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Both of these trips have allowed me to meet wonderful people at DePaul, as well as all over the United States. Over winter break I will be going on a service immersion trip to Bogota, Colombia and I am so excited. I cannot wait to write a blog about it. :)
While the beginning of the day was slow for my group donations wise, I was so surprised with how much we accumulated during the day. People were so willing to give, whether it be dollar bill or multiple bags of toiletries. One woman who gave us multiple boxes worth of supplies told us that Deborah’s Place had helped her when she was in a toxic relationship. She explained how Deborah’s Place got her back on her feet, and how thankful she was for all of the work they have done and continue to do. She even posted on her Facebook page and encouraged her friends to come stop by and donate items to us. Today made me so happy to see how many people in our community are willing to give to others. I also had a lot of fun spending time with everyone on SGA.
Today, we started a new trend of themes: Astrology. Our playlist today consisted of songs from movies with famous Libras. For example, we had Hugh Jackman for The Greatest Showman, Will Smith from Men in Black, and Josh Hutcherson with a song from Bridge to Terabithia.
Radio DePaul has received many awards for being the best college radio station. I feel so lucky to have this unique experience, and get to combine my love of movies and music! I love getting text messages from my friends and family, who are able to listen to the show from across the country by simply going to the Radio DePaul website. My parents listen every week, and love being able to hear my voice even though I am hundreds of miles away from them.
If you would like to listen to the show next week, tune in at 6-7PM on Sunday!
Over the weekend, I was able to go on the annual Vincentians in Action (VIA) retreat to Lake Geneva. We stayed at George Williams College, which was right on the lake and was a wonderful space to host us all.
Around forty students went on the retreat, and each student is a leader in the VIA community. Some of these leadership positions students on the retreat hold include being a leader for a DePaul Community Service Association (DCSA) site, being a service immersion trip leader, being on the Senior Team, or being apart of Meet Me at the Mission.
While the whole retreat was enjoyable for me, a few things stood out. One part of the retreat focused on solitude, and we were allowed thirty minutes to sit in silence for reflection with ourselves. These thirty minutes were much needed for me, because I felt as if I had been constantly on the run from September 5th until then. I was very grateful to have time to reflect on the year so far, and to simply allow time for myself with no distractions. Another part of the retreat that stood out to me was peace circles. Peace circles are a common restorative justice model that help facilitate discussion in a meaningful way. I think peace circles are a powerful thing because it allows one to not only reflect and share their opinions with others but also to listen carefully to what others have to say. Lastly, at the end of the night on Saturday, before we went to bed, we all sat around a bonfire and shared ghost stories. I not only enjoyed these stories but also being able to form a closer community with one another.
This one night retreat came at a great time because it allowed me to have a break from my busy life in Chicago and enjoy some nature before the weather becomes too cold. I also enjoyed getting to know all of these Vincentian leaders better, and I cannot wait to see all of the amazing things each one of them does this school year to carry out the Vincentian mission.
The first new organization I chose to join is Student Government Association (SGA). I ran for Senator of Mission and Ministry last spring and was so excited I got elected. Everyone in Student Government is so driven to make change happen on campus, and I am so eager to work with each member this coming year! One big initiative SGA is trying to achieve this year is to stop the use of plastic straws on campus. Before the year began, every place to eat on campus agreed to not give plastic straws to students, unless a student specifically asked them to. At the involvement fair this past Friday, SGA gave away every single reusable metal straw we ordered to students. I am so proud to see we are already making a difference on campus less than one week in!
To all my fellow DePaulians, I hope you have a wonderful school year! I hope to see you around campus this year or specifically at any of the MMATM events.
During my freshman year of college, I had no interest in going through recruitment whatsoever. I thought all of the typical stereotypes about sorority girls applied to everyone at DePaul, and let me tell you I was 100% wrong.
My friend went through recruitment freshman year and convinced me to go through formal recruitment during the fall of my sophomore year. I decided I would give it a try, and if I hated it I would simply drop the process. I told myself if I didn’t at least give it a try, I would have many “what if” moments down the road.
I was so surprised by how many genuine women I talked to during recruitment. Each woman I interacted with was so passionate, driven, and simply the opposite of all the preconceived notions I had. When it came down to picking what sorority felt right for me, I thought back to the sorority where I felt most welcomed. This sorority for me was Alpha Omicron Pi (AOII).
This week, I was a recruiter for AOII and met so many amazing potential new members (PNMs) going through recruitment. While being a recruiter was very time consuming, I appreciated getting to know many of the women going through the process and hearing things they were passionate about.
Today, 31 new members ran home to AOII. Along with these 31 new members, many members of AOII were recruitment counselors this year, and they ran back home to us as well. Being a recruitment counselor means one helps PNMs pick what sorority they think is best for them. In order for the PNMs to not feel any bias from their recruitment counselors, recruitment counselors have to disaffiliate from the chapter they belong to. Many of my best friends in the chapter, including my big, were recruitment counselors. This meant I was not able to talk to them or be seen in public with them since the end of August. I was so happy to see my big run home to AOII and finally be able to hug her. I am also so excited to get to know each one of the amazing new members better throughout the year, and potentially make one of them my little.