September 11, 2012

Sisterhood Retreat and a Salute to 9/11

This past weekend was Sisterhood Retreat for my sorority. It was two nights of bonding, laughs, and endless fun. I swear, every second I spend with these women the more I fall in love with Gamma Phi Beta.

Friday night was the first night of retreat, and all of the sisters and new members went to a church's gym to play games and to get to know one another. I was on the Orange Team, and we dominated. At Chapter on Sunday it was announced that my team was the overall winner of Friday night's games! I don't think we earned too many random points, but we racked up during our lip synch/dance competition with our routine to The Lion King theme song remix.

The Orange Team!
Back row L to R: Katy, Kayla, Caitlin, Ciera, Carrie, Meagan;
Front row L to R: Tori, Becca, Erin, me, Justine, Katie

The second night we took buses to Stone Mountain and watched the laser show. I had heard of the laser show before but had never been, so it was special to experience it for the first time with my sisters. It was a great end to our sisterhood retreat! I've been looking for a group of people that I fit in with in college ever since my freshman year, and it is beyond comforting to know that I have finally found that group with these women. I've said it so many times, but I truly feel so at home with this sorority, and I can't wait to see what the next two years has in store for me.

Me and Sarah

Rachel, Kaleigh, Jeanette, Ciera, and Holly

Rachel and me

Ciera, Rachel, and me

4 of the 6 girls who went Gamma Phi from my Pi Chi group.
Me, Ciera, Jamie, and Rachel

Side note: I know I have not been updating near as much as I did this summer, and it is really bothering me. So to hopefully fix this problem, I'm just going to start lugging my big D70 Nikon camera with me everywhere I go. Here's to more posts in the future!

Also, today is September 11, and if you're from the US you know how important this day is. And even if you're not from the US, I'm sure you know about the tragedy that struck this country 11 years ago. I want to take a moment to remember all those who were lost on this devastating day and encourage all of you to do the same.
A quote from one of my all time favorite movies (The Sandlot): "There's heroes, and there's legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die." To all the men and women of the fire and police departments in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania and the citizens of America who did all they could to help the victims of these attacks, who either passed away or are still living, I'm sure I can speak on behalf of this entire country when I say thank you for all that you have done. You are more than heroes. You are legends. This is a day that will never be forgotten, and your selfless service will always be appreciated and remembered.
To all the victims, you all live on in our hearts, and your lives were not lived in vain. Though you are no longer with us physically, your presence is still felt, and we will continue to fight in your memory.
To the victims' families, you are never alone. This entire country supports you and keeps you in our hearts, minds, and prayers.
To our military, thank you for risking your lives every day to ensure my freedom and to protect this country. Your service never goes unnoticed, and we are forever indebted to you.
This is a country whose spirit cannot be broken. We always rise from the ashes, and we always hold our heads high. For as long as I'm alive I will be proud to call myself a citizen of the United States of America and to stand behind the colors of the red, white, and blue.

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