Posts from the President: From the Desk of President Ana – Edition 2

Ask and you shall receive!

From a request from a Post from the President reader who came to a Panhellenic Info Session night, I was asked to post the Recruitment Itinerary and the outfit spread for each day of Recruitment that the Vice President of New Member Relations had on the Powerpoint. Of course, I’m happy to oblige and have posted them below with a little blurb about outfit options for each day for Potential New Members (PNMs) out there who want to have my personal insight (as a former Rho Gamma, current President, and friend) on Recruitment outfits!

Thursday, August 23, 2018 – Orientation Night

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What we suggest: something casual and comfy because this is the night where you get to meet your Rho Gammas, your group members, and get A LOT of information about what to expect for Recruitment that weekend. I mean, I wouldn’t roll out in my pajamas or something, nor would I go full on glam. I would consider this to be a “I just came from class and I’m ready to learn more” look.

What I wore back when I was a PNM: a casual and cute tank, printed shorts, and sandals.

What I wish I brought/wore/knew when I was a PNM: a cardigan or sweater because the MSC gets chilly!

Weekend #1

Saturday, August 25, 2018 – Spirit Day

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What we suggest: Green and Gold—yeah, yeah, get hype, get hype! Bring out your Bull Pride with some of USF’s colors on Spirit Day! We recommend wearing comfortable flats or sandals this day because there WILL be a lot of movement within the MSC and Music Building. Trust me, your feet will thank you for doing this on this long day. You can rock a pair of jeans with a cute USF tee from the bookstore, a green sundress with gold accessories, a white and green outfit with pops of gold (as shown in the picture)—whatever you want on this day… just make sure you bring your Bull Pride!

What I wore back when I was a PNM: a green flowy tank top with a green and gold statement necklace (yes, I go all out with themes), white shorts, and white sandals.

What I wish I brought/wore/knew when I was a PNM: a cardigan to put in my bag. Sometimes I got cold and wished I had something to drape myself in-between events in the MSC yet other times when I had just left the depths of Florida’s summer heat and walked into the MSC, a cardigan was the last thing I would put on my body.

Sunday, August 26, 2018 – Philanthropy Day

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What we suggest: this day gets a little bit dressier than Spirit Day, so rompers, dresses, nice pants, skirts, and cute blouses are perfect for this day. Keep note that this day can be still rather long with a lot of movement between events in the MSC and Music Building. It’s suggested that you have a spare pair of sandals or flats on this day in your bag if you’re wanting to add some height with heels, especially if they’re not your most comfortable pair.

What I wore back when I was a PNM: an orange sundress from Forever 21 and little black heels.

What I wish I brought/wore/knew when I was a PNM: FLIP FLOPS/SANDALS. Oh boy, do I regret not packing a pair in my Recruitment bag. Don’t be like me with sad ol’ blisters forming from heels that didn’t like me as much as I liked it.

Weekend #2

Saturday, September 1, 2018 – Sisterhood Day

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What we suggest: this day is more dressed up than Philanthropy Day because this day is a special day where chapter members will talk to you about why their sisterhood means a lot to them. The chapter members will be dressed up, too. Thus, I would call this a “Sunday Brunch” look. Feel free to wear jumpsuits, a nice romper, dresses, a cute blouse and pants (or skirt) combo!

What I wore back when I was a PNM: a printed green and blue sundress, a gold and blue statement necklace, and brown wedges.

What I wish I brought/wore/knew when I was a PNM: I really wished jumpsuits were cool back when I went through Recruitment a few years ago. I love a good power jumpsuit and will personally hype up anyone who wears one this year.

Sunday, September 2, 2018 – Preference Day

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What we suggest: Preference Day is the most formal day of Recruitment, so we encourage you to look your best as this day is one of the most special to chapter members. This is your first look into ritual-like ceremonies and the chapters share a piece of it with you on the last day of Recruitment. I would call this a “fancy dinner” look with nice dresses, jumpsuits, rompers, etc. Feel free to style it any way you want with accessories and footwear!

What I wore back when I was a PNM: a light purple dress with a silver pearl necklace and black and purple accented heels.

What I wish I brought/wore/knew when I was a PNM: okay, so this one is a little funny considering I had no idea what was going on as a PNM but as I was walking to my established meet-up area with my Recruitment Guides, I was following a PACK of women all wearing black dresses. SERIOUSLY, every direction I looked, I saw women in herds in all-black dresses walking towards the Recruitment area. I posted in my GroupMe chat asking if I was not informed of the dress code considering I was wearing a light purple dress and asked what each member of my group was wearing, and they were all replying frantically, talking about how they have colors on their dresses, too. Our Recruitment Guides immediately calmed us down after telling us that the chapter members usually wear similar colors, like all-black/white/navy or whatnot, and that I was probably following a group of Panhellenic women walking to their event room. So, don’t be like me and freak out if you see that you’re wearing something completely different that not anyone else is wearing, nor freak out if you do wear colors or styles that a chapter is wearing.

Monday, September 3, 2018 – Bid Day

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What we suggest: YOUR BID DAY SHIRT (you will be given this shirt on Orientation Night, please do not wear or lose it before this day), comfortable bottoms, and sneakers or sandals. Ready to RUN home? Okay, it’s more like a light jog through the MSC Ballroom but, nonetheless, footwear that could handle the brisk movement is encouraged.

What I wore back when I was a PNM: my sweet bid day shirt, jean shorts, and my Keds shoes.

What I wish I brought/wore/knew when I was a PNM: I’m not sure if bralettes were a thing back when I was a PNM but I wish it had been because my chapter bid day shirt had low cut arm holes and I was not wearing very flattering or appropriate undergarments that day. Of course, pals, you know what your comfort-level is with various undergarments so please use your best judgement with what works for you!

With that, I’d like to also offer some tips on what NOT to wear during Recruitment!

  •         Your “cool cap.” What’s a cool cap? It’s the invisible thing on your head that makes you “too cool” to participate in group activities, “too cool” to talk to different people, and “too cool” to open yourself up past the superficial. We want you to arrive as your most authentic self and want you to have a fun and successful Recruitment process. If you’re planning to bring your cool cap to Recruitment, I highly suggest you leave it at home or expect to be asked to make the physical motions to take it from your head once you’re in your Rho Gamma group!
  •       Those super cute pair of mega-heels that absolutely destroy your feet after 10 minutes of wearing them. If you are convinced that you NEED to wear them with the outfit you’re wearing that day, make sure to bring a comfy change of shoes or flip flops!

(Refer back to my PNM experience on Philanthropy Day, please learn from my mistakes)

  •      An uninterested look on your face. You know what this means informally. Not going to front, I have this issue sometimes when I’m zoned out and minding my own business. Remember to be engaged in the conversations with the chapter members and smile! Soft smiles and head nods count, too.
  •     Okay, so this isn’t really something you would “wear” but don’t come into Recruitment with a closed mind. By this, I mean having preconceived notions of the chapters here at USF without meeting the women who make up each of the 10 chapters. Each organization is unique with women who come from different walks of life, with unforgettable experiences, and are heading towards greater opportunities through the support of their sisters and their personal growth within their organizations. You’ll be doing yourself a disservice if you cut yourself out from getting to truly know women from various chapters and the experiences that their time in Panhellenic has given them. Coming in with a closed mind with things you’ve heard from outside influences about the organizations or even beliefs that you 100% will be in one specific organization because you know three members of that chapter may hinder your process. Make sure to keep an open mind as you go to each event during Recruitment.

The things that you wear during Recruitment is solely based on what you decide, whether it be as clothes or demeanor. To truly make this Recruitment experience as successful as possible as a PNM, I want you to consider the piece that makes this process so special—you. From what you wear to what you think, we want it to reflect who you are as a person and have it based on what you are experiencing. Not anyone else.

If this post had anything you could take away: bring you and don’t forget the flip flops.

 

 

Posts from the President: From the Desk of President Ana - Edition 1

Have you ever thought about how one choice you’ve made in your life impacted everything beyond your wildest dreams?

(This is where the record abruptly scratches and a cinematic rewind of my life in the past three years occurs and clicks resume.)

In a warm summer night at Curtis Hixon Park, I sat with a friend from high school and caught up on our first year of undergrad. As someone who didn’t leave her hometown for college through suggestion of my parents, I was enthralled by my friend’s story about her time in Jacksonville. Her experiences painted times of work, play, and change… just like as many first-years would come to experience. Yet, it was way more thrilling than my cycle of commuting 30 minutes to class—occasionally—and commuting another 30 minutes straight home. As a person who found security in her routine but felt insecure about not keeping up with the grades and involvement that she once had in high school with extracurriculars, it still felt like I was missing the experience that my friend, and many others, were getting from college. She told me about the successes in her first year, such as joining her sorority, how her sisters have helped her with getting used to Jacksonville, and how she’s able to depend on them.

Depend on them? I asked.

She had told me about the times she would study with her older sisters and how they would always be there to camp the night at the library with her. There would always be a sister to study with, she explained. I sat there amazed and exhaled a breath of disbelief. Really? No way! She nodded and assured me that it helped her out during her first year. I explained to her that I didn’t think I was ever going to join a sorority because I wouldn’t even know how to explain the benefits to my parents and still was unsure even with the urging of a mutual friend ours who wanted me to sign up for Recruitment with her. She told me that it had been a great decision for her so far and for me to think about going through Recruitment at USF.

Watching the street lights reflect off the running water of the Hillsborough River, I thought about everything my friend had told me. I never thought about sororities in the aspect of getting involved, nor have I thought about possibly improving my grades by meeting people who are down for long nights at the library. I needed to get out of my routine, I needed to feel like I got more to going to college other than sitting in class and going home, and I needed to feel like I was doing something for myself.

A few weeks later, the mutual friend had texted me and let me know that Panhellenic Recruitment had a special and, with that message and after 20 minutes with my computer, I decided to submit my registration for fall Formal Recruitment and looked forward to what was to come for my sophomore year.

My name is Ana and I am the University of South Florida’s Panhellenic President. I wanted to start off by giving you a little bit of information about my first choice with the Panhellenic Association, deciding to go through Panhellenic Recruitment, and how it illustrates how small decisions can add up into experiences you would never thought would be possible. In the beginning of my collegiate career, I never thought I was going to join a sorority, let alone become a leader within the USF community. In these Posts from the President, I want to leave a little bit of my experiences with you and to throw some advice out there to all who cares to read. For this post, I leave you with this: make choices that will help you become the person you aspire to be, whether they are big or small. For me, this small decision has cultivated an undergraduate experience that has brought me closer to the woman I want to become with people I will continue to grow with.

“Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever.” -Keri Russell

 

President Ana

The Arthritis Foundation

Alpha Omicron Pi has been partnered with The Arthritis Foundation since 1967. In addition to raising awareness among their communities, sisters fundraise for Juvenile Arthritis Camps, research, and more.

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability, affecting nearly 53 million adults and 300,000 children in the United States alone. There is no cure for arthritis, so the main goal of the foundation is to fund research for a cure. Alpha Omicron Pi is the main contributor to The Arthritis Foundation, with philanthropy events being held all over the country by different chapters.

AOII’s main event is Kickin’ It for a Cure, an annual kickball tournament that takes place in the spring. This spring, twelve Greek organizations participated and helped raise money for The Arthritis Foundation.

AOII is also partnered with Major League Baseball and hold fundraisers in ballparks all over the nation every year. Proceeds from tickets benefit the Arthritis Foundation and Alpha Omicron Pi.

In addition to raising money, sisters are very hands-on with Arthritis patients, from donating pandas to diagnosed children to volunteering at the foundation.