Hey everyone, I bought a lot of new makeup and clothes went I went to college so I found some new essential products that I can't live without!
1. Bucket Bag
I absolutely adore my bucket bag. I found it on sale at St. Bernard Sports and it was the last one they had so I couldn't find a link to it, but I found things similar and similarly priced! This bag is perfect because it doesn't look huge but seriously holds so much. I take this bag everywhere with me, and because it wasn't super expensive I don't mind if a drink accidentally gets spilled on it or it gets a little dirty!
2. White Denim
Forget whoever said that you can't wear white after labor day. I have a pair of ripped white jeans from madewell and a new white denim skirt from boohoo that are my favorites to wear out. I wore the jeans to my friends pledge party and the skirt to a ole miss game and my date event. Both are so versatile and who doesn't look good in white?! Both are linked down below.
3. eos products
I have been really sick this past week at college so I've been breathing a lot through my mouth which has made my lips horribly dry. I love eos lip balms because they really help me maintain smooth lips throughout all the sickness. I apply every morning and night after I brush my teeth, as well as any time I'm about to wear lipstick!
4. Platform Sandals
Platform sandals are great because you get the hight of wedges but there isn't a slant you your feet don't hurt one bit! They're a bit awkward to walk in at first because they're kinda like stilts but I got the hang of it. They're perfect if you want to be more casual than wedges or heels but they still keep your feet above the gross, sticky ground. I found mine on sale at Francescas and unfortunately they have sold out. I linked other great options for great prices down below.
Hey everyone! I know a lot of schools delayed rush is coming up plus spring rush so I thought I would show what I learned during fall recruitment when it comes to what people wear! Keep in mind every school does it differently! At mine the first round (open house) we were given a tshirt to wear but then after that it was up to you. Each day gets progressively dressier, and then our final round we had to wear all black! Just make sure to look up your schools guidelines about what to wear because they will differ from mine. Also I solely chose outfits for these collages based off how they look. The website I used has a lot of name brand items to pick from so thats why you'll see some more expensive items, because I didn't have any other options. You by no means have to wear name brand items during rush. If it's cute and makes you feel confident that is all that matters! Hope this helps! Again everyone has their own opinions on what to wear for rush, this is just mine!
So I skipped over open house because all you could wear was a t-shirt they gave you, but for the next round its day dresses and wedges or flats. Definitely no heels. I noticed that a lot of girls picked more dressy day dresses as opposed to t-shirt dresses. My main advice is pick something that is a fun color or has a fun silhouette to make you stand out!
The next round gets dressier, fun party dresses w wedges or heels. Don't wear flats or sandals this round. This is to show your fun side so spaghetti straps are okay, but remember you're trying to impress girls not boys. Again one of these dresses is like $500 but that's not why I picked it! It's a fun patterned party dress that you could easily find something similar to for under $100 at a local boutique.
Final round is preference night! This is when you wear cocktail dresses (in my case all black). No wedges just heels! Wear some fun statement earrings to add some drama to your look!
Currently spending a Thursday night in sick and, as I'm listening to girls run up and down the hall getting ready to go out (bc the weekend really starts on Thursday in college), I started to think about all the strange things college life brings. A lot of these seem normal now since I've been here for over a month but trust me every freshman has those 'wtf' moments in the begining. A month might not seem like a while but since you can't retreat and hide in the comfort of your home anymore you adjust fast, real fast.
Weird Thing #1: College kids don't go out until late. Like real late.
I get texts from various fraternity socials publicizing the bar they've rented out or the party at their house that evening and at the end of every text it says "starts @ 11:45". 11:45?! My curfew for the majority of high school was midnight. Like 11:45 is when things winded down for me not just started up! After one of the first football games some of my friends and I thought we were going to roll into the victory party fashionably late. Like we even sat around and did nothing so that we could show up later. We shoot for 10:40. The party probably started at 10 right? So 40 minutes is enough time for it to get started and be in full swing by the time we get there. We show up and the bouncer won't even let us in because the party didn't actually start until 11. Yep that's right. We were 20 minutes EARLY... So all I can say is build your stamina, learn to like coffee, and don't take any classes before 10 am because college brings some late nights
Weird Thing #2: You will miss your parents
My last few months at home were spent being suffocated by last minute advice and mandatory family time from my parents. I thought I would it would be different but that I would never be longing for those moments back. Now, I can't believe how much I miss my parents. I even told girls during the first couple rounds of rush "I don't think I'll go home that much, I want to establish my life on campus first" and now I've seen my parents weekly since I left. The first several visits were them dropping off stuff I forgot but lately its been dinners, conversations about our lives, and trips home for a quick hour. I'm very fortunate because I'm going to college in my hometown so my parents are very accessible. I still find myself surprised by how excited I get when they text me and say they are on their way. You have no idea how much your parents mean in your life until you can't see them everyday.
Weird Thing#3: Dressing up for class means wearing a tennis skirt
This might be just applicable to my college, but NO ONE dresses up for class. Not even like jeans and a top. Just nike shorts, t-shirts, and even on occasion pajamas. However, if you want to impress a boy in one of your classes or something a lot of girls dress up their outfit by wearing a tennis skirt instead of nike shorts. Yes that's right tennis skirts are so freaking trendy. Something I thought only soccer moms who wanted to look athletic but really weren't wore. And the worst part is they are so freaking cute. I can't believe we didn't wear them in high school! Have to say they make you're legs look great and I definitely will be investing in a few.
Weird Thing #4: Shacking
Had to include this one because like what?? I don't even feel old enough to be a high school graduate but now we're all spending the night with boys and awkwardly darting back into our dorms at 10am the next day. When you come to college and have the experience riding up the elevator with someone just coming home from the night before don't judge them. In your mind you might be thinking "that could never be me" but one day whether your just coming back from an unexpected sleepover at your best friend's dorm (me) or you actually shacked you'll hate all those 'mhmm' looks that other girls give you.
Hey everyone! One huge part of going to a big southern school is football season! I've posted what I wore for the first two games of the season as well as another outfit that I think would be really cute. Our colors are burnt orange and white, but because its hard to look good in all orange I mostly wear white! Also cute accessories are a must, I usually shop on etsy to find cute beaded necklaces or chokers in my school's colors.
ut v notre dame game
ut v utep game
Here's another outfit I would totally wear. If you're not huge on your school colors like me then show them in your accessories like my necklaces in the pictures above or the bag down below!
Here is what my freshman dorm room looks like! I went with a pink, grey, and white color scheme. I made a collage of some other dorm decor that would look super cute at the bottom of this post if you want to check that out!
If pink and grey isn't your color scheme, then heres another option using tiffany blue and gold!
Arteriors brass floor lamp
Down alternative comforter
$30 - zanui.com.au
JCPenney Home bed pillow
Chanel throw pillow
$25 - etsy.com
V Rugs Home throw pillow
A5 ESSENTIAL NOTEBOOK 3PK PAUSE GULD
Urban Outfitters office accessory
$19 - target.com.au
Metal wall art
ESSEY office accessory
Glass home decor
$14 - newchic.com
Urban Outfitters italian wall art
So this isn't going to be a post about all the different rounds of rush or tips on how to have a good rush, its just an honest take of my opinions about the process of recruitment! I am a freshman in college who just completed formal recruitment about 3 weeks ago. I accepted a bid from Delta Gamma and seriously couldn't be happier. I'm currently writing this at night after my first chapter retreat and I literally can't stop smiling from all the fun I had today. So lets start there. Rush really is worth it if you go through the entire process. The immediate bond you form with your pledge class because you all proudly call yourself sisters provides a security that is so helpful when starting out college. I totally feel comfortable talking to anyone in my sorority. Even though I might not know them, I know that we can totally become friends because, hey, we're already sisters right?! Also, the way that rush works allows you to find people that you have a similar personalities. At a large school it can be a challenging to weed out people with similar interests. To be invited into a group of girls that share the same values and experiences as you makes college feel more like home. You also get automatically immersed in a social scene. While everyone makes friends, whether greek or not, sorority life is great because the chapters socials plan tons of evens with fraternities and other sororities. These events require no effort from you other than showing up and being your wonderful self. I have seriously met so many awesome people and I didn't have to search to hard to find them. Its nice to not have to worry on the weekends where everyone is hanging out or even how to meet people because you already have it set up for you. It also gives you people to look up to, to tell you what classes to take, and show you the ropes of college. I have seen my sisters laugh, talk, dance, and lead in an incredibly confident way that I could only dream of doing myself.
However recruitment is quite the week. When rush started some people started looking around them and doing some math. My school has 13 chapters in formal recruitment all that usually take around 60 to 70 girls. So if we're generous and say that they'll take 70 that means 910 girls will get a bid. There were 1300 girls that registered for formal recruitment this year. So yeah the lesson we quickly learned was don't do the math because about 400 girls statistically won't end up getting a bid. Now we did have a record year and the pledge classes are bigger than ever, so if you up each average pc size to 80 it means about 260 girls didn't complete the process. Thats still a lot in my opinion. For a community that is wonderfully vibrant and exciting, it can be pretty exclusive. You will cry or see people cry. You will feel like an outsider. You will get dropped from a house where you felt an amazing connection. You might end up some place where you never saw yourself. But know that college will be the best four years of your life regardless of what happens in rush. One big reason why I chose Delta Gamma is because they don't idolize recruitment. They know its a broken process that leaves a lot of girls feeling very outcasted. But when you think about it there is really no other way to get 1300 girls to find a house that fit their personality other than formal rush. It can be a brutal process. Even if you end up where you wanted you will still feel very emotionally drained. My advice is DON'T MAKE IT THE CENTER OF YOUR LIFE. Even in a sorority, you are much more than a couple of greek letters. While joining a sorority is a decision I will never regret, I also would never want anyone to believe that its necessary to have an amazing college experience. If you're remotely interested in greek life I would recommend signing up for formal rush because I truly believe that there is a sorority out there for everyone. But make sure that your identity comes from yourself and your values not the sorority you want to be in. That way, if worse comes to worse, and you don't receive a bid, you haven't lost a part of yourself and you can pick back up and move on to something just as great.
Its been 3 weeks and 3 days so here's all I know.
1. Even if you're in your hometown, it will feel like the strangest place ever
2. Sorority rush takes a lot out of you, but your sisters make you feel whole again
3. Dorm food SUCKS, unless you're like me and live in the BEST FREAKING DORM on campus and then its AMAZINGGG (like better than the food I got at home, sorry mom!)
4. Don't spend too much time in your dorm, you'll end up like me right now wishing I had spent more time making friends
5. Things seem like the end of the world, but guess what?? It keeps on turning
6. If you're being followed around a party by a creepy frat boy but all your friends have found hot hookups, LEAVE! Don't feel obligated to stay someplace where you really aren't having it (I speak from experience)
7. Don't get drunk at your first tailgate of the day (you've got A LONG day ahead of you)
8. You're parents are going to make dumb sappy comments about how you "shouldn't have toooo much fun" and you'll hate it but miss them more than anything at the same time
9. Take hella naps, don't go out if it will literally destroy you the next day
10. Movie nights can be just as fun as drunken nights & are often where you make close friends
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