Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The College Series: Do's & Don'ts of Sorority Recruitment

Hey y'all! The next few posts in the College Series have been highly requested and they're all about sorority rush. Let me know if you guys have any questions and I can do a Q&A post about rush as well!

do's and don'ts of sorority rush, recruitment advice

DO

Do: Be Yourself 
This should be fairly obvious but we are trying to get to know you and hundreds of other girls as quickly as possible. Don't be afraid to be yourself and don't be afraid of being judged. 

Do: Smile! 
It makes us feel more comfortable as well as the girls around you. Smiling makes you seem more fun and approachable, trust me we're doing the same thing. 

Do: Be Positive
Try to be excited for every house, even if you have your eye on a certain sorority. It's not fair to not give a chapter a chance, you don't know them. You might fall in love with a chapter you never saw yourself in. Make it a point to find something positive about every chapter, you'll be in a better mood that way. 

Do: Make Sure You're Comfortable
This goes especially to those of you with huge campuses where the houses are spread out all over. Not every campus has sorority row, which can equal lots of walking. I know those brand new heels seem like a good idea, but instead opt for a cute pair of flats or some comfortable wedges. This goes for clothes too. Don't wear a dress or a romper that you constantly have to pull down. 

Do: Pack Your Purse
Take a bag, this is honestly so important. The whole process involves a lot of really long days and having some Band-Aids, water, gum, and snacks will make you a well loved person among your fellow PNMs. 

Do: Ask Questions
Think of this as a job interview except more fun. Be willing to ask any questions that you have about the chapter, the girls, or anything else. It makes it less awkward for us when you ask questions instead of us having to force small talk or grill you. 

Do: Be Prepared
It is a long process, which involves being asked the same questions over and over. Don't get annoyed everyone is trying to get to know you. We all know how repetitive it is, we went through it too. 

Do: Get Your Zzzzz's
Like I said before, it's a handful of really long days. Don't go out and party during rush (this can actually hurt your chances at getting a bid) but also make it a point to go to bed earlier and get up for breakfast. 

Do: Talk to Your Rho Chi (Recruitment Counselors)
They've been through the whole process and they're here to help you. Don't be shy about asking them any questions you might have or even just asking them for advice. Don't ask about what sorority they're in because they aren't allowed to tell you anyway. 

Do: Make Friends
Lots of the girls from your pledge class, whether they get bids or not, will become some of your earliest friends in college. Take the time to talk to everyone else too, everyone is in the same boat. Plus, making friends in your pledge class makes it feel less awkward because you don't feel alone in the process. 

Do: Dress to Impress
Having a hard time choosing between that skirt and your favorite Lilly shift? Go with the Lilly. It's hard to be overdressed for rush so just wear something that you love that makes you feel confident.

Do: Know What You're Getting Into
Sorority life can get expensive and it is a large time commitment between chapter meetings, retreats, and social events. Be prepared and do your research.

Do: Make Sure You're Doing This for the Right Reasons
One of the best things about rushing is finding a group of girls who you share interests and you can make friends so quickly. These are girls you'll most likely keep as friends for the rest of your life. Don't do this for the attention, the reputation, or the parties.


DON'T

Don't: Talk About the 3 B's
Booze, Boys, and the Bible. Try to keep topics light during recruitment. Religion might come up if you're talking with a faith based sorority though, then it's totally fine!

Don't: Swear
It's just not appealing, you're trying to make your best impression in a short amount of time. Just don't do it.

Don't: Have Your Heart Set
First of all it's unfair to not give all the chapters a chance, especially based only on things you've heard. Give everyone a chance. You never know, the chapter you never considered might be your favorite. It also hurts more if you have your heart set on one sorority and don't get a bid so don't put yourself in that position.

Don't: Be Intimidated
Recruitment is just kind of a strange and overwhelming experience. You're tired and you're having chants yelled at you all while being stared at by hundreds of girls knowing they are going to judge you based on a short amount of time getting to know you. That being said, if you do feel intimidated it's okay just try not to be nervous.

Don't: Take Anything Personally
Like I said we're all trying to get to know huge groups of girls in such a short amount of time based entirely off of quick conversations and small talk. If we just don't click don't take it personally.

Don't: Complain
Recruitment is a long, exhausting process. We know you're tired, we've been through the process too and honestly we are just as tired as you are. Plus our throats are sore from chanting constantly. Be excited, it makes it more enjoyable for everyone.

Don't: Worry!
This is so important! It's okay if you don't get a bid there are so many other ways to get involved on campus and make friends. If you really want in and don't get a bid during formal recruitment keep an eye out for informal recruitment sometime in the spring, or you can always try again next year.

Don't: Talk About Other Houses
Don't be the girl who goes around telling chapters how much you dislike a chapter, their house, or their girls. Many of us have friends in all different sororities on campus and you could be talking about someone's best friend. You never know who you might offend, so you're better off being positive and talking about yourself or asking questions.


That's all I can think of! If you guys have any questions about sorority recruitment I'd be more than happy to answer them! Feel free to drop me a comment here, shoot me an email or send me a DM on Instagram! I'll be answering everyone's questions!

Also be on the lookout for the next couple of posts in The College Series they will be all about sorority recruitment!



Friday, August 11, 2017

What's in My Carry On

Hey y'all! So I am packing to head out for a trip and I figured I would share what I pack in my carry on! I am someone who is super organized and obsessive when I pack so this is a pretty complete list for the perfect carry on bag!

  • Makeup Bag
    • GM On-the-Go Skincare Kit
      • Herbal Hydrating Mist
      • Herbal E Oil
      • Rejuvenation Creme 
      • Nutrient Serum
      • Marine Mint Mask
    • Burt's Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm 
    • Hand Lotion
    • Loreal Lash Paradise Mascara
    • Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes
    • It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Compact
    • Oil Blotting Papers
    • Hair Ties
    • Dry Shampoo
    • Hair Brush 
  • Laptop Bag
    • iPhone & Charger
    • Macbook & Charger
    • Notebook & Pen
  • Tech 
    • Camera & Charger
    • SD Cards
    • Headphones
    • Power Bank
  • Accessories 
    • Scarf
    • Cardigan
    • Socks
    • Umbrella
    • Glasses
    • Sunglasses
    • Wallet
  • Miscellaneous
    • Tylenol
    • Book
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Snacks
    • Kleenex
    • Water Bottle (empty)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lillybee in IC

Hey y'all! Recently I got accepted to the campus rep program for Lillybee University and they sent me the cutest shoes in my school colors! I was so excited to shoot these, I have to say this is one of my all-time favorite posts!

Lillybee University makes shoes and bags inspired by different colleges! They are so adorable! I'm in love with the flats and the wedges, they're so comfortable too which makes them perfect for dressing up or down for game day! They come with multiple colors of interchangeable bows too. Lillybee University also has a sorority line if you're looking for a unique way to wear your letters!

I have more awesome items from them, so be on the lookout for more posts!

First up are the ballet flats, these are so comfy and versatile. They are perfect for wearing to campus events, to class, and especially for game day! There are tons of colleges available too, you can check out the flats here.











Next up are these super cute bow flip flops, these would be really cute if you're looking for a cuter pair of shower shoes (since college showers are not somewhere to go barefoot)! You can shop them here.




Saving my personal favorites for last, these wedges are just to die for! They are super comfortable and would make the perfect addition to any game day outfit! You can shop them here










They also sent me the absolute cutest rainboots but it has been way too hot and there hasn't been any rain lately. I'll post about those the second I'm able to wear them! 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The College Series: A Week in the Life

Hey y'all! This post has actually been requested and this will hopefully be really helpful to all you incoming college freshmen so you can see what a real day in a college student's shoes looks like!

college advice for incoming freshmen a week in the life of a college student pre med

Monday, Wednesday, & Fridays

8:00 A.M.
Wake up and Makeup!

8:40 A.M.
Get Breakfast in the Caf

9:00 - 9:50 A.M.
Organismal & Ecological Biology 

10:00 - 10:50 A.M.
Organic Chemistry

11:00 A.M. 
Eat Lunch in the Caf

1:00 - 1:50 P.M. 
Biopsychology

2:00 - 6:00 P.M. 
Homework 

6:00 P.M. 
Get Dinner To-Go from the Caf

6:30 P.M. 
Workout

7:30 P.M. 
Take a Shower

8:00 P.M. 
Eat Dinner & Relax

10:00 P.M. 
Head to Bed


Tuesday

6:45 A.M. 
Wake Up & Makeup!

7:15 A.M. 
Get Ready for the Day & Eat Breakfast in my Room

8:00 - 11:00 A.M.
Biology Lab 

11:15 A.M. 
Eat Lunch in the Caf

11:45 - 2:00 P.M.
Study 

2:00 P.M. 
Get to Work 

6:30 P.M. 
Leave Work & Get Dinner in the Caf

7:00 P.M. 
Take a Shower

7:30 - 9:00 P.M. 
Study or Do Homework 

9:00 - 11:00 P.M. 
Relax & Watch Netflix 

11:00 P.M.
Head to Bed


Thursday

6:45 A.M. 
Wake Up & Makeup!

7:15 A.M. 
Get Ready for the Day & Eat Breakfast in my Room

8:00 - 11:00 A.M.
Chemistry Lab 

11:15 A.M. 
Eat Lunch in the Caf

11:45 - 2:00 P.M.
Study 

2:00 P.M. 
Get to Work 

6:30 P.M. 
Leave Work & Get Dinner in the Caf

7:00 P.M. 
Take a Shower

7:30 - 9:00 P.M. 
Study or Do Homework 

9:00 - 11:00 P.M. 
Relax & Watch Netflix 

11:00 P.M.
Head to Bed 


Hopefully this has helped paint a really accurate picture of what a real college schedule looks like. It's also specific for a Pre-Medicine Major, so most of my weekend includes studying and catching up on things! Let me know if there are any other posts you all want to see!




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Friday, August 4, 2017

The College Series: How to Set Up Your Schedule

Hey y'all! I'm back with another post in The College Series and this one is full of helpful tips on how to set up your schedule to make the most of your time and make your college transition go smoothly! Let's get started!



Avoid 8:00 AM Classes 

I know everybody says this, but it's so true. When you're given total freedom to do what you want when you want you're going to want to sleep in. Let's be honest. If you HAVE to schedule an 8:00 AM try to make it a lab since they are usually only once a week. 

Give Yourself a Lunch Break

Trust me on this one. Don't schedule classes from 9:00-3:00, you will end up starving and not paying attention. Give yourself one class block to eat lunch. It's worth it, otherwise make sure you have a good breakfast and plenty of healthy snacks in your backpack.


Night Classes Suck

Thankfully, I've never had to take one but I have heard from multiple friends who did and I have yet to meet someone who liked them. They take away a lot of your opportunities to work, have free time with friends, and sometimes even eat. If you can avoid them, do it. 

Don't Leave a Huge Gap

If you're anything like me and have very little self motivation this is the worst thing you can do. It might sound awesome to you to be able to have two or three hours between classes but it's not. Chances are you'll get busy, fall asleep, or just be lazy and not go to class. 


Stack Them Up

I know back to back classes, especially tough classes, don't sound fun but having class all throughout the day is worse. The best thing I ever did was set up my schedule to have class from 9:00 until noon and 1:00 until 2:00 then I was done for the day. This gives you plenty of time to relax, do homework, get some hours in at work, eat dinner, and workout. It even leaves time for binge watching Netflix, you can thank me later. 

Get Into a Routine

I know it sounds brutal to wake up early even on weekends and days when you don't have early classes. It makes it so much easier when that alarm goes off on days when you do have class though. Get into the habit of waking up at the same time every day whether you need to or not. If you get tired during the day, take a quick power nap. 

Wake Up Early to Schedule Your Classes

I cannot stress this enough. Classes go FAST, especially if you're in a popular major with lots of students. Upperclassmen typically get first pick at classes and underclassmen are left with the rest. If they tell you that you can log in and schedule your classes starting at 7:00 AM set and alarm and wake up early. You'll get into the classes you need that way and you won't have to go around begging professors to add you or being put on a wait list. 

Hopefully you've found some of these tips helpful. Have some more useful tips about setting up your schedule? Drop a comment below or shoot me an email! 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

My Favorite Summer Reads

Hey y'all! So I'm doing something a little different today and I'm excited! My whole life I've been a really avid reader, I'm just a very curious person so I love learning things through books. I've always been really into mysteries or anything pertaining to medicine. So I want to share with you some really great books I've read lately in case you're looking for a good beach read! I've linked all the books so you don't have to search around, all you have to do is click the title!

books summer beach reads best of 2017


Nancy Thayer is a fantastic author. I've read a few of her books and every one of them is a great read!  You should absolutely pick one up if you need a good beach read. Nantucket Sisters and Summer House have been my two favorites so far! 


So this is the nerdy side of me coming out, but I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone considering a career in medicine or any Pre-Med students. It's a great insight into the field of medical from the perspective of a medical resident. Let me know if you decide to check this out, I'd love to know what you thought!


For anyone who loves mystery, this one is for you. I'm a huge fan of crime, thriller, mystery novels and this one did not disappoint. Just take my word on this, you NEED to read it. It's so good.


Okay so if you haven't read this, or at least heard about it, you might live under a rock. That being said, if you haven't read it yet you definitely need to. It's pretty much impossible to put down so make sure you bring another book since you'll fly through this one. 


Okay so if you don't read anything else on this list, read this one. It's a collection of essays and short stories from an aspiring writer. The twist? Sadly, Marina was killed in a car accident just days after graduating from Yale. This book is just a haunting collection of fantastic work from a successful girl who left the world too soon. 


This book has all the makings of a great beach read. It's got drama, mystery, family, and and crime. This isn't one you want to miss, it's definitely worth the read. 


A great, cheeky book for all the twenty-somethings who feel lost in love. This is such a great book for a day spent relaxing. It's a funny look into the thoughts many of us have. Give it a shot!


I'd love to know if you've picked up any of these and what you thought! Let me know if you've already read any of them too, maybe we can even start a blogger book club! 📚





Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Lilly Lovin'

Hey y'all! I don't know about you but I love this dress, it's one of my favorite Lilly dresses. The pattern is great too! This is the Reagan dress in Hibiscus Stroll. I love the lace detailing and the fun twirly skirt. I picked this up at the After Party Sale last year, speaking of the sale it should be coming up soon so keep an eye out!

lilly pulitzer preppy outfit





I paired this dress with my classic white Jacks and some Kendra Scott accessories. I love pairing my white Andy bracelet with just about anything and the Kendra Scott Elle earrings are my favorite. They are smaller than the Danielle and less heavy. This pair is such a beautiful orange color, I just love them. Excuse me while I go buy 10 more pairs!