FALLing in Love with my Campus

It's finally starting to feel like fall here at Missouri State. The leaves have all changed colors. I was actually lucky enough to have taken these pictures before we had a day and night of intense wind and most of the leaves fell. On my way to class, I get to hear the leaves crunch under my feet. I didn't know it was possible, but the campus is even more gorgeous in the fall. 

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I only have two weeks of classes, including finals, after break. My first semester of college is almost over and I'm kind of in disbelief. I only have three and a half more years before I have to actually be an adult. If there are any college-related blog posts you guys want to see, let me know by leaving a comment!

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In June, I showed you all this shirt in a summery outfit with crochet shorts I mentioned that one of my favorite things about the shirt was that I could wear it in any season. So, here is the fall version. I paired it with black jeans because they feel a little more dressed up than leggings and, of course, my fergalicious riding boots. I'm so excited that its' time to actually wear boots and jeans. We had a few colder days in October, but the weather is finally consistently feeling like fall. 

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Why Joining a Sorority is the Best Decision I Ever Made

I briefly mentioned on previous blog posts that I had made the decision to go through Formal Panhellenic Recruitment here are Missouri State. After four long, tiring, and difficult days, I found my home at Gamma Phi Beta. I rushed to the house with active members, including my Pi Chi, on Bid Day and met my amazing crescent sister. On that day, I also met my perfect big, although I didn't know it at the time. During the new member education period, I learned so much about Gamma Phi's values and history. The sorority began to mean even more to me. Sister dates and Big/Little hangouts led up to Big/Little Reveal, where I found out that my big was exactly the girl I had hoped for! Originally, I was unsure if I truly wanted to be apart of a sorority, but I can honestly say that there is no part of the decision to rush that I regret. So, I've compiled a list of reasons why joining a sorority is the best decision I've ever made.

1. Sisterhood
It seems obvious, but without joining Gamma Phi Beta, I would not have met many of the girls I now proudly call my best friends. I never have to eat alone, and if I am having a bad day there are so many girls I can text that will instantly cheer me up. I have been able to be completely open and honest with these girls, and they reciprocate that. The Fall '15 class has become incredibly close in just a few months, because everyone makes an effort to get to know people on a deeper level than 'where are you from?' and 'what's your major?' Although it has only been a short time, being apart of this sisterhood has become one of the most important things in my life. 

2. Philanthropy
Gamma Phi Beta's national philanthropy is Girls on the Run. This organization prepares girls to run a 5k, while teaching them life lessons. I've been able to make bracelets, write letters, and even watch the girls begin their run on the day of their 5k all in one semester. I've also been involved with street clean-ups and volunteered at local organizations with my sisters.

3. Role Models
Seeing the achievements of older girls in my chapter has inspired me in ways I never imagined they would. The president of our university's Panhellenic Association is a member of my chapter. I am inspired daily by her and other older members of my chapter. Hearing my great grand big speak about what Gamma Phi means to her, during initiation week, made me so proud to be a part of this organization. 

4. Campus Involvement
Homecoming Week would not have been the same without being in a Greek Organization. The events would not have meant as much to me, and I probably would not have gone to as many of them. I've also had opportunities to attend events like New Member Day, where I learned more about what it means to a sorority women, and get to know new members of other chapters. 

5. Academic Support 
We have mandatory studying hours to make sure we are spending enough time on homework. I've also had older girls use their own time to help me study for tests. It is clear to me that my chapter values learning, it is one of our four core values after all. Members of my class have made an effort to form study groups and we have a group chats for different majors for even more support. 

Today also happens to be Founders Day for Gamma Phi Beta. I am so happy to be celebrating this for the first time ever with my chapter. Being in a sorority has truly meant more to me than I can put into words. If you are starting college next year, I highly recommend that you look into rushing. It's not too late if you are already in college! There are several members of my Fall '15 class that are not freshman, and they are just as welcomed and involved as anyone else!

If you have any questions about Greek Life, feel free to ask me by leaving a comment! I would be happy to answer them to the best of my ability.

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Getting Crafty

On bid day, my crescent sister (who is like a temporary mentor that helps you through the new member process) told me that when you join a sorority the crafting Gods open up the clouds and say "let this girl have crafting abilities." I laughed, but she was right. Honestly, in the last couple months I have spent more time and money on canvases and paint than I have in the rest of my life. I've spent so much time looking through Pinterest for ideas. I always liked doing pinterest-y things but I never had the motivation to finish anything and stuff would just sit in my room half-finished until it found its way to my closet. Now, I can make stuff for other people and I really want to.

So these are a few canvases I've painted recently. I gave the first one to my big right after reveal. I made the "It's Fall Y'all" and the striped one for my dorm. Then, I painted the blue one for my grandbig and gave it to her for initiation. The rest I made for my big and gave them to her for initiation. Side note - I promise I finished the cheetah print, I didn't realize the two spots in the middle weren't finished when I took the photo!

I started tracing the words for my quotes because I'm just not coordinated enough and I could never get words centered. I find fonts on dafont.com and type it out on powerpoint. Then I print it out and stand at my window coloring in the letters on the back of the paper. I tape the paper to the canvas and then shade over the words and it pushes the pencil through so the words are there lightly. I just paint over that after. Nothing is perfect but it works a lot better for me than free handing. I also use modge podge to coat the canvas when I'm done. This just stops the paint from chipping and gives it a smooth finish. It's totally not necessary but it makes me feel better.

If you are looking for more crafting inspiration, I have a whole board on Pinterest, so be sure to follow that!

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