A Letter To My Future G-Little

A Letter To My Future G-Little

Welcome to the family
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Dear future grandlittle,

If I did not get the chance to tell you yet…welcome to our sisterhood.

Most importantly, welcome to the family, our family. I am so excited to welcome you into our arms and to be able to be here for your sorority experience.

Your soon-to-be big will be the best big to you as she was the best little to me. She has qualities that push me to be a better person every day. The qualities she sees in you are what I saw in her when I first met her.

I have ten things I want to tell you as we await for your Big-Little reveal.

1. I am utterly obsessed with you.

My little chose you and loves you and so, therefore, I love you just as much. You are going to be so spoiled (in a good way) by me and your big. I spoiled your big, and you will, therefore, be spoiled.

2. I’m not that old, so we can still hang out.

I may be your grand-big, but I can still hang…most of the time.

3. Get involved with the chapter.

Being involved with the chapter brings you so much closer to the sisterhood. Whether you hold a position in the house or attend every single event, just make sure you are involved. I can’t stress how important it is. When I joined our organization my freshman year, I attended everything I possibly could. It made me realize how much I loved being a member and how I couldn’t wait to be more involved in the next three years after my freshman year.

4. Your sorority family is always here for you.

Your sorority family is here to make you feel like you are at home while in college. We are here to help you create those bonds with the sorority. We are here to support everything you and your little do together.

5. I will let you and your big blossom into the big-little relationship you wish to have.

A big-little relationship is one of the most important relationships you can have in college. I will let you and your big develop your relationship without me being around all the time. I have seen my little grow and become a wonderful woman with amazing insights on life. I want you and her to have the relationship that I have with my big and that your big and I have.

6. Your big is someone you should always go to.

My big was and is someone I could go to vent to and to talk to. Your big is someone that you should see as that person. Your big will not judge you; she will always listen to you; she is the person that you can always turn to.

7. Your big will always be your big.

No matter what happens, if you and your big have a small argument, or if you get frustrated with one another, you will get through it. Your big is your big and that is something you should always remember.

8. I hope that having my little as your big will make you fall in love with our sisterhood even more.

Your big is an inspiration to me. She shows me things that I don’t see. She shows me that the LITTLE things do matter and to appreciate everything that I have. Your big is my hero, and I hope she will be yours.

9. Your big will be your mentor, your guide, your best friend.

My big (your great grand-big) has been all three of these to me. And I can only hope that I have been that to your big. I can’t wait to see you and your big create the bonds that will give you the relationship that I have with her. You will see your big as your mentor, guide, and best friend; it’s a possibility it won’t happen right away, but it will happen.

10. Your big will love you more than anything.

Your big will love you unconditionally. You are her little, and she is your big. Your relationship is one of the most amazing and important ones in your sorority experience.

Welcome to the family, G-Little. I can’t wait to meet you.

Love,

Your future G-big

Cover Image Credit: Melissa Ung

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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12 Unhealthy College Habits That Never Should Have Become Normalized

No, you shouldn't have to pull an all-nighter to pass every exam.

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College is a weird time in our lives, but it doesn't have to be bad for our health. Here are some trends I've seen on social media and watched my friends practice that really never should have become a "thing" for college students in the first place.

1. The "freshman 15."

Everyone has heard of the dreaded "freshman 15," where college freshmen gain 15 pounds because of access to all-you-can-eat dining halls. Rather than eating healthier options at the dining halls or, you know, only eating until you're full and not stuffing yourself, we've just accepted our fate to gain what's really a large amount of weight. Not a very healthy mindset.

2. Eating only junk food because we're "too poor" to buy real food.

For off-campus students, the theme is ramen and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. This is really not how it needs to be. You can buy a bunch of romaine lettuce for around $1 at the grocery store I go to in my college town, and other produce like broccoli, potatoes, and apples are always cheap. Shop sales and keep your pantry stocked on staples like dry pasta, rice, beans, and other canned vegetables. It's not that expensive to eat decently.

3. Gorging on food at the dining hall just because you can.

This is what leads to the freshman 15. Just because you can eat whatever you want doesn't mean you should.

4. Procrastinating EVERYTHING.

I'm always ahead of my schoolwork, but all of the people in my classes push things right down to the wire. It creates unnecessary stress. Just get things done in advance so you don't have to worry.

5. Being generally unorganized and struggling to keep your life together. 

Actually using my planner is one of the best things I've done for myself in college so far. I don't know why it became popular for college students to be a hot mess all the time, but again, do what you can to avoid putting unnecessary stress on yourself.

6. Pulling all nighters, ever.

If you don't understand it by midnight, you won't understand it any better by five in the morning. You'll do so much better with less studying and more sleep than the other way around. Take the L and go to bed.

7. Waiting until the very last minute to start studying for your finals.

This is what typically leads to the aforementioned all-nighters. If you have an exam in two weeks, start studying NOW. Give yourself time to figure out what you need to focus on and get in contact with your professor or a tutor if necessary. Do yourself the favor.

8. Getting blackout drunk Friday and Saturday night...every weekend.

A lot of college students like to drink. That's fine, I get it, college is stressful and you just want to have a good time. But you don't have to go out every night of every weekend and drink so much you don't remember anything that didn't occur between Monday-Friday every week. Give yourself a break from drinking every so often.

9. Getting iced coffee before class and being late because of it.

I always make sure I get to campus early if I plan to get Starbucks, which I often do. It's rude to come in late, and it's detrimental to your education to consistently miss class. Your coffee can wait if you're running late. Plan better next time.

10.  Committing to 10 different extracurriculars because "it'll boost your resume if you have more on it!"

If you only participate in one club where you're the head of marketing and the treasurer, that will look SO much better than if you participated in five clubs but were just...there for all of them. Excel in one thing rather than being mediocre in many.

11.  Skipping class whenever you feel like it.

You can take the occasional mental health day, but if you're just being lazy, you're only hurting yourself. Go to class. You're paying a lot of money for it, after all.

12.  Spending every last penny you have to go somewhere for spring break (Daytona Beach, anyone?).

"Broke" college kids always end up taking the most extravagant spring break vacations. I'm sure it's fun and you'll cherish the memories, but wouldn't you cherish that $500 more if you saved it for things you actually need rather than living off of ramen for a month when you get home?

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