When You Give A Girl A Sorority

When You Give A Girl A Sorority

Being in a sorority is so much more than people think.
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What happens when you give a girl a sorority? Well, a lot of things happen. Being in a sorority is so much more than what you see in movies. In fact, it’s NOTHING like the movies. Being a sorority girl is an irreplaceable experience, and I think every girl can benefit in some way from it. You gain so much and learn so many lessons. Here are some things that happen when you give a girl a sorority.

1. She gains a group of girls that will always love her.

When a girl joins a sorority, she will find over a hundred girls who will accept her with open and loving arms. No matter if she's at her worst or best, she'll always be loved. Her sisters will always be there to pick her up when she feels down and having that connection with a big group of girls is amazing.

2. She gets an amazing house mom.

The house mom is probably one of the most important things of a sorority. They're a sort of mom away from home. The house mom is always so nice and caring and always willing to listen. Having that mother figure in her life when she's so far from home can be very comforting.

3. She gets a HUGE support group.

Have a test coming up and are stressed? Her sisters will be there to help her study and cheer her on. Got a broken heart? Her sisters will offer to beat up the stupid boy and then give her a shoulder to cry on. No matter what she's doing or going through, her sisters are her biggest fans and the ones who will keep her going when she feels like giving up. They’re always willing to do anything for her.

4. She has more confidence in herself.

Her confidence will shoot through the roof when she joins a sorority. She has left her high school insecurities behind and feels much more confident about herself and what she is capable of doing. If she fails, she will have a group of girls who will help pick her back up again.

5. She always has a friend on campus.

She can’t go anywhere on campus without running into one of her sisters, and she loves it. Seeing friendly faces on such a huge campus is such a relief, especially on the first day of classes. She never has to worry about being alone because she can call up one of her sisters, and they’ll be there in a second to eat with her, workout at the gym, or sit by her in class.

6. She has a huge collection of t-shirts.

By the end of the first semester, she'll have SO many t-shirts, it’s insane. She probably had to take some home because she doesn't have enough room in her drawers. However, it’s more than a shirt. It’s a memory that she will remember forever.

7. She gets a "big" that she can always count on.

Her big is the absolute best and one of her biggest blessings. She’s always there to boost her confidence, bring her food and cough drops if she's sick, and loves her unconditionally, no matter what. She can talk to her about anything and know she won’t judge her, and she always has someone looking out for her. She’s like the older sister she's never had but always wanted.

8. She learns valuable life lessons.

If there’s one thing that’s important to a sorority girl, it’s her philanthropy. Each sorority has a philanthropy that is close to their hearts. By taking part in events that help raise money for these philanthropies, it teaches her to put others before herself and that the time put into helping others is super rewarding.

9. She's never bored.

She's probably busy 24/7 now, but she doesn't mind because she's never bored. There’s always an event going on or chapter to go to. It also helps her stay on top of her school work. With certain GPA requirements and mandatory study hours, she is motivated to get good grades and study.

When you give a girl a sorority, she'll learn to love herself, serve those around her, and grow more than she ever thought possible. She'll experience friendships and bonds that will never be broken.

Cover Image Credit: Tori Walach

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Margliotti

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18 Things You Know To Be True If You Are A Dancer

#Dancerproblems.

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It's the night before my first dance competition of the season, so of course I'm going to write about dance. Without further ado here are 26 of the most common things you know if like me, you are a dancer.

1. You are constantly choreographing dances in your head.

It doesn't matter what song you are jamming out to, without fail, you find yourself choreographing dances, even at 2:00 AM.

2. You always find a way to practice your solos or dances for competition.

Even if you have a small space to work with, NOTHING, and I mean absolutely nothing will stop you from practicing.

3. You are constantly trying to better your technique.

All day, every day, it doesn't matter if you're working on turn combinations or bettering your tap technique, not a day goes by that you don't work on it.

4. You have a "dance drawer" in your dresser.

Leotards, tights, and booty shorts, oh my!

5. The studio is like your second home and your team is like your second family.

There's really no explanation needed.

6. You feel like you never get enough time in the studio.

Because there's no such thing as "too much dance"

7. Your weekends always consist of a dance private

Literally almost every weekend

8. You're not embarrassed about going out in public while wearing dance clothes.

And you don't care if people look at you funny for wearing your leotard and company jacket to a restaurant.

9. Your company jacket is your jacket of choice.

You've gotta represent your studio, plus it's sooo comfortable.

10. Forget the holidays, competition season is the most wonderful time of the year.

I love competition season so much!

11. You're always losing bobby pins.

Gotta love those sock buns that take you literally 15 minutes to do, and the ridiculous amount of bobby pins that you use just so your bun can stay in tact.

12. You have regular earrings and then you have dance competition earrings.

Those big sparkly earrings are always fun to wear.

13. Your Instagram explore page is full of videos of other dancers.

What can I say, I just love dance.

14. The phrase "I can't, I have dance" is one you say all the time

I apologize to all of my friends and family who I try to make plans with but can't follow through because of dance privates.

15. The same goes for "5, 6, 7, 8"

I am so guilty of this one.

16. People ask you if what you do is like what they watch on "Dance Moms"

And you reply with "Sort of, but not exactly"

17. Sometimes you just randomly strike a dance pose.

For me, it has always been , and always will be an arabesque.

18. Your mom is the best dance mom ever, and you dad is the best dance dad ever.

They honestly are, I couldn't do any of this without my wonderful parents and am so thankful that they continue to support me in doing something that I absolutely love.

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