Friday Five: Go Greek!

Today marks the start of formal recruitment here at Wofford. It’s an absolutely crazy weekend, but it ends with an amazing Monday with new members! I know there is a lot of debate out there about the importance of fraternities and sororities, but I see being part of a sorority as one of the most rewarding experiences of my life! Here are my five favorite things about being Greek:

1. Philanthropy: Tri Delta’s national philanthropy is childhood cancer research. This really resonates with me and I absolutely love doing everything I can to help out in raising money. Tri Delta’s also raise 25% of all money raised by Greek organizations! How amazing is that?!

2. My sisters: This sounds cheesy, but I absolutely love my sisters. They are my roommates, best friends, and will be my bridesmaids when I get married. They help me when I’m going through a rough time or when I just don’t feel like studying. I absolutely don’t know what I would do without these girls!

3. Functions: Between the crush parties, semi-formal, and formal we always have a blast. Dressing up and going out with my sisters helps break out of the ordinary.

4. Leadership Opportunities: I have had the pleasure of holding many leadership positions in Tri Delta, including being philanthropy chair. Holding these offices has allowed me to get involved in Tri Delta further and also on campus. I’ve met and worked with people I never would have imagined.

5. Plethora of Ideas: Everyone comes from different backgrounds and has their own ideas. I find it amazing for us to all work together and collaborate to make Tri Delta better. An idea that someone comes up with may turn out to be a tradition for years to come!

 

IMG_1922My pledge class at semi-formal last year! I can’t believe this is our last year!

IMG_1120On the Tri Delta patient care floor at St. Jude with other philanthropy chairs!

IMG_2382Two of my best friends who are also on dance team!

IMG_1997My roommate and I at initiation last year!

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My Tri Delta family at Duck Calls and Overalls!

Are you part of a Greek organization? I would love to hear about your experiences!

Keep Dancing,

Cayla

 

 

 

Wild Wednesday

Do you ever have those days where nothing goes quite like you could have planned? Well that was my day.

I had a post planned for today, but with today’s events I changed my mind. (I was very excited about the other one so you’ll probably see it soon, though.)

The day started off with waking up and not being able to move. Sometime during this morning I rolled over funny while sleeping and strained a nerve in my neck. My back was so tight I was having to think about breathing because I simply wasn’t to avoid the pain. Luckily, it has relaxed some throughout the day at work, but this morning had me worried.

But today while at work I found out some amazing news! Tri Delta‘s nationally raised $5.6 MILLION for St. Jude this past school year! This was a record year for the fraternity! This also sets us at more than $14.2 million towards our goal of $15 million in 5 years! At the rate we have been fundraising I’m predicting that we reach our goal before Christmas.

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[the announcement on the Tri Delta insta]

I’m also extremely proud of my chapter, which raised over $30,000 this past year. Being a smaller chapter this is quite an accomplishment. I’m so proud of my sisters and all the work that they put into helping with fundraising!

Do you have a favorite philanthropy? What’s the most you’ve raised for an organization?

Keep Dancing,

Cayla

Excitement in the Air

Woah, only one week to Spring Break. When did that happen? This semester is flying by, but it’s bringing so many exciting opportunities.

Well the one I am most excited about is finally hearing back from IES. I have been ¬†accepted to study abroad in Milan in the fall! I can’t believe it! I’ve been reading all the information all morning. It’s kind of scary, but I know that it will be good for me. I’ve never travelled outside the US (except on a cruise, but I don’t count that). I’m already fantasizing about how wonderful it’s going to be. Between the fashion and architecture and chance to see Europe, I just can’t get over it. It’s kept me in a good mood all week.

The next exciting thing is the fact that this week was Greek Week. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks preparing with lip sync practices. During the awards dinner our chapter was awarded with philanthropic chapter of the year! I could not be more ecstatic! That makes me more proud than anything about my chapter. Our love for St. Jude is one that is hard to beat. I was very proud to serve my chapter as philanthropy chair and hope to see the chapter improve in fundraising efforts.

However, even with all the excitement this week was a stressful one. I’m thankful for the weekend and the time to regroup (and watch Les Mis!). I’m in Ninety-Six at my grandparent’s house, for probably the last time before they move to Pawleys. It’s both exciting and making me sentimental.

Have a great weekend readers!

Keep Dancing,

Cayla

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Some of my sisters at the awards banquet. So proud to be Tri Delta!

Marching Through Life

Well March is here. I have a love-hate relationship with this month. I hate it because of the pollen, but that’s the only reason. If I wasn’t allergic I would absolutely love March.

However, I have so many reasons to love March-the start of spring which means warmer weather, halfway mark of the semester, the start of spring break, and the general happiness that everyone starts to feel with the coming of Spring.

I also have a very dear new reason to love March. Tri Delta has declared March to be St. Jude Month. We, as Tri Deltas, spend the month spreading the word about our wonderful philanthropy and all of the amazing things that St. Jude accomplishes. For example, when St. Jude opened in 1962 the survival rate for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia was 4%, it is now 94%. That is incredible! I thought of this fact the other day while sitting with the boys I babysit at guitar practice. I overheard a mother on the phone with a friend whose nephew had just died that day of ALL. I knew what the family was feeling. Cancer hits home for me, and it sucks.

I AM A CANCER SURVIVOR. 

I was a child that had to miss out on the joys of being 5 years old. I am lucky to be alive. I am blessed to have my leg. I am stronger for it.

My dad was watching me on the playground one day in kindergarten when he noticed that I was limping. He immediately set up a doctor’s appointment and after x-rays and examinations it was determined that something was wrong, but they didn’t know what. My family then proceeded to travel to just about every hospital in our region, until we ended up at Duke. There I was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma in my left femur and was to undergo surgery. Through surgery they were able to remove all of the cancer from my leg by taking part of my bone out and replacing it with part of my hip bone. This was not before it had spread to my left ovary though, which also had to be removed.

This is not meant to be a sad story though. I have been cancer free for 15 years and live a wonderful life. I consider myself blessed because I am happy to share my story and want it to instill hope in others. God knew that this would bring my family closer together and would help us all to learn the value of life.

Until next time,

Cayla