How to find your "Squad" in College


In high school, I was always floating between groups with only two or three consistent and close friends. I started college last year at Missouri State, while half my high school went to Mizzou. I can't begin to describe how happy I have been with my choice in university, but it meant I had to branch out more and make new friends. The idea of trying to socialize in a new place full of people I didn't know was absolutely terrifying. If I can put myself out there and find my crew, then you absolutely can too. 

Take the Initiative

Just say "hello" to someone. You never know where you will end up. I had Public Speaking with my current roommate last year, and we started talking the day after bid day because I walked right up to her and mentioned that I wasn't wearing the shirt but that we were in the same sorority now. And she thought I was completely insane. Then we started getting lunch together before class and going to chapter events together. Now, we struggle to go more than 24 hours without seeing each other.

Get Involved on Campus

Joining a sorority introduced me to my closest friends, but not all of my friends are my sisters. Join other organizations that interest you. Not only will you find people with the same ideas and passions, you'll find your place on campus. It's so super important to have a well rounded group of acquaintances and friends. You never know what doors will open because of the connections you make with people in college. 

Be Authentic

The worst thing you can do in college is try to be someone that you aren't. The deepest friendships that I have are because we are ourselves around each other. My group of friends and I can be completely honest and open when we are together, which is so important to me. I don't hesitate to tell them things or ask for advice. My friends are also my biggest cheerleaders. 

College is difficult and weird and crazy, but it is so much easier with a support system. Look for people who will celebrate your victories and still be there when you fall. Remember, this is the time when you find out which friends are going to last a lifetime. As I mentioned earlier, very few of my high school friends remained close to me after graduation. College makes you realize who you are friends with because you have class together every day and who you are friends with because you actually connect.

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College Morning Routine


8.00 am
Wake up! On Monday/Wednesday/Friday, I start classes a little later so I have time to shower and wash my hair. I still lay in bed and scroll through social media for a decent amount of time (if I don't press snooze too many times). Either way, I like the consistency of waking up at the same time each day. On of my suite mates also has the same class times as me each morning, so we keep each other accountable for getting up and attending class.

8.30 am
By this time, I'm out of the shower and putting my outfit together. Unless it's a rare occasion where I decide to wear jeans or a real shirt, this means whatever leggings are cleanest and a comfort colors t-shirt. Then, I head downstairs for breakfast. Our sorority house mom puts out a continental breakfast (bagels, toast, cereal, etc) each morning.

9.00 am
I head back upstairs to finish getting ready - brush my teeth, do something with my hair, and apply some makeup. I also get the notebooks I need for the day organized now, so I don't have to (forget to) go back up to my room during my lunch break and switch them out. 

9.30 am
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I start classes at 9.30, so I am already in the College of Business building at this point. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I don't start until 10.10, so I have a little more time before I leave. The distance from the sorority house to campus isn't very far, but my classes are on the far side so I usually catch our shuttle to class.

I'm not a perfect human, and I don't have the perfect morning routine. But, I see these types of posts all the time on Pinterest and I wanted to share mine as well! If you guys really want to see a night-time routine as well, I'll post one but my nights are not very routine. Let me know what posts you want to see by leaving a comment, and check out my other college blog posts here!

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Gratitude



I'll admit that I have been falling behind quite a bit when it comes to blogging lately. College isn't easy, and it's always a struggle to balance everything. This blog got pushed to the side too many times and I kept telling myself I would write something for next week. Then, as I was scrolling through bloglovin', I noticed that Kayla, one of my favorite bloggers and the mastermind behind Blogging College, had been celebrating November with 'Thankful Thursdays.' With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I decided to share a few of the little things in life that I am grateful for. These are in no particular order and by no means are they all the things I appreciate in life. 

1. Pretty stationary

2. Sleeping in

3. Dresses with pockets

4. Waffle Wednesday

5. Cozy sweaters

6. Tailgates

7. Long phone calls

8. Drake

9. Macaroni & Cheese

10. Songs that get stuck in your head

11. Netflix

12. My dog

13. Crunchy leaves

14. Strangers who hold open doors

15. Sunsets

16. When people text back quickly

17. Blue Jolly Ranchers

18. The opportunity for higher education

19. Target

20. Gamma Phi Beta

Let me know what you're thankful for, by leaving a comment below. Make sure you check out Kayla's Thankful Thursdays!



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Why You Should Live in Your Sorority House


When I went through recruitment, I didn't know much about being a member of a sorority. One thing I was sure about, however, was that I wanted to live in my chapter's house. After thriving for a year in the dorms, I was ready to move into a house I already called my home. My first semester in this house is rounding out, and talk is already arising of who will be filling these rooms next year. 

First things first, let's talk about food. If you thought a meal plan only existed for freshman that live in the dorms, you thought wrong. The food in my sorority house is so much better than that of the dining hall. While, there may not be as much variety, the quality is so much better. I live for Waffle Wednesdays. How many other times in your life are you going to have your meals prepared by your own chef?

Everything happens in your home. During Recruitment, Homecoming, and Greek Week, when other girls have to drive home at 2am, all you have to do is make your way upstairs to your bed. On the days when you have to be ready and at the house, you won't have to wake up quite as early because you live there. Also, when fraternities or other organizations bring food or other treats to the house, you are one of the first ones to find out and enjoy it. You never know who will knock on the door. We've also had alumnae and women from other chapters stop by, so you never know who you'll meet.

You have 50+ closets now. There has only been one tailgate this semester when my entire outfit came from my own wardrobe. My roommate and I browse both sides when we are getting ready for an event. We wore each other's dresses to semi-formal. The week of Halloween was essentially one big clothing-swap.

There is always someone. If you need to pull an all-nighter before an exam, someone else has to study as well. When you need to have a late night cry, (for whatever reason) there is another girl awake to listen or cry with you. You'll find spaces in the house that grow to have a deeper meaning. Our basement is unfinished, but there is some furniture down there and I love going down there with a sister for life chats.

You'll get close to women that you didn't know previously. Older members always told me that they made some of their best friends while living in the house. You get to eat meals and study and watch TV with different girls all the time. At the same time, I've grown so much closer to the women I became friends with last year. I've learned to pick up on their moods and know what they need and when.

College is only four years, and it is my firm belief that you should make the most of every opportunity that presents itself. There are only so many years when it is acceptable to live in a mansion with all your best friends. Living in the chapter house is an incredible experience and one that I would recommend to all sorority women for at least one year.

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