Wednesday, February 8, 2012

You mean Lake Michigan?

Since my last post I've been to Pennsylvania, Chicago, Mississippi, and Oklahoma! What a whirlwind of a semester :)

First I visited Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. I was nervous heading into this visit, thinking it was going to be super snowy and unbearably cold. I even packed rain boots to wear out in the snow. Luckily for me it did not snow during this visit! The Mu chapter of Theta was wonderful! The women had me stay in a cute little bed & breakfast down the street for Allegheny. The sweet woman that owned the B&B made me tons and tons of great breakfast food and coffee of course. It was a fun experience sleeping at a B&B, the bed was so comfy I didn't want to leave!

Allegheny does not have sorority houses, instead they have suites which is pictured below. The past president of Mu hand painted the crest and Kappa Alpha Theta on the wall, gorgeous right?

Mu officers took me out to eat at a fabulous Italian place call Chovy's my first night! It was so much fun! During their chapter meet tons of fraternity men and athletes came to speak to the women. Some of the athletes made inappropriate comments that made the women blush and all turn to me in embarrassment. It was a comical event!

After a cold visit in Pennsylvania I headed to Chicago to visit Lake Forest College! Lake Forest is a wealthy suburb of Chicago. The school is very small with around 1,500 students. I visited the chapter to help with formal recruitment. 56 PNMs went through recruitment. It was definitely the smallest recruitment I had ever assisted with, however, it was so much fun! On Founder's Day the women put on a fun skit of Theta through the Decades! The skit featured three songs from different decades with lyrics made to be about Theta. The women had a lot of fun and I enjoyed celebrating Founder's Day with the chapter! I was not able to out run the snow in Chicago and took a great picture to prove it...

On my last full day at Lake Forest College some of the women took me on a J Crew and Starbucks outing! We had a blast! On our drive back to campus the women told me we could drive by the lake to see it. As we were driving I ask "how big is this lake we are talking about?" the women shot me a funny look and said "... you mean Lake Michigan?" I laughed out loud and said "oh wow, I was under the impression it was going to be Lake Forest". We had a good laugh about that and finally arrived at one of the great lakes! It was beautiful!

My final visit for this trip was back to good ole Oxford, Mississippi! It was so nice to escape the cold and head back to 65 degree weather! While at Ole Miss I was able to reconnect with officers, have my favorite meal.. Poppyseed Chicken, and see Mama Gin one last time. It was super hard to say goodbye to my friends at Epsilon Zeta, but here's hoping I get to return soon!

I left Ole Miss and returned home for a fun filled weekend! On Thursday night I met up with my Theta family for dinner. SEVEN GENERATIONS attended our family dinner :) We were all able to meet the newest addition to our family and then visit the Theta house to relive funny memories. Rainey made sure we got a picture in order of oldest to youngest, which I LOVE! I am so blessed to have such a wonderful Theta family that I know will always be there to support me! I cannot wait to see my G get married in August :)

The rest of my trip home was spent celebrating a birthday, hanging out with friends, running much need errands, and leaving a few surprises behind! I ordered a new comforter that will be on my bed the next time I'm home and I cannot wait (it's the little things in life haha) My next visit home one of the other ELCs, Joni, will be visiting the OSU Theta chapter. I cannot wait to show her around Norman and OKC!

Currently, I am visiting Hanover College. Updates on my new travels will be coming shortly :)

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