That Time I Went Through Recruitment

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

After my Friday night filled with girl talk, Cosmo, Nan's sushi, Ben & Jerry's, and Sex & the City, I woke up on Saturday morning ready to attack the first day of panhellenic recruitment at DePaul. I'll be honest, at first I wasn't too keen on the idea of spending four hours standing around and chatting with a bunch of girls I don't know. Don't get me wrong, I love spending time with my girl friends, but too much estrogen is just that...too much. But I went into the student center with a smile on anyway. And I was actually surprised at how fun the whole day turned out to be! After the first couple conversations, I'd started getting the hang of this small talk thing. And if I can do it, anybody can.

Tips on Being a Potential New Member (PNM) #1:
  • Ask any and all questions you have
  • Research the sororities a bit and throw in a question about a philanthropy event you know they hold or a tradition you'd seen they have
  • Remember their names!!
  • After meeting each chapter, give yourself enough time to collect your thoughts and how you felt about the girls
  • After each round, rank the chapters. You'll be able to review how you felt last time and how that's changed
The more I think about it, the more excited I get about joining a sorority. The girls of all ages and backgrounds, the network, the philanthropy, the connections, and just having a place I belong. I mean, I've always found a place where I've belonged. But I just can't wait to find a new one!

This was only the beginning though, I still have plenty more rounds this week. So we'll see how everything goes I guess.

In the meantime, what have I been obsessing over recently? This little beauty

If you have any advice for me or stories about recruitment, I'd love to hear!


That Time I Went To The Hospital

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Sorry I've been so long in writing again, but my poor little heart was having issues for about a week. And after a scary attack where I almost passed out on a train on a Saturday night, I decided it was time to see what's up. I was anemic. Which means that I didn't have enough blood in my body to go around. I'd lost the blood somewhere - somewhere that the doctors have yet to figure out. So I had a blood transfusion, missed the first three real days of class in college, and spent two sleepless nights in a hospital. But lucky for me, my mother was able to make it down and that made everything a little easier to bear.

Now I'm one of those people that loves getting my blood drawn, but the amount of needles they stuck in me is enough to make even the most experienced needle-taker cringe. My arms are all black and blue still. And not being able to eat real food while in the hospital set on some of the worst migraines ever. Needless to say, I was miserable. And the point of the story? Pay attention to your body. When something isn't right, and you'll know something's up, get it checked out right away. It saves your friends a nervous breakdown when you turn ghostly white and can't breathe.

But now I'm back and on the rebound! I jumped right into classes, of which my Bio course is my favorite. I'm laughing, studying, eating (REAL FOOD), and walking normally again. Hooray!

And in addition to my mother being there for me, my roommate, and possibly the most amazing person ever, stayed with me through it all. She even spent the first night in an uncomfortable hospital chair so I wouldn't have to go through three blood transfusions alone. Yeah, I bet you can't tell me someone did that for you. And I've received the most flowers since I was back in my dance concert days. The best being, of course, from my darling Sarah who heard about my incident and immediately ordered flowers, a bear, a balloon, and a card to be sent to my room. I love her.


Now that I've finally survived (literally) the first week of classes, it's time for a fitness & sushi night with my Belden girls!


Foodie Review: Cheesie's

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Today I had the priviledge of eating a Mac n Cheese sandwich from Cheesie's! I went with a small group and we got our food within ten minutes - this is definitely a speedy place. The cool thing about it is that you order at the counter, and when they bring it out to you, they call your name. Not your table's name or number, but you're first name. It made the place feel more like I was at home and my mother was calling me upstairs for dinner.

The sandwich itself was delicious. Who knew mac n cheese would go so well in between two slices of bread? The marina dipping sauce that went with it was spot on as well. And judging from the couple of sweet potato fries I stole from one of my friends, you just can't go wrong here.

Em's rating: 3.5 stars

The downside? The restaurant was slightly grubby and cramped, which made it hard to eat your food in peace. The sandwiches also seemed a little over-priced, so thank goodness I had a coupon with me!

That Time I Started College Classes

Friday, September 7, 2012

First day of classes went okay. My chem was not too hot, but bio sounds like a blast. The french class seems way too easy, so we'll see how that goes. I got a headache from all the syllabus reading and shaking of hands. Oh well. I guess I just have to muster through being a freshman again. I hate being new.

Today would have sucked if I hadn't had my girls with me. Libby, Isabel, Kelly, and Danielle. They're the only girls I feel I can count on here. Sitting around eating Nesh pita with falafel and talking about whatever pops into our heads was probably the best way end to my shitty day. That, and a phone call from my best friend from home.

I guess there are just so many things wrong at this moment. And I suppose I could list them all off. But I'd rather shut my eyes, dream, and wake up tomorrow to go running and start a better day.

I'll leave you all with this truth:


Although, we could probably all use a good Bergdorf's run...