It’s getting to that point in the semester. The bags under my eyes are getting out of hand and I’m surviving on three cups of coffee a day. I call this the mid-semester slump. I am constantly wishing for the weekend, for Christmas break, and even wishing I was just finished with college all together. It wasn’t until I read this personal letter Adele posted on her twitter that I realized how wrong this was. Adele’s reflections on wishing her life away are something everyone can relate to.Continue reading “Adele has more to say than just “Hello””
I’ve always been a hopeless romantic, and I usually wear my heart on my sleeve. My sisters, friends, and I joke around about our experiences on Tinder and whatnot occasionally haha but I do still believe that real, genuine love is out there. Over these past couple of years however, I’ve learned that I don’t like to share my love life with many people. Why? Because people would probably just think that I’m young and inexperienced and dismiss my feelings. I’m only 20 years old after all. It’s like, “Ugh, what do you know about love?” Continue reading “An Open Letter To Myself, To My Sisters, To Anyone About Love”
Impulsivity is both a strength and a weakness of mine. Sometimes it hinders me, like signing up for more than I can chew or climbing a tree only to skin both my knees. However, most of the time it leads to unforgettable experiences- choosing UT Austin, joining Chi Beta Delta, or taking an assistantship in the Amazon jungle. This summer for 5 weeks I lived four hours by boat away from the closest city inside the Amazon jungle as a research assistant studying monkeys.
By: Haley Squiers
In the past few years, I’ve really strived to live by this quote from Ronald Reagan: “If not us, than who? If not now, then when?”. The man wasn’t my favorite president, but those words just really seem to affect me. I’m not the most active, ambitious person out there, but that quote makes me want to at least do my very best in everything that I do.
I guess I really put ‘my very best’ to the test this summer. Due to a very fortuitous connection, a year of keeping my grades up, and probably some help from God, I was faced with the amazing opportunity of interning with Good Morning America in New York City, under Robin Roberts herself! Being a Journalism major with a concentration in Broadcast, this internship was more than just an excuse to live in one of the most influential, trendy, and spectacular cities in the world; it was the foot in the door I had been hoping for since day one! This internship had all the potential to really boost my career in the right direction.
Of course, I accepted the job almost before the recruiter on the phone even finished talking. I was so pumped to be on my way, to go and meet celebrities and some really influential people. But, the closer I got to my last day in Lufkin, TX (pop. 30,000), the more I realized how absolutely terrified I was about the prospect of living for 3 months in a city of more than 8 million people, all by myself, with pretty much zero familiar faces. I was really putting my emotional stability to the test by getting off that plane and taking my first step into the city of opportunity. I could tell that this was going to be one of the biggest adventures that my life had to offer, and, no matter how scared I was, I wasn’t going to let my fear get the best of me.
The fear didn’t fade immediately, but it definitely lost a lot of my attention. There was so much to learn and experience! I feel so much more knowledgeable about my major, having worked with bookers, producers, and anchor assistants. I feel more acutely aware of the people around me, having seen and interacted with so many different types. And, probably most importantly, I feel so much more confidence in myself. So, don’t ever think you can’t do something, whether it be because you’ll be alone, you’ll be taking a risk, or because you’ll be afraid. I promise you’ll surprise yourself with how much you’ll accomplish.
By: Kayla Kimrey
This summer I studied in Hong Kong for five weeks. We went to visit factories in ShenZhen, China, and see how baby dolls, jeans, and melamine plates were made. This program was amazing and showed me every step of the supply chain in business. This was a once and a lifetime experience for me. I got to make connections with people all around the world, like when we went to see the Dragon Boat races with the Texas Exes chapter in Hong Kong, and I also was able to see the incredible sites of that Hong Kong had to offer, such as Victoria’s peak, Dragon’s Back hike, and Stanley Market. Continue reading “My Time in China”
By: Sandra Zhi
Unfortunately, my future looks like it’s going to be one busy life. I want to become a
doctor, which means many years of school ahead of me, more years of residency, and
finally as a practicing physician, even still I won’t have a lot of vacation time to travel.
I heard from upperclassmen that the best time to go abroad is during your undergrad years. No other point of your life will be as free and you won’t be as young as you should be. With that advice, I hopped on a plane to Santander, Spain this summer on a study abroad program that offered a required Engineering Communications class and also a History of Spain class.
Continue reading “Que vale la pena (It’s worth it)”
I arrived in Austin nearly four years ago as a wide-eyed freshman who didn’t know anyone. I missed summer orientation and Camp Texas, which meant I missed out on making friends. My first week at UT was extremely lonely, and it seemed everyone had already found their place. I don’t like telling people this, but I actually considered transferring to a different college then. Everything changed when I walked through West Mall and saw a table with a sign that said “Rush Pink.” The Chi Beta girls were super friendly and invited me to rush events later that week. The rest is history.
The iconic blue dress was hard to miss as I watched Lily James twirl around on screen. The new Cinderella movie hit theaters during spring break, and my mom and I wanted to see what all of the buzz was about. I was pleasantly surprised by this rendition of the fairy tale. This version projects a strong message with the line “Have courage and be kind”. Not only was Cinderella not the weakling that I always took her for in the original Disney version, but on the contrary her kindness actually empowered her. One of the most powerful scenes occurred toward the end of the film, when Cinderella (Lily James) told her Stepmother (Cate Blanchett) that she forgave her for all of the times that she had mistreated Cinderella. In the end, the princess took control of her life and ruled with a huge heart.Continue reading “If the Shoe Fits”
“What is Chi Beta Delta?” is a question I get asked countless times. Often I answer in simple terms, along the lines of “Sisterhood through Service.” But, of course I am writing this blog to tell you that it is much, much more than that. In fact, more than I can put into words, but I’ll give it my best shot.
Many of you can agree that college is a time unlike any other. These years away from home are full of new friends, expansion of knowledge, and self-discovery. During this time, we are exposed to a plethora of new experiences that shed a new light in our lives. We learn new things from the classes we take, but we also learn from the people around us. Personally, I had the pleasure of serving as an associate member, an active member, and as Chief Service Officer of XBΔ.Continue reading “Learning Something Outside of a Degree Plan”
It’s that time of the year again—the holidays are approaching and we all begin to think about what we’re thankful for. This year, on top of my amazing family and the opportunity to attend THE best university in the world, I’m thankful for Chi Beta Delta and all it has given to me.
I rushed Chi Beta Delta in the spring of 2013 after a not so glamorous start to my freshman year. It was kind of crazy how quickly my experience at UT changed after becoming a part of, in my mind, the best organization on campus.