Author: Carolyn Grace, C’16
Hey there past and present Quakers!
Today, I officially assume my role as both a work-study student at Alumni Relations and a sophisticated writer in the blogsophere. We’ll see how well that second job goes.
Needless to say, I am extremely excited to share with you all my sophomoric experiences as a sophomore here at Penn! Whether it’s late-night study sessions in Van Pelt or early morning brunches at 1920 Commons, flinging toast at football games or jamming during a cappella rehearsals, I will try my best to capture the many facets of campus life that remind me why I chose this incredible institution. So, here goes nothing!
At 9:00 PM on Tuesday night, a to-go box of pasta and green beans in hand, I made my way to room F95 of Huntsman Hall with another 120 girls or so. It was time for the weekly chapter meeting of my sorority, Sigma Kappa!
Since I was given a bid to join last February, I have loved every minute of my time in SK. The motto for the sorority is “One Heart, One Way,” a phrase that rings true to its members. I had the amazing luck of getting into the same sorority as three of my other very close friends. What was even more amazing was the number of close friends I made over the course of the semester. Formals, philanthropy events, retreats, through it all I have met girls with interests and ideas that really intrigue me, regardless of whether or not they were similar to my own.
Although the school year has only just begun, Sigma Kappa is already up and running with events! Two weeks ago, the girls and I went on a boat cruise for our Sisterhood retreat. All aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia, we were treated to brunch, dancing, games, and a breathtaking view of our fair city. For this week’s chapter, we started planning our fall philanthropy event, Quizzo. Ranked last spring by 34th Street magazine as the best trivia event of the year, SK’s Quizzo is packed with fun facts and prizes! The money we raise goes towards our national Alzheimer’s Disease and Research Grant Program, one of the many charities we support.
Finally, today is the beginning of our annual Moms and Special Women’s Weekend! We’re kicking off these next few days with a Meet the Moms dessert reception at City Tap House tonight at 8:00 PM. Other activities will include dinner in Center City, brunch at the Sigma Kappa chapter house, and both the Memory Mile Walk and Penn’s Second Annual 5K for the IOA (Institute on Aging). This weekend looks pretty packed, and I can’t wait to spend it with my mom and my SKisters!