The Twelve Days of JHU Sororities!

It’s been two weeks since I last posted, but I feel like I’ve lived a lifetime! I went through sorority recruitment, attended a ton of late night tennis practices to gear up for the season, added over 100 new girls on Facebook, learned how to make oreo balls,  and pulled my first all nighter at the library! Everyone said that second semester would be busy, but they really weren’t kidding!

So maybe I’ve been around girls for too long, or maybe I’ve spent too many late nights in the library, but lately I feel like songs have taken over my life. So without further adieu, here is “The Twelve Days of JHU Sororities”…Enjoy!

On the first day of Panhellenic Recruitment

The four sororities (Phi Mu, Alpha Phi, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and Pi Beta Phi) gave to me-

A glass of water and a ton of girls to meet and see!

{aka Ice Water Round}

On the second day of Panhellenic Recruitment

The PanHellenic council gave to me-

A day off to work on my expository writing paper (analyzing Hawthorne’s “Rappaccini’s Daughter”),

And a glass of water and a ton of girls to meet and see!

On the third day of Panhellenic Recruitment

Three sororities (Phi Mu, Alpha Phi, and Kappa Kappa Gamma) gave to me-

A snazzy poem about philanthropy, a slideshow about heart disease, secret garden flower cupcakes, {aka Theme Round}

A day off to work on my expository writing paper,

And a glass of water and a ton of girls to meet and see!

 On the fourth day of Panhellenic Recruitment

The Panhellenic council gave to me,

A Tuesday to relax and complete my physics problem set,

A snazzy poem about philanthropy, a slideshow about heart disease, secret garden flower cupcakes,

A day off to work on my expository writing paper,

And a glass of water and a ton of girls to meet and see!

On the fifth day of Panhellenic Recruitment

Two sororities (Phi Mu and Alpha Phi) gave to me-

An amazing, fun-filled night full of ceremonies and memories, {aka Preference Round}

A snazzy poem about philanthropy, a slideshow about heart disease, secret garden flower cupcakes,

A day off to work on my expository writing paper,

And a glass of water and a ton of girls to meet and see!

Macie and I on Pref Night!

On the sixth day of Panhellenic Recruitment

One sorority gave to me-

AN INVITATION TO THE BEST SORORITY- PHI MU!

An amazing, fun-filled night full of ceremonies and memories,

A snazzy poem about philanthropy, a slideshow about heart disease, secret garden flower cupcakes,

A day off to work on my expository writing paper,

And a glass of water and a ton of girls to meet and see!

On the seventh day of JHU Sororities

Phi Mu gave to me-

A “Sisters Dinner” with Phi Mu gear and delicious home-made pasta,

AN INVITATION TO THE BEST SORORITY- PHI MU!

An amazing, fun-filled night full of ceremonies and memories,

A snazzy poem about philanthropy, a slideshow about heart disease, secret garden flower cupcakes,

A day off to work on my expository writing paper,

And a glass of water and a ton of girls to meet and see!

Sister Dinner!

On the eighth day of JHU Sororities

Phi Mu gave to me-

A day off to recover from the busy week to work on my formal chemistry lab report,

A “Sisters Dinner” with Phi Mu gear and amazing home-made pasta,

AN INVITATION TO THE BEST SORORITY- PHI MU!

An amazing, fun-filled night full of ceremonies and memories,

A snazzy poem about philanthropy, a slideshow about heart disease, secret garden flower cupcakes,

A day off to work on my expository writing paper,

And a glass of water and a ton of girls to meet and see!

On the ninth day of JHU Sororities

Phi Mu gave to me-

A Sunday meeting to meet our new pledge class (all 48 of us!),

A day off to recover from the busy week to work on my chemistry lab report,

A “Sisters Dinner” with Phi Mu gear and amazing home-made pasta,

AN INVITATION TO THE BEST SORORITY- PHI MU!

An amazing, fun-filled night full of ceremonies and memories,

A snazzy poem about philanthropy, a slideshow about heart disease, secret garden flower cupcakes,

A day off to work on my expository writing paper,

And a glass of water and a ton of girls to meet and see!

On the tenth day of JHU Sororities

Phi Mu gave to me-

A huge pamphlet full of sister profiles and their phi mu families,

A Sunday meeting to meet our new pledge class (all 48 of us!),

A day off to recover from the busy week to work on my chemistry lab report,

A “Sisters Dinner” with Phi Mu gear and amazing home-made pasta,

AN INVITATION TO THE BEST SORORITY- PHI MU!

An amazing, fun-filled night full of ceremonies and memories,

A snazzy poem about philanthropy, a slideshow about heart disease, secret garden flower cupcakes,

A day off to work on my expository writing paper,

And a glass of water and a ton of girls to meet and see!

On the eleventh day of JHU Sororities

Phi Mu gave to me-

A “sisters lunch” at Levering to bond with all the new “phi’s” and sophomores,

A huge pamphlet full of sister profiles and their phi mu families,

A Sunday meeting to meet our new pledge class (all 48 of us!),

A day off to recover from the busy week to work on my chemistry lab report,

A “Sisters Dinner” with Phi Mu gear and amazing home-made pasta,

AN INVITATION TO THE BEST SORORITY- PHI MU!

An amazing, fun-filled night full of ceremonies and memories,

A snazzy poem about philanthropy, a slideshow about heart disease, secret garden flower cupcakes,

A day off to work on my expository writing paper,

And a glass of water and a ton of girls to meet and see!

ΦM!

On the twelth day of JHU Sororities

Phi Mu gave to me-

A super fun date party downtown at “The Get Down” ,{sororities usually have three formal date parties per semester}

A “sisters lunch” at Levering to bond with all the new “phi’s” and sophomores,

A huge pamphlet full of sister profiles and their phi mu families,

A Sunday meeting to meet our new pledge class (all 48 of us!),

A day off to recover from the busy week to work on my chemistry lab report,

A “Sisters Dinner” with Phi Mu gear and amazing home-made pasta,

AN INVITATION TO THE BEST SORORITY- PHI MU!

An amazing, fun-filled night full of ceremonies and memories,

A snazzy poem about philanthropy, a slideshow about heart disease, secret garden flower cupcakes,

A day off to work on my expository writing paper,

And a glass of water and a ton of girls to meet and see!

Me, JHU_Lucie, and JHU_Noah at the Date Party!

Hope that this gave you a better picture of sorority recruitment! In all seriousness, Greek life at Hopkins has already affected my life here in so many different ways. I think that I’m most thankful to be involved in sorority life here at Hopkins due to the caliber of the girls involved. Not only are they funny, beautiful, and friendly, but they’re also extremely smart, wise girls that I can look up to at Hopkins. As for this song, I promise I’m not crazy, but I do think I’ve had a little too much girl time and not enough sleep time. Tune in next time!

All the Best,

Kaitlyn

Hopkins, will you be my Valentine?

It is hard to ignore the current atmosphere at Homewood as a result of tomorrow’s holiday. Red and pink posters decorate every hallway, chocolates beg for your attention at every cash register, and furry friends holding hearts saying “I love you” seem to be around every corner. Or perhaps it is just my heightened sense of these things. I love Valentine’s day. Even when I was too preoccupied with sports practice in high school to entertain any serious romantic notions, I enjoyed the time of year when people broke out the doilies and construction paper. Valentine’s day is essentially my Thanksgiving, but instead of saying “I am thankful for…” I get to say “I am IN LOVE with…”

Valentine's Display at Charmar (Charles St. Market)

2012 has given me an amazing gift: two official Valentines! The first is quite the catch: always attractive, very supportive, and constantly challenging me to grow… the one and only Johns Hopkins University! I know that may make you want to gag, but I promise you I am not some super-nerd who truly takes her institution of study as her object of adoration. My second Valentine is my wonderful boyfriend (who I swear is a human being…).

Me and my human Valentine!

Hopkins takes a spot in my realm of love because it has provided me with so much love. Even before I stepped on campus, I experienced immediate affection from my pre-orientation family. Perhaps it was the lack of hygiene or the unexpected lightening drill, but by the end of the first day my other nine comrades (including leaders) and I were bonded. But, the best part is that our circle of love has continued for months afterwards. Just last week my pre-orientation group reunited at Coldstone and reminisced about the parable of the missing shoe. (That, my friends, is a story for another time…) I am always surrounded by the love from those friendships and those unique wilderness experiences.

Pre-orientation reunion!

But Hopkins has not only provided me love in that sense. After all, true love is about the little things; such as, the cottage cheese in the FFC (second time it has made a blog!) or the “today’s announcements” emails. Let us also remember that true love is about appreciating the flaws, like the fact that all campus-walkways create huge puddles when it rains or the failure of the turnstiles in front of the AMRs. Each detail makes Hopkins truly special and memorable, but you’ll have to come experience it yourself to truly find out!

Foam heart in my Latte from Chocolatea

A couple of hours ago, my boyfriend and I returned from a lovely dinner at the Cheesecake Factory where we watched a couple get engaged at the table next to us. I know you may be wondering “who would propose at the Cheesecake Factory?,” but the moment was still unbelievably touching. Valentine’s Day can be looked at as a scam for big businesses to make more money (which it probably is to some extent…), but it can also be looked at as an amazing opportunity to appreciate affection in the air. I believe love is the best thing in life, and I thank my friends, boyfriend, and Hopkins for providing me with an insane amount of love every day. Happy Thanks-Valentine’s Day!

My friend Zoe studying in her Valentine's colors

Some friendly affection around campus