It was a long weekend in general, what with work and homework taking up most of my Friday and Saturday, but Sunday I dedicated solely to my sorority. We all woke up at an ungodly hour for a Sunday — around 6:30 a.m. — to leave La Verne by 7:30 a.m. Our destination was Valencia for Phi Sigma Sigma’s Founders Day.
Although I have been in Phi Sig since fall 2012, I have only been to one other Founders Day, which was our Centennial celebration. This year was much smaller in comparison, but we still made the best of it. There were Greek supply vendors selling Phi Sigma Sigma merchandise — I bought a silver necklace in the shape of California with our Greek letters across it. At the conference, alumni sisters spoke about what it means to be a woman, especially a woman within our organization.
Our official Founders Day is November 26, which is the day our 10 founding mothers created our sorority. This year we celebrated a bit early to avoid Thanksgiving complications.
My favorite part of the day was driving back from Valencia. My car was filled with sisters who belted songs like Mr. Brightside by The Killers and Downtown by Macklemore with me as we drove down the 210 freeway.
It was a long, but fun day. I spent way too much money on a necklace and ate a sad salad, but we got great pictures and had plenty of driving time to bond.
Hello my lovely readers! I’m sorry I didn’t post anything last week; I don’t really have a single reason or explanation. Long story short, I’ve been keeping extra busy this semester, but I’m pushing through. I haven’t had the time to go out and explore, whether it be finding new favorite spots on campus, or going beyond and falling in love with new towns. I’d been craving an adventure lately, or I guess somewhat of a temporary break from the day to day routine. So it was such a surprise when my family decided to give me just that (a few weeks ago, my dad surprised me with an itinerary for a holiday flight back home). In all honesty, seeing that email, after having asked my parents for months whether or not I would be able to spend the holidays with them this year, was such a wonderful surprise that brought me close to tears. It was just the break I needed, and there’s always adventures to be shared back home—as small as Guam is, it holds many natural wonders just waiting to be explored. In fact, after getting my dad’s email, I went straight to my photo album and started looking at some photos from home. Here are a few of my favorites shots from summer.
You would think that over time, I would adjust to the California lifestyle; and while I can say that La Verne definitely has become a home for me, I’ll always miss Guam. That doesn’t mean I’m sad, or unwilling to explore where I am; if anything, I feel as though I’m constantly wanting to find someplace that leaves me even more speechless than places I’ve already been to (which I’ve found, thanks to spontaneity and adventurous outings with friends). In the words of Ellie from the movie Up, “Adventure is out there!” Adventure is anywhere, and I can’t wait to go explore more this Christmas.
Alright guys, are you ready for your question of the week?
Where would you like to go on an adventure?
I think one of the reasons why I love doing study abroad is because of the excitement I get from seeing new things and going to new places. It’s all about the experience. If I could spend the rest of my life going to other countries and exploring, I would. But really, wouldn’t anybody?
Feel free to leave a comment or share your thoughts. See you all next week!
Most people love Christmas — they love the cuddle weather, twinkle lights and gift giving. They love this joyful season and dream of sleigh rides with loved ones. Hopes of presents from Santa Claus put children on their best behavior.
Well, this is not my favorite holiday. Not even close.
Halloween has held a special place in my heart since I was a child. As kids, we went to my best friend’s house on Balboa Island and went trick-or-treating. Suffice it to say, this Orange County town also loved Halloween. They decorated like they were competing for thousands of dollars, and probably spent about that much on the decorations! I always loved dressing up as whatever I wanted — a princess, witch, Dorothy, gypsy — and seeing my best friend made the day even better.
This year, my friends and I had a full weekend of Halloween mischief. Three nights out meant three costumes and lots of glitter. We started the Halloweekend off at the Phi Delta Theta party in Pomona where we danced Thursday night away to the funky beats of DJ Santana. I went as Venkman from Ghostbusters (shoutout to Target for the t-shirt). And by some miracle, the gold glitter on my face did not sweat off.
Friday night we went to a friend’s birthday party at the saloon she works at. It was a low-key night filled with goofy dancing to old-school hip hop. Instead of wearing a full costume, I wore a black tank top, dark wash jeans and a full face of glitter. Some people said I looked like a galaxy, others said I looked like a mermaid — both of which I am okay with!
Halloween day I had work at Bowl of Heaven and we were swamped with customers. Apparently they all wanted a healthy treat for the holiday. Later that night, I dawned my last costume: a flower child. My roommate and I went to my sorority sister’s Halloween program in the Vista lounge.
Although I did not eat nearly enough candy and did not get to watch my favorite Halloween movies, I still had a fun weekend. I spent time with friends, ignored homework for a few days and celebrated the spookiest holiday.
The dorms are quiet and the parties have settled. This must mean only one thing- midterms are coming. The usually empty library is now overwhelmingly full and professor’s emails are bursting with questions, bribes and the hope for a little mercy. Your best friend is now replaced with Circle K coffee- probably since you’ve used most of your Leo dollars by now. You curse the times you stayed out late and pray for more time in the day to cram in those lectures you slept through earlier in the semester. You question your major, your career goals and if paying that extra 4.2% this year is even worth it.
Suddenly, McDonald’s doesn’t like a bad career move. After all, you could work your way up, right? Suddenly, everyone’s fashion sense goes out the window and the fleekness of eyebrows drop tremendously. Ah, yes, midterms. The rude awakening that college isn’t just one big party anymore. Netflix and chill is replaced with study and cry. Stay strong, my friends. Getting the diploma is worth it, walking across the stage is worth it and the weekend long snoozefest after it’s all over is the most satisfying feeling you will ever experience. Don’t sleep too long, however, because when midterms arrive, finals are soon to follow.
The University of Redlands has defeated us for the last 20 years, embarrassing us at our own homecoming last year in which we suffered a 64- 28 loss. This year, Redlands got a little cocky, deciding to play us for their own homecoming game because “it’d be an easy win.” They didn’t count on us being a different team than they have ever faced before.
Let’s face it, La Verne football has not been something that any student has ever bragged about but that has never stopped us from building a family and brotherhood amongst each other. We are more united and in sync than we have ever been in the past. That being said, I couldn’t tell you what was more nerve wracking, the bus ride to Redlands or the final two minutes of the game. We were determined and we would not go down without a fight and neither would Redlands.
It was a nail biter to say the least. We lost a key player early on in the game in Connor Truhitte who left before the half with a knee injury which forced us to band together even more to make up for the loss. We were fighting tooth and nail every quarter for possession and yard gainage, just trying to get closer to the end zone. The pivotal moment was in the last quarter. Redlands tied it up at 42- 42 with less than six minutes left to play. We kept chipping away and chipping away just trying to get to that beautiful goal line. Travis Sparks- Jackson, 24, and Dallas Parent, 2, are without a doubt two of the most important offensive players La Verne has in their arsenal. They are relentless and definitely were not taken for granted this game with their combined 245 yards and five touchdowns. In fact, it was their persistence that even put La Verne on the scoreboard and made it a real ball game. Although it was Redland’s homecoming, it was La Verne’s homecoming king, Travis Sparks- Jackson, that gave us the win and put La Verne on top with his final 2 yard rush and lasting score of 49- 42.
La Verne’s mindset is different this year. We don’t dwell on the mistakes anymore, we don’t give up when the game gets tough, and we don’t let our brothers down. This win meant a lot to all of us, not only because we are now alone in first in SCIAC, but because we haven’t beat Redlands since 1995 which, coincidentally, is the last time we’ve won SCIAC. Could this foreshadow what is to come? I can’t say that for certain but I do know that we are a force to be reckoned with this year and hopefully we can keep the momentum going against current SCIAC champions, Chapman University, this Saturday at 1PM at Ortmayer Stadium.