UIFI: Lets Change Greek Culture

This week I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute at Indiana University. At UIFI, I got to meet Greek Life leaders from all the country that want to improve their chapters and communities. It was the experience of a lifetime and I feel so blessed that Kappa Delta provided me with a scholarship to attend.

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Bowling Social with a fellow Kappa Delta Sister from Arizona State University

I have been to many conferences and camps before this but UIFI was much different than anything I had ever done. I bonded so quickly with my home chapter. From night one, we spent as many moments together as possible. Everyone was so insightful and contributed so incredibly much to our group. They may have made fun of my accent every chance they got but I wouldn’t trade them for anyone in the entire world. I feel so lucky to have all of them in my life. They all are going to do amazing things for their chapter, community, and the world.

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Chapter 6 ready to do community service throughout the local area

This conference gave me so much to bring back to Kappa Delta and the Wayne State Greek Life community. The tools I was given will help improve things like participation, increasing chapter moral, and over all the culture of my chapter. UIFI is such a special place where everyone wants to do so much good in the world they don’t even know where to start. We spent hours talking about the hard stuff facing Greek Life and spent just as many hours laughing about any thing and every thing you could think of. Karen, the lead facilitator for the conference, made a huge impact on me. She put a lot of energy into investing in me personally and made me experience even more amazing. I will never be able to thank her enough for the advice, time, and ideas she gave me.

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Karen and I rocking our Lilly Pulitzer dresses for graduation

The people I met at UIFI made a huge impact on me. I was truly blessed when God put all these individuals in my life: from Hunter and I making fun of each other from day one, to Blair giving me pageant advice, to Tyler and I singing to country music all the way back to Indianapolis. Every person I met helped make the experience what it was. The conference gave me so much hope when it comes to not only Greek Life as a whole but our country. The future will be bright with people like these leading.

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Officially a graduate of the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute

College: Round 2

It is hard to believe that I am half done with my undergrad, it sure has been an adventure! This year I transferred to Wayne State University for my second year of school. Little did I know, it would be one of the best decisions of my life. From the very beginning of the year, I just felt so much optimism and joy.

I started the year by going through formal recruitment. I proudly joined Kappa Delta and gained 60+ sisters that I couldn’t be more grateful for. Having this amazing support system to push me to do my best has been a huge part of my successful year. I have thrown myself into my sorority and current hold 7 positions: including leadership chair, a SET leader, and a recruitment day head for fall formal recruitment. I truly can’t imagine what life was like before Tuesdays laughing my butt off with my bestfriends for hours.

This school year, I held three part time jobs. College, greek life, and a shopping addiction is expensive people! My after school teacher job has taught me so much. Although sometimes my kids drive me totally insane, I love having them in my life. They bring so much joy and happiness into my life. I have learned a ton about dealing with difficult children, how to plan taking chaos into consideration, and to mend hurt feelings. I have also been working at Sugar Kids Spa, we provide pampering birthday parties for young girls. It is so fun and really brightens my day to get to spoil little princesses every weekend.

Academically, second semester was my best semester ever! I took five classes, three being for my major. It was a difficult semester but I proudly finished the semester with a 3.73! A year ago, I would’ve never thought I had that in me! My GPA is now exactly where I want it to be. I can’t wait to go back to school in the fall and do even better. Wayne State has challenged me; however, I have learned so tremendously much.  I also just got the news that I received a $1,000 through the College of Education (YAY).

Overall, I just feel so blessed. I couldn’t be more thankful for the support and encouragement I have received over the last year. Now it is time for summer to start and attend MYLead as a Facilities Director and my last conference as a CA. With summer classes, working, and trying to fit some fun in, this summer should be great!

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2016

This year was nothing short of crazy. Thinking back it is hard to believe it all happened in 365 short days.

The beginning of the year started at Central Michigan. I wasn’t where I wanted to be in my life so I decided to transfer to Wayne State pretty early into the year. However, I did decide to make the most of the time I had left at Central.

In March, I was offered the opportunity to be the Assistant Director of an organization called Pack Your Back. With lots of struggles and happy tears, we donated 500 filled backpacks to children in Flint. I am so proud to say that I helped the education of so many young minds.

I made the well thought of decision to transfer to Wayne State, I started in August and instantly knew I had made the right choice. I have loved (almost) every minuted of it since!

My Greek Life journey started in September when I rushed and accepted a bid from Kappa Delta. It has been more than I could have ever asked for. I have been lucky enough to be chosen for 6 different positions including Leadership Chair and Member Selection Committee. I can not wait for all the adventures with my great sisters to come.

 

Growing up a Fraser in Fraser

Fraser has always been something very important to me. Whether it was talking about my last name or my school district. I have so much pride in growing up in such a great community.

Fort Fraser- Anyone that grew up in Fraser spent many summer days at this park. Whether it was playing soccer or climbing through the wooden jungle gym.

Fraser Fair- This is the only thing that happens in Fraser every year so it is a huge deal. For four days everyone in the town comes together at the park mentioned above. The fair is usually hosted in mid-July. The weekend include a city parade with tons of different organizations and a fireworks show. Good luck finding anywhere to sit or park for the fire works because it is practically a local holiday.

El Charros- The “fancy” restaurant within the city limits. We have all celebrated at least one birthday there (if not more). Every Friday and Saturday I can guarantee you the parking lot and lobby will be packed with people laughing and chatting.

Meijer- Never go here looking like a bum. I have learned this the hard way. You can’t make a trip without seeing at least a handful of people you know… even at 2 am (trust me on this one).

Fraser High School sports- We may not have been great at every sport but we played hard. The town always packed in for the soccer, basketball, and especially the football team. The stands were always filled with fans cheering on the Ramblers.

FPAC- We are lucky enough to have an amazing performing arts program at FHS. We have been nationally recognized for many years and continuously win gold medals at festivals.

Our school district- We are actually one of the smallest school districts in the county. We have 6 elementary schools, 1 middle school, and 1 high school. We pretty much all grew up together. Everyone knows everyone’s parents, cousins, and life story. A lot of families have had generations attend FPS.

Fraser Soccer Club- If you grew up in Fraser, you played for Fraser Soccer Club at some point. Whether that was U6 as a little tot or on a successful travel team. Soccer is very popular due to the commitment of the volunteers. Every year they host a 3 vs 3 tournament that is so much fun. The majority of the club creates an endless amount of teams to play short, competitive games all day long. This day includes a lot of friends, food, and of course soccer games.

Hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about the place I call home. I can’t imagine growing up anywhere else.

Kappa Delta ’til the day I Die!

Joining a sorority is something I’ve always wanted to do. The leadership, sisterhood, and community service all sounded great to me! Those are all things I love and wanted to be a part of. Last week I went through formal recruitment at Wayne State and I found my home. Kappa Delta felt comfortable from the beginning but as the week went on I fell more and more in love. The first day pulled me right in when we talked about philanthropies. Our philanthropies are Prevent Child Abuse America and Girl Scouts of America. I am really looking forward to making an impact through these organizations. The preference ceremony sealed the deal for me on the last day of recruitment. The love and support in that room brought me to tears.

The last few days have solidified that I made the right decision to run home to Kappa Delta. My sisters have shown me nothing but love, support, and compassion. The active members have been so willing to answer questions and be friends with the new members. My pledge class has already grown close through our retreat, lunch dates, and homecoming festivities. It is hard to put into words how much happiness Kappa Delta has brought me already. I can’t wait to see what the next few years bring.

New College Chapter

This week I started my sophomore year at Wayne State University. I have had an amazing week. It started out with a huge campus wide event called Festifall. Festifall is an event where students get the opportunity to explore all that WSU has to offer from clubs to university departments. They all have tables and give out tons of free stuff! I had the opportunity to represent WSU HOSA as the chapter’s Vice President. The event went great, we had over 200 students show interested in HOSA.

Wednesday I started attending classes. I had a great time and all my professors are fantastic. I can already tell this semester is going to be my best one yet. Everyone in my classes was so nice and friendly. Heck, I made friends on the first day! Walking around on an urban college campus was much difference than my previous college experience. There was so much going on and so many people. I thrived off all the energy. It was a great start to the fall semester! I am looking forward to all the opportunities I am presented with during the upcoming months.

Wayne State Bound

I have really awesome news! I will be attending Wayne State University this fall. I can’t believe I am going to be a sophomore in college! I will be studying kinesiology with a concentration in exercise science. I hope to join a sorority in the fall and join the honors college in the spring. CMU taught me a lot about what I care about and what I want in life. It just wasn’t for me. I am really looking forward to making an impact at WSU. I am so excited to be a Warrior! I am so excited for all the opportunities that are available to me in Detroit.

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