8 Steps Towards Making The Perfect Banner, For The Artistically Challenged Sorority Girl

8 Steps Towards Making The Perfect Banner, For The Artistically Challenged Sorority Girl

So no one told you srat life was gonna be this way.

When I joined a sorority, there were plenty of things no one told me I would have to do. For example, I was never told how much I was going to have to sing. Anyone who knows me well knows that I have been asked to stop singing happy birthday at a party before, was given the baseline part in a choral performance of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” so I couldn’t be heard, and that I really just cannot sing, period. But because I love my sorority from the bottom of my heart, I will do just about anything for these girls and this organization. At times that means doing things I’m not particularly good at.

Now, as Emory’s EPC 2018 Recruitment has come to an end, I can finally share my experience with making this year's Bid Day Banner. Although mine wasn't the banner we ultimately used, it was the process that was significant. After going through this experience, I am a changed woman, pushed to the brink of my talents: to put things simply, I have just as much creative ability as I do a chance at a singing career; both can be defined as the category below “slim to none” in the odds department.

I doubt every sorority girl has the artistic capability to make a poster that vaguely resembles anything like this (but if you do, you deserve an award for your talent)...

… So I’ve made a guide for those of us who lack a bit in the art department but still want to give our sisterhood our best. While this article helped me get started, two of Katie’s steps involved just stepping back and admiring your work. I don’t have time for that. This is a straightforward, step-by-step solution when you are tasked with the hardest challenge you as a srat star can face.

1. Cry to your reflection, not your New Member/ Bid Day Chairman

Groveling and begging on one’s knees is not a good look for anyone, least of all a smart, confident, sophisticated young woman such as yourself. You are a boss, a queen, a Khaleesi. You tell your chairman, “Yes. I have got this.” If you say this enough times, there is a chance it will come true.

2. Pinterest the shit out of your theme

No art is without inspiration, and other people’s successes are what you need to complete this mission. I’m talking full stocked private board the second you get your bid day theme. Believe me on this: even if you don't think there are any pictures of hippie 70s Woodstock themed bid days, there are. The more options you have, the more likely you are to find an image you could feasibly draw.

3. Buy your supplies

This involves going to Michael's, Home Goods, Bed Bath and Beyond because Home Goods doesn't have the size sheet you're looking for, CVS for new Sharpies so you can trace your design cleanly, and going back to Bed Bath Beyond because you bought two sheets to be safe and only need one obviously (that comes after you measure your purchased sheet to make sure it is the proper size; see above).

4. Start tracing your design and pray for a miracle

(Can you see the design? Neither could I the entire time I was sketching.)

I had to vacuum my floor three times to get up all of the eraser shavings. At this point with a canvas this size, it's a little hard to find stencils that work. Unfortunately for everyone involved, I free-handed my banner which induced enough stress to take 30 years off my life.

5. Begin painting after selling your soul to the devil

Once you've completed tracing and likely broken your back doing so, it's time to paint. This is when things go make or break for those of us who cannot paint. I recommend isolation in a room where the paint fumes will either get you high or drive you insane. Also running "The Office" in the background to keep you company.

6. Step back

This is less about admiring your work as it is preserving your sanity. Just literally walk away. Go to bed. Don't look at the banner anymore.

7. Trace everything over with sharpie

As good as your banner looks down beneath your feet, you have to remember it's going to be hanging up somewhere and people won't be able to see the precise definition of the lines you drew outside of. You can fool everyone by tracing the true designs with Sharpie and it will literally make everything look better (I promise).

8. Show it off like a newborn child

I sent this picture to literally everyone I knew. This banner is my baby, my sweet sweet child. I have not known a pain or devastation stronger than the day I was told we could no longer use it outside of our lodge. Never fear though: your banner doubles as a wonderful tapestry for your sorority house!

All in all, pride yourself on doing this. You are a goddess, a true warrior. You are now officially a trained professional artist. Congrats!!!

Cover Image Credit: Emily Sharp

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.


1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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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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