Month: January 2015

USC Visit!

My first week and a half at USC was awesome! After helping facilitate the Regional Leadership Training two weeks ago, I met with all of the officers at Delta Alpha (USC Chapter) and got to know many of the members. I don’t know what it is about USC, but I met some of the most incredible people I have ever met in our chapter there. Almost every member I talked to had an international background: they were either born in/from another country, lived outside the U.S., or has family in other countries. Australia, England, Malaysia, China, Hungary, South Korea, Switzerland, France… just to name a few. One member is a U.S. Army veteran and is currently in ROTC while serving on Executive Council in Alpha Gam, another worked for a professional dance company right out of high school, and several members studied abroad their very first semester of college, then came to USC as spring admits. Pretty unbelievable! I am truly inspired by these women and I can’t wait to continue working with them for the next three semesters!

I drove down to SDSU last night and will be spending the next week here helping with their spring recruitment and meeting with the officers. It is great to see them all again! On my way down, I was able to stop at home in Orange County to have dinner with my family, which was great! I feel so lucky to be spending my winter months in Southern California/Arizona and be close to home. I will never get tired of the sunshine 🙂

Here are some pictures from my first visit to USC:

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Brunch at the Alpha Gam house at USC is not taken lightly! They had a chocolate fondue fountain, a Belgian waffle station, and basically everything you could ever want for brunch. It was awesome!

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I got a chance to explore the campus and “The Row” while I was at USC, which is quite a sight. Unfortunately, I didn’t see Patrick Schwarzenegger or his girlfriend Miley Cyrus across the street at the Lambda Chi house, but I did get to try the infamous Lemonade restaurant on campus and grab an acai bowl at the AmazeBowls food truck!

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Though I am from Southern California originally, I haven’t really gotten a chance to explore L.A., so I went with some (25!) of the Alpha Gams at USC on a hike to see the Hollywood sign! It was a beautiful 80 degrees outside and we had a blast. They are a really active group of women!

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Samantha, who is a volunteer for Alpha Gam, flew out from Nashville to assist with Officer Training last weekend. She had not been to L.A. before, so of course we had to explore the area. We went to SUR, a restaurant in West Hollywood, owned by Lisa Vanderpump (one of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) because she is a huge fan of the show that is filmed there, “Vanderpump Rules”. I personally have not seen the show, but we saw five people working there who are apparently famous!

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Another L.A. must-see is Rodeo Drive! We stopped by to walk around, but we were limited to window shopping since we got there later in the evening. Darn— I was really planning on making some purchases there. 😉 We had a great time and I hope to get a chance to explore L.A. more during my time there!

All is well in San Diego! I will be heading back to USC next Friday, then I will make a visit to Arizona State University a few days later. Can’t wait!

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Change of Plans!

After spending the last week in Georgetown, Kentucky, where it reached below zero temperatures, it feels good to be back in the California sunshine! Georgetown College, home to our Theta Upsilon chapter, has just 900 students and is in a small town about 20 minutes outside of Lexington. Georgetown was founded in 1790, so you can imagine how much history there is. While I was there, I was able to get dinner with my aunt Gwen, who drove out from Louisville and saw the old town area, which truly looks like a main street from the 1800s. I spent most of my time at Georgetown helping the chapter prepare for Formal Recruitment and meeting with officers. My visit ended yesterday when I flew back to California to help facilitate a Regional Leadership Training at USC.

Now, for the change of plans! I found out that I will be stationed for most of the semester at the University of Southern California, servicing our Delta Alpha chapter. This is exciting news for me because USC is actually my mom’s alma mater and it will be a completely new experience for me (though it will be nice being close to home!). The chapter was reinstalled on campus in fall 2013, so this is their second academic year here. I will continue to work with our chapter at SDSU and make a few additional visits this semester, but for the most part I will be staying at the Alpha Gam house at USC! I am excited to get started, meet everyone, and help the chapter grow to their full potential. The Chapter Advisor and Province Director are actually from my home chapter, Delta Rho, so it will be great to work with the both of them again! Today, I helped facilitate a Regional Leadership Training, alongside with two other consultants and two of our volunteers. Officers from our USC, UCLA, UNLV, Chapman, and SFSU chapters all came to the USC house for the training. It went really well and I loved seeing members from different chapters meet and interact with each other. I am looking forward to learning more about the culture at USC and working with the women here!

Here are some pictures from my visit to Georgetown College:

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Some of the officers at the regional training at USC took a photo of their “Power Posing”:

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Facilitator photo and a group shot at the USC house!

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Winter “Break”

It’s absolutely crazy how fast the past month has gone by! Before I get back on the road tomorrow, I wanted to share a few recent happenings through some pictures. Between working from home and spending time with family over the holidays, I managed to squeeze in a few adventures over my winter break. I am also beginning to plan another month-long trip to Europe this summer– stay tuned for details. Tomorrow, I am heading to Georgetown College in Lexington, Kentucky, which is a school of only about 900 students! I am looking forward to meeting the women there and helping them with recruitment training/Formal Recruitment. After that, I am off to Baldwin Wallace University and Ohio State University! Can’t wait!

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LA for the day with Shannon (another consultant) to go shopping and meet up with Kristen and Kate, who were stationed at our UCLA and USC chapters

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That weekend I went to San Francisco to visit friends and attend the infamous SantaCon. Somehow after a travel nightmare involving canceled flights and closed BART stations, I actually got there!

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Lauren’s company party on Treasure Island!

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My sister and I met up with Alexis at the beach in Orange County right before Christmas– 80 degrees at the beach!

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Christmas Eve dinner with the sisters!

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Played tennis on Christmas Day!

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View from our cousins’ house in Seattle! We had an amazing time eating great food, drinking amazing wine, and doing some sightseeing around the city.

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We went to the EMP (Experience Music Project) Museum in Seattle, which had recording studios, lots of music history, and a huge display of guitars!

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The main reason we made the trip up to Seattle was to see our cousin, Jeffrey, perform as Ralphie Parker in “A Christmas Story” at the 5th Avenue Theater. Last year, Jeffrey played “Oliver” in the same theater, so it was great to see him back at it! He even signed autographs and took pictures with fans after the show. (#famouscousin) We are so proud of him and I can’t wait to see what amazing things he does next.

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After a few days in the city, we took the ferry across Puget Sound to get to the Weber cabin on Treasure Island! Getting 10 people there was an adventure in itself.

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But the view was all worth it. We spent a few days at the cabin watching movies, eating lots of Dungeness crab, playing plenty of ping pong, and lighting off HUGE fireworks on the beach!

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We got to stop by our cousin Blaine’s cabin on Puget Sound too, which was a highlight for me. They had thousands of oysters right in front of their deck and we got to shuck and eat a few while we were there! There’s nothing like oysters that fresh. Overall, it was an incredible trip, and though I don’t miss the cold, I hope to get back to Seattle soon!

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