Keep Calm and Spring Break On

Its the month of March which means it’s Spring Break season. This also means that here on campus the gym is packed and there is at least a 30 minute wait for a tanning bed.

This year, my friends and I decided we didn’t want to fight those crowds so we are heading West this year. Instead of hitting the beach with the rest of Stillwater, Okla., we are hitting the slopes. We figure pretty much 70 percent of the Greek community travels down to Destin for their Spring Break. So why would we hang out with all the same people just in a new location? These people also stress out about their “beach bod” and tan for 1/2 the semester, which doesn’t sound like much fun. So about six of my closest friends and I are heading to the breath taking mountains of Colorado. We decided we wanted to shake things up for a change and go skiing instead of normal “sit on the beach and do nothing spring break.”

Skiing should be interesting this year and I can’t wait to compare stories with those who chose Destin.

Here are some links for more Spring Break ideas

Student Travel

Student Universe

Travel Channel

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Because I’m a Maneater!

“I excel at date parties.” This was a status I put on my Facebook shortly after attending a date party last semester. My older sister who just graduated from the same school and is a member of the same sorority quickly replied with, “Of course you do, we are related.. keep on the legacy little one.”

Date parties are an art. Creating a costume is the best part of of the whole shabang. My most favorite date party was themed “Hooked On You” where I proceeded to create a shark costume and my date was “the victim.” I had just broken up with my long time boyfriend and was on a new “go me, I got rid of that loser” kick. Becoming a shark was probably one of the best ideas I have ever had. When people asked me, “A shark? That’s cool, why?” I would quickly reply with “Because I’m a maneater!” Not gonna lie, it was a hit. My best friend also had a good idea and went as a jellyfish (she was on a “I don’t need a man, so stay away from me” kick). The whole night we both proceeded to “shark” and “jellyfish” all night. Its a little hard to explain but I went around with my hands clasped together like I was swimming like a shark while my friend would hold her arms out to the side and swivel them as if they were her tentacles. Needless to say, the date party was a blast and our costumes had a huge role in that.

Date parties aren’t just about getting drunk and dancing with friends. To outsiders it may seem that way, and I don’t blame them. Date parties are about getting to be something else. We study all week and get swamped in projects and papers so on the weekends its nice to have something special every once in a while. Date parties allow us to make silly costumes (like a shark and jellyfish) and to just let go and take on the character rather than resuming in our normal college student lives.

So get creative and host a themed party. Create a silly costume and forget about the weeks activities for one night.

Here are some links for some great party/costume ideas:
College Tips
Top 10 College Theme Parties
Homemade Costume Ideas

Forget the Candle, Give Me a Cat.

Candlelight– the tradition that every sorority girl dreams of…except  this girl. As of now, the thought of marriage scares the hell out of me. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t mind having a candlelight. It’s the commitment to marriage in a mere 2 years that gives me the chills. Most people our age don’t know what they are doing next week, so how are we supposed to know who we are going to live the rest of our lives with?

So let me explain this “Candlelight” business– The Candlelight ceremony has been a sorority tradition for as long as sororities have existed. It all starts out when a girl (usually a senior, sometimes a junior) gets 1. dropped, 2. promised, or 3. engaged. For those of you that do not know, getting “dropped” is when the girl’s boyfriend gives her his letters to wear from his fraternity. It may not seem like a big deal, but for most fraternities, it’s like their version of a Candlelight. Now, getting promised is almost like getting engaged to be engaged. I personally don’t see the point in a promise ring.. why not just get engaged when the time is right? Personally, I feel like a promise ring says “We aren’t old enough to get married, so let me lock you down…” just sayin. Last but not least, is the engagement. I feel like everyone knows what an engagement is here in ‘Merica. We tend to make a huge deal about it, which is honestly okay by me. Yes, you can confess your love to me and plan out a cheesy way to ask me to spend the rest of my life with you. You have to admit, that’s a pretty hefty question. It’s not like your asking me, “What do you want to eat for dinner tonight?”, its asking me “What do you want to eat for dinner..for the rest of your life…with me?” Huge difference.

Now don’t get me wrong, I definitely believe in finding the right person and I definitely plan on getting married one day. I also believe that everything happens for a reason, so I have never really been the girl to plan the wedding or in this case, Candlelight, before there is a 2nd party involved. Around Candlelight season you hear girls talking about how they need to have a boyfriend now so that they will be ready for the Candlelight in 2 years. Personally, I’d rather be patient and find the right person and not have a Candlelight than end up with some dead-beat fiance with no personality and a beer belly. So, yes, I’m okay with being single for as long as it takes to find the right person. So until then forget the candle, and give me a cat.

See you in 9 months, 3 days, 11 hours and 15 minutes……

And the count down begins.. I’m going to start off by saying this count down is not a pregnancy count down being that it is 9 months (that’s awkward). The count down I am talking about is the count down to legality. Turning 21, the last age that everyone eagerly waits for. The age that gives you more options on the social front and the age that drains your cash.

So 9 months, 3 days, 11 hours and 15 minutes is November 11 and my birthday…if you haven’t guessed already. This would be perfectly fine if I didn’t have friends all turning 21 already. This has always been a problem for me, I have always become friends with those older than myself. This was fine when I was 15 years old and my friends were 16, I got a lot of free transportation out of it. But now that the difference between 21 and 20 is the legal consumption of alcohol and an MIP, things have changed and my friends have slowly disappeared one-by-one.

It hasn’t been too bad so far, mainly just Thursday nights when Joe’s has their “Ladies’ Night”. Which really isn’t all that bad considering I have work Thursday nights and an early morning class on Fridays. As for the rest of my friends’ “bar nights” I’m stuck finding my own things to do.

So what is there to do in this small college town?

Although Stillwater, Okla. is great, there isn’t much to do on the itinerary. So here are some of the things I came up with..

-Life chat– Orange Leaf and Aspen are my personal favorites. These are great places to kill an hour or two with a close friend to just sit and life chat. Personally, I feel like Aspen is used for the more serious life chats. The “Hey, let’s get coffee” line is almost just as bad as “Hey, we need to talk..” line. Not going to lie, I may or may not have broken up with someone at Aspen. It’s an easy getaway, you’re not stuck having to finish your meal, and its a pretty relaxing environment. Orange Leaf on the other hand is a little more uplifting and a more positive environment. So I’d stick with Orange Leaf for more casual encounters.

–Get some fresh air/ be active– My personal favorite is running, or walking (let’s get real), out at Boomer. Especially with a furry companion. Dogs love a nice stroll out at Boomer. If you don’t have one, borrow one! Most dog owners are almost always more than willing to offer up their dog for a walk. There is also the Humane Society. They have cats and dogs to play with, it’s easy to spend at least 2 hours there if you’re an animal person. Plus, you get service hours (win-win right?). Then there is bowling, I know its lame but come on.. it’s Stillwater, Oklahoma. It’s really not all that bad if you have a good group of friends with you. Last but not least, there is the Colvin Recreation Center. The Colvin has almost everything from rock climbing to Squash, and hey, its free.

–Find a “Haven”- One of the most important things you can have in college. Living in a sorority house with 66 other girls can get a little over whelming, which is why I found my haven. My haven is really just one of my best friends house. All we really do is homework and watch movies along with various other activities.. ( 😉 ). This way, you don’t have to spend money, just enjoy your time relaxing with your best pals.

Yeah, there isn’t that much to do in Stillwater other than going to the bars. Honestly, it’s not really about what you are doing, but who you are with. Find a good group of friends that will be there for you no matter what. As for my friends.. see you in 9 months, 3 days, 11 hours, and 4 minutes.

You can find more info on activites/ promotions in Stillwater through Stillocal.com

The Beginning of the End

I mentioned earlier about the fact that I am a strategic communications major and the fact that I still haven’t quite figured out what it is that I want to do. So how do you solve this problem? Most professionals say internships are the way to decide. Internship– scary word, right? At least for me it is. If you’re anything like my friends and I, applying for jobs means its “time to grow up.” Not to mention, writing essays and creating a cover letter and resume is not how I imagine spending my weekends.

So how do you muster up the motivation to create your resume, write a cover letter, and actually search for these internships? Let’s get real, I am still trying to figure that out. But here’s where I started:

Get familiar with Google– Searching for the internship might actually be the easiest step. For the most part, you have to know who to talk to and what to Google. With various Google attempts, you may find helpful (and obvious) websites like Internmatch, Internships, and Summerinternships. These websites will ask for your major and what kind of internship you are looking for. Aside from Google, your university should have a “hire our students” website that should help you out as well.

Creating the resume– Failure to keep up with a resume may be detrimental to the application process. Trying to remember what jobs you’ve obtained and the details to go along with them will make you want to pull your hair out. This is why it is important to keep up with these things. By doing this, you will only have to update your resume instead of creating a whole resume from scratch. Also, don’t be afraid of the formatting. There are plenty of free templates and examples online.

The cover letter– Ohhh the cover letter. This was the one I struggled with the most. Most people say that the cover letter will make or break you. Apparently employers only spend about 2 minutes skimming your resume but they do read your cover letter. So no pressure. The cover letter actually is not that bad. There are plenty of formatting examples and templates online.

Applying for internships can be frustrating, and quite frankly scary as hell. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy not having to pay my bills (thank you Mom and Dad) and the occasional “class canceled” email. But there is a time for everything and unfortunately we have to grow-up sometime and these internships seem to be the beginning of the end, but I guess you have to start somewhere, right?

Hey, it’s me. Jaclyn.

So I’m going to start off by introducing myself. My name is Jaclyn and I am a Sophomore at Oklahoma State University. I am a strategic communications major, and I have no idea what I want to do with my life. I feel like most students at this age struggle with the same dilemmas, which is why I have decided to make my blog about being an undergrad.

Honestly, if I could choose, I would be 21 and in college for the rest of my life. This is probably the going to be the highlight of our lives, let’s get real. We have the privileges of adults but we still get to act like kids..most of the time. So why not document this? Through this blog I will probably cover the non-existence of dead week, the stress of finals week, and all of the weekends before those two weeks that we just blow-off.

Being in college has it’s ups and downs and I hope to cover all of them..so bare with me. With that said, I am a girl in her twenties..and I am in a sorority so I am going to apologize ahead of time if you think this blog will be over global warming, saving the animals, or about the up coming presidential race (I’ve posted some links for those topics if you so chose to redirect to more intellectual topics). But don’t fret, I have better things to talk about than “the perfect hue of nail polish”. I am simply going to use this blog to bring out the simple things of college life that both guys and girls may relate with. Mainly girls, but I feel like most guys struggle too. Don’t deny it boys, we know you struggle.

 

The links I promised..

http://www.cnn.com/POLITICS/index.html

http://planetsave.com/

http://www.peta.org/