchants, comical political-themed gift shops, and lots of unique food stands.
Even though it was raining, we still had fun on the high line.

In my opinion, the New York City experience is not complete without seeing at least one Broadway show. For this trip, we were lucky enough to see not only one, but two! On the first night, we saw Beautiful, portraying the music career of Carole King. She is one of my mom’s favorite artists, and I remember listening to her music growing up. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this performance; I was astonished at the commitment of the actors to singing, dancing, and fully committing themselves to their roles, as I always am when I watch theater.

Before watching Beautiful, the story of Carole King.

Being night owls, my mom and I decided live out, at least to an extent, the saying of “the city that never sleeps.” After the show, we walked through Times Square and stopped to get dinner, which was really much more of a late night snack.

Each night we were there, I was continually surprised by not only the copious number of people out on the streets at all hours of the morning, but how bright and lively areas of the city, especially areas like Times Square, were. Before falling asleep that night, I watched the end of Saturday Night Live, which was so surreal because 1) SNL was filmed live literally blocks away from where we were staying, and 2) Lin-Manuel Miranda was the host, and from our cozy hotel room, we could see the Richard Rodgers Theater that houses Hamilton.

Rain greeted us the morning of our second day, and did not let up until much later that night.  Rather than spend the day indoors, we decided to tough it out and explore the city as we planned to. We walked to the nearby NBC studios, then on to the United Nations. This was a bit disappointing because, due to the rain, the flags in front of the building were not on display. Still, we continued to the New York Public Library, which is one of the most beautiful and historic sights I’ve ever seen. Walking through the library, I couldn’t imagine getting any actual work done due to all the tourists (like us), but I could definitely imagine visiting the library just to appreciate the architecture.

The New York City Public Library was also used for filming for the Sex and the City movie, which is one of my favorites.

Before seeing our second show, Wicked, we stopped to have dinner with our cousin Andrea, who lives nearby in Brooklyn.

Wicked is without a doubt one of my favorite musicals, and although I had seen it once before, I had never seen it in New York City. It definitely did not disappoint, with the sets just as ridiculously elaborate as I had imagined.

Since the theater is such a permanent location for Wicked, the set was very elaborate.

On the Monday of our short adventure, we visited the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, taking multiple ferry rides and lots of photos.

We had to take a selfie with Lady Liberty!
A few subway stops later, we emerged onto 4th street in Greenwich village, with one goal in mind: Carrie Bradshaw’s stoop. After some issues with Siri’s directions, we at last found the famous spot, and were greeted by a few other Sex and the City fans. Since we were in the area, we went to Washington Square Park and watched some street performers, and then just people-watched until the sun went down.  This was my favorite day.

On the way back, we spent some time in Times Square, as we did most nights, and then the long day led us back to the coziness of our hotel for the night.

On our last day, we rented bikes and rode around Central Park, stopping to take in the beauty of sites like the Loeb boathouse and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

Outside the Met Steps, a brief pause on our biking expedition.

At the end of the day, it was time to return to Indiana after a fast-paced but unforgettable trip spent with my mom.

Friday, August 19, 2016

None of my classes have been cancelled, and 3 other reasons I’m excited for the start of junior year

A couple of days ago my Facebook page showed me my post from two years ago when I first started college. Even my mom sent a screenshot of the photo of her and me in front of my freshman year dorm. Neither of us can believe how quickly the past two years have flown by. It’s true what they say: four years go fast.

With my junior year of college starting in just a few short days, I’m finally getting more excited for the year to start.

Among the opportunities I’m most looking forward to this fall semester are the classes in my major that I finally get to take. Although I love my major, I sometimes find myself in interesting situations with my classes due to the fact that I’m one of about seven in my major and concentration. In some instances, I’ve signed up for my required courses, only for them to be cancelled because not enough people have signed up. I optimistically signed up for two courses this semester that are essential for my major, and my lack of emails from the English department tells me that I will actually get to take these classes this semester.

I am also starting the school year with some big changes outside of the classroom. For one, I moved into my first apartment just a few days ago, and am adjusting to living off-campus. Over the course of this year I’m excited to take small steps towards independence, like cooking herbed quinoa with lemon and chicken from my favorite new cookbook for my friends.

My dinner guest Sterling and me eating dinner in the new apartment. 

With the commencement of the fall semester comes a significant time in every sorority woman’s life: recruitment season. Full-day practices and workshops in preparation for possibly the busiest weekend of our year are in full swing. Although the preparation is at times stressful, ultimately recruitment is one of the most fulfilling experiences because it allows us to expand our chapter. Then of course, there’s the extravagant celebration at the end of it all where new members get to join their chapters at bid day. My roommate is in charge of planning this fabulous event, and I can’t wait to experience everything she has planned.

Finally, I’m the most excited to make up for lost time with friends who I haven’t seen in 3 months. I’ve found as I get older, summers are less filled with driving around with friends and more with working/being responsible, leaving little time to visit friends that live more than 30 minutes away. With all of my school friends coming back to school, I’m looking forward to making some memories this junior year. ◊

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Summertime Adventures

When nine months out of your year are taken up by classes, exams, and other time-consuming responsibilities, summer is undoubtedly the best time to travel. Whether you study abroad, travel with family, or go on a day trip with friends, getting out and exploring is one of the best opportunities summertime has to offer.

This summer I have been fortunate enough to travel a few different times, both internationally and within the United States.

May: London, England and Paris, France

My summer exploration started two days into the summer when I boarded a plane for Europe.

Last semester I took an Honors course about English/French literature and art in the 1920s. As part of the course, the nine students in the class got to travel for almost two weeks around England and France. After dreaming of visiting London for years and years, I was so excited when this opportunity presented itself at the very beginning of the school year.

Over the 12 days of our trip, we ventured around the city of London, eating lots of fish and chips (every restaurant boasted that they in fact made the best in the city) and shopping our way through Regent street. We even had the quintessential experience of having afternoon high tea.

We also visited some of London’s most famous landmarks like the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe theater, and short hour and a half bus rides took us to locations like Oxford University, Stonehenge, and the town of Bath.

After 6 days in London, we boarded the Eurostar underground train to Paris. Paris greeted us with famous sites like the Louvre, the Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, Musee d’Orsay, and the Eiffel Tower.

One night, a group of us climbed to the top of the Eiffel tower to take in what was an extremely surreal experience of looking out over the entire city of Paris as the sun set. Afterwards, we sat on the lawn underneath and watched the tower light up while drinking champagne out of clear plastic cups. As simple as it was, that night was my favorite night in Paris and is a time I don’t think I’ll ever forget.

June: Boulder, Colorado

The month of June brought my family and me to Boulder, Colorado. While we originally travelled West for a family memorial service, we decided to make the most of our trip and stay for a few extra days.

In addition to seeing a lot of our extended family, we did some hiking in the Flatirons, visited a farmer’s market (twice), and listened to live music on Pearl Street. We also took a day trip to Denver and got a tour of the University of Denver’s campus and downtown Denver from my friend who attends DU.

Afternoon tea at the Boulder Dushanbe Tea house downtown.

My friend Grace and I at the lily pond on DU's campus.

July: Chicago, Illinois

Right after the fourth, I traveled to Chicago to attend Sigma Kappa’s national convention. Convention is held every 2 years, and each chapter of Sigma Kappa across the country sends delegates to represent their chapter and vote on items such as the new national council and national bylaws. Each day we got to attend special events like a Panhellenic luncheon and the Alzheimer’s Association dinner. We also attended breakout sessions to learn about ways to better our chapters.

Since we were in Chicago, we of course ventured out to Navy Pier one night to ride the Ferris wheel and get ice cream! We even got to eat Chicago-style deep dish pizza.

My friend Jessica and I on the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier. 
We explored with our two roommates from Pennsylvania.

After the awards banquet at Sigma Kappa convention.
Our chapter won an honorable mention for the Ruth Rydson Miller Panhellenic Award.

August: Back to school!

After a summer that seemed to fly by with traveling and working at my summer internship, it is already time to go back to school. In just a few days I will move into my first apartment and start my junior year of school! After two great years, I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for me. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Is it Over Already?

It’s hard to believe that in just over two weeks, it will once again be time to leave Ball State and go home for the summer. Before I came to college, everyone told me that the four years fly by. Although I was skeptical at first, I can’t help but think they were right. Soon I will be halfway through my college career, and it still seems like there are places on campus that I don’t know how to find.

After a very eventful year, I have an equally lively final two weeks. This weekend I will be hanging out with my friends at the Late Nite Carnival (Friday) and my sorority formal (Saturday). Next week my mom will come to campus for a mom’s weekend! Then, I will have just a few last minute papers and projects to turn in before I’m ready for finals week!

This past semester, I’ve gotten the chance to be an intern in the Writing Center at Ball State. I started off observing other tutors, then I worked my way up to having my own tutoring sessions with clients! Along with the practicum, I took a class where I learned different tutoring styles and shared experiences from the practicum with the other tutors in the class. I am so grateful I got this experience because writing is something I’m very passionate about, and helping others to improve their writing has been very rewarding to me. Even though this class is almost finished, I hope the Writing Center will continue to be a part of my college career.

I also spent this last semester as the Executive Vice President of my sorority, which has been rewarding as well! Although I’ve always enjoyed being a leader, I hadn’t ever taken such a large role in any organization I’ve been a part of until Sigma Kappa. The personal growth I’ve experienced in the past two years has been amazing!

As the year wraps up, I am preparing to go on a two-week trip to Europe, which is also an opportunity I have through class. This class is actually one of my Honors courses, which focuses on writers and artists in the time between the world wars (mainly the 1920s). I am so excited to experience, in person, the places described in the novels we have read, and since the class will be over when we go on the trip, we get to experience London and Paris knowing our schoolwork is all done! One of my best friends Noah will be joining me on the trip, and we get more and more excited every day that goes by!

I have discovered that the summer after sophomore year is also a prime time for internships. I am working on finding an internship which relates to my field to help add to my professional experience (I know I’m not the only one looking to add to her resume and LinkedIn)!

Otherwise, I am looking forward to relaxing in the warm weather (this past week in Muncie has been beautiful and quite the opposite of the grey, cold, and wet we have experienced for the last few months) in just over two weeks!

Thursday, March 24, 2016


Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of mentors. When you think about it, almost everyone has a person that they look up to, inspire to be, or maybe even idolize. This person can be a parent, an older sibling, a peer, a celebrity, or really anyone you interact with. Throughout history, every great mind had some form of mentor. Even the people we think to be largely successful on their own had a person who they looked up to and helped them become the person they did.

Within my major, we talk a lot about Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. All great minds in their own right, each one looked up to the philosopher that came before them. Plato idolized his teacher, Socrates, so much that he often wrote Socrates into his works and portrayed him as an all-knowing individual who was never wrong.

I really enjoy thinking about the fact that all three of these men served as both a mentor and a "mentee," almost like they’re in a cycle. Maybe I’m just a nerd, but every time I learn about them, I can’t help but think of all the mentors I’ve had so far in my life.

The very first mentors I remember looking up to in life are my parents. Here are two people that set the highest bar as far as role models go for both my sister and me. They raised us to work hard, to be honest, and to be accepting of others. I always have and always will look up to them when I make any decisions in life.

I also remember various elementary school teachers being my mentors. My kindergarten teacher Mrs. Jackson and my first-grade teacher Mrs. Yeary are responsible for my love of reading and writing, since they incorporated both of these activates into class every day. I am grateful for them for fostering my growth within writing when they noticed that I had a passion for it.

Teachers as mentors has continued for me throughout my entire education, with my high school English teacher Mrs. Boeglin serving as a mentor for me in class and as my cross country coach. She also fostered my growth within writing as my teacher freshman year and by reviewing my essays for my college applications.

Even though I’m now 20 years old, I still continue to find new mentors. I can think of several professors, specifically within the English department, who inspire me to be a better writer and to take opportunities—professionally and otherwise.

I would be selling my friends short if I didn’t mention them as my mentors as well. Through my close friends I learn more about myself, and since coming to college they have taught me to be more confident and sure of myself.

Serving in a leadership role in my sorority, so many people serve as mentors to me. My adviser Cassy teaches me from personal experience in the chapter how to deal with the issues I often deal with. Our President Sammi also has served as a mentor to me since I first joined the chapter; she blogs as well and inspires me to keep writing, and she is an excellent leader whose leadership style is one I strive to emulate.  

As many mentors as I have had, I also hope that I serve as a mentor in my own right. As an older sister, a leader in my sorority, and a (soon to be) upperclassman in college, I strive to live my life in a way that makes me good role model, and maybe even a mentor. ◊

Friday, January 15, 2016

Greek Fam

When I went through recruitment over one year ago, I distinctly remember a member of Sigma Kappa mentioning the words “Greek family.” Back then, I had no idea what those words meant. Even once she explained to me that a Greek family was comprised of your big sister and little sister, I still did not understand the entire concept.

One year later, I am so incredibly thankful for the girls who I call my Greek fam. This post is dedicated to the beautiful ladies of my own Greek family:

Big: You and I are kind of unlikely friends. We met within the first week of becoming sisters. We bonded over our love for monograms, writing, and mozzarella sticks, and for some reason or another, we just clicked. I have you to thank for introducing me to some of my very first friends in Sigma Kappa. You always support me in whatever I do, and you give great advice. The night of big/little reveal just one year ago was one of the best and most exciting of my life! You are my role model for fashion, jokes, and how to have a good time! I love hanging out together and knowing that no matter where we are, I know we will always have something to talk about.

Grand Big: You and I did not meet until the night of big/little reveal. That night, you invited me into the family as if you'd known me for years! Although we are not as close, you serve as a role model for me as well. Last year, I loved sitting just a few seats down from you at PHC when you served on the executive council. I love the way you aren’t afraid to speak your mind! You are a hard worker and a great student, and are destined for great things!

Little: My dearest little. You and I only met this year, but I already feel like we’ve known each other for a very long time. After becoming my heart sis the week after bid day, you and I formed an instant friendship. After our first dinner together, I knew I wanted you as my little. Lucky for me, you chose me as your big! We bonded at our sisterhood retreat, and then at Ball State football tailgates in the fall. You are one of the funniest people I know, and your Twitter is one of my favorite things in this life. Now that you finally watched Gossip Girl, we can bond over that too! I look forward to the rest of our years together!

Everyone has a different relationship with their Greek family. Some spend every waking moment together, some never see each other.  Some are so big that they can’t all fit into one picture, and some are only as extensive as a big/little pair. Even if it isn’t made up of best friends, every Greek fam has that special bond, as only a family can. ◊