It's fall: the season for cooler weather, changing of leaves, sweaters, college football, and...HOMECOMING! This time of year calls for hard work, dedication, and a little friendly competition. After only a few months of settling into the new school year, organizations at universities across the country come together to participate in this week of festivities. Organizations create a homecoming float as well as take part in activities spread out throughout the week in hopes to win various competitions. After sleepless nights, weeks of planning, and exhaustion, Homecoming week draws near. One might think that it's smooth sailing from this point on, but the stress has just begun. When you feel like giving up, just know that you're not alone and students across the country are experiencing the following stages throughout this week:
1. When you're a new member and someone has to explain to you what a pomp is.
5. Your hands begin to go numb from folding paper for hours.
6. You see people across the room not pomping when you are.
7. When your friend gets the aux cord at a pomping session.
10. Meeting your pomping partner.
14. When you're ready to give up and it's only the second day.
16. You've worked on the float for so long yet you feel like there's been no progress.
18. Seeing all these pieces of paper are starting to make a design.
21. You realize all your work was worth it when you see your float go by
I know I don't say it enough, so let me start off by saying thank you.
You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.
I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.
Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.
You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.
There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.
I feel like I live a double life. Some weekends I spend going to date parties and sports games. Other weekends, I am stuck in a field doing land navigation and eating MREs (Meals Ready to Eat). A friend once described this lifestyle as having "multiple hats." She explained it as you have a hat for each different part of your life. For example, my main difference is my ROTC and sorority hat.
ROTC stands for Reserve Officer Training Corps. In the short term, this means that I am training to be an Officer in the United States Army. When I graduate college, I will then start my career in the Army. The way I present my "ROTC hat" now is going to determine my career later on. My hat shows me I have to be motivated and strict. My obligations include dedicating my mornings, class time, and extra volunteer hours to ROTC. Being up at 5 a.m. three days a week and taking 21 credit hours my second semester of college is a perfect example of why I have to stay motivated and strict on my self.
Being in a sorority, however, is the perfect breath of fresh air that helps me stay sane. It is a support system and friendship. My sorority helps me realize that college is supposed to be a fun life experience, not just a step in life. My "sorority hat" is carefree and fun. Although I am very busy with my other obligations, my sorority makes it easy to stay involved with date parties and philanthropy events.
In my position, I have been very overwhelmed trying to be successful with every hat I put on. Coming into college, I was very skeptical about sorority recruitment because I was worried about not being able to juggle it all. I am here now finishing up my freshman year of college, so thankful I pushed myself to be completely submerged in involvement. Being as involved as I am has helped me gain best friends as well as great memories.
I have been pushed to the limit these past two semesters, but it shows me what I am capable of. Finishing my freshman year, I am more confident in myself and what I want in life. Having these obligations has helped me develop time management skills. With the help of my two hats, I stay level headed and they have helped me realize that I can be who I want to be. Just because I am in ROTC does not mean I have to fit in a cookie cutter shape of being a cadet, just like being in a sorority does not mean I am a reflection of the stereotype of sorority girls. Just in my first year of college, I have already learned so much from both of these organizations and they have helped me develop into who I am today.