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This One’s For the Girls.

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As I sit in my semi-clean dorm room on a Sunday night (well, morning), I contemplate my clothing options for the following day.

While this doesn’t happen every night, I try to make a conscious effort to make sure that I don’t look completely homeless when I walk out of my dorm.

And no, I have yet to bust out the sweats in public…besides in the library that is.

Most people don’t understand that after wearing a strict, Gossip Girl-esque uniform for the past five years, I, along with many like minded people, get a little fatoosted* when given the freedom to pick out my own clothes.

This was my life for five long years. Clearly I was a tad excited to go to Texas. Hook em!

This was my life for five long years. And yes, I’m aware my skirt was unreasonably short.  Clearly I was a tad excited to go to Texas. Hook em!

Hell, I get worked up just thinking about which of my three pairs of neutral colored, Rainbow flip flops to wear!

Jeans? Sweaters? Shirts? Shoes? Shorts? Tanks? Dresses?

The options are endless.

However, if you are a sorority girl at U.T., you only have one option: norts*, oversized frat t-shirt or tank (frockets* are a must), mid-calf white, ribbed socks, and Nike free-runs.  Oh, and if you’re feeling really stylish, you might as well bust out your Ralph Lauren baseball hat.

If that doesn’t scream “top of the line fashion”, I don’t know what does.

I wonder who was the brilliant individual who decided that ensemble was legitimately cute.

Austin is supposed to be one of the coolest and most unique cities in the entire U.S.. I mean, come on, Austin’s slogan is, “Keep Austin Weird”.

Why must people conform to such fashion atrocities? What happened to being unique and making a statement? College is supposed to be about finding yourself, not blending in with the masses.

If going to an all girls’ high school taught me anything, it taught me to cherish the years where I have the complete freedom to pick out whatever my heart desires to wear. Because let’s face it, soon enough, we’ll all be rocking the “business casual” look on the daily.

And trust me, as adorable as grey, blue, and black pants suits are, I’d much rather have the option of wearing my Austin City Limits t-shirt and jean shorts.

So, fellow fashionistas, I’ll leave you with this:

I, Alana, the sorority girl, triple-dog-dare you to wear something new instead of the same old same old. Be different! Take a risk! In a city whose slogan is “Keep Austin Weird”, I doubt your outfit of choice will cost you any friends.

No guarantees on that last part, but what ever, you get my drift.

*Fatoosted: Immensely frustrated (Yiddish)

*Norts: Nike Shorts (I know, I didn’t know it was abbreviated either)

*Frockets: Front + Pocket = Frocket

Austin City Limits Music Festival

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Token ACL Picture Frame Shot

Ah, Austin City Limits: the only weekend where even the frattiest of frat boys and the preppiest of preps can dress like complete and utter hipsters and get away with it.

ACL Music Festival is comparable to other huge festivals such as Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Sasquatch—all larger than life, all hip as can be.

While most hipsters chose to spend around $300 give-or-take to enjoy a weekend of insane music and overpriced food, I chose the other route. You see, the people who scheduled TX/OU weekend, the biggest weekend in UT sports, and ACL clearly had some sort of spontaneous brain aneurism while choosing the dates because both major events were scheduled on the same weekend (This year, however, ACL is two weekends long, which avoids this problem. Snaps for you, ACL people. Snaps for you.)

Because the majority of UT students were in Dallas for the big game, I decided to see if I could weasel my way in to the festival for all three days come hell or high water. Luckily for me, one of the top tier sororities had a booth at ACL and due to the lack of students in Austin, the job was open to anyone in the Greek system, aka: me.

I signed up not knowing what I was getting myself in to and the next day I showed up bright and early to Zilker Park ready to complete any job that came my way.

Much to my surprise, the whole team kicked off each shift with an overflowing shot of whiskey—my kind of team.

They told me briefly over the phone that I would be working one of the food booths, but they neglected to tell me that I’d be selling exotic sausages. Exotic meaning Elk/ beehive and rattlesnake/ rabbit. And yes, I tried both.

I couldn’t tell you how many times people asked me what beehive was.

All I can say is it’s a good thing I’m not vegetarian.

After two days of work, I decided that I would actually bite the bullet and actually go to the festival.

BEST decision.

I saw the Civil Wars, Iggy Pop, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers front row. I’m just saying, watching Iggy frolic across the stage was a slight step above frightening. I took enough pictures to last me a life time and by the end of the day, was not only covered in mud, but had a Chaco tan that ended up lasting me through December.

All in all, successful weekend.

Rush. Oy.

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(I’m sorry, this is a long one. If you aren’t planning to go Greek, you can skip right over this)

Before I go in to this, allow me to make myself clear.

I am not a typical UT sorority girl. I, unlike a solid 80% of Greek girls, refuse to wear t-shirts down to my knees; I only wear Nike running shorts if I’m running, and I don’t own a pair of Nike Free Run’s. I joined a sorority to have an immediate community of friends. Not going to lie though, themed frat parties and raves are the highlight of my week. (More on Greek life/ style in another post)

If you have the heat tolerance of a fully protected fire fighter, U.T.’s Formal Sorority Recruitment is the weeklong event for you. But bless your poor, naïve soul if you think your hair and makeup can withstand that heat.

We received our bids by ripping them out from under the chairs we sat on in the auditorium. Definitely one of the more nerve-wracking moments of Rush.

Let me take you back to last summer, when I was scrambling at the last minute trying to get everything together for Rush.

Coming from that far away country to the north, commonly known as, Canada, I hadn’t the faintest idea of how Rush worked, what I needed to bring, or what to wear. So, like any other 17-year-old girl, I had a minor freak-out and sought out my mom’s help. She, the more rational female in my family, turned to the invention we like to call e-mail, to contact any and every sorority alum she knew—a brilliant decision on her part.

I quickly learned that I would need to compile a “Rush Packet” for each sorority I liked. It included: professional pictures, which my mother so aptly rolled her eyes at, a “social resume”, recommendation letters to make sure I wasn’t socially inept, and my transcripts. Why I needed to submit transcripts after being accepted in to University is beyond me.

After sending off my nicely compiled Rush packets, a full week of shopping commenced.

As previously mentioned, Formal Recruitment, or “Rush” is a five-day event. For those who want to participate in Formal Recruitment in upcoming years, here is what your schedule will most likely look like:

Round One: Open House (Days 1-2)

  • You travel from house to house with your group and recruitment counselors (called Rho-Chi’s)
  • Parties are about 25 minutes each and you basically have the exact same conversation at every single house.
  • Clothing: Depends on the school, but UT had all PNM’s (potential new members) wear khaki shorts and a t-shirt that they gave us. They’re not the prettiest, but hey, they’re equalizers.

Round Two: Philanthropy Day (Days 2-3)

  • Each sorority presents what their chosen philanthropy is and you do a little activity for it…you mostly drink lemonade and have the same exact conversation you had yesterday but with a different person
  • Length: About 35 minutes
  • Clothing: day/ sun dress, wedges or sandals, NO DENIM

Round Three: Skit Night (my favorite!) (Day 4)

  • This is the night when the sorority gets to show you their personality
  • Length: About 45 minutes
  • Clothing: Dressy, but not formal. Time to trot out those Kendra Scott earrings!

Round four: Preference Night (Day 5)

  • This is the most formal and personal round
  • Members of the sorority will write little speeches about a certain person in her sorority or what her sorority means to her
  • If you’re the emotional sort, bring out the tissues
  • This is really the first point in recruitment where you have an actual say in whether or not you want to side with a specific sorority over another
  • Clothing: Black dress, formal

    Even after Rush ended, I still keep up with multiple members of my Rush Group

    Even after Rush ended, I still keep up with multiple members of my Rush Group

Bid Day!

  • WOO! You made it!
  • All PNM’s gather and receive their bids
  • Clothing: Casual sun dress

After each round, you rank the sororities you want and which you don’t want and as the week progresses, you end up with fewer and fewer parties to go to.

What’s in my Rush Bag?

  1. Comfortable change of shoes
  2. Makeup/ hair products
  3. Portable fan (in Texas, it makes a world of a difference)
  4. Map of the school, or at least make sure you have a map on your phone

Over all, this is what I took out of Rush

  1. Each round, the drinks get better and better; don’t resist the urge and if you have to use the bathroom, GO!
  2. Don’t get your hopes up for a certain sorority. Go in with an open mind.
  3. Accept the fact that your hair will frizz and your makeup will sweat off…it’s all part of the fun.
  4. Yes, you do have the same conversation for five days in a row. You’re not imagining things.

The University of Texas website published a little handbook online that really helped me when it came time to prepare for Rush: Your Guide to Sorority Life

In conclusion, here’s a toast to all upcoming potential new members: Cheers to those who voluntarily subject themselves to the hottest of summer days only to impress the sorority of their choice. May the level of humidity remain below average and may the odds be ever in your favor.