Anonymous asked:

How have you benefit from the Greek Life on campus?

Where do I even begin? I have gotten so much more out of being in a sorority than I ever could have imagined. I originally joined so that I could expand my social network, but I have grown in so many other ways as a result of being a part of a sisterhood. I am surrounded by some of the strongest and most inspiring women that I know. They motivate me to be a better person in all aspects of my life, whether that means being a better leader, being a better student, or simply being a better friend. It is such a blessing to have a built-in support system and to know that any of my sisters would be willing to help me if I ever needed anything, no questions asked. Being involved in fraternity and sorority life has brought me some of the best friends that anyone could ask for, and it has allowed me to feel like part of a community on campus. There are many other student organizations that allow students to benefit in the same ways, but personally I really value what being involved in a sorority has done for me. Thanks for asking, and please let me know if you would like me to go into more detail about anything!

YOBO

I’m getting really excited for this summer. Not only because I will be able to walk outside without a jacket for the first time in what seems like eternity, but also because I’ve got big plans! The one on my mind at the moment is the ten-day trip that I will be taking to Israel in May as a part of the Birthright program for Jewish youth. I will get to learn all about Israeli culture, swim in the Dead Sea, hike the Israel trail, and even ride a camel! Another added bonus? I get to do it all with other Northeastern students. I think it is going to be an amazing opportunity to meet new people and to explore a part of the world that I probably would never get to see otherwise. As they say, YOU ONLY BIRTHRIGHT ONCE!

Northeastern students on last December’s birthright trip!

Making Connections

One of the organizations that I am involved with is the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE for short). Last weekend I was given the opportunity to attend the regional IIE conference held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. It may sound boring to you, but I actually really enjoyed getting to spend time with fellow industrial engineering students and listening to the various speakers and companies that were presenting. (And it didn’t hurt that there was free food all day, but that’s beside the point.) I got to learn about the inner workings of companies like UPS, Staples, and Tyco, and I got to hear from some people that are fairly well-known in my field. At the end of one of the speaker series, I got up the nerve to go up and speak to the presenter because I loved her enthusiasm and was interested in the experiences that she shared with us. I learned that she has connections to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, where I will be on co-op in the fall! She informed me that she would be speaking at Northeastern in April, and I have already set up a coffee date with her. I’m excited to hear more about her experiences and to geek out about our common interests. Just goes to show that 1) it’s a small world and 2) a little networking goes a long way. 

GREEK WEEK

Friday marked the beginning of the best week of the year. I’m talking about GREEK WEEK of course! This is the time of year that Northeastern fraternities and sororities come together for a little friendly competition/bonding. I can’t even begin to explain how fun it is. I get the opportunity to spend extra time with my sisters, to hang out with the fraternities we are paired with, and to get my game face on. Here’s a breakdown of the week:

Friday/Saturday: Northeastern Relay for Life

Relay for Life is an event sponsored by the American Cancer Society to raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer. It goes from 6 pm on Friday to 6 am on Saturday and is equally as entertaining as it is touching. There are three ceremonies throughout the night to remember those lost to cancer, to celebrate those who have won the battle against cancer, and to support those who are currently fighting cancer. Throughout the night there are also dance and a cappella performances, contests, games, crafts, and free stuff just to name a few things! It’s a blast, and it feels really good to be supporting a cause that affects so many of our lives. Check out this video of my sorority at the event!

Sunday: Greek Olympics

As you may guess, Greek Olympics is an athletic competition between all fraternities and sororities. It consists of a relay race (think running, three-legged racing, potato sack racing, and dizzy bat), dodgeball, tug-of-war, and volleyball. It gets pretty intense, but we also really enjoy cheering for each other and coming together as a community. One of the members of Alpha Epsilon Phi took an Ellen DeGeneres-style selfie with us all to capture the day’s success.

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Monday: Speaker

Someone much wiser than us comes in and speaks about a topic that could benefit us in FSL (P.S. That stands for Fraternity and Sorority Life). This year Sam Davidson presented about friendly rivalries.  

Tuesday: Greek God/Goddess

Each chapter selects one member to participate in the Greek God competition, which somewhat mirrors a beauty pageant. Each contestant answers a couple personal questions and then performs a talent of their choice, whether that be singing, dancing, stand-up comedy, jump-roping, juggling, or a combination of all of the above. The audience always gets a couple good laughs, and then the judges decide who is worthy of the title of Greek God/Goddess.

Wednesday: GREEK SING

My FAVORITE part of Greek Week. Greek Sing is a fraternity and sorority wide dance competition (similar to Take It to the Floor, which I wrote about last November!). Each group spends an entire month preparing a six-minute themed dance to perform on stage for the entire FSL community. A LOT of hard work goes into choreographing moves, designing set pieces, making costumes, and perfecting our performances before the big day. It is a really stressful process, but it all pays off when we hit that stage and we hear the crowd cheering for us. My sorority is attempting to defend our first place title from last year. Pressure’s on!

Thursday: Awards Ceremony

Every event of the week is worth points, and the overall winners of the week are announced during this ceremony. Awards are also handed out for certain achievements from the past year, including dedication to philanthropy, brotherhood/sisterhood, and academics as well as the “Chapter of the Year” award.

This week is the highlight of spring semester for anyone involved in fraternity and sorority life at Northeastern, and it is a great way of coming together as a community. Check out #NUGreekWeek on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to see what participants are saying about this week’s events.

 

Samantha and the Cherry on Top

The last two weeks have probably been the busiest of my life. My schedule is already loaded with two dance practices per week, two work-study jobs, chapter, club meetings, volunteering, and classes. Add on mid-terms, projects, and co-op interviews and it’s a recipe for stress (and no sleep). But it’s all okay because:

1) It’s finally done! And I feel so incredibly accomplished just for making it through it all. I seriously think I deserve a medal for surviving these last two weeks.

2) It’s SPRING BREAK! It couldn’t have come at a better time.

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3) This girl just landed a co-op for next fall! The stress of having interviews this week apparently paid off because I got a job offer this afternoon. It was like the cherry on top of the end of my crazy week.

So, needless to say, I’m going into this weekend on a high note. Have yourself an awesome weekend as well! And now it’s time for me to do absolutely nothing.

Samantha and the Trip of a Lifetime

I attended a monthly meeting last night for one of the organizations that I am involved in on campus called Husky Ambassadors. There were multiple people that came to speak to us, including the Vice President of Enrollment Management, Jane Brown. One really amazing perk of being involved in an organization that focuses on undergraduate admissions is that we get exposure to Northeastern administrators that have a lot of power at this university. Jane spoke to us about Northeastern’s upcoming initiative to create more flexible curricula for students, specifically for rising sophomores through a summer program called NUTerm. Her presentation got me reminiscing about my post-freshman year summer, and I wanted to share my experience with you.

The summer between freshman and sophomore year is a long one. While the idea of sitting around at home all summer sounds like a blessing, I decided that it wouldn’t be enough for me. I did a little bit of research before the summer hit, and I discovered Northeastern’s Dialogue of Civilizations program. It’s a shortened study abroad program in which students travel with a group of their peers to another country. The trip to France really intrigued me because I studied French all throughout high school, and I’ve always wanted to get a chance to use my knowledge of the language. I applied and was accepted into the program, so I was lucky enough to spend 4 weeks in Lyon and a week in Paris! I was taking two courses while I was abroad: a French Language Immersion course and a culture course that focused on French immigration. As an engineer, it was a nice change of pace from my science and math based classes.

Not only did I get to take classes with students from all over the world, but I also got to do SO much sight-seeing. Our school went on weekly trips, which included visiting the medieval city of Perouges and exploring Vieux Lyon. My favorite school expedition was when we visited Lake Annecy. Annecy is a cute little town near the border of Switzerland. It is nestled in the edge of the Swiss Alps and is known for having the cleanest lake in Europe. We went paddle boating on the water, ate ice cream, and toured the historical parts of the city.

While I didn’t get to celebrate the 4th of July, we were there on France’s independence day, known as La Fête Nationale, which happens only ten days after our day of independence. We celebrated by sitting along the river and watching the fireworks that were shot off from the Fourvière hill.

I also got to spend a week in Paris, which was like a dream come true. I loved getting to see the Eiffel Tower (who wouldn’t). We hit up all of the tourist destinations, including the Louvre (there’s a funny story here that I will have to share with you some time), the Catacombs, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Champs-Élysées.

It was such an fun experience getting to explore France with other Northeastern students. I actually met one of my best friends on the trip. (I hope she reads this because I can just picture her getting all sentimental right now.) Oh and…The. Food. Was. Awesome.

Anyway, that’s just a tiny snapshot of my amazing study abroad experience. There’s plenty more where that came from!

Do you have any questions about studying abroad at Northeastern?? Feel free to ask!

Samantha and the School Survival Guide

Long time no see! We’re slowly reaching the middle of the semester, and you know what that means: midterms, projects, and an extreme lack of sleep. Even though Presidents’ Day made for a four day week, it seemed like I just couldn’t catch a break these last several days. It was a stressful week to say the least, and there are a few things that I may have done differently. Now that I have made it through, I have figured out how to manage mid-semester stress. Now allow me to share my wisdom with you. 

Lesson #1: Get organized

I consider myself to be a very organized person. I keep my room in order, I write myself “To Do” lists, and I make avid use of my planner. When it comes to organization, I can do no wrong…or so I thought. Last week I was not-so-pleasantly surprised when I found out that I had an exam two days away that I had no clue about! It really caught me off guard, and I was forced to cram the night before. My best suggestion is to keep a planner and ALWAYS write down due dates and exams as soon as you know about them. Being able to see what lies ahead for you each week is the best way to stay organized! 

Lesson #2: Don’t procrastinate

Just don’t do it. I know, it’s easier said than done. In fact, I’m pretty guilty of it myself. I always find myself at the refrigerator when I’m avoiding doing my homework, which is not only unproductive but also extraordinarily unhealthy. My suggestion? Study somewhere with as few distractions as possible. Find an empty classroom on campus or a cozy spot in the library when you really need to crack down on work. 

Lesson #3: Take a step back

While it is important to stay focused on work, sometimes you just need to take a break. You can only stare at your textbook for so long before you simply stop absorbing what you’re reading. In order to stay productive for a long period of time, it is important to take short breaks occasionally to refresh your brain. Go for a quick walk around the library or give your mom a quick call (you know she’s always dying to hear from you). 

Lesson #4: Reward yourself

Sometimes it is really hard to stay motivated when you feel like you are drowning in homework. Set up a reward system to keep yourself going. Tell yourself that you can go get a drink from Starbucks once you finish your chapter. Or promise yourself that you will get half of your term paper done so that you can go out to dinner with all of your friends. Whatever motivates you, use it to your advantage. 

On that note, I should probably go study for tomorrow’s quiz. Is it Spring Break yet? Six. More. Days. (But who’s counting?)