Why I Joined a STEM Sorority

Let me just talk for a minute on why I’m in a sorority. First of all, sororities aren’t like you see in movies or on TV… most of them anyway. It’s also worth mentioning that my chapter is not officially part of the greek system on my campus. All that means is that we don’t have a university-associated house, and we aren’t required to participate in as many geek events (including rush); this gives us a lot more flexibility to focus on what is important to us.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I did not initially come to college thinking that I wanted to join a sorority. In fact, I was completely opposed to it. But as I loved out my first semester as a freshmen it became increasingly more apparent that being a woman in an engineering major was going to be a challenge. Not because I couldn’t handle the load, not because I couldn’t hack it, but because there just aren’t that many of us. Granted, there are more now than there ever were. It’s hard for me to relate to guys sometimes (other times it’s easier) and most of my class had more men than women. At first I didn’t think it would be much of a problem, but as I’ve advanced in school, I’ve come to realize how important it is to have those connections with the women with whom I have similar experiences with.

So, why did I change my mind?

The first thing that struck me about this sorority was that it was specifically created for female engineers and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) majors. They would all be as focused on academics as I am. They would understand when I had to choose academics over a function. And, because They weren’t officially in the university’s greek system, there were already less social/philanthropy requirements than regular sororities. That also meant that they could do rush however they wanted. There were only 4 events over 2 weeks, and it was after the semester started, so no dealing with the mess of Rush week. The understanding that as an engineering major I wouldn’t have as much time to commit to functions was incredibly appealing.

The second thing was that from the moment I first met some of the girls, I felt comfortable. How I dressed didn’t matter. Where I was from didn’t matter. What I believed didn’t matter. It was okay that I was obsessed with Doctor Who, there were Whovians in the group! “Hey, who’s taking Calculus II next semester? Let’s start a study group!” Need a study break at 10 p.m.? Go get some ice cream and chill (as a side note, one of our rush events is always making ice cream using liquid nitrogen, WAY cool!). Who likes camping? “You play Minecraft, check out this YouTube channel, you’ll love it!” Chapter meetings where we wear silly hats and share stories from the week? Um, yes please. These are all experiences I’ve had this semester alone. If there is one thing these girls get (as with whatever sorority you’re in), it’s friendship. It’s sisterhood.

The third thing is this: when I met my Big, I made a friend and sister for life. Whether we’re jamming to Uptown Funk, eating Sim Chicken’s for dinner, or just chilling in the bus station… the memories I make with her are memories to last a lifetime. We study together, we support each other, we console each other, advise each other, we believe in God together. We just share life together. If I would have known before I rushed how much I would value her, It would have been enough to convince me.

Forget what you see on TV. Sororities are moe than just booze and parties and glitter posters. They’re a place to belong. A place to land. A place to make memories that last a lifetime.

Always With Love

 

PS: Here’s the link from a Pinterest pin that inspire this post: “What I Wish I Knew Before Joining a Sorority”

 

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Thoughts on Strength

I found this quote the other day on Pinterest:

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I felt like sharing because this quote states plainly something I have believed for as long as I can remember. In high school, with all of my “teenage wisdom” I was always telling my friends “I don’t regret anything because I know that it has made me stronger.” I said it for breakups, bad grades, fights with loved ones, etc. I always meant it too. The problem was that I did not know how to explain it beyond that. Sure, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” but why, what does that mean?

Something I learned my first semester of college: my strength, is not my own. I, in fact, have no strength at all. How can that be? Psalm 46:1 (NKJV) says it all, “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.” God, in all His glory, because of His unconditional love for me, is the source of my strength. Without the presence of God in my life I have nothing. Coming to understand this revolutionized my life.

What about the struggle? How does it relate to strength? (I’ll save the specifics of my struggles for a different post.) The best way for me to explain it is to let scripture speak for itself.

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10, NIV

It is a fact that we will all face trials in our lives. We will all endure hardships. We will a get knocked down. Those things don’t make us weak, they present us with opportunities find our strength. We can search for it within ourselves all day long; we may even think we’ve found it a few times. But the reality is this: we are flawed, imperfect human beings. But the good news is there is a perfectly unflawed God who loves and cherishes us. He wants to give us His strength as much as we want to be strong. All we have to do is reach out and take it.

 

-With Love-

 

 

Facts About Me

As a preface for this blog, you should get to know a little bit about the person writing it. First of all, I’m a girl (let’s just get that out of the way) and I’m 20 years old. As for everything else, well just keep reading.

I am this conglomeration of strange characteristics you wouldn’t always expect to go together (said everyone ever about themselves). I’m a little of and a little of that, throw some of this stuff in there… and BANG! There I am. Here are 42 facts about myself.

FAVORITES

  1. Favorite Color: Red & Teal/Blues
  2. Favorite Superhero: The Green Arrow (Although lately I’ve been pretty partial to Daredevil lately)
  3. Favorite Movie: Always The Hunger Games Series
  4. Favorite TV Show: Currently, Daredevil. OF ALL TIME, Doctor Who! (Scorpion is pretty great too)
  5. Favorite Book: If I had to choose… Wuthering Heights. But, I did read The Hunger Games trilogy in record time.
  6. favorite Food(s): Tacos! (And sour straws)
  7. Favorite Drink: Root Beer (NOT like the depressing stuff like Mug or A&W, Barq’s all the way!)
  8. Favorite Video Game: Minecraft and The Sims are tied for first.
  9. Favorite Flower: Orchids
  10. Favorite Song: I don’t actually have one, but I’ve got some pretty good memories from Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Start The Fire

LIFE

  1. I am majoring in Civil Engineering
  2. I am proudly a Christian
  3. I am TERRIFIED of roaches (I don’t even like reading the word “roach,” and I just typed it twice)
  4. I was raised by my dad
  5. My high school graduating class was only 65 students and I graduated 7th
  6. Before I started college I swore that I would never join a sorority, but now I am a member of an engineering sorority
  7. I have only ever been in 4 states (the one I live in, and 3 bordering it)

PERSONALITY

  1. I LOVE sleeping until noon
  2. I could waste a whole day playing Minecraft and avoing life
  3. I have a serious procratination problem
  4. My Myers Briggs personality type is an INFJ
  5. I am definitely an introvert, I could hole up for days and come out of it just fine
  6. Lately, I say “Bro” a lot… It drives me crazy!
  7. I treat my pet fish the way most people treat their dogs
  8. I am so obsessed with Doctor Who that I named my Betta fish The Doctor and try to decorate his bowl accordingly
  9. Despite my status as a Whovian, I am sad to say that I can’t make it though the classics while consious… but I’m working on it.
  10. I take the rival between DC and Marvel very seriously
  11. Although, I am a huge fan of both… (saying that is probably blasphemy)
  12. Speaking of Doctor Who and superheroes, my ideal superpower would be time travel
  13. I know the difference between there, their, and they’re and feel really stuck up when I point it out to people… but I do it anyway
  14. My optimum number of hours of sleep is 10
  15. I talk to myself probably more than is actually healthy
  16. I LOVE to make lists… so I’m really enjoying this post…
  17. I have the memory of a goldfish…
  18. … I’ve never looked it up, but I am assuming that a goldfish’s memory is really short… I should look that up.
  19. I also get distracted very easily… think, “Oh, squirrel!” kind of distracted
  20. I really REALLY don’t like Apple Products and vow to NEVER own any
  21. I can get so streesed that I make myself physically sick
  22. I can eat a whole bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos in one sitting if I’m not careful
  23. Sometime when I’m talking about flavors, I refer to them as colors (the red sucker vs. the cherry sucker)
  24. I HATE grape flavored things… it doesn’t even taste like real grapes! Whose idea was that!?
  25. I laugh so hard that I cry… almost everytime I laugh

 

XOXO