Getting involved

by Victoria Nguyen

Hey, everybody! Let me just start off by saying, “IT’S FRIDAY!” I’m so ready for the week to be over and just take some time and relax a little bit. I don’t know about all of you, but I have acquired a little stack of homework that isn’t going to do itself.

I’ve been trying this thing, where I select something new to try every week to better myself. Last week it was hitting the gym at least three times, which I can say proudly that I have done (pat on the back is required)! This week I set out to try and find an extracurricular activity to occupy some of my time during the week.

I’m sure that everyone has traveled through the Quad at least once since arriving on campus. If you haven’t, you might want to make a trip sometime to see all the different things going on down there. The past few weeks, it’s been nothing but fraternity and sorority tents, but now that Rush Week is winding down, I think a lot more of the organizations on campus will start to make their way out. I’ve been handed fliers for community service sororities, bike riding clubs, bible studies, and so much more. It’s always a surprise when you make your way through the crowds, because you’re always met with something unique.

I am not totally sold on the whole sorority thing, but my friend really wanted to attend a meeting for a community service-based sorority, so I went with her. When we got to the third floor of LBJ, there were girls literally everywhere. Eventually we were directed to a registration table, where we picked up applications for the organization. When we were filling out these applications, I started to notice how people were interacting with each other. I’m sure there were some really nice people around and not everyone was the same, but the girls in close proximity of me were acting really fake. To me, being honest is the most important aspect of a person, and if you’re being a “fake”, you’re not being honest with yourself or the people around you. I came to the conclusion this just wasn’t going to be my sort of thing. I told my friend I was leaving and hoped that she would have a good time, just like I will to all of you who might want to go after this.

Tonight was a totally different experience. I was on Twitter a couple of days ago and saw a tweet that sparked my interest quite a bit. It was advertising an interest meeting for Bobcat Belles. I read the tweet and found that this was exactly the kind of activity that I wanted to be a part of. After going over the details of the event, I realized I had missed the meeting. I quickly e-mailed the group and requested more information regarding it. I was ecstatic to find out they were having another interest meeting that night. I made the incredibly long walk (it really wasn’t that far!) to the South End Zone Complex at Bobcat Stadium. Listening to all the girls describe their experiences and explanation about the group, I was sold on the “sisterhood” almost immediately.

I really like football and really want to meet new people, and I think Bobcat Belles is going to be a great way to combine the two activities. Also focusing on the future, I think this type of organization will prepare me for what I want to do. I have an interview next Monday night and I’m really excited but so nervous because I want to be a part of it so badly! I feel like this is the place I can truly be myself and make friends doing it. I hope my interview goes well and that I get to show the true me! That’s my exciting thing for the week. I wonder what next week has in store for me and what I will try next!

I encourage all of you to go out and try something new. You can always determine you don’t like it afterwards, but if you never go, you’ll never know! Have a great night, Bobcats, and if I don’t “see” y’all later, have a great weekend! Just FYI, there are volleyball games all this weekend. Maybe you will make that your exciting thing for the week! I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

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