Somehow, Step Into My Week posts have been the hardest for me to write lately. I don't know if that's because I am the one doing these different things and because of that they seem semi uneventful or I don't know where to begin but lately they've been the hardest to come up with concise thoughts about.
Y'all seem to love them just the way they are though so I definitely don't want to stop doing those as I love being a bit more transparent with things that Ive been up to in these posts. This one is a round up of the past few weeks which have surprisingly contained more fun than I would have expected at the start of the semester!
Our first real week of school (excluding syllabus week) started with Monday off due to MLK day but that evening we had first degree of our initiation for our New Members which was really exciting! Then Tuesday night everyone went out to celebrate which was actually really fun! I am not usually someone to go out on a week night but I wanted to hang out with all of our New Members and ended up having a blast.
Then at the end of that first week of classes we had a snow day. Thursday night I had my typical meetings and went off campus to grab dinner with a friend while everyone waited awkwardly in limbo to see if we would in fact get that Friday off. Furman tries to wait until a little bit later at night before announcing and you could hear the excitement when the email was finally sent out. That night I hung out with my roommate watching Gilmore Girls and falling asleep on the couch of our living room.
We decided that it would be really fun to have a pledge class snow day brunch on Friday morning and lots of our friends came over to eat any and all breakfast foods we could pull together. It was such a fun way for us to all hang out and reconnect in a non recruitment setting after so many of the girls had been abroad the past semester. I think I stayed in my pajamas until 2:00 that day before some of us decided to go on a walk and see more of Furman covered by snow.
That night was surprisingly eventful and fun considering the weather. We watched a lot of movies that afternoon and then had a surprise birthday celebration for a friend. In the midst of that some other friends came in and told us to put on warm clothes and come outside quickly. We were a bit thrown off but after quickly putting on layer after layer we went outside to see a mass majority of Furman's upperclassmen hanging out between some of the apartment buildings hanging out and talking with friends while avoiding the snow balls that were being thrown in all directions. While I admit that it was super bizarre it was so fun to have so many people enjoying the weather and each other when we all otherwise would have been hanging out inside. The snowball fight escalated and there was a lot of laughing and dancing. All of what was going on reminded me of how much I love Furman and all of the quirky things the students here do to have some fun!
The next day it was still snowing and we woke up to 4 more inches of snow. My big and I went on a walk around the lake and since there wasn't much else to do so many students went to the basketball game on campus. I'll admit that I had never been to a Furman basketball game before but I definitely started with a good one considering we beat our rival by 1 point on a buzzer shot. Everyone stormed the court and it was so cool! On the way back to our apartments the sunset made it look like the ice on the trees were on fire which was so cool.
That night a bunch of us watched The Intern (which I really liked) and stayed up far too late talking and hanging out. Sunday morning it was still snowy out and I finally attempted some homework and studying prior to chapter that evening and preparing for a five day week after a relaxing three day one. While a full week isn't quite as relaxing it was nice to finally get into a better routine and get a feel of how to best manage my time and obligations this semester. I was also really excited to finally get back into some sort of workout routine as that was difficult to do with recruitment going on. At the end of last semester my friend Nell introduced me to Barre 3 and I ended up going four different times last week (including 6 am on Friday with Nell). I really love the atmosphere and people there and am hoping to continue to go to classes their. For those of you unfamiliar with it, Barre 3 combines yoga, pilates, and ballet barre into one 60 minute workout. Usually I am a big cardio person as I really enjoy running but the combination of the atmosphere, people who work there, and opportunity it gives me to get off campus (so necessary sometimes) I am a big fan!
The rest of this week included lots of meetings, reading, and emails. I am really working hard to better balance activities with fun and sleep but there was a point last week when I realized I kind of have three "jobs" this semester: being a good student, blogger, and Kappa Delta president. There is a lot of different territory to cover in those realms and I wouldn't want it any other way but it is an adjustment! All I have to say is thank goodness for a good class schedule this semester and the weekends!
Speaking of weekends this weekend was filled with lots of activities as well. Friday night some friends and I went to a fraternity party that was 90s themed after a delicious late birthday celebration with my big. If you've been here a while then you will know that I love it when parties have themes. One of my friends, Ellison, and I dressed up as Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.
There is no rest for the busy as I had an 8:30 leadership seminar on campus until 1:00 on Saturday. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the speaker and getting to know other leaders on campus. I am so glad that Furman values us working collaboratively and the speaker provided unique insight about how to better Greek life.
Then that night a friend asked me to his fraternities date function so I went to that but first all of the girls attending went out to dinner together. I liked having the opportunity to spend time with groups of girls that I may not see or hang out with as frequently otherwise so that night was a lot of fun. Then it was up early again so that I could take breakfast to all of our new members at their new member retreat. Some of them are afraid of me (I'm assuming since I am president) so this was a great way for them to see me in a different light and see that I am the least intimidating person ever. Yesterday afternoon I took the longest nap and worked to get some homework and laundry done to prepare for the week ahead!
So now you're up to date and in the loop after too long out of it!
I hope y'all had a great weekend and February is off to a great start for each of you!