The Daily Struggles of a Southern Belle

Madison Clark, Theta Xi, Auburn University
Madison Clark, Theta Xi, Auburn University

I’ve spent a lot of time out of the South these past few months. Being born and raised in Alabama, there are definitely some struggles of being a true Southerner elsewhere:

1. Ma’am and Sir: I am constantly put in an awkward situation of never knowing the appropriate time to add a ma’am or sir! Normally it would be all of the time because back home I would be rude not to say it, but I’ve learned it’s not necessary elsewhere.

2. Politeness: The inability to be mean to people ever! Even if I’m not much in the mood for talking, I feel rude for not giving a person, even a stranger, some type of response. However, this can sometimes turn into an awkward scenario when a random stranger talks my ear off, but always turns into a good story!

3. Relationships: It is common for people in the South to ask young adults if they are dating anyone. I get asked this quite often since I am 23 and apparently in my prime to be in a long-term relationship, getting engaged, or on the verge of marriage! All of the above is quite common at my age. Literally, my great uncle asked me at a lunch during Christmas break if I was “courting” someone!

4. Sensitivity: I’ve never considered myself a sensitive person. That is, until I stepped out of the South and started working with non-Southerners. It’s not what you say but how you say it that can go a long way for not hurting my feelings! I’ve learned that communication is different in all parts of the country and learning to adapt is the key to being successful.

5. Southern Food: The craving never goes away for some good ole Southern cooking. Fried okra, grits, barbecue, sweet tea – I always want it!

You can take the girl out of the South, but you can’t take the South out of the girl!

Until next time,

Madison

Dinophile

Taryn Mantta, Zeta Pi, Colorado School of Mines
Taryn Mantta, Zeta Pi, Colorado School of Mines

IMG_3248I love dinosaurs, so I guess that makes me a dinophile. The great thing is that my friends are completely accepting of this and enjoy sending dinosaur pictures and videos my way. Many friends have also begun to understand that a text message with only the word “Rawr” is just my way of saying hello.

Me this morning 😅

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This is a fairly accurate picture of what I look like in the morning, except my hair is even messier than this little guy.

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Sisterhood retreat is a great time to channel your inner omnomnomnivore.

If you don’t believe my love for dinosaurs, here are a few examples.

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I would say I’ve got my dinosaur pose down pat! I have to admit that I’m a terrible snowman builder, but luckily my friends had my back and helped ensure that the snowosaur looked better than I could ever imagine.

This year, Jurassic World, aka Jurassic Park 4, comes out. I am ridiculously excited for the potential for a great movie, but I am definitely being cautious with my excitement because I’m worried that it will not meet my expectations. Hopefully this movie will be able to inspire the next generation of dinophiles.

Note: If you haven’t ever read Jurassic Park or seen the movie, just stop reading this and go read/watch those now.

Until then, I’ll just be hanging out with my dinosaur!

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Chompy (his full name is Chompasaurus Rex)

Cat Naps on the Beach

Julia Lapham, Kappa Xi, University of Nevada, Reno
Julia Lapham, Kappa Xi, University of Nevada, Reno

After having traveled to a lot of states in the northern part of the country lately, I am very ecstatic to be heading to Florida Atlantic University to get away from the snow and cold weather for a few days! To express my excitement, I thought…what could be a better way to demonstrate the pure joy that can come from warm weather than cats laying out in the sun?

 

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And to finish it all off…

The struggles of having a “punny” name

Cossette Powley, Zeta Omicron, University of Arizona
Cossette Powley, Zeta Omicron, University of Arizona

Hello friends,

As many of you may know, my name is very unique and I attribute having my different name to encouraging me to be special and make something for myself. I’m sure some may have guessed its origin, but I will tell the story anyways. My mother was madly in love with the Broadway play Les Miserables and my mother knew that I needed to have a special name…thus Cosette was chosen. Now my parents Anglicized it and added the additional s, and there you have the story of Cossette.

Well…some of the women I have work with know my nickname, which inspired my blog! My nickname is Cozy, and you would not believe all the extremely hilarious puns I have heard in my life. Now that I am able to look back at them and giggle, I am going to share some of my struggles with having my names.

1. “Are you cozy…Cozy”: I mean seriously this is SO awkward and it happens ALL the time! I just laugh now.

2. “Did your parents really like cassette tapes”…I just shake my head at this one.

3. “Cozy?…like the adjective”: Sometimes, I appreciate this aka in one situation…for my Starbucks barista.

4. “You look so cozy right now…oh awkward”: This is hilarious and the faces of people when this happens, just makes my day!

5. “Is Cozy your real name…”: I’m usually very awkward and respond with a solid “…no?”

Enjoy your weekend, make it a cozy one ❤

Soaking up the California Sun

Bianca D'Alessio, Zeta Zeta, Babson College
Bianca D’Alessio, Zeta Zeta, Babson College

So while my family and friends have been barricaded in their homes and buried under snow in New England and New York, I have been torturing them with my outdoor excursions in sunny California! In the past couple of weeks, I have been fortunate to go on hikes, beach clean-ups and bike rides, all while soaking up the sun. Here are some awesome adventures I have enjoyed:

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I will be spending some more time in California this semester, so I’d love to hear from you! What are your favorite outdoor activities in Southern California?

Visit Boston!

Visit Boston!
Gabrielle Della Pesca, Kappa Upsilon, The College of New Jersey
Gabrielle Della Pesca, Kappa Upsilon, The College of New Jersey

As I’ve mentioned before on the blog, I am currently in the midst of a love affair with my new city, Boston! So you can imagine my dismay as I have watched my poor city get absolutely buried under almost 60 inches(!!) of snow over these past few weeks! I recently read an article about how Boston’s businesses and tourism industry will suffer because of the crazy amounts of snow, which inspired me to do my part as a newcomer to the city to keep Boston strong through these storms. So without further ado, I present the following ads as my contribution to Boston’s snow-threatened tourism industry:

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Until next time,

GDP

What Frozen Taught Me

Madison Weissinger, Theta Omicron, Arizona State University
Madison Weissinger, Theta Omicron, Arizona State University

The beloved movie Frozen is a ultimate favorite of mine. I am extremely obsessed with this movie. If you know me, you are already very aware of this. So what I have for you are a few things I learned.

1. Self-Acceptance. Elsa transitioned from a shy, scared young woman into a shining, confident leader. She takes life challenges and runs right through them. She accepts who she actually is and proves that she can be whomever she wants to be.

2. Love. Love is a happy thing and it takes patience. Love also comes in many forms, like family and friendship.

3. Accept yourself and others. The most important lesson I got from this is accepting others no matter who or what they are.

4. Dream big. Olaf dreamed big…he is a snowman who so badly wanted to see summer, and he continued to fight for summer. It is inspiring to me that something that really doesn’t fit into summer wanted it so bad and never gave up. Never give on something, even if  you think the dream is too big.