Why I Chose Service

Why I Chose Service

"Today's Friends, Tomorrow's Leaders, Forever in Service"

My heart has always been one of service. I was extremely active with my church’s high school program before college. I first started attending as many retreats as I could, and before I knew it, I attended two mission trips and facilitated over 10 retreats for students younger than me. I never passed up an opportunity to help others. When I graduated high school and the program that opened my heart of service, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do.

I attended a community college for the first two years of college, and the social opportunities were limited due to the spaced out satellite campuses. When I transferred to Kennesaw State University, a whole new world opened up to me. There were hundreds of clubs, different on-campus events and a community called “Greek Life.” I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be in a sorority because of the (untrue) stereotypes that were pounded into my head since I first saw "Sydney White." Nonetheless, I went to the Greek Block Party, unsure of what to expect. I met hundreds of incredibly sweet women who proudly wore their letters and were committed to being excellent leaders and women on campus. However, I couldn’t afford Formal Recruitment and I wasn't sure if I would find the right sorority for me.

I then heard about the lesser-known sorority on campus, Omega Phi Alpha, a National Service Sorority. Committed to promoting friendship, leadership and service with the permanent project being mental health, I immediately felt a connection to them. Because they weren’t Panhellenic, rush was completely separate from Formal Recruitment and therefore free. I went to rush, received a bid and haven’t looked back since.

Though a lot of people don't believe Omega Phi Alpha is a "real" sorority, we are. While Omega Phi Alpha might not be Panhellenic, we still share similar customs:

1. Rush

Rush was so much fun!

2. Bid Day

"On Bid Day, we wear pink."

3. Big and Little

#bestdayever

4. Initiation

So happy to finally become a part of this amazing family.

5. Friendship

Spring Formal 2015 at Auburn University.

6. Leadership

Relay for Life at Kennesaw State University.

Omega Phi Alpha raised the most money out of any sorority and fraternity on campus, and had the most attendance at the end of the night despite the freezing temperatures.

7. Service

Light the Night 2014 walk in Downtown Atlanta.

Helping out with yard work at a local school.

Some good ol' puppy love.

I never thought I would find myself in a sorority. I believed the portrayals of sororities were right and they didn't do anything to help the community. But I was wrong. Through my sorority, I have been able to have a positive impact on my community and make a difference in the world we live in. On top of that, I have amazing sisters who would do anything for me. Without a doubt, Omega Phi Alpha has become my home, and I am so blessed to be a part of it.

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Happiness Is Not Found Looking Outwards, All We Need To Do To Be Happy Is Look Within Ourselves

Where we should really be looking to find true happiness
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The pursuit of happiness, something we all are chasing after in life, trying to find something, or someone, that can be joy, excitement, and pleasure into your lives. We spend our lives telling ourselves that once we have the newest iPhone, get that promotion, reach a certain popularity level, make X amount of money, get married and have kids running around our white picket fence then we will be happy.

Though, the chase never ends. The things we thought would bring us joy were not as fulfilling as we had anticipated or someone else has something that makes them look way happier than you are. As long we continue to look for things and people outside ourselves for happiness we will ever know true joy.

To find true happiness we need to stop looking outwards and turning in towards ourselves. We all have heard the glass half full analogy before but few of us realize just how powerful this analogy truly is. Happiness comes we you are able to train your mind to automatically find the positive side of things and focus less on the negative.

If your brain always went to the negative side of a situation nothing in life will ever be fulfilling enough for you. If you are able to steer your mind away from these thoughts and more towards making the best out of things life will start seeming less disappointing.

While thoughts can be helpful in your inner pursuit of happiness getting to know yourself is also an important part. Sit with yourself and really think about your morals, values, interests, and passions. Some of these things will be external but try to keep them simple such as reading in a cozy nook, a child’s laugh, or crazy family get-togethers.

When the little things a person experiences in a day can be appreciated and make you feel wholesome achieving happiness is more obtainable on those rough days than thinking that obtaining something you don’t have is going to make everything better.

It is sad to see how our world has been changed to think that it’s the things we have, the accomplishments we make, or that having certain people in our lives is whats going to make us instantaneously happy. All that we need to be happy we can find within ourselves. All we need is the right frame of thought and a grateful heart.

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If You Like Partying In College, You've Probably Never Realized The 10 Best Things About Not Doing It

Parties are hell if your only wish in life is to be left alone with your own thoughts.

We've all seen the movies where partying is the roots of everybody's college experience, but I'm here to say that partying blows when you can't stand the sight of another human being. For those of us who thrive on silence and solitude, we know what it's like to feel the pressure to go out and "have a good time," as they say.

However, we'd never give up the luxuries of staying in and doing things our way, because we all know we do things a little bit better.

1. Actually studying on the weekends

I highly doubt you're studying by spending all night livin' it up, and all of the next day recovering.

2. Not blowing money on nights out

I once overheard a conversation of a girl whining to her roommate about how she only has $9 left in her bank account after paying for 3 Ubers and alcohol the night before.

3. Speaking of Uber, there's nothing worse than drunk people in the back of your car.

Try not to embarrass yourself too much to somebody who just wants some extra cash on the side.

4. SLEEP

I don't think I need to explain this one.

5. What's a hangover?

Sunday mornings are characterized by slow sips of tea, not begging for mercy while clinging to a toilet seat.

6. Not risking being caught drunk by your RA

Ah, the sweet sounds of whispering as I hear the stampede of partygoers return to their dorm rooms without waking our RA who will write them up for any signs of being drunk.

7. Not having to stand in line in the dining hall on Sunday mornings

I once got extra beans in my breakfast burrito because there weren't enough people to eat them all.

8. Not having to worry about those tricky deadlines that the professors set on purpose

Do you think my professor scheduling a test on November 1st was a coincidence? HAHA.

9. Being able to enjoy the silence on Saturday nights

Whether it's studying, reading, relaxing, or sleeping, college campuses become a ghost town on Saturday nights — and is heaven for introverts or those who are simply tired.

10. I can look back and remember doing things MY WAY.

Frank would be proud.

So there you have it — my reasons why sticking to my guns and spending Saturday nights at my own discretion kills going to some party, disappointing my liver, and throwing away my Sundays.

If you party and genuinely enjoy it, fine, but there's something freeing about kicking expectations in the ass and doing things your way.

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