Hey everyone! I hope summer’s been treating you as well as it’s been treating me.
I’ve been away from my blog for a little while. Between prepping for finals, taking my finals, moving myself out of my dorm, and a beach vacation, my life has been up and happening!
Here are the highlights from my beach vacation:
The weather wasn’t perfect (thanks, wind, for messing up Paige’s hair and making my dress the most awkward outfit situation ever) but at least it wasn’t as hot as a Georgia summer!
My crew and I stayed at Topsail Island, North Carolina. We all highly recommend spending some time in Fort Fisher (especially the Civil War museum) if you’re ever on that side of NC.
My favorite restaurant on the east coast of my home state? Poe’s Tavern! Not only do they have great food, the entire place is decked out in Edgar Allan Poe things like a giant mosaic golden bug and collected works wallpaper!
Thanks for reading! Keep checking in for more interesting things going on in my crazy, adventurous life!
Sorority Rush is one of the best weeks out of freshman year! So many dresses, so many houses, so many songs! And all the Pinterest boards and fashion blogs telling you what to wear. During my rush week I made about a million mistakes because nobody told me what not to wear.
Sometimes “hey don’t do that” is one of the best guidelines. That’s why I’m here. I’ve made all the mistakes for you. So have no fear, you’re flawless rush week is just around the corner!
They’re cute, they give you a height boost, they’re classy. Those are all the pro’s, but have you thought about the cons yet? Wearing heels in summer heat while speed walking from house to house will definitely end in many tears, blisters, and band-aids. Trust me, save the heels for Pref Night and Bid Day.
You want to stand out, but be classy over trashy!
You’re going to be packed like sardines in the entryways to those houses, don’t choke the person next to you by having dumped an entire bottle of Channel No. 5 on yourself that morning. Even little spritzes of perfume go a long way when you’re shoulder to shoulder with fifty people. Especially when it’s fifty different spritzes of perfume.
Big Purses and Clutches
a) There’s not enough space for that massive bag that holds your makeup, umbrella, waterbottle, lunch, laptop, kitchen sink….just bring the basics in a smaller sized purse
b) But not too small! You’re not going to want to carry a clutch the entire day
I ended up using a huge bag during Georgia’s Round 1. Big mistake! I was at the back of the line and, because there were so many PNMs and so little space in the entry way, I ended up having to hug my bag to my chest! Talk about embarrassing.
Strapless, Backless, or Spagetti Strap Dresses
If you’re a fan, don’t let this be your “be all end all I can’t wear my favorite dress” style for rush week, but keep in mind that it’s summer, it’s hot, you’re going to get sweaty, and strapless bras and stickyboobs don’t hold up well in the heat. Also, pulling up your dress every thirty seconds isn’t classy, it’s just gross.
This is for Bid Day. Not Round 1. Not Philanthropy. Not Pref Night. Bid Day.
This is for Pref Night. Not Round 1. Not Philanthropy. Not Bid Day. Pref Night.
Beauty pageants and fashion shows are great things to talk about during rounds, but please don’t be a walking example of one. No sequins, no rhinestones, no crazy jewelry. You are trying to become a sorority girl, not a disco ball.
Speaking of discos…Rush is not a club event. There’s no need to look like you’re going out to party. Refrain from deep necklines, booty shorts, backless dresses or cutouts, or things that are obviously too tight.
Faded, Worn, or Out of Date Clothing
Armpit stains, rips, worn spots, and sagging hemlines make you look disheveled and frumpy. Keep in mind that out of date patterns (*cough cough* chevron) should be avoided at all costs.
The most important thing to keep in mind is to dress classy – sophisticated and stylish should be your life motto during Sorority Rush Week! Don’t try to be anybody else, but don’t be sloppy or a hot mess. You are a unique individual, and the sororities you’re rushing want to get to know you, so be the best version of yourself for them!
Any “what not to wear” tips I missed? Comment below!
When I left for college last August I packed my entire life up into neat little boxes and loaded them into my car, ready for adventure. I expected my life to stay organized, fit into the boxes I’d put it in upon graduating high school. I thought my friends would stay my friends, my grades would stay high, and my likes and dislikes would stay in their separated Venn diagram circles.
Some things I needed to know about college:
College is clutter. It’s chaos. It’s “I haven’t done my laundry in three weeks or washed my hair in five days” kind of unorganized. College is all-nighters one week, turning around and sleeping until 2pm the next weekend, and then consistently waking up for an 8am class the next week.
My life didn’t stay in its boxes anymore.
The friends I counted on in high school I barely keep in touch with now. What felt like a catastrophic canyon forming in the middle of my life turned out to be okay. My closest friends, the ones that meant the most, came back to me in the end. And the ones that didn’t? Let’s just say that life has better plans for me. Better plans and better people. I expected to meet my forever soul mate or life long best friend my first week on campus, and was admittedly a little bummed when I didn’t even have one really close friend by the end of the first month. But I kept my mind open to all the new friends I did make. It’s no surprise to me now that the friend group I have is the tightest, strongest group of people I’ve surrounded myself with in a long time. They’re supportive, kind, and, you guessed it, I met them all in college.
As an AP student in high school, I knew how to time manage and handle tough classes…haha that’s funny, no, I really had no idea. I thought I knew how to time manage and handle tough classes. It’s a no brainer, but college is different; AP classes are a completely different style of writing from college papers, testing is mind-boggling, and time management goes out the window when you’re only taking four or five classes and don’t have parents to tell you what to do and when to do it. Not keeping my mind open to changing my lifestyle set me back further than anyone anticipated. Life throws curve balls, and college (or living on your own in general) teaches you how to handle them.
Drop a class, change your major, transfer schools, study abroad – do something that makes your school experience worth it for yourself. Withdrawing from General Chemistry 101 doesn’t mean you can never be a doctor or will fail to get into med school (something it took me a long time to figure out for myself). Take your time, find a better path, work through it. School teaches you what a problem is and what possible solutions are, life teaches you how to handle the darn thing.
As I prepared for my last set of final exams and term papers my father, drummer in the band The Procrastinators, wrote a killer guest post. He’s the reason I know all the best guitarists of the ’60s and ’70s, and one of the coolest Dad’s out there. His CD collection takes up at least three dresser drawers (be jealous).
Hope you all enjoy!
Hello fellow BSPers,
Bailey is away this week dealing with exams, psyching her crew up for summertime and, generally, spanning the emotional spectrum from joy exalted to the blues. I am honored that she requested me to provide a top ten song list in her absence. I thought about what got me through studies and exams back when vinyl was King. Usually it was a mixture of old blues and new blues; so, here are my top ten blues from days of yore and a quote from someone much smarter than me.
“We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths; in feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.” Aristotle