Saturday, August 31, 2002
Okay, well, I got severely cut. But that's okay... because I got my top three! Yay!
I'll be visiting Delta Delta Delta, Alpha Chi Omega, and Alpha Delta Pi in that order today. These were definitely my absolute favorite... the girls were sincere, beautiful, sweet, and just really welcoming. Hopefully the rest of the weekend will go well... I could see myself as a part of any of these organizations.
I was a bit shocked that Gamma Phi Beta cut me... I had a REALLY GOOD rec from an 'SC alumna and I got along well with the house. I was also sorry about Delta Gamma, but they have a reputation for not bringing back sophomores. Out of this whole experience, I was disappointed by my impression of Theta. I thought I'd love the house, but... well, it was just so/so. Maybe it was just the girls I talked to? Whatever the case may be, it's nice to know that my three favorites also ranked me up there as well.
:: posted by Jennifer N. 12:26 PM
Friday, August 30, 2002
Day 2 Observations:
Today was a really long day. We visited the rest of the houses, six in total for our Rho Chi group. We met near the row at two, but half of our group thought the meeting time was 2:30, so they were really late. When we finished calling roll and got to the first house, the girls were already coming out to greet us! Whoops.
My impressions of today:
House #4: Every girl I talked to was immaculate. Conversation flowed well with everyone, and the cheers were really cute. However, when I mentioned that I was a sophomore, they said, "You're not alone, a lot of sophomores go through recruitment." However, they never said that they offered bids to upperclassmen, which makes me a bit unsure about my own chances of receiving a bid. As a whole, I liked the house, but I'm not sure if I'm the best fit for them.
House #5: I'm in love! I absolutely adored EVERY SINGLE PERSON THAT TALKED TO ME! The first was my best friend at 'SC, so naturally that was great, especially since I haven't been able to talk to her since the "silence" period started. The house was just beautiful... I had a big comfy armchair that I just melted in. And it wasn't as loud as houses 1 and 4, so I carried on a better conversation with the girls. I just have really really good feelings about this house... everyone is just really special.
House #6: Again, I'm just amazed at how much I loved these girls. I felt like I totally bonded with each girl I talked to. We just gabbed about Sex and the City and grades and classes and coffee. Then the entire group sang a song for us, which was just the cutest thing I've ever seen. The girls were so enthusiastic and sweet. I'm just in awe of the bonds of their sisterhood. And I loved how diverse that house was!
We had a long break, where I went to Del Taco and gabbed with a couple of the other girls from our group.
House #7: I wasn't expecting very much from this house, to tell you the truth. But I was, quite frankly, shocked by how well I got along with the girls. I really liked the girl who was rushing me. We gabbed about Anna Nicole Smith and her show, the Osbournes, Jerry Springer, as well as a bunch of other completely random things. I met a LOT of girls, and the sisters seemed so excited to see each other. I loved that closeness.
House #8: This was one of my favorites coming in, but to be honest, I wasn't completely won over by the girls that rushed me. Both were sweet, but the first one, I felt like I was making more of an effort towards the conversation. The second girl was just really really cute, so I liked meeting her. However, one of my good friends from 'SC is a member of this sorority, and she just raves about the girls... could it just be the two I talked to? I don't know, but while I had a lovely time, I'm not entirely convinced that I'd love it here.
House #9: When I was coming in, this was my all-time dream sorority. And while I still just love, love, love it, I'm not sure if I could get in. I had great conversations with all of the people that talked to me, especially one fellow sophomore. I'm just not sure if they loved me as much as I loved them. They also sang a REALLY cute remix of a song, which I greatly enjoyed. It was my last house, so while I was glad that the day's over, I'm also sad.
Anyhoo, I've got to run to my meeting. Writing this down has really helped me clear up some of my thoughts about what I'm going to choose tonight. We have to narrow it down to six.
:: posted by Jennifer N. 9:46 PM
Thursday, August 29, 2002
Day 1 After Thoughts :
I just finished with the first half of the Unity Round, and I'm so excited! We met at McCarthy Park, where the members of the Panhellenic Executive Board were introduced and gave a speech. The Rho Chis performed a few skits about the rules of rush, and then we broke up into our Rho Chi groups. I have two really sweet Rho Chis, although I didn't meet one until a bit later in the evening because she had class. We decorated our name tags, and then headed to the Row! (The swimmers streaked us. I hate swimmers. But that's another story.)
We went to three parties today; here are a few of my impressions.
House #1: I came in with totally different expectations. This is one of the more prestigious houses at 'SC, but I have to admit, I was really surprised at how much I liked it here. I saw a girl from my classes last year, and the three people that talked to me were all really sweet. The room was REALLY crowded and small, so the noise volume was out of hand. However, the conversation flowed all the time, and each girl that talked to me seemed genuinely interested in listening to my questions and to my concerns. I asked about the philanthropy, and I got the feeling that service was not the main focus of the house. I'm very interested in the philanthropic aspect, so I'm not exactly sure how to react to this information. However, overall, I was pleasantly surprised, and to be honest, I was very impressed with the girls here.
House #2: The first thing that struck me about this house were the beautiful dresses. Every girl wore something different, but similar in color tones. I liked that feeling of individuality. The first girl that rushed me also joined as a sophomore, so that put me at ease. I had a great conversation with all three girls, ranging from USC housing to professors to football games. We also talked about food... evidently the house mother is a great cook! Scholarship seems to be very important to these girls, something that I have in common with them. Again, everyone was very sweet, although the water had more ice in it than water! I was a bit confused by that incident. However, I had a good feeling when I left.
House #3: This was my favorite when I started rush, and again, I was impressed. I had an excellent time... the first girl who rushed me was a bit brash and loud. She actually reminds me a lot of my best friend from home, and I loved that. None of the girls who rushed me *looked* like sorority girls, which I really appreciated. The room was just the perfect size for the girls, so it wasn't half as loud as the other two houses. Two of the girls were on the crew team, so we talked about sports the vast majority of the time. I talked about the joys of being on Silks and supporting the teams, and they talked about how much they liked the band and the Trojan school spirit. I had trouble hearing the last girl, but she was just really sweet. She answered a lot of my questions about the philanthropy and then told me about a few of their exchanges last year, which sounded like a lot of fun! Again, I liked the house a lot.
I have to visit six more houses tomorrow. At the rate I'm going, I won't be able to narrow down my list. I feel like I'd be honored to be in any of these organizations!
Thanks for the support, guys!
:: posted by Jennifer N. 11:19 PM
Jennifer's Labor Day Weekend:
It's Thursday, not technically part of the weekend. However, this is the first day of recruitment. I'm SOOOO anxious right now. I'm worried that I'm too old, that no one will want to take a sophomore with so many girls going through recruitment, that I'll make some horrible gaff and everyone will drop me the first round, or something else will happen. I'm also a bit worried about the football game... how the hell am I going to have time to perfect the drill? I'm missing at least six hours of practice time on the field. Thank goodness I know the flag work perfectly. Yeesh.
Today is the first half of round 1, lasting from 5-10, I think. I need to be over in McCarthy Quad at 5, which is actually quite inconvenient for me, especially since I live a street from the Row. I'm driving my car over to PSX at around 4:45. Hopefully I won't get a ticket in those fifteen minutes!
Well, I need to go to class. But I'm planning on coming back right away, taking a nap, ironing my clothes for the weekend and making myself look beautiful. Unfortunately, that might take a while.
Wish me luck and keep me in your prayers.
:: posted by Jennifer N. 8:00 AM
Sunday, August 25, 2002
I'm an observer.
I feel like I spend my life watching people. I don't always enjoy jumping into the middle of the action because I'd much rather see how other people would react. I "take notes" on my friends. I remember strange quirks, nervous twitches, moral inconsistancies, and random biographical facts. I love meeting new people because that one new person is just another vivid character in the Play of Life. Sometimes it feels like I collect acquaintances in order to expand my menagerie of fascinating individuals. It's almost like I'm waiting to live life because I'm too absorbed in the grand story being told in front of me. My curiousity just overwhelms me on occasion. Maybe I'm gathering for a good reason. I almost feel like I'm "researching" for my great American Novel that I'll write in the future. Perhaps it's all a part of a master plan.
This is just a glimpse of the vast amount of introspection that defines my current life... surprisingly enough, this strain of thought was brought on by a two minute conversation with a drummer. How strange.
:: posted by Jennifer N. 1:06 AM
Tuesday, August 20, 2002
I haven't updated in a long time.
But tonight's not going to be the long post. I've been at 'SC since Thursday. Band stuff started Friday night and camp lasts until Saturday. This means I'm not going to be around for very much as my new roommates move in. Amy's already here... she got in a day earlier than I thought she would. I missed her. Oh, well. And I *will* miss these other roommates when they move in.
I'm sunburned on half my chest and my face.
My hands hurt SOOO much and I'm getting a huge blister on both of my thumbs.
Drum cadences run through my mind... but I have to admit, the cute new tenor's something good to look at. Go class of 2002! I love us. Except I'm not really one of them. RHP is so weird.
I miss Jessica and Raquel and Becky and Serena. SILKS just isn't the same without these lovely girls. COME BACK! Well, except for Serena... she needs to work hard at medical school. Although I still wish she could transfer back to the 'SC med school... BTW, her visit from Kevin went well, according to Emily. I'M SO RESPONSIBLE! I'm a success at my first matchmaking attempt.
My God. I feel like I'm gonna die. I hurt.
But tomorrow, I'll be yelling and screaming with the best of them. Fight on, and BEAT THE tigers!
:: posted by Jennifer N. 10:41 PM
Tuesday, August 06, 2002
I haven't done one of these for a while...
Which Willy Wonka character are you?
made by galaxybounce
And my description?
I'm one of the movies few nice characters. I'm compassionate, caring, and not selfish or greedy. I am Charlie Bucket!
My fate: I inherit the factory and all of the Oompa Loompas from Mr. Wonka. And live happily ever after.
Woohoo! I'm a nice person! Or at least this quiz thinks so.
:: posted by Jennifer N. 6:42 AM
Monday, August 05, 2002
Nevermind. The pool isn't done. I spoke too soon. We're losing water. Two inches a day.
I survived a hailstorm yesterday. It was scary. I thought I was going to die in a horrible, bloody car accident. Gotta love Houston flash floods.
Yup. The street flooded on Saturday and it came into the house. And our electricity went out. For twenty four hours.
At least no tax weekend is DONE! And I have many many beautiful clothes that I bought for barely anything. Working at Express has finally paid off!
:: posted by Jennifer N. 9:30 AM