Sunday, October 30, 2011

Hello Iowa & Delaware!

Since my visit to Yale I've traveled from Connecticut to Iowa then on to Delaware and finally landed at home for a few days!

Iowa was much more than I expected! The town itself felt a lot like home as did the facility. The facility was super nice with a fun room named the Solarium where I conducted all of my meetings. The VPA, Heather, was literally the nicest person I have met on my travels thus far! She is sweet as can be with a lot of charm and hospitality. All of the women at Beta Omicron were welcoming and friendly. They event let me attend their sisterhood event at "Fired Up" a studio you painted all sorts of items at.

I was also able to eat lunch at a bar, Airliners, where Ashton Kutcher was discovered! Very fun local place with great pizza and... cheese balls. No not mozerella sitck, but literall cheese balls haha

My visit to Iowa felt way to short and I quickly headed off to Delaware! The women of Zeta Tau were also so friendly and fun! I made it just in time for a sisterhood activity as well. I was thrilled to hear the movie we would be watching... HOCUS POCUS!! It is the perfect Halloween movie, a holiday must see if you will haha

Look what the Lambda Chi's dropped off at the Theta house :) Feels like home!

Delaware had a beautiful campus and a great main street full of shops and little places to eat. The women took me to a fun gas station (eqivalent of Quick Trip), and if you know anything about me you know I am OBSESSED with Quick Trip, so I loved experiencing WaWa's!

On Saturday I headed home, thankfully missing the Northeastern snow storm... or so I thought! I boarded my plane at noon thinking I would get out in time. Instead we sat on the runway for over an hour waiting for the sleet to stop so we could take off. Once we were in the air the flight attendants informed us we would be arriving at 3:55, over an hour after are planned arrival. Unfortunately for me my flight was taking off at 4:10. As we pulled into the gate I saw my plane getting loaded up and began the count down as I realized I had 8 minutes to make my flight. I'd already checked and there were no other flights back to Oklahoma that night. I literally sprinted to the plane and made it just in time! As soon as I sat down we shut the door and were off.

For the next few days I am planning to enjoy some relaxation before heading off to Nashville to initiate the new Belmont chapter! I cannot wait to be reunited with Joni, Katie, Christa & Casey!!! This is going to be such a fun week!!

Now boarding... next destination relaxation.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Yale... So it's like Hogwarts...

Hello from Yale!

It is official… I am in love with Yale’s campus! As soon as I stepped foot onto the campus I began to reminisce of my time abroad in Oxford. Katherine can attest to the millions of texts I began to send her about how much I felt like it was summer again and I was on Oxfords campus. When I took the official Yale tour my suspicions were confirmed. The architect that designed the residential college in the 1930s mimicked the building to look like Oxford University

The first officer I met with began explaining Yale’s residential college system to me by saying, “It’s like Harry Potter and the sorting hat. Before we come to campus the hat has decided which college we will be in for the remainder of our time at Yale.” The residential college system really intrigues me. Basically, your residential college decides where you live, eat, and hang out. Obviously any Yale student is welcome in any college at any time, however, you become closest to the members of your respective college. The colleges also have lots of competition with one another, it literally reminded me of Hogwarts! Haha
The other topic that interested me tremendously while at Yale is the topic of secret societies! I had always heard of Skull and Bones, but never full knew how the process worked for societies. There is a very intricate interviewing process for societies. You receive a hand written note to your dorm inviting you to interview, the only catch is you do not know what society you are interviewing with. There are multiple rounds of interviews (the first is usually masked and the second you know the society you are interviewing with). Each historical society has a “tomb” where members can go and spend time. The tombs are unmarked buildings with absolutely no windows. Top secret for sure. Each day on my walk into campus I passed the Skull and Bones tomb!

My last night in New Haven the women took me to see a Yale Hockey game which was so much fun! I definitely have a new found liking for ice hockey! The women of Epsilon Tau treated me like a queen, taking me to different local food places for each meeting. My favorite being Atticus! Claire’s was the local favorite for dessert.
All in all I loved my time at Yale and with the women of Epsilon Tau! The new facility was super cute and I enjoyed every minute. I bought myself a cute Yale tshirt and will definitely wear it in support J

Now boarding for Cedar Rapids Iowa to visit the University of Iowa!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

"I hopped off the plane at LAX with a dream and my cardigan..."

Hello from Malibu!

Prior to my trip to Malibu I was able to be home for the OU/TX game and Tanna's wedding shower. I had such a great time at home with friends and family!

This trip to Pepperdine has been one crazy beautiful ride. I saw many beautiful sights, met up with friends and spent time with a great group of women! Some of which are UT fans... but I'll forgive them haha

My first full day in Malibu was incredible! I had a morning meeting at starbucks where the recruitment officer and I discussed recruitment of course, but more importantly football! She is from Dallas and a life long UT fan so it was a fun meeting :) Justine and Zack picked me up from there and it was off to had an eventful day.

My adventures with Justine and Zack were endless, so I will just hit the highlights:

#1 They took me to a local place called Lily's to have breakfast burritos. It was a little hole in the wall place but delicious!
#2 We drove through Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, and the Hollywood strip!

#3 We ventured to a little street in downtown LA with authentic taquitos and guac. Justine was a prankster and got Zack with her childhood confetti eggs, which you know I LOVED haha

#4 We went to Santa Monica and walked around the shops!
Last and certainly not least #5... I got to meet up with Morgan! Morgan is a Tri Delta consultant from OU! It was so fun seeing familiar faces on the road!

The rest of my visit was spent on Pepperdine's beautiful campus! I had so much fun with the women and it was sad to say goodbye... especially at 7 am when I arrived at the airport. I hope to visit the women of Zeta Phi again sometime!

Now boarding for Hartford, Connecticut where I will be visiting the Epsilon Tau chapter at YALE!!!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

So you're from Arizona??... Ohio State 2011!

Here's a hello from Ohio,

The past few days I have spent my time with the women of the Alpha Gamma chapter at Ohio State University. The women have been so much fun and truly a pleasure to work with!

I was greeted Monday evening at the airport by four exec members and a sack full of mcdonalds, salad of course in case I was a vegetarian haha The other fun fact was the women thought I was from Arizona. It was announced that they had googled me (my visit to Arizona must have surfaced) and they researched Arizona, at which point they decided I would be fun since I was from there, little did they know I was a good ole' Oklahoma girl!

The next day I woke up early to have breakfast with the sweet president before my day full of meetings began. Every woman I came in contact with was so welcoming and ready for new ideas and information. The best part about my meetings is they scheduled THREE over ice cream and coffee.. YUM! I obviously had to try Jenni's ice cream, a local favorite, it was delicious and I was completely satisfied haha

My last full day with the chapter the facility director, Carolyn, took me to breakfast at the diner on campus. It was also delicisous and such great conversation! Later that day I was taken on a campus tour and to a local Italian place for dinner. The women were so kind and I had a great time!

The Theta House

The student union

Today I head home to get ready for the red river rivalry! BOOMER SOONER!

(pictures and updates to come) Now boarding for the great state of OKLAHOMA!

Monday, October 3, 2011

1-800-catchamom, Ole Miss Recruitment 2011!

Well Hotty Toddy again from Ole Miss!

I spent the last week surrounded by wonderful women, beautiful decorations and lots and lots of glitter! Recruitment was full of sleepless nights, crazy PNM mothers, and of course lots of singing!

Obviously, I had good ole southern cookin' again at Ole Miss and was very thankful for the sweet tea. I was a frequent visitor to Newk's and had lots of home made goodies from the Theta moms! Now PNM mothers were the exception to the nice mom rule. SEC recruitments are very intense, this being the case, PNM mothers drove by, hid outside of house and many other creative things just hoping to get a glimpse of her daughter in the midst of recruitment. One mom even went as far as to dress up like a PNM (name tag and all) and climb a tree. She was spotted and quickly removed haha

I was also able to meet up with an Alpha Omicron Pi consultant from Oklahoma (Taryn) and veiw the Delta Gamma and Alpha Omicron Pi skits at Ole Miss. Both were very upbeat and so much fun! The Theta's did a skit called Sorority Night Live. The favorite act was coffee talk and definitely kept the PNMs laughing. While viewing Delta Gamma's skit we were notified the fire alarm had gone off at the Kappa Delta house. All PNMs and members were evauated and outside for half of the round waiting on the fire department. It's events like these that you just have to laugh and continue on through the long process.

The Epsilon Zeta women had great decorations and loved the way recruitment turned out! I was even able to go to Incredible Pizza with them to celebrate bid day with their new members. I loved my time at Ole Miss and cannot wait to return again!!!

Now boarding to Columbus, Ohio. Headed to Ohio State and hoping to meet up with Mallory Butts!