Month: August 2014

Visits 2 and 3!

I knew I’d be busy, but wow! This past week and a half has been a whirlwind! After my visit to UGA, I visited our chapter at the University of Central Missouri, and it was such a great experience. Between the hilariously tiny rental car we had (see photo below), to learning about what it’s like to live in a Panhellenic Hall, there were some awesome moments during this visit. Brittany, the other Leadership Consultant I was there to support, and I ate at some local spots and explored the small town of Warrensburg, Missouri. Most of my work was helping prepare the women at this chapter for their first Formal Recruitment and supporting Brittany in any way I could. One of my favorite moments from this visit was when the Greek Advisor introduced me to one of their Grad Assistants, who actually went to Sonoma State! It was hard to believe someone from SSU ended up at Central Missouri, and happened to come to the Greek Advisor’s office while I was there. Though I had not been formally introduced to her before, she and I definitely recognized each other and it was fun to hear about her experiences there. Talk about a small world!

My visit at UCM was only for a few days, then I headed back to the homeland- California! I have been in San Diego for the last week, and it has been super busy. I have had the privilege of staying in the brand new Aztec Suite, which is the space for the San Diego State Alpha Gams to utilize this year. I posted some pictures below- it’s amazing! Though this week was very busy with Polish Week (Recruitment Training), officer meetings, and Recruitment preparations, I found time to get dinner with two of my chapter sisters and old roommates while I was in town. It was great to catch up with them and I’m glad I had some time to spend time with old friends. Being in San Diego made me realize how much I appreciate Southern California weather after being in the south and midwest, where it was really humid! I will be spending these next few days at SDSU, then I’m off to Arizona State University for their Formal Recruitment. Can’t wait!

UCM visit!

UCM visit!

Found an old gas station in Warrensburg

Found an old gas station in Warrensburg

Our little car!

Our little car!

Packed car! (lol)

Packed car! (lol)

Amazing tri-fold that Alpha Gams made!

Amazing tri-fold that Alpha Gams made!

SDSU visit!

SDSU visit!

Inside the Aztec Corner Suite at SDSU

Inside the Aztec Corner Suite at SDSU

Inside the Aztec Corner Suite at SDSU!

Inside the Aztec Corner Suite at SDSU!

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Aztec Corner Suite living room

Aztec Corner Suite living room

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First Visit- Check!

As I sit in the airport, I have had a chance to reflect on my visit to Gamma Alpha Chapter at UGA, and I could not have asked for a better first visit. I had meaningful conversations with their members and their House Director, and had the opportunity to see how chapters of 250 members function while preparing for Formal Recruitment. I loved touring their campus, which has a HUGE bookstore the size of a large department store, an impressive stadium, and beautiful buildings and architecture. The University of Georgia is the oldest public university in the country (founded in 1785), and they have so many campus traditions that I got to learn about. We took a picture under the famous arch, which students refuse to walk under until graduation because legend has it that if you walk under it, you won’t graduate! It was totally worth the sweltering heat and humidity to see such an awesome campus.

UGA also has a popular downtown area, with lots of local shops and restaurants. I had heard that Athens is known for amazing food, and I was not disappointed. The first night, went to dinner at a crepe bar called Pauley’s, which was delicious, then went to Always Baked Goodies to get deep-fried Snickers bars (had to!). I also had Zaxby’s Chicken for the first time, and we ate at the nicest restaurant in the area one night, called The Last Resort. It was such a treat to have members take us to their favorite places! We got to try a local favorite, called Your Pie, which is essentially a build-your-own pizza place. You can customize all of your toppings and they make it right in front of you, which was really cool.

Other than trying the amazing local food, I got a chance to walk down the famous Milledge Avenue, where all of the fraternity and sorority houses are. They really are the huge mansions you think of from the movies, and it was incredible to see the inside of a couple during the chapter’s mock recruitment. Some chapters have close to 300 members, which is pretty mind-blowing when there are 17 Panhellenic sororities on campus. I had a great time at UGA and hope I get a chance to come back to Athens one day. Take a look at some of the pictures I posted below- now off to University of Central Missouri!

Alpha Gam house at UGA

Alpha Gam house at UGA

Bulldogs Stadium

Bulldogs Stadium

Phi Mu house at UGA

Phi Mu house at UGA

Gamma Phi Beta house at UGA

Gamma Phi Beta house at UGA

UGA Bookstore

UGA Bookstore

Under the famous arch!

Under the famous arch!

Recruitment Practice!

Recruitment Practice!

Hitting the Road!

The day has finally come! With a month of training under my belt, I am about to hit the road. First stop- University of Georgia, then off to the University of Central Missouri! After having some time to reflect on my training experience, I am getting even more excited to make chapter visits and apply what I’ve learned over the last five weeks. It seems surreal that I’m actually going to be traveling the continent starting tomorrow! The first month and a half will be very busy for me because of fall Formal Recruitment season, so it may be hard to get a hold of me. I’ve heard great things about UGA, so I can’t wait to meet everyone there and learn all about their chapter. Onward and upward!