10 Tips For PNMs

10 Tips For PNMs

Finding your home: how to handle the stress, the smiles, and everything in between.
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It's that time of year again. Fall is upon us and that means that sorority recruitment is about to begin. For us sisters, it's another fall and another recruitment on the other side. For potential new members, it is the beginning of a life changing experience that decides how you will spend your next four years. As a PNM, the process can be nerve-wracking and exhausting, but with just a few tips, you're bound to survive.


1. Don't force feelings.

If you don't connect with girls in a specific house, that's okay. You aren't going to hit it off with girls from every single house.

2. Be careful with your outfit choices.

Leave your crop tops and disco shorts at home. This week is about finding which sisterhood you fit with based on your personality, not on your looks. If you're confused on an outfit, go for a more modest look. You will look mature and be taken seriously.

3. It's okay to cry.

Whether it's at your favorite house on preference round or in your dorm room at 3 in the morning, crying is normal. This week is full of long hours. You feel like every move you make is crucial to your success and it can be hard to relax. This process is emotionally and physically draining and it's okay to let all your emotions out.

4. Find time to relax.

As you're busy running from party to party while simultaneously trying to find time to eat, sleep, and unpack your stuff in your dorm, you tend to put your wellness on hold. Take. A. Break. Whether it is a long, hot shower or a power nap, your body will thank you later.

5. Trust the system.

I know what you're thinking, "How am I going to find my home in a matter of seven days?" It sounds crazy that you will find the girls you will spend your entire college career within such a short time, but somehow, it works. Sit back and let this seemingly impossible system work its magic.

6. Attitude is everything.

You might not end up where you want to go, but that doesn't mean you don't end up where you needed to go. Sometimes things don't go as planned, but with a positive mindset, you might fall in love with a house that you never expected to adore.

7. It's okay to get dropped.

This is nothing personal. Sometimes, girls might see you fitting better at another house, or they just don't see you being happy there. You don't want to be in a sisterhood that doesn't see you a part of it anyway. Just think, you're one house closer to finding your perfect fit, the houses that dropped you just made it a little easier for you to make your decision.

8. Take the water.

There is no hidden secret about the water that is given to you in every house. It is water. We aren't poisoning you. It's not a trick question. If you're thirsty, drink! And besides, it gives you something to have in your hands and it makes you feel a little less awkward.

9. It's not the end of the world if you don't look perfect.

It is August, we know it's hot. You are walking miles every day to get to parties in the blistering heat. If you're a little sweaty and your hair doesn't look perfect, we will not judge you. We get to sit in nice air conditioning all day and we are so grateful, but we were once in your position and we know how miserable it was.

10. Follow your heart.

Yes, it's corny, but it's true. This is your decision. You can Instagram stalk every house, listen to your friends' opinions, or choose a house based on stereotypes, but just remember one thing: this is YOUR choice. In the end, you're the one that has to live with whatever decision you make. So if you follow your heart and make your choices on genuine aspects, you're bound to end up in the sisterhood that is right for you.

Good luck PNMs!

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44 Lyrics For When You Need An Instagram Caption

Your caption is just as important as the filter.
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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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36 Things You Could Be Doing Other Than Being On Your Phone

Put down the phone, baby!

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My parents, especially my mom, are never silent when it comes to expressing their opinions on technology and social media. Living back at home for the summer after spending two semesters at college means that my phone habits are once again visible to my family. Although she isn't saying it as much as she did summers ago, my mom thinks that I spend a lot of time on my phone.

Her saying this has definitely opened my eyes, and I do realize that there are so many other things I could be doing other than being on my phone. Here are just some of those things:

1. Learn a little bit of a new language

2. Take a trip to the beach

3. Go for a walk (or a run)

4. Write poetry, a short story, or a journal entry

5. Go to the city

6. Write a letter of appreciation to your best friend

7. Cook (or learn how to cook) your favorite meal

8. Go out to eat

9. Draw (or color)

10. Soak in the tub

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11. See a live show or concert

12. Go on a shopping spree (or just window shop)

13. Plant some flowers

14. Play a board game with your family or friends

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15. Go to the gym

16. Meet up with a friend you haven't seen in a while

17. Solve a puzzle

18. Plan your outfits for the upcoming week

19. Take pictures with your friends

20. Get your nails done

21. Go to a museum or zoo

22. Do your hair just because

23. Organize your closet

24. Clean that part of your room (or house) that you've been putting off

25. Party with friends

26. Sunbathe

27. Go to a sports game

28. Do your friend's makeup just for fun

29. Watch a movie

30. Read a book

31. Meditate (or learn to meditate)

32. Work on a DIY project

33. Fill in future plans in a calendar

34. Volunteer

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35. Study the next chapter just to be ahead of the game

36. Literally anything else that doesn't involve your phone or social media

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