The Risk Management Chair: What It's Really Like

The Risk Management Chair: What It's Really Like

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We all know that TSM is the holy grail of sorority newsites, I read their work every day myself. But you can’t believe everything you read on there. I know, I know; being a sorority girl, I shouldn’t diss the most perfect sorority forum on earth, right? Wrong. I’m going for it.

You see articles all the time about the Risk Management Chair sneaking off to a corner to take shots because she can’t be head sober sister while she’s sober, or other things like that. I am here to tell you all that it is absolutely possible to be a sober sister every time your sorority has a mixer. How do I know this, you may ask? Well, I’ve been doing it for the past nine months, and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

Let me start by explaining exactly what I do for those of you who aren't familiar with Greek life. The Risk Management Chair is responsible for making sure that the girls of the sorority are safe and responsible while they are out mixing with a fraternity, and for making sure that all the girls have a safe ride home at the end of the night.

Last November, I was nominated to take the Risk Management position for my sorority. Later that same month, I was voted into my position. Most people don’t really want to take a position in which you are required to stay sober at every social function, and being a bit of a party girl my freshmen year, I was a little skeptical about it. I thought to myself, am I going to be comfortable with being one of the few sober people at a party, or is it going to be awkward?

I thought about it, and came to the realization that my sisters wanted me to have this position; if they have faith in me, I should have faith in myself as well. I was going to get to make sure all my amazing sisters stayed safe on the weekends. I realized, I have already been doing that. I am the girl who makes sure everyone gets home, no matter what shape I’m in. This was going to be perfect for me. I jumped head-first into the position when was elected, even though I didn’t technically start my term until January. I revamped our entire selection process for DDs and sober sisters, making it fair for everyone. I was beyond ready to take on my responsibilities when we came back from break.

The first few times we mixed in the spring semester were a little awkward for me, since I had to explain to everyone that I was not a party girl anymore; I was the mom now. I didn’t take the drinks everyone offered just to knock the nerves away. The more we went out, the more I observed and realized that I actually loved staying sober at mixers. Not only was I able to keep track of all of my sisters and make sure everyone was safe, I was also able to form different bonds with more girls.

Once you team up to sober sister with someone, you two have a new appreciation for each other. Someone always needs one of us to walk somewhere with them, or find another person for them, or track down their lost items. It’s like you are both in a million places at once, and it’s hilarious. The girl you sober sister with for the night is like your partner in crime. Being head sober sister, I have had the chance to partner up with almost every girl in my sorority for an entire night and get to know her on a new level. At the end of each of these nights, when I put all the girls in cars with DDs and made sure that the fraternity men we were with also made it home safely, I always remembered that this was the perfect job for me.

Over the last nine months, I have spent ridiculous amounts of money on gas for numerous late nights out that turned into early mornings out. Whether it was driving people back and forth across town, chauffeuring my girls when they didn’t want to stay at the official mixer, or 3 a.m. food runs–I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

My sisters are my family, and I am honored that they have let me take on the responsibility of keeping them safe.

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Choosing the caption for your Instagram can be almost as challenging as deciding on a filter. So, if you’re ready to post that Insta, but don’t know what to say, here are 44 lyrics for when you need an Instagram caption.

1. “Be young, be dope, be proud.” - Lana Del Rey, "American"

2. “I can’t really see another squad tryna cross us.” - Drake, "No Tellin’"

3. “Darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.” - Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"

4. “I’m throwin' shade like it’s sunny.” - Nicki Minaj, "Want Some More"

5. “I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist.” - Sia, "Chandelier"

6. “Find me where the wild things are.” - Alessia Cara, "Wild Things"

7. “If I was you, I'd wanna be me too.” - Meghan Trainor, "Me Too"

8. “Sweet like candy to my soul, sweet you rock and sweet you roll.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Crash Into Me"

9. “I swear this life is like the sweetest thing I’ve ever known.” - Drake, "Over"

10. “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.” - Lee Ann Womack, "I Hope You Dance"

11. “But if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing’s changed at all? - Bastille, "Pompeii"

12. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” - John Lennon, "Imagine"

13. “You can’t choose what stays and what fades away.” - Florence + The Machine, "No Light, No Light"

14. “She acts like summer and walks like rain.” - Train, "Drops of Jupiter

15. “She’s a good girl, loves her mama. Loves Jesus, and America too.” - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "Free Fallin’"

16. “Lights will guide you home, and ignite your bones.” - Coldplay, "Fix You"

17. “Say you’ll remember me.” - Taylor Swift, "Wildest Dreams"

18. I’ve got thick skin and an elastic heart.” - Sia, "Elastic Heart"

19. “Give me the beat boys and free my soul.” - Uncle Kracker, "Drift Away"

20. “One of these days the clocks will stop, and time won’t mean a thing.” - Foo Fighters, "These Days"

21. “Sunshine mixed with a little hurricane.” - Brad Paisley, Perfect Storm

22. “You are the piece of me I wish I didn’t need.” Zedd feat. The Foxes, "Clarity"

23. “Her mind is Tiffany twisted, she’s got the Mercedes bends.” - The Eagles, "Hotel California"

24. “Life imitates art.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

25. “Nobody said it was easy, no one said it would be this hard.” - Coldplay, "The Scientist"

26. “You’re gonna keep my soul, it was yours to have long ago.” - State Radio, "Keepsake"

27. “Celebrate we will ‘cause life is short but sweet for certain.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Two Step"

28. “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” - Florence + The Machine, "Shake it Out"

29. “There are many things I’d like to say to you but I don’t know how.” - Oasis, "Wonderwall"

30. “You say you want a revolution, well you know we all wanna change the world.” - The Beatles, "Revolution"

31. “God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.” Billy Currington, "People Are Crazy"

32. “Well my heart is gold, and my hands are cold.” - Halsey, "Gasoline"

33. “I don’t want to be heard, I want to be listened to.” - Twenty One Pilots, "Forest"

34. “Where you invest your love, you invest your life.” - Mumford and Sons, "Awake My Soul"

35. “I think I need a sunrise, I’m tired of the sunset.” - Augustana, "Boston"

36. “All of these lines across my face tell you the story of who I am.” - Brandi Carlile, "The Story"

37. ‘Ready or not, here I come. Where you at? The night is young.” - Bridgit Mendler, "Ready or Not"

38. “In the land of Gods and Monsters, I was an angel.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

39. “Turns out not where, but who you’re with that really matters.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Best Of What’s Around"

40. “Know yourself, know your worth.” - Drake, "0 to 100"

41. “I’m little but I’m coming for the crown.” - Lorde, "Still Sane"

42. “Didn’t they tell you I was a savage?” - Rihanna, "Needed Me"

43. “Hands in the air like we don’t care.” - Miley Cyrus, "We Can’t Stop"

44. “I’ma keep running because a winner don’t quit on themselves.” - Beyonce, "Freedom"

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15 Rules I Broke In Less Than A Year

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Growing up in a conservative Hispanic environment, moving out at 18 wasn’t exactly in the cards. Moving to one of America’s most liberal cities caused an uproar that led many to comment “she will go astray”. I took a bat against the glass wall and stepped out of the white veil, yellow house, white fence, traditionalist view. Into a "I have $10 dollars on my bank account and protest for human rights." Below are 15 Rules I broke in less than a year:

1. "You can only move out once you're married"

No, in fact I am moving out at 18, for college. By the way, I will be living in San Francisco. Yes, the city where the rainbow flags adorn every corner. No, I won’t have anyone cook or clean for me. Pepper spray? It really doesn’t help while walking through the Tenderloin.

2. "This tastes amazing! You can get married now!"

Thank you, I actually don’t like to cook. That was actually boxed mashed potatoes.

3. "There are topics of conversation that aren't appropriate between women and men"

I just got back from a night out with friends. Guys and girls, yes. We spoke about the sex-obsessed Tinder culture. We actually found friends on Tinder and super liked them to mess with them.

4. "He has to text you first"

No, you know this is the 21st century. Actually, Bumble can back me up on that.

5."25 is the prime age to get married. If you miss this deadline, you might as well kiss marriage goodbye"

Yeah, I actually am almost 5 years away from that deadline and so far no frog has turned into a prince. Also, I will be on the other side of the globe by then sooo….

6. "You should study literature or art. That way you don't have stress and can focus on being a wife and mom"

Um, I am actually doing a 12 year career in medicine so I think I passed the deadline. *gasp from the audience* BTW, my friends in literature and art majors are pulling at their hair with projects so I think stress is unavoidable.

7. "Red lipstick makes you look promiscuous. Men don't like that"


First of all, red is my favorite color. Second of all, it is Chanel’s signature lipstick, so your argument is invalid. Yes, aunt, it is not my business if they don’t like it, I didn’t pay $40 for nothing.

8. “You can't speak your mind at dinner parties, it’s rude”

Well, this conversation wasn’t particularly stimulating so I decided to spice things up.

9. “You have to understand something, it is common that a businessman cheats with the secretary. She understands him more than the wife at home”

It is common that women leave their husbands for Chris Evans because he’d be able to cook shirtless while looking photo shopped. My argument doesn’t make sense? Funny...

10. "Tampons steal your innocence"

Tampons, prevent bloodbaths. Enough said.

11. "Gay people are not a good influence"

Gay people, straight people, bi people, trans people can be bad influences. Also, you should swing by the Castro, you’ll love it.

12. "Don't carry objects, have a guy help"


I do, I actually am very lazy so I like watching my brother struggle with boxes while I sip on my Starbucks. However, I end up doing it because well it’s not him who boxes.

13. “She most likely is a mess living on her own, she’ll get pregnant, get into drugs, and lose herself”

I’ll let you poke the balloon at the gender reveal. I did lose myself once walking down Market Street. You forebode my mess, I can’t walk from my bed to the closet, there’s a pile of clothes surrounding “the chair.” And drugs, well, I have almost overdosed on caffeine.

14. “Smile, you don’t look cute with your face so serious”

I’ll smile once I see my poke bowl.

15. “You cannot go on a date without a chaperone”

Well, I wouldn’t really call it a date. But I’ll have you pay my Uber next time if you come along.

Moral of the story: Breaking the rules can sometimes be the key to achieving your maximum potential. Independence is key to understanding the world through a different lens while maintaining your integrity. Transforming the impossible into reality is achieved through the risk of swimming against the current. The process of becoming your own voice in a world filled with uniform ideologies can lead to a myriad of opinions, many times superfluous ones.

15 rules reigned the environment once, and 15 were sufficient to create independent criteria. Some may refer to it as rebellion, I call it thinking. To all the young minds in the process of becoming: question everything as you pave your own path. It is easy to conform in a world of no’s, but it’s a personal must to become your own voice. Even if you must become an outlier.


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