Yes, I'm A Girl, Yes, I'm In A Fraternity. I'll Answer Your Questions Now

Yes, I'm A Girl, Yes, I'm In A Fraternity. I'll Answer Your Questions Now

What I've been asked as a girl in a fraternity.
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I am involved in the professional business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, and every day people are completely confused with what that entails. For some background: Delta Sigma Pi is a professional fraternity, established in 1907, created for students at universities in business and commerce. We have 293 collegiate and 54 alumni chapters; it is an incredible network of hard working business experts! But along with the title "Fraternity," we all call each other "brother" and have adapted a lot of traditional fraternity and sorority traditions. Here are some of the biggest questions and answers I get as a member of this unique organization!

1. Don't you mean a sorority?

No, I am not in a sorority, and never have been. I am a part of a co-ed fraternity. Yes, it really is a FRATERNITY.

2. If you're a girl in a fraternity, how does that even work?

Although this fraternity was originally established as a male-only organization, Delta Sigma Pi has been open for female membership for many years. At Baylor, our pledge classes are typically a pretty even mix of male and female!

As a side note, almost all Greek organizations are considered "fraternities," even ones that only have females. A fraternity is simply "the state or feeling of friendship and mutual support within a group."

3. So if you're in a fraternity, are you hazed?

Absolutely not. The pledging process is a unique one. We have a several week process in which we learn about the fraternity and its members, and after initiation, we are full members! It's that simple. No hazing, no "rush week."

4. Can your big/little be a guy?

Your big is the person who is most compatible with you, who can best introduce you into the fraternity. This means that it could be anyone! Personally, my family is all girls, and we like to keep it female because we make cute baskets, have gifts that are unique to my family, and overall love the bond that we all share!

5. How does Greek housing work?

The short answer: we don't have housing specifically for our fraternity. Professional fraternities are focused on building professional skills and relationships, not for hosting parties and social events. Even though we love our social activities every year, they are not the main focus of the fraternity.

6. So what makes a professional fraternity just that?

We have professional events! From CEOs to small business owners, Delta Sigma Pi is known for having working professionals come speak to the fraternity in order to build our professional skills and contacts.

7. Is the social aspect awkward?

Of course not! Anything but. Delta Sigma Pi gives you brothers who you share some of your best college memories with. Though single gender, social fraternities give you the advantage of having a lot of people who share your interests and abilities, Delta Sigma Pi gives you the advantage of meeting people from all different walks of life, male and female. My brothers are some of my best friends and I don't know what I would do without them.

8. So what does it have to offer me?

Aside from key business relationships and professional speakers, Delta Sigma Pi is a brotherhood that gives countless opportunities during college and as alumni. We have community service events, social activities, and plenty of ways to be a leader. Additionally, having a group of students that are all taking the same classes as you is super helpful! Overall, being a Deltasig opens up a lot of doors socially and professionally.

9. How do I join?

Glad you asked! To join at Baylor University, click here. To learn more about the fraternity on the national level and see if there is a chapter at your college, click here.

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9 Eligible Princes You Need To Know About Now That Prince Harry Is Off The Market

You too could have a Meghan Markle fairytale
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Prince Harry's royal wedding is officially over and there won't be another British royal wedding for quite some time now, as Prince George is way too young to start thinking about that. Fortunately, there are plenty of other countries with plenty of other princes that are still eligible bachelors at the moment. Lucky for you, I did my research and compiled a list of all the eligible princes you need to know about know that Prince Harry has tied the knot with Meghan Markle.

1. Prince Louis of Luxembourg (31)

Prince Louis is the third son of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg. He has recently become a bachelor again after his separation with his wife of 10 years, Princess Tessy.

Fun Fact: He graduated from Richmond, The American International University of London with a BA in Communications. He can also speak Luxembourgish (the fact that's even a language is fun fact by itself), French, German, and English fluently.

2. Prince Sebastien of Luxembourg (26)

Prince Sebastien is the youngest child of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg, so if you marry him, you'll probably never actually be queen because he's pretty far removed from the throne. However, he's relatively young and single, so best of luck.

Fun Fact: For some bizarre reason, this prince actually went to college in Ohio. He played rugby and graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2015. Now, he is back in his home country and is an officer in the Luxembourg Army.

3. Prince Phillipos of Greece and Denmark (34)

You read that correctly, Prince Phillipos is the prince of not one, but two countries. He is the youngest son of King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie of Greece and Denmark. Unfortunately, Greece abolished their monarchy, so he's a prince in name only there.

Fun Fact: Like Prince Sebastien, Prince Phillipos also went to college in the United States. He earned his B.A. in foreign relations from Georgetown University in 2008. Fortunately, for us American girls, he is actually still living in the US and he works in New York City as an analyst at Ortelius Capital.

4. Prince Albert of Thurn and Taxis (34)

Ever heard of Thurn and Taxis? No? Me neither. Anyways, Prince Albert is from the House of Thurn and Taxis, which is essentially a very old German aristocratic family. He is the son of Prince Johannes XI of Thurn and Taxis and Countess Gloria of Schonburg Glauchau. His family is well known for their breweries and castles, so unless you're gluten-free, you can't really complain.

Fun Fact: He's not just a prince. He's also a racecar driver and 10 years ago he was ranked 11th on Forbes Magazine's List of The 20 Hottest Young Royals.

5. Prince Mateen of Brunei (26)

Prince Mateen is basically like all the guys you already know, except he's royalty. He's the prince of Brunei, which is a small country on the island of Borneo, south of Vietnam. He is one of the five sons of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, and he also has seven sisters. Maybe that's a little different than the guys you know, but one thing he takes very seriously, just like most frat guys, is his Instagram.

Fun Fact: Mateen enjoys playing polo, flying in his private plane, cuddling cute wild animals, and keeping up his Insta game with 890k followers. You can follow him @tmski.

6. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai (35)

Sheikh Hamdan also has a killer Instagram with 6.3 million followers. Anyways, Sheikh Hamdan is the billionaire crown prince of Dubai and the second son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and essentially the king of Dubai (Emir). He's actually next in line for the throne because his older brother died in 2015.

Fun Fact: Hamdan's hobbies include skydiving, zip lining, and diving, just to name a few, so if you're an adrenaline junkie, Sheikh Hamdan is the prince for you.

7. Prince Hussein of Jordan (23)

Prince Hussain is the son of the extremely beautiful, Queen Rania and Abdullah II of Jordan and next in line for the Jordanian throne. At 23, he's already a second lieutenant in the Jordanian Armed Forces and he was the youngest person ever to chair a UN Security Council Meeting


Fun Fact: Like Prince Phillippos, Prince Hussain also graduated from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.. Also, like Prince Mateen and Prince Hamdan, he's Insta famous with 1.3 million followers and you can follow him @alhusseinjo.

8. Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece and Denmark (19)

Like Prince Phillipos, Prince Constantine-Alexios also has two countries. Lucky for us though, he is also living in the US right now attending Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (like pretty much every other prince, amirite?) He is the oldest son of Crown Princess Marie-Chantal and Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece.

Fun Fact: He's Prince William's godson, so that's pretty neat. However, if that wasn't cool enough, you might like to know that this Greek/Danish prince was actually born in New York. Oh yeah, you can also follow him on Instagram @alexiosgreece where he has 88.7k followers.

9. Prince Joachim of Belgium (26)

Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este is the third child of Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este and Princess Astrid of Belgium. Although he bears the title, "Prince of Belgium," he is also Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, and Prince of Modena. Unfortunately, he'll probably never actually be king in any of these countries as he is ninth in line to the Belgian throne.

Fun Fact: Prince Joachim has degrees in economics, management, and finance, but he decided to join the Nautical School in Brugge after completing college and is currently an officer in the Belgian Navy.

Hope is not lost for all you girls dreaming of finding a Prince Charming that's literally a prince. After reviewing the data, my best advice is to transfer to Georgetown where princes are basically around every corner.

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It's okay To Not be okay Every once in a while

You aren't alone.

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There is more than one side to every person. You meet someone and you see what they want you to see, nothing more. You might take guesses about who they are and what they've been through, but you will never really know the whole truth.

When you are curled up in bed or punching your steering wheel in some desolate parking lot and the world feels like it's crumbling around you as tears stream down your face, you tell yourself that you'll never judge someone again. You are convinced that you will always remember to think, first and foremost, that each person you meet has had moments just like that one, and you know nothing about it. You realize that it isn't fair to try and assume things about a person because there is a lot they are trying to hide from you.

And you do the same thing. You aren't open about your struggles. You bottle up all that pain and anger and you wait until you're alone to let it consume you. And you somehow convince yourself that you're alone in your struggles, as though no one else could possibly understand. You tell yourself that your situation is an anomaly and you are embarrassed by it. You couldn't possibly show the world the true nature of your life, because no one could relate to you, right? Wrong.

The reality is, your back-door personality is nothing to be ashamed of. Everyone has things they are hiding. Everyone has struggles they don't want to own up to. So much of the stress we face each day stems from social anxiety – from the fear that our image won't hide the reality well enough.

Each of us wears a mask. It is a mask that we have worked to create since we were young, and each day we add something to it. Every morning we put it on, and no matter how we really feel, the mask is smiling for us. It is habit to wear it each day, a habit we will probably never break. The only time we take it off is when we are alone. And, even then, sometimes even we don't want to look in the mirror without it.

But the thing to remember is that everyone wears a mask, not just you. No matter how honest or comfortable people are with their true selves, they wear a mask in order to survive day-to-day. Exposing every part of yourself to everyone you meet would be too much, but never removing your mask is not enough.

You have to find people you trust and share with them the parts of yourself that you aren't proud of. Share the demons you constantly have to battle and the darknesses that plague you. And show them that they can do the same, because even if you don't share the same struggles, you can understand and empathize with them.

It is okay to not be okay. It is okay to have moments of darkness. It is okay to not want to talk about it. But it isn't okay to think you are alone. You are not alone. I will say this again. You are not alone. Everyone is fighting battles every day, and everyone is hiding it. Don't be ashamed to not be okay; you don't have to wear your mask every day. You don't always need to be okay. Stay strong.

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