"Experience the experience you're experiencing" -MF's yoga instructor
I haven’t had this much time to myself since coming back to Tech on January 13th for formal recruitment and I am cherishing every second of it. I'm making this blog mostly due to bordem and for fun but I must also give credit to my big, Christine and my bestie, Alex for inspiring me with their blogs!
When I look back on the first two months of second semester, I can’t believe how lucky I am to have so many wonderful things happen to me. Beginning with formal recruitment in the dead of Blacksburg winter, I received a bid from my top choice sorority, Alpha Phi. The excitement of joining a new sorority was a bit overwhelming at first and I was very hesitant going in not knowing anyone. But isn’t that what life is all about, exploring the unknown? I came to Tech in the fall feeling the same way, but I think it’s safe to say I have amazing friends and a lot of good things going for me.
|Spring '11 babies <3|
The four weeks following Bid night were packed with new girl meetings, dance practices for philanthropies, and various lunch/dinner dates with “buddies”. Buddies were sisters from the pledge class above us who we spent the week hanging out with, trying to get to know each other as well as find a potential big sister. Unfortunately, our pledge class was not able to attend any socials but we found other ways to bond and get to know each other. Dancing in Anchorsplash (and receiving 2nd place!) was one way I really bonded with a lot of the new girls and even some of the older sisters who participated as well.
|pledge class sleepover!|
A part from sorority life, I continued to work as a committee member for Relay For Life and attend classes (yayy me!). One week I even got a huge surprise that my best friend from home, Katherine, was coming to visit me at Tech for the night! I took her to Relay’s Best Dance Crew featuring Fighting Gravity, and showed her what a Friday night out in Blacksburg is like. I had so much fun with her and cannot wait to visit her at Clemson, where it will most definitely be warmer!
A lot has happened in only two short months, but one of my favorite memories was getting my big. It all began with Clue week where everyday we were delivered a basket from our bigs, although the identity of who our big was stayed a mystery. Let’s just say I may have gotten a little too into finding out my big (i.e over-analyzing everything and Facebook creeping). I LOVED every single basket I received, but I could not wait for the big reveal Saturday morning.
|basket #1: Sorry big, I was too excited I forgot to take a picture before I went through it all!|
|basket #2: Girls Night! Can't wait for our next one big!|
|basket #3: one of my faves! (those clues are bs haha)|
|basket #4: my big treats me like a princess :)|
|basket #5: can you say APHIESTAAAAA??|
I don't know what words I can use to explain how excited I was Saturday morning when I opened the car door (Aphi big sis rev tradition) and saw my big, Christine. I mean yeahhhh I was 99% sure that it would be her but now it was confirmed and I could not be happier! After the amazing surprise and all the hugging I got a matching tshirt with my fam and met my ggbig, Lindsay. Then we took a million family pics and big and little pics to capture this once in a lifetime moment. I absolutely love being the little one and getting all the attention (hehe)! Officially a part of the power fam, the days festivities began with a family breakfast at Lefty's (yum) and then to field games where Alpha Phi dominated! After a nap (so necessary) I went to my big's house for taco night, also so necessary since that night was APHIESTAA! (our date party after big sis rev)
|finally together :)|
|the power fam aka best fam ever|
|Big and Lil|
|hanging out with my big and gbig at Delta Sig's field games|
|Alpha Phi after winning Gladiator at field games|
|all dolled up and ready for aphiestaaaa|
Let's just say that Emily's first Aphiesta was a success! I'm so happy to have found a big who is as goofy as I am and a family who has made me feel so welcome. As Anna (my gbig) shared with us at Aphiesta "this is a real family", and I am so looking forward to all the amazing memories we will make!
I have two more days here at Tech before I go home and see my family and friends, and enjoy a relaxing week with no tests, meetings, or due dates! bahhhh I can't wait!!!