New Member Retreat and My First Race

Some fun things have happened recently.  First was the new member retreat for Kappa, (see pictures below).  The second is that I got to participate in a race for rowing called a regatta, but I’ll talk more about that later.

The retreat…first, the car I went in had a very difficult time getting there!  Our GPS led us to a factory and a very creepy small house on a hill.  When we finally got to the house, it was huge and we laughed because we were the second ones there and when other people arrived they said they had gotten lost too.  We also ate a lot, which is one of my favorite things to do!  Then we played a game where we had to guess who our bigs were based on clues. (A big is kind of like a mentor with which new sorority members are provided to help guide them through anything they might have questions about.)  I refused to go first because I am shy and that makes me uncomfortable, but when I heard the clues I knew it was my big.  Next we went upstairs and the seniors talked to us about what it means to be a Kappa, and because it was Kate’s and my birthday, they brought us cupcakes.  Then we got to make up a song about Kappa. We decided to make a song based on Taylor Swift’s song Love Story.  It turned out really cute.  By the end of the night I was really glad that they had this event because it was so fun and it was a great thing to do on my birthday.

The other thing was amazing was the regatta.  It wasn’t exactly a real regatta with medals and things but we raced Kansas in a scrimmage.  Since I am more of a coxswain (the person that steers the boat) I don’t typically race in the boat, but someone got sick and I did get to race.  It was really exciting because based on times our boat won 3rd which would have meddaled if it were a real race.  I also was really excited to spend the whole day with my friends and get to see the experienced rowers.  Because it was parents weekend my parents even got to see me row, which is awesome.  All and all it was a pretty exciting race for me.  I unfortunately don’t have pictures from this so just trust that it was soooo fun :)

Sometimes in college…

you walk into the hallway and there are a whole bunch of your friends out there just talking and laughing and you decide to join.  It will only be for a few minutes you tell yourself, but then you end up talking to your friends for an hour and the homework you wanted to get done just has to wait awhile.  There are so many funny and nice people here to talk to that sometimes you just end up getting a bit distracted.  This month I had to interview one of my teachers for my business class.  I asked him what was the best advice he had.  He told me that while school is important and you should work hard and get the best grades you can, but you have so many opportunities in college that you will never have again so take advantage of them.  If your friends asks you to go to QT with them (and they will) or there is a speaker that you really want to see or one of your teachers invites you to their house for dinner, take time out of your super busy schedule to enjoy this experience :)