BTS | My Formal Sorority Recruitment Experience

Sorority recruitment was something that I debated going through with for some time. I had done the informal spring recruitment where you just get an overview of the sororities, meet a few of the sisters, and then go to events for the sorority of your choice (that all overlapped, so you couldn’t go for more than one sorority). I didn’t get into the one I tried for but they only had 7 spots open so I tried to not let it break my spirits.

However, I was really turned off from the idea after that as I was so disappointed. I thought I stood out from the others enough to make myself be one of the “chosen ones” but it was likely because those sisters just weren’t the ones for me – and that’s okay. After much thought and talking to friends of mine in sororities, I decided to finally go out for recruitment again but in the fall! This way I got the entire experience and I don’t miss out on any opportunities. I will be sharing my step-by-step experience with you all in this blog post!

Before Recruitment

Before recruitment got started, I had some communication with my Gamma Chi (or recruitment counselor) as well as many conversations with one of my close friends that is already in a sorority. My friend informed me of how things were going to work and gave me some tips on how to get rid of my jitters. (I was extremely nervous before learning more about the process.) My Gamma Chi called me the Saturday before recruitment started to let me know of all the details for the first day as well as to inform me that I needed to deactivate my social media during the time of our recruitment. She also made a GroupMe for all of us to chit-chat and for her to tell us what was going to happen during our time together!

I immediately went and looked at photos of all of the gorgeous PNMs that were going to be rushing with me in my group. We had about 12 girls, not including our Gamma Chi. All of them were stunning. I looked at myself and thought, “If these are the types of girls that get into sororities, how do I expect to find one that will take me?” I immediately shut down this idea. I had so many negative thoughts due to my poor self-esteem but I remembered that my positive and cheerful personality trumps all in the end. (Plus, amazing encouragement from my friends made it seem like nothing.) I also had a few side conversations with my Gamma Chi and she was the sweetest. I definitely felt a good connection from the start.

During Recruitment

Day 1: Meeting The Sororities

Day 1 was all dedicated to getting just a few minutes with the sororities. There wasn’t a specific theme to guide conversation. We were in there for ten minutes each and the parties went by super-fast! I immediately felt connections to several of the sororities going in but I definitely wasn’t sure of how I was feeling. We all just talked about our majors, where we were from, etc. so we could get to know a sister (or more than one) from each sorority and they could get to know us!

Day 2: In-Depth Conversation

The next day was basically the same as the first but we had thirty minutes in each sorority’s party! I seriously thought that this was going to be super hard. Ten minutes was easy! We just talk about the basics and moved from there if we needed to. However, I didn’t feel like any conversation was super forced or troubling. It wasn’t hard to talk to any of the sororities, honestly, however, I had some serious connections with a few of them.

There was one sorority party where I talked to the same girl the entire time (which was rare) and we had such an amazing connection. I instantly knew we’d be lifelong friends, even if that sorority wasn’t for me. We also got financial sheets from each of the sororities to explain the costs of each of them. After this day, we had to choose four that we really loved and then two that we weren’t feeling. It wasn’t guaranteed that you’d go back to the four you chose but those four would have priority over inviting you back to forty minute parties the next day. You could get invited back to anywhere between 0-4 sorority parties.

Day 3: Philanthropy Day

I found out that I was invited back to two sororities this day! I was so excited because one of the sororities that I got invited back to was the one that came to be my first choice and the one that I had that amazing connection with the girl I talked about previously. However, the other one was one that I put on my “wasn’t feeling it” side, which was strange to me. It wasn’t that the conversations were bad but I didn’t think that there was a connection there, however, I was grateful to be invited back because, after going to this day’s party, I was instantly floored by their sisters. I fell in love with them as much as I had the other (which made a decision following this extremely hard).

After this day, we had to narrow down our top two choices, without ranking them, to return to the next day. As I only had two, it was not difficult to choose (looking at the positives)!

Day 4: Pref Day

Many people say that this is the most emotional and a very important day in your recruitment process. For my university, we only got to go to two parties this day. These were the two that invited us back again. I was blessed to have been invited back, once again, to both of the sororities from my previous round. We had forty-five minutes with each of them and they shared some beautiful things with us at each of the ones I attended.

I got to talk to the girl that had me loving my first preference from the start again and we cried. She made me feel so loved and accepted that I just hugged her and cried. My other party was just as amazing… this was my dilemma. I sat in the lab where we ranked our preferences for a few minutes before it finally hit me. I was sure that I would be happy with either sorority but I definitely felt something more with my first preference.

Day 5: Bid Day

The most important day of the entire experience came so fast for me and I was both excited and scared. We got our bids this day! So it started off where they explained what was going to happen then we got our bids and, if we accepted, we were announced to the rest of the pledge classes. After that, we got to run out to sisters and get photos in our new shirts! I am now a proud sister of the Epsilon Omicron chapter of Alpha Delta Pi! 💎🦁 My sorority went to the park so we could get to know more sisters, have lunch, get some information we needed to know, and stuff like that.

Final Thoughts

I am so thrilled to be a sister of ADPi! They were my first preference and I cannot believe I got blessed with a bid to the first secret society for women founded in 1851! I have already made so many amazing friends and met so many sisters. I even found out that one of my favorite bloggers, Candidly Kelsey, is an ADPi sister as well!  I can’t wait to share my experiences with you all throughout this new adventure. If you want to see more posts on my sorority endeavors, let me know in the comments!

That’s why they call us the first and the finest.

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July Favorites | YouTubers + Videos

I know most people do favorites all in one big, huge, gigantic post where they talk abut a variety of products, shows, people, etc. but I really wanted to divide things up because I don’t feel like these things are getting enough attention when you just put them in a big post and write a sentence about why you loved them!

The first favorites post that I’ll be sharing from the month of July is all about YouTubers! If you know me at all, you’ll know that I’m obsessed with beauty gurus on YouTube and even just funny, happy-go-lucky people who make amazing videos. I’ve been obsessed with a few people during the past month and I wanted to give them some love and share some videos that I really enjoyed from them recently.

NikkieTutorials

If you’ve never heard of this lady, what are you doing with your life?! She’s an insanely popular YouTuber that does amazing beauty videos and just came out with her own collection in collaboration with Too Faced (which looks flipping gorgeous). Her videos always crack me up because she’s so full of life and has an insane amount of talent in the makeup department. Plus, she’s not afraid of a challenge (She has done a full face highlighter challenge, full face kid’s makeup challenge, full face liquid lipstick challenge, and so much more!). Here are some videos I loved from her recently!

Madison Miller

This is a YouTuber that I discovered recently through a giveaway post and I’ve loved watching her videos and reading her blog every since. She’s super sweet and fun-loving. She has a nice little sense of humor and she does great review videos called “Dope or Nope” where she talks about hot new products. She’s very honest and doesn’t falter with her opinions, which I highly respect (even if I don’t agree with them!). I sincerely recommend her if you’re not already following.

Jeffree Star

There has been so much controversy surrounding this YouTuber here lately and I don’t really want to get much into that, but I will say that I don’t judge my thoughts on someone based on their past. No one is perfect and everyone has a different way of expressing themselves. I love Jeffree’s style, his makeup skills are off the chain, and he’s hilarious. I even follow him on Snapchat (@jeffreedahmer) and he’s constantly cracking me up.

Laura Lee

I am sooo obsessed with Laura Lee. I don’t know how I never found her before but it’s only within the last couple of months that I discovered her on YouTube. She’s so darn hilarious. I love her funny faces, amazing sense of humor, and the over light-hearted, sweet feel of all of her videos. She’s a great YouTuber that definitely has earned everything she’s gotten from being on there!

KathleenLights

And last, but certainly, not least, I had to talk about KathleenLights! I’ve been watching her videos for a looong time now but I’ve recently gotten back into watching some of her recent ones. I love how honest she is and how she always is herself, no matter if it’s on Snapchat or behind the camera on YouTube. She’s a hilarious and beautifully talented woman and I love her channel!

And that is it for my favorite YouTubers and videos from the month of July! I really hope you all discovered a new beauty vlogger to follow (sorry I didn’t have anything but beauty gurus to share but they’re kinda my thing 😅). Let me know your favorite YouTubers that you discovered in July in the comments below!

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August Goals

I can’t believe August is here already! It feels like yesterday that July started and I was getting everything ready for my boyfriend officially move in. Now he’s moved in, I’m loving my job, I signed up for sorority recruitment, and school starts in less than two weeks! I’m so happy that this time is finally back. I love summer but I feel like it’s far too long sometimes. I love school (yes, I’m one of those) and being out for THREE MONTHS drives me up the wall with boredom.

Now, with a new month comes new goals! Not only will I be setting goals for the month of August but I’ll also be setting goals for the upcoming fall semester (Stay tuned for that post!). However, this is only for my monthly goals so let’s get into it…

Personal Goals

#1 Focus of loving myself a little more. | I’ve worked so hard towards this goal in the last year or so and I’ve really improved. However, with work and being busy, I’ve neglected it. I don’t try as hard and I don’t feel as good about myself because of it. I love doing my hair and makeup in the mornings because it makes me feel good. I love wearing edgy yet cute outfits because I feel amazing in them.

#2 Finish my current book of choice. | I am currently reading a novel called “A Version of The Truth” by Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack. I’m in love with it so far. I’ll definitely have to do a book review on the blog once I finish it but I can already tell it’s going to be a good’n.

#3 Throw myself into the semester/school activities. | School is one of my favorite parts of life… which explains why I want to be a teacher and get three degrees at minimum. I’m so excited for classes to start back and I’ll be a SENIOR this year. That’s crazy! I am finally going out for sorority recruitment so I’m beyond excited. I’m also an officer in a few organizations so I really want to plunge into that at full speed.

#4 Pick up the apartment daily. | I’m really bad at this. I get so busy with work here lately that I always let it get a mess before I clean it… mostly because I’m so exhausted and just wait until my day off. My goal is to continually pick up around here every day so I don’t have a HUGE mess to clean once my days off come around.

#5 Lose 5 more pounds. | I started counting calories and working on my weight loss journey once again almost three weeks ago. I have now lost 10 pounds since then and I could not be more excited. I’m so proud of myself and I can’t wait to continue to lose more. As a guide, I want to lose at least 5 more pounds in the month of August. I lost so much recently that this shouldn’t be too hard if I keep eating healthy.

Blogging Goals

#1 Reach 50 email followers. | I had over 1,000 email followers on my previous blog before my unfortunate incident happened. This is honestly what hurt me the most because I lost all of them. Most of my social media was easy to transfer or pick back up but I haven’t had as much luck with this. I’m going to seriously try to up my email follower game this month. (You should totally go to the sidebar and sign-up if you haven’t already. 😘)

#2 Reach 50 Bloglovin’ followers. | The same goes for this as does my email followers. I had to remake my Bloglovin’ when I got a new blog (naturally). I don’t have barely any followers here either but I’m planning the same course of action. Hopefully, my Facebook blogging groups and Twitter will help me build up my followers. (If you want to be a doll, you can also follow me on Bloglovin’ here.)

#3 Continue to schedule posts ahead of time. | I think this is going to be what keeps me from getting behind once classes start back up so I have GOT to do it. I plan to get about two weeks worth out before the first day of classes (if I can manage it) so I don’t have too much to worry about until I’m at least a week into classes so I can focus on getting a feel for the semester.

#4 Stay on my blogging schedule. | I currently have new posts go live on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. This puts me at posting three times a week, which seems to be good for me and an easier schedule to live up to. I even did a poll and everyone agreed that this was best. I want to stick to this throughout school coming back (this is REALLY hard for me).

#5 Keep up with my new Facebook group, Blogwarts. | Blogwarts is a new group that I created that is going AMAZINGLY. It’s based on Hogwarts from the Harry Potter series, only for bloggers! I have so many amazing admins and members that have made my 19 members grow to almost 100 now in only a few days. This is so mind-blowing. I couldn’t be more grateful. I want to keep up with this and help it grow as much as possible. (Click here if you want to join in and be sorted into your very own house. ⚡️)

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Compliments at Work

SURPRISE POST ALERT!

The title is just an attention getter. Honestly, I just wanted to talk to you guys! I miss having my chit-chats where I just share what’s going on with my life, how I’m feeling, and so on – however, I have been getting a lot of compliments at work lately and I can’t say I’m the least bit bothered by it. I really feel like I’m finally starting to get the hang of all the different things my job does. There’s only one position I haven’t tried and I’m working on getting a chance at that! Once I have that down, I will have learned every single position at my job.

Classes start on August 16th for me so I am trying to get back into my school mode. I’m probably going to start setting up all of my binders and notebooks, organizing my planner, and so on. I also did something really exciting that will happen before classes start… I signed up for Fall Sorority Recruitment! I am beyond nervous yet stoked to finally get to try this out. I have always wanted to give it a go, and even did Spring Recruitment at one point, but the focus of that is to try to get into a specific sorority that you really loved or to go for one that you didn’t get in the fall that you wanted. You don’t really get to try for each sorority like you do in the fall, which is why I am finally doing it! I really can’t wait to meet all of the wonderful women and see how things go. I even had to take off for August 10th through the 14th because all of my co-workers and friends that are in sororities say it’s a 9am-9pm type of event week! Apparently, that means I’ll be busy as all get out and I know I won’t be able to work my normal shifts.

Overall, life has been really wonderful here lately. My boyfriend, Travis, got the O-K to move in with me from my landlord so he is officially living with me and it’s now our apartment. This is sooo exciting for me as well because he was practically here 24/7 anyways and I love the idea of him officially living with me. ❤️

Honestly, I can’t complain. I really hope you all have been doing wonderful as well. Let me know how life if going for you in the comments below.

Until next time! x

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My Weight Loss Journey | First Weigh-In

I’ve really been debating whether or not I should share my weight loss journey with you all. I am very shy when it comes to my weight and this is an extremely sensitive topic for me. However, you all mean everything to me and I can’t imagine not sharing this part of my life with you… especially since I’m so proud of my progress already!

About 6 days ago, I decided that I was going to start counting calories again. I’ve tried many diets and other ways of losing weight but this was the way I had the most success when I tried it the first time. I eventually stopped because I was in the dorms and it was harder to keep up with the calories in the dining hall. However, now that I am out on my own and can buy my own groceries, there is no excuse for not trying again.

I’ve struggled with weight loss for many years and my cardiologist even said he’d recommend surgery for me because being overweight can affect my heart problems as well. I don’t want to do that. I feel like it is giving up on myself and I can lose the weight if I really try. That is why I think tracking my weight loss journey on my blog will really motivate me as I have you all to prove to that I CAN do it.

My first weigh-in was today (mainly because I was able to get to a scale). The last time I was weighed at the doctor, I was 289 pounds. This is actually lower than my all-time highest weight so that was an improvement for me. However, my goal weight is 200 pounds at the moment. After that I will work on strength training and toning so I can continue to get to a healthy weight for my height and age (which would be 122 to 134 pounds). Being as the weight difference between where I am now and where I should be is about 150 pounds, I need to take it in steps to make sure I lose weight in a healthy manner.

Now, for the best news, I have lost weight! From the last time I was weighed at the doctor to now, I have lost 4 pounds. I now weigh in at 285.4! This is amazing news and I cannot be more proud of myself. My next improvement goal is to focus on the quality of what I eat and not just the calories. I use the MyFitnessPal app to track my calories, weight, etc. and it tells me what is in the foods that I use. I normally eat a lot more saturated fat than I should and lack in some areas that I could improve in. This is what I plan to work on next!

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My Personal Five-Year Plan

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Thinking about the future is so scary. One day you’re going to classes as a freshman in college and the next you’re hopping into your senior year,  planning to study abroad in Ireland, and preparing for student teaching. I am both extremely excited and beyond terrified for what my future holds but, in true Kimberly form, I have to plan it all out to not have a total anxiety attack. That is why I am going to share with you all my five-year plan for my personal life! I plan to do an entirely different plan for the blogging world.

As 2016 is getting closer and closer to being over, I’m starting this plan at the beginning of 2017. This will be the spring semester of my senior year (although I will have to have an extra semester for my student teaching in order to graduate). I will be preparing for this new endeavor as well as searching for jobs to enter into once I graduate in the following semester.

2017

2017 is going to be a year full of tons of new things. Not only is it my last year I’ll be studying for my bachelor’s degree but I am planning a trip to Ireland to study abroad during that summer. The last semester I study is also the semester that I will be doing my student teaching which consists of half a semester in a special education classroom and half of a semester in a general elementary level classroom.

2018

This will be my first year a college graduate. That is insane! I don’t even want to think about that at this point but I’m really excited for it, regardless. My plan is to find a job in the field of special education (preferably in an elementary school) in my immediate area however I am willing to go as far as Nashville, Tennessee in order to find something. I want to spend the four years I have to work in a Title I school near home so I can work on saving to move to a new city as well as get settled into a job that can train me for bigger and better things. That being said, I will start saving for The Big Move starting in 2018!

2019

After I have been working for about a year, I want to look into continuing my education. I have plans to get at least two masters degrees and my doctorate but I’ve got to start somewhere. I will be starting my first master’s degree where I will be studying Moderate to Severe Disabilities. Depending on where I am living, I will either continue my education at Murray State University or switch to another university for graduate school. My bachelor’s degree is in Learning and Behavior Disorders and having a more extensive education in more areas of special education will not only help me be a better teacher but allow me to have better job opportunities.

2020

Continuing my second semester and third semester of graduate school while working full time, this is when I’ll start planning The Big Move that I plan on taking. One of the main places that my boyfriend and I are hoping to move to is Portland, Oregon – however, I am also interested in moving to Los Angeles, California or Chicago, Illinois. (Unrealistically, I reaaally want to move to London, England some day!) I will continue working and finish my first year of graduate school successfully while doing so. My main concerns will be saving money still and looking at exact locations of where we will definitely end up.

2021

My last semester of graduate school for my first master’s degree will take place at the beginning of this year. To continue The Big Move, I will be looking for a place to live, another job in our chosen location, and getting ready for the process to truly begin. This is where I really feel like my life will begin. Leaving my family to go to another state is going to be scary but my ultimate goal is to make a life for myself and Travis independently where we can start our lives together.

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(Re)Introducing Kimberly

Hi there! If you hadn’t guessed, my name is Kimberly. I’m going to share with you so fun facts about me – since I’m just oh so interesting, you know. If you’re an old follower from Blogs for Days, welcome back! I’m so glad that you followed me to my new and improved domain/blog. If you’re new, welcome! I hope you enjoy my little slice of the internet as much as I do.

To make this super exciting – like back in those MySpace days where you copy and pasted an entire table of answers to questions like “cat or dog” – I’m going to answer some questions. Fun, right? Let’s do this!

  1. How old are you? 21 years old!
  2. Are you in a relationship? I am! His name is Travis and I love him to pieces.
  3. Where do you live? You stalkin’ me?! Just kiddinggg. I live in the United States, in the state of Kentucky.
  4. What is your zodiac sign? Gemini, baby. ♊️
  5. What is your favorite holiday? I am always tied between Christmas and Halloween but here lately it has to be Halloween.
  6. Are you going to get married? Gosh, you sound like my family. JUST KIDDING – some day I will! However, right now, I’m focused on school and myself.
  7. What do you do for a living? I’m currently a college student who works part-time at a fast food restaurant.
  8. What is your major? Learning and Behavior Disorders with Elementary Emphasis
  9. What’s the drink you always order at Starbucks? White Chocolate Mocha ☕️
  10. What side of the bed do you sleep on? Whichever is on the outside and away from the wall – which is currently the right side of my bed.
  11. What is your not-so-secret obsession? Makeup. Most definitely.
  12. What makes you happiest? Being alive.
  13. Do you dance in the car? Almost every single time. Yes, people stare and, no, I don’t care.
  14. Where do you wish you were born? London, England
  15. How long have you been blogging? Officially, a little over a year. Unofficially, since I was about 14.

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