What I've Learned From My Philanthropy

What I've Learned From My Philanthropy

Raising money while having fun!
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Just around the time that the leafs start to change, almost every sorority and fraternity on college campuses begin to have their (fall) philanthropies, including my own. As you'd picture it, there was about 30 girls outside of our sorority's house and we were all screaming our heads off.

Overall, it was an amazing experience. You try so hard to raise money for your philanthropy, and once you see that hard work paying off, you feel so accomplished. And by the end of the night, when you find out how much your chapter just raised, you're in total awe. It might not make as much as every other chapter, but you still raised money to help others.

There are those cliché moments when you picture a sorority girl jumping up and down and acting foolish, and that's exactly how me and a few of my sisters were throughout our philanthropy. Not only did we act like complete weirdos while jumping around and dancing, I was the girl that was screaming at cars who drove by saying "I know you want some pizza" (while holding a poster board cut in the shape of pizza.) I had so much fun acting so quirky, and I knew I wasn't getting completely judge for it. I did have a few people tell me I was crazy, but hey it was all worth it in the end. I might've lost my voice and had sore legs the next day but we raised money for the visually impaired and that's all that matters to me.

What I've realized after being a part of both philanthropies my chapter puts on is that all the hard work people put into event's is worth it. I remember I was so stressed out at the thought of filling requirements the first go around, and I didn't fully understand why we had to fill them. My thought process was that other people would sell more than required, so why did I have to sell 8 jerseys, or 4 tickets... I soon began to realize that the money goes straight to our philanthropy. The more tickets, jerseys, shirts, etc. we sell, the more money we have raised to help others.

Throughout both philanthropies, I learned that the Greek system is so much more than what some make it out to be. I will stand by my opinion regarding that. I truly got involved in Greek life knowing I wanted to be involved in the philanthropic side of things. Between attending my own philanthropy, and attending others I have learned that each chapter has something they work so hard to raise money for, and not one philanthropy is better than the other. Money is being raised for such amazing causes, and everyone has to work hard to raise that money.

No matter what, I love my sorority and all that we do to help the visually impaired. I am happy I have been able to raise money for our cause and I can't wait for our next philanthropic event.

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hot air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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It's the little things that count.

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Today, and every day, it's important to incorporate self-love into our lives. Each day, we can do something little that adds up to something big to benefit ourselves and our mental health. Loving yourself comes in many forms and activities.

1. Remind yourself that you, and your feelings, are valid.

2. Be true to yourself.

3. Do not let others take away your uniqueness.

4. List 10 things that you love about yourself.

5. Read your favorite book.

6. Take a walk alone and reflect on what makes you happy.

7. Do yoga.

8. Watch a movie that makes you laugh (or cry).

9. Paint your nails.

10. Buy your favorite drink from your favorite coffee shop.

11. Take a nap.

12. Eat your favorite food.

13. Start exercising.

14. Write down how you are feeling.

15. Identify a challenge in your life, and develop a plan to overcome it.

16. Get a massage or a facial.

17. Talk on the phone with someone you love.

18. Cry if you need to.

19. Pet a dog.

20. Go get your hair done.

21. Buy a new outfit that you feel confident wearing.

22. Log off of social media for one day.

23. Drink lots of water.

24. Talk about your life journey with someone else.

25. Color a picture.

26. Try a new hobby.

27. Go outside, and find five beautiful things to take pictures of.

28. Think about what has made you grateful today.

29. Let go of something that is bothering you.

30. Look up inspiring quotes.

31. Engage in uplifting self-talk.

32. Light your favorite candle.

33. Go on a drive to a place where you feel at peace.

34. Think about how much you have grown.

35. Take note of your accomplishments for the day.

36. Recognize your feelings and know that you are allowed to feel.

37. Take the leap of faith to get the help or assistance that you need.

38. Be kind to others.

39. Write a letter to your younger or future self, and read it over.

40. Start a gratitude journal.

41. Put on your favorite face mask.

42. Clean out your closet or room of clothes you no longer wear.

43. Understand how important self-love is.

44. Write small, encouraging notes to yourself on post-its, and put them around your room or home.

45. Take a bubble bath.

46. Smile at yourself.

47. Try meditating for 10 minutes in the morning.

48. Do something that is truly relaxing to you.

49. Go to a park.

50. Do what makes you the happiest.

Every single person is worthy is self-love. The ways of engaging in self-love are infinite, so you are able to find what works best for you. Do not doubt yourself! When you start to love yourself, it seems like life makes a lot more sense.

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