10 Reasons You Should #GOTEXASZETA

10 Reasons You Should #GOTEXASZETA

Seekin' the noblest since 1898.

Recruitment season is upon us. So yes, unfortunately for the Greek-life-hating bunch on social media, that means many pictures of girls on bid day with excessive glitter on their faces, doing some kind of contorting thing with their hands. However, for some of us, it’s the opportunity to welcome some new faces into our sisterhood, and for others, it’s a chance to be that new face. When I decided to come to UT, I knew nothing about rush other than what the movies told me. For that reason, I was really skeptical if Greek life was even for me. Rush week was tough - so tough that I almost dropped after the first round. After watching countless 'my rush experience' YouTube videos and spending a lot of time on the phone with my mom, I realized that nothing during rush was meant to be taken personally. I stuck the rest of the week out with the mindset of as each new day passed, I was that much closer to being where I ultimately belonged.

Opening my bid card in the middle of Hogg Auditorium and seeing ‘Zeta Tau Alpha’ made it all worth it. Running home to the big white house in west campus into the arms of smiling girls holding sunflowers and crowns was the most welcomed and loved I've ever felt. Since bid day, my appreciation for Zeta has grown more than I ever thought it could. I have found a friend in every single girl in my pledge class. Texas Zeta has shown me that you can be so different from someone else, but at the same time, still find a home within the same sisterhood. If this sappy out-pour of emotions wasn’t enough to make you want to seek the noblest, check out the ten reasons why you should #GOTEXASZETA:

1. We have French Vanilla Lattes that Starbucks cannot even slightly compete with.

I'm serious, sometimes I walk all the way to Zeta just to get a latte.

2. Chicken Finger Friday, Study Snacks on Tuesday’s, and Chapter Dinner on Monday’s: Chef Holly’s cooking is the only acceptable way to gain the freshman 15.

A lot of Chef Holly's food is actually pretty healthy, but (sadly for me and my terrible self-control) we serve everything buffet style...

3. We have the prettiest house on campus - actually, according to Town & Country magazine, it’s one of the 15 prettiest sorority houses in the country.

It's totally obnoxious, but we call it the Zastle.

4. Whether it’s on the football field or at the PCL, your zistas are everywhere you go, never letting you tackle anything alone.

5.We’re the only girls on campus with turquoise rain jackets - ‘nuff said.

You can always spot a Zeta on a rainy day on campus because of that (extremely extra) bright blue

6. Because what’s more fun than saying ZLAM

Really, though.

7. There’s a girl for everything.

There’s a girl that will wear a taco costume to a Hawaiian party if you ask her to...a girl that will always get Austin’s Pizza Rolls with you, no matter the hour.

8. We’re all about hugs - just you wait until rush.

Each day, I looked forward to going back to the Zeta house, of course, because of the connection I had with the girls, but partially because during rush week, there's nothing better than a big hug.

9. We get to support the largest group of cancer-fighting women in the United States.

We partner with three organization: the American Cancer Society, the NFL, and Bright Pink all to raise funds for breast cancer education and awareness. This philanthropy is so special to us as 1 in 8 women (that's approximately 32 girls in our chapter) will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

10. You’ll meet people you don’t know how you went your whole life without.

Cliche, yes, but I really don't think my first year of college would have been nearly as amazing if I wasn't a part of such a beautiful sisterhood.

Cover Image Credit: Texas Zeta Tau Alpha

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.

Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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Joining A Sorority Was The Best Decision Of My Life

I have met my future bridesmaids, my best friends, and now my family.


When I was in high school, I always thought about how college would be once I graduated. I thought about what classes I would take, what the campus would look like, and what I would major in. The thing I was concerned about the most was how I as going to make friends. I was moving to a college a couple of hours away from my home and I was not going to know anyone. I was literally picking up my life and moving it without knowing what lies before me.

I was talking to my aunt right after I graduated and she asked me if I would be interested in sorority life. I had never thought about being in a sorority before. We talked it over and she told me about all the things she got to do when she was at college. She told me things such as what events she got to be in, the people she met, and the friends that she still keeps in touch with to this day. I decided right there that a sorority was a good choice for me.

The closer towards the end of summer, the more excited I got for college and possibly joining a sorority. I did my research before coming into college about what sorority I could see myself in. I was super nervous and doubted myself at times but I pushed forward and kept pursuing sorority life. I was invited to a summer social where you go and get to meet a handful of the actual girls in these sororities and ask them any questions you have.

When I got there, my mom and I were so excited. We got upstairs and everything looked so pretty. All the girls were so nice and welcoming and it really made me fall in love with my college even more. I got to talk to each sorority through a representative. I knew by the end of the day that sorority life was going to be a great adventure, but I had no idea just what I was getting into.

The recruitment weekend was super stressful. I had to get up early each morning and be in full glam mode which for me means hair done and makeup fully on. We had specific outfits to ear each day. I was very nervous that something would go wrong and I would not get picked or the girls would not like me. Each party that I went to was different but it showed me all kinds of different aspects of each sorority.

Each one had something great about them and I thought I knew which one fit me best, but I would soon be proven wrong. The last day of recruitment was Bid Day. This is the day you find out what sorority you will be joining if you accept the bid from that sorority. I opened my envelope and saw a name that I was not expecting and I was devastated. I felt unaccepted. I had received a bid from Delta Zeta. This is not the name I wanted to see on my paper, but it is what I got so I stuck it out and tried to look on the bright side.

I quickly realized that getting the bid from Delta Zeta was the best thing that ever happened to me. I have found that sorority that I dreamed of when I first thought about joining a sorority. I have made so many friends and met some many wonderful people. My sisters love me for me and it has made me the happiest girl in the world.

Not only are they your own personal therapist, but they help you with school too. They hold you to a higher standard and you are placed on a pedestal of honor when people see you in your letters. I have met my future bridesmaids, my best friends, and now my family. I am so thankful for Delta Zeta for picking me to be apart of this amazing organization. I will never be able to express my love for Delta Zeta because the words are endless.

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