Monday, October 31, 2011

happy halloween!

Although this weekend was crammed between two very busy weeks, I still made time to celebrate on Saturday night. I went to Phi Sig's Monster Bash date party, and KJ, Thomas, Kyle, and I dressed as The Incredibles. We even had a baby to be Jack-Jack!

Yes, we memorized our poses from the picture so we could be in full character.

Of course, today was actually October 31st. So Alpha Phi set up booths on the Drillfield and in the Library Plaza to pass out candy and wish everyone on campus a Happy Halloween!!

How did you celebrate your Halloween this year?

Friday, October 28, 2011

oak lane trick-or-treat

As college students, one aspect of Halloween we do not necessarily get to participate in anymore is trick-or-treating! Lucky for us, Oak Lane (the Greek community at VT) holds an event called Oak Lane Trick-Or-Treat for all of the families of Blacksburg to come walk around from house to house to trick-or-treat and to come inside each house for a different craft or game.

This was my first year participating in Oak Lane Trick-Or-Treat, and it was a blast (despite the freezing rain)!! I loved seeing all the kiddies in their cute little costumes, so excited to get a bucket full of candy. At the Alpha Phi house we helped each kid make lollipop ghosts. So cute!

Happy Halloweekend everyone!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

85 years of tradition

Happy (belated) Homecoming Week, Virginia Tech! Last week was full of Homecoming festivities at Tech. However, it was such a busy week that I didn't have time to post in the middle of it. Instead, I was taking in all of the spirit and tradition all over campus.

The Homecoming candidates were campaigning all week long, the Corps of Cadets were running around with the game ball for everyone to touch, there were concerts, comedy shows, a hypnotist, and of course, the SAA Homecoming spirit rally on Friday. This is probably our best spirit rally of the year because there is so much tradition incorporated into the rally. My favorite part is when the Corps of Cadets perform the flaming VT at the end of the spirit rally.

Alpha Phi was paired with Delta Sig for the week so we had socials, dinners, and movie nights with them all week. My favorite social was on Friday, themed...DAYGLOW!!! We all dressed in white and neon colors and raved all night (yes, there was paint included too!)

On Saturday morning was the Homecoming Parade. We marched and chanted Alpha Phi songs all the way downtown to the pylons. Not to mention, we were the LAST organization in the parade. What better way to end it, right?

After the parade, we took a few pictures and then headed to Lot 9 to tailgate. There were a bunch of Alpha Phi alums back for Homecoming, and they joined us at the tailgate!

The Hokies beat Boston College in the Homecoming game 30-14! Perfect ending to my favorite week of the Fall semester. Let's go Hokies!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

new blog on the block!

Virginia Tech Panhellenic Presents The Ladies of Oak Lane

Check out our new blog featuring each of the 12 Panhellenic chapters. 
I am a proud blogger for Alpha Phi!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

the colors of fall

I think this picture pretty much says it all. There is not a prettier campus in the world when it gets to be the fall! Maroon and orange leaves on the trees all over campus? Life is good.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

the perfect getaway

This weekend I went home to Northern Virginia for a relaxing weekend with my family. When picking a reason to go home, there were many factors I needed to consider. And this weekend met all of the following qualifications:

-There wasn't a Hokie game in Lane Stadium
-Oakton was playing Chantilly in football
-It was my parents' 23rd Anniversary
-Meemaa and Grandpa were in town

So Jessica drove Sarah and I home on Thursday night, and we got home around 11pm. I told my parents that I wanted to surprise my grandparents, so when I got home I immediately went upstairs so they wouldn't hear me come in.

The surprise worked great! I woke up on Friday morning and walked downstairs like I would any other morning, and said "good morning, SURPRISE!" Meemaa and Grandpa were literally shocked and so confused. They couldn't understand that my parents knew I was coming home the whole time and that we didn't tell them. But they were so pleasantly surprised!

On Friday, the girls (Mom, Meemaa, and I) went to Fair Oaks to go shopping! I was on a mission to find a black dress for Recruitment, and we found the perfect Calvin Klein dress in Macy's.

The big event for Friday, however, was Mike playing in the Oakton vs. Chantilly football game at Chantilly. Of course, we got to Chantilly about 2 hours before the game even started because my Dad loves to watch the boys warm-up. We were easily the first Oakton family there.

Everything about the game was great! Mike played so well, the fans were insane (I've never seen that great of Cougar fans), and we beat Chantilly 21-14. Please note that I have never seen Oakton win a game since I have been at Virginia Tech. Mike always says I'm a bad luck charm, but that is no longer an excuse!

Saturday, October 15th was Mom and Dad's 23rd Anniversary, so we celebrated with a beautiful dinner at Dante's Restaurant in Great Falls. I ordered a lobster tail with crab meat! Such a delicious meal, and a wonderful time with the family.

Before dinner that night, Mom, Meemaa, and I went to the Leesburg outlets for MORE shopping! I went on a shopping spree like no other, but my Mom is saving a lot of my new clothes for Christmas. And I am okay with that considering all of the fall and winter clothes I still haven't worn.

Then on Sunday we were planning on going back to Blacksburg, but we decided to stay the extra day and drive home Monday morning. So we did. I was so happy to just get one more day to relax at home, watch the Redskins (lose), and spend more time with Meemaa and Grandpa before they headed back to Florida.

Of course I am back to school now, amidst the craziness of Homecoming Week. Stay tuned for a post about all of this week's happenings at Virginia Tech!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

weekend recap

Now that I have finished taking my two Marketing exams for the week, I finally have time to blog about my beautiful Blacksburg weekend.

Since it was Fall Break, a lot of students went home or went to visit friends at other schools. But since I always have Friday classes off, Fall Break was pretty much just like any other weekend. So I stayed in Blacksburg, and thank goodness I did!

On Friday, the Johnson's and I went to the Cascades in Pembroke, VA. We hiked two miles up to get to the waterfall, and then two miles back down. It was the perfect day for a hike! And KJ and I got to mark it off our Hokie Bucket List.

Saturday was game day in Blacksburg! The Hokies took on Miami in probably one of the most exciting VT football games I have ever witnessed. Every fan in Lane Stadium was standing and screaming for the Hokies as loud as they possibly could. I don't think there was a louder stadium in the nation on Saturday evening. Check out this video to really feel our Hokie spirit...

Monday, October 10, 2011

Saturday, October 8, 2011

the ring tradition

Virginia Tech has a very rich history and therefore many traditions. One of the greatest traditions is our university's Ring Tradition in which each class has their own, unique class ring. On Tuesday, October 4 was the Class of 2013's Ring Premiere. 

Ring Premiere basically consists of a one-hour ceremony in Burruss Hall Auditorium in which the Ring Design Team and Leadership Team unveil our class ring. Following the show are fireworks on the Drillfield and then everyone walks over to Squires Commonwealth to pick up the Class of 2013 official tshirt.

As members of the Leadership Team, we have been actively planning this event for a full year since we got our positions last October. Kelly and I have already learned so much in our first year as Marketing Co-Chairs, and we have done an insane amount of work in the past few months to market this event to our class. 

I would say that all of our hard work definitely paid off when we saw almost all 2,500+ seats in Burruss Hall Auditorium full at Premiere! Now we have two new Marketing Co-Chairs of 2014, Taylor and Blair, to mentor. So excited for them!

Clayton, our 2013 Ring Design Chair, led a committee of 10 Leadership Team members in the designing of our class ring and planning our Ring Premiere. It was definitely a night to remember, and our ring is already cherished by the entire class! So proud of you, Clay.

Before the night begun, we took pictures on the steps of Burruss Hall. My wonderful and supportive Alpha Phis actually showed up at 6:20pm (Premiere started at 7pm), so I made them pose for a picture as well! That's sisterhood right there.

Check out this video for the details of our ring design! I am so anxious to order my beautiful class ring and wear it proudly on my finger for the rest of my life. Stay tuned for pictures when it arrives! 

Monday, October 3, 2011