My sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, held a "Big/Little" reveal last night. A "Little" is a new member of the chapter and a "Big" is an upperclassman who is often their mentor, guide or even best friend. Bigs and Littles are picked through a mutual selection process. After the Big finds out which new member is her Little, she keeps it a secret. The Big then leaves the Little gifts throughout the week of reveal with hints to who she is.
When the reveal is and how we reveal is also a secret. Last night, we told the new members we had something at the chapter house. When they arrived, there were shirts and socks left in their mailboxes to put on.
Our bid day theme was Wizard of Oz, and we tried to keep that theme with Big/Little Reveal. That's where the socks came into play. (When the house falls on the witch and all that is showing is her feet)
The Bigs all had shirts and socks that matched their Little. Between the living room and multipurpose room, we had a big blanket up. The Bigs were on one side, and the Littles and chapter member sat on the other. One by one, the Bigs stood behind the blanket, with their socks showing. The new member with the matching socks would then come to the other side of the blanket. The blanket was then dropped to reveal the Big/Little pair.
Following Big/Little, we always go to Denny's after all the excitement, almost 50 Alpha Chi's filled up the dining area!
My newest Little is Lauren Kasun, she is from Cedarburg, Wisconsin and is an Equestrian major. I am so happy to add her to my Greek family. Also in my Greek family is my first Little, Diana Lee. She has a Little, Katie Turner. Katie also received a new member as Little last night.
It was my last Big/Little, for it is my senior year, and I must say it was one for the books.
This has been a wonderful week here at The Woods that started off with a giant snow fall! It was such a pretty sight out the window to see the white blankets all around. We did not get a snow day, but after classes were over we managed to carve out some time to take cute pictures in the snow. I cannot even explain how much fun a ton of fluffy snow is when you are with your friends.
Not only did we get to enjoy the snowfall, but this week just so happened to be Courtwarming and Lyrefest! I am on Student Alumni Council (SAC) and the junior class gets to put on Courtwarming. We picked a Hunger Games theme and planned many events and spirit days. We also have king and queen candidates and there is voting in Tucker Dining Hall all week. I am in charge of the pep rally that is Friday and I could not be more excited. Check out fellow blogger Dakota Smith's blog for more information, we are on SAC together.
Lyrefest is the philanthropy week for my sorority, Alpha Chi Omega. Other fraternities and sororities help us raise awareness for domestic violence and sexual assault. We also use this week to raise money for the Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence organization that is right here in Fulton. The events we have had so far are a volleyball tournament and serenades. When I was touring WWU, my guide mentioned serenades and I was very confused by this. Serenades are songs that are rewritten to have words or phrases that are specific to the sorority or fraternity chapter that is having their philanthropy week. So basically we had other fraternity and sorority chapters come over to our hall and sing songs about us to us in our basement, doesn't that sound awesome?
I have been creating so many memories this week and I really do not want it to end.
The weather was GORGEOUS last weekend in Fulton! I was able to hit up my favorite trail with my best friend, shoot some hoops, throw a football and relax outside. On Sunday I was wearing a tank top and shorts outside and it was still glorious.
My favorite part of good weather is walking the Stinson Creek Trail. It's a bit off the beaten path for the Woodsies but thankfully I know just how to get there. It starts out by the dog park with the railroad bridge and the trail continues on throughout all of Fulton. Though it doens't loop around, though I think that it should.
I have been walking the trail for a while, but I was really curious where it ended. A few Saturdays ago, my friend Sally Jo and I decided we would try to find it. We made it to about Seaman's Field and it seemed to end on the other side of the street, so we turned back. This round trip is about 15,000 steps according to my pedometer.
After making it almost to the end, I convinced my best friend Brandy that we needed to find the exact end. She was up for the challange and we followed the trail until it turns into a sidewalk over by the Fulton State Hospital. We kept walking the trail until we passed Veteran's Park. Then, we took a little break and went down the slides a few times.
This weekend we walked the farthest yet! I love having friends that I can do fun and healthy activities with! Nothing is better than nature and good friends.
While it was a bit of a bummer to leave my wonderful family at home, I am so happy to be back at the Woods surrounded my amazing friends and inspiring faculty.
I moved back in on this icy Sunday afternoon. After I unpacked everything, which seemed to have multiplied over break, I took a big breath and flopped on my bed. The rest of Sunday consisted of mingling at a hot chocolate social for the transfers and new students in Kemper Arts Center. It was so great to meet these students and be apart of the "Woods Express".
Classes started on Monday and I can honestly say I showed up with a smile to every class. On Monday I have Interpersonal Communication (with my favorite professor), and Drawing I. I spent the rest of my afternoon passing out flyers for an event on Thursday, getting a new tag for my car, checking my overly full mailbox and hitting up Sonic happy hour with my friends. Monday was also the day that I first used my membership card at the Callaway County YMCA. I just got a membership this January and am really excited to be using the facilities, especially since it is so close to campus.
Today, I had Fundamentals of Photography. My other class credits for this semester are a bit different then regular daily class. I am on the Student Website Advancement Team, and I am able to do those hours for class credit. I am also taking Web 2.0 online with William Woods' Learning House site. I have taken a good amount of classes online and have always had a positive experience with the professors and the work.
Another gem from my Tuesday was during my University Ambassador hour in Admissions. I was about to give a tour to a family when the mother of the prospective student looked up and said "Alaina?" It turns out that it was an old friend that I had met through pageants. It is crazy how small the world can be sometimes!
I know I wrote about a lot... so to sum it all up, I have been really enjoying being back here on campus. I have done many things to get back started, and I am ready to get back in the swing of things.
I hope that your week has started off as great as mine has. To help you out, I added a silly photo of me and two of my friends. I clearly didn't get the serious memo!