I Had Mixed Feelings About Chive By Southeast

I Had Mixed Feelings About Chive By Southeast

We are the ones who are going to change the world.

For those of you reading this that have no idea what The Chive is, let me shed some light for you. The Chive is a “drinking organization with a charity problem.” The Chive is a group of misfits who willingly damage their liver in hopes of making the world 10% happier. I am proud to say I am an admin for my chapter here in New Jersey.

Sometimes it is as simple as volunteering at a road clean up or painting nails for elderly women at a nursing home. Other times, it is an outrageous party weekend at the beach that rakes in over $46,000 for Chive Charities, the worthiest of all causes, focused on helping veterans, people suffering from rare medical problems, first responders, etc.

Chive by Southeast, more commonly abbreviated for CXSE (and CXS3 as it was the 3rd annual event.) is one of the best regional meetups I have ever had the opportunity of attending. The first two years, I was skeptical of the genuine motivation behind attendees. I had heard rumors of drugs, and predators that take advantage of people under the influence of alcohol, specifically women.

Despite rumors and stories told, I was not willing to miss another weekend of partying in Panama City Beach with friends, old and new. As soon as tickets went on sale, I bought mine and a pineapple cup with a lid and started planning a vacation that I knew would be a sh*tshow.

What I almost forgot was that my friends would never let anything bad happen to me or anyone else for that matter, that's why they are my friends. The love and friendship shared amongst the group is what makes the Chive so great. We look out for each other.

Four nights of non-stop smiles, the sun and shots filled my weekend. Endless hugs and selfies. The days we spent at the ocean and the nights we spent at the bar, actually, the days were spent there too. 4:00 a.m. “Last Call” didn’t stop any of us from keeping the party going.

Dunk tanks, beer Olympics, silent auctions, and great bartenders (who seriously know how to pour, if you know what I’m saying) were definitely the highlight of the weekend. Not once was I ever concerned with the fears and previous negative impressions I had of the weekend. I was having fun with my friends, enjoying Florida’s crazy fickle weather and attempting to not get a sunburn.

People went to great lengths to attend this event, myself included. I traveled over 1000 miles to attend. It was one round-trip flight, 9-hour road trips both ways, making memories that I will never forget. Maybe it was the kick-a** condo or the stingrays we could see from our balcony. All I know is I can’t believe I allowed myself to miss out on the two previous years.

Sunday brunch concludes the event and this is the moment we had all been waiting for. Medals and the big trophy were awarded and the big check was revealed. Chivers often get associated with a bad rap, you know how it is when one person manages to ruin things for the whole group.

However, at that moment, when that check showed $46,700.00, I could not have been more proud to be part of this amazing group of people I get to call family. We are the 10% that makes the world happier, we are the ones who support the underdogs and we are the ones who are going to change the world.

Cover Image Credit: Bryan Whitley

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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