Big and Little Week In A Nutshell

Big and Little Week In A Nutshell

If only new members really knew what it is like on the other side.
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1. You've been freaking out about finding the perfect little since bid day and you try to get all the new members to love you.

2. You start saving up money over the summer to brace yourself for an empty wallet.

3. Youre probably even started crafting in the summer when you're bored.

4. You practically live on Pinterest.

5. Suddenly, signing up for the Michaels rewards programs and coupons were the best choices you ever made.

6. You get stressed out when you find out that big little week is, of course, right in the middle of midterm season.

7. But then you totally prioritize crafting and gifting over studying or homework.

8. You start to live off of ramen and cheap food as your bank account slowly dwindles.

9. You pray that your little actually put a lot of stuff on her survey so that you don't have to buy them the same things over and over again or are forced to guess things she likes.

10. Meanwhile, the amount of "can't wait to add to the fam" pics on Instagram is insane.

11. On the one hand, you get incredibly stressed out and protective when you hear other girls talking about their love for your desired little, buy you also know that it's great for her to know more girls in the house well.

12. But you still feel threatened and try to hang out with said future little more.

13. There may even be some drama about fighting over girls.

14. When you find out who your little is going to be, the chaos ensues to personalize everything you can and you have to hit the stores before everyone else does.

15. You then have to figure out how hard you're going to try to trick your little and convince them that you aren't her big.

16. And you totally find out what other bigs are giving and totally try to top that.

17. Glitter is everywhere and no matter how hard you try, it stays all over your room and clothes.

18. You also go the craft store to make some bomb letters but there's one letter missing and the struggle is real.

19. You have to play it really cool when you see your little in public so you don't give anything away.

20. After little sleep, lots of crafts, and hours of planning, reveals makes the whole process worth it.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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I Didn't Join A Panhellenic Sorority

It's okay if you don't join a panhellenic sorority. Sometimes a different organization can turn out to be the best thing.

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Before going to college I was faced with a dilemma, should I rush? I wanted to rush just for the social aspect, I thought it would be my best shot at making a bunch of friends. However, deep down I knew that greek life really wasn't me. I didn't want to do something if I wasn't one hundred percent behind it. There was a part of me that did want to be in a sorority but the other part of me really didn't want to rush. Let me be clear, I don't think Greek life is bad, I just think it wasn't for me. I talked to my brother and sister-in-law about this because they both were in Greek life at the college I attend now; they told me that they didn't think I would like it either.

What my brother and sister-in-law told me that I might like was, a Christian sorority called Sigma Phi Lambda. When they described it to me it seemed like exactly what I was wanting. As soon as I got to college I sought them out; and I went to their recruitment nights. I loved it! It was exactly what I was looking for. I ended up joining. This sorority brought me an amazing group of friends! Most importantly, I have joined the perfect sorority for me! A few things I liked most about Sigma Phi Lambda was the people were so welcoming, it was more low key and laid back, I was still able to have a big and a "Pham", we still did lots of sorority things whilst also having activities that strengthened us on our walks with the Lord, and I gained so many sisters that I now have strong relationships with. Sigma Phi Lambda gave me so many friends and something to be involved in on campus. They gave me somewhere to belong and I am so glad I chose to join them.

Rushing may be exactly what you need when you go to college, but if it's not that is okay. Just join something that makes you happy. Join an organization that helps you grow and surrounds you with people that you want to be around. I promise when you get to college that there is an organization for just about everything, find the one that fits you. No matter what you choose I promise it's good. Just make sure you choose what is right for you.

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