I’m thankful for…

My parents are immigrants. My dad is from England and my mom is from Denmark. They moved to America about 25 years ago for work opportunities, thinking they would move back to Europe eventually. But we’re still here.

My dad grumbles sometimes about the road systems, saying how much better they are in England. My mom still speaks Danish everyday and is proud of her first culture. That being said, I know how thankful they are to be here. My dad became an American citizen around ten years ago, and he knows a lot more about American history than a lot of American-born citizens do. My mom, although not yet a citizen, makes it very clear that she loves America. On many occasions, she has told me, “I love Denmark, but I could never move back to Europe. I love it here too much.”

That being said, my family does not do a lot on Thanksgiving. Yes, we have the traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie. But we have never watched the Macy’s parade, participated in a Turkey Trot, or watched Thanksgiving football. We have, however, formed our own small tradition of, before we start to eat, going around the table a few times and saying what we’re thankful for. Sometimes this lasts up to forty-five minutes, and sometimes we’re just so hungry that we only do a couple of rounds. But something that never changes is that we all have things that we’re thankful for.

This year, sitting at a Thanksgiving table with two Brits, four Danes, and three English-Danish-American mixes, I know I have a lot to be thankful for. Of course, there are the basics that I can talk about every year – my family, my friends, my house, my health, my dog – but there are also a lot of new things that I’m thankful for: my life in Tulsa, my sorority sisters, my roommate, figuring out what I want to do with my life, and simply being lucky enough to get to go to such an amazing school.

The busiest time of the year

As my third semester at TU begins to comes to an end and we have begun fall break, I’ve finally got the chance to relax a little bit.  Things have been going at warp speed lately and just some of the things that have happened in the last month involve homecoming, haunted hall, parent’s weekend, bowling bash, the pretentious art show, taste of the John, movie premier night, and humans vs. zombies.

Homecoming this year was so fun! From the standpoint of being part of housing staff, it was a very busy week and definitely filled with a lot of work, but nevertheless I enjoyed it all! One my favorite events that we participated in was street painting.  Street painting landed on my birthday so it was embarrassing when the rest of  my fellow staff members made everyone there sing me happy birthday but it was definitely something to remember. It was also a little sad that it happened to ran the next day and washed away all of our work but it was fun while it lasted!

Haunted Hall was a Hurricane Thursday event that happened to not only land during the week of homecoming, but also on Halloween.  It was a Fisher South (the all freshman residence hall) event and put on by the members of hall government.  We turned the three story hall into a haunted house and every level was kicked up a notch on the scary scale.  It was fun getting to listen to a series of constant screams all night and seeing the 8 hours of work we put into the event pay off.

That weekend was parent’s weekend.  I’m from Arizona and my parents couldn’t make it out for a weekend, but I was so fortunate to be adopted by multiple families for dinners, lunches, and brunches.  My friend’s family even brought Kate’s puppy down for the weekend so we got lots of puppy time during the bonfire.

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The latest event that I participated in was a week long game of Humans vs. Zombies.  Everyone started out as a human and had a bandanna tied to their arm.  There was one Alpha Zombie and thus began the game.  The zombies had to tag a human to turn them, and the humans had to throw socks at the zombies to stun them for 15 minutes.  During the day zombies had missions that the humans tired to interfere with and at night the humans were given missions they tried to complete without running into any zombies.  By the end of the week there were about 40 zombies and 20 humans, and the humans were able to win the game! I did not have enough point to get me into the top humans, but I was the longest living human because I started day one so I was proud of myself!

As I said, the last few weeks have been a whirlwind of activities but hoe could you not love all of the fun activities that happen on campus? All that is left to do is make it through finals and gear up for the spring semester!

Greek Life Philanthropy- Hootiefest

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One of my favorite parts of Greek life is philanthropy events.  Every fraternity house is in a national alliance with a different organization, which they sponsor dinners and activities to raise money for.  The Chi-Omega chapter sponsors “Hootiefest” to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Our goal was to raise over $6,000, which is enough money to grant one child their wish.

The first activity kicked off November 11th at the Chi-Omega house.  There was an all you can eat dinner- $5 from everyone at the door- that consisted of food from all over Tulsa including Zio’s, Chipotle, Pei Wei, and much more!  The event took many weeks of planning and an entire day to set up, but all the hours of hard work payed off to make a great event!

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