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  • 09:47:54 am on January 17, 2012 | Comments Off on Who Doesn’t Want to be Popular? | # |

    I hope you all like my title =D

    This post isn’t really about popularity but more about finding a group of people who will make your experience more worthwhile during college.

    I personally think one of the most important things to look at when deciding which college or university you are going to attend are the activities. How are students staying involved? What are things that the students participate in on the weekends? Are the students nice and easy to meet and talk to? Does the university really care about what the students want to do outside of the classroom?

    These were questions that I asked myself before I made my decision to attend UCCS. For me, when it came down to where I was going in Fall 2009, I had to make a decision between UCCS and NMSU in Las Cruces. Both were, and are, great places to attend, but I felt that UCCS had more to offer me when it came to staying involved. I have always been an active person and I am always involved in something, so this was very important for my decision. At UCCS there are over 160 clubs ranging from the Young Democrats to the Beard Growing Club, and everything in between. When I went on my campus tour I made sure to look at the club list to see if there was something that did interest me. I also looked at what campus events were being hosted not only for all of the students, but also specifically for the students in the residence halls because I didn’t want to have the urge to go home EVERY weekend. (The occasional weekend is acceptable lol)

    Overall, I am very happy with the choice that I made. I have had the opportunity to not only join clubs and organizations on campus, but also become a leader and have a voice for the activities that I chose to participate in. Although making friends and being involved in clubs isn’t the main reason that you attend college, it is very important in relation to the entire experience and package of what you got out of the 3 to 5 years you spent all of that money and time.

    For me, I wanted to become more aware of my identity from a cultural perspective so I knew that I was going to join the Black Student Union once I entered college. What I didn’t know was that I would eventually join a sorority. Do I regret it? No way! I have learned so much about myself from joining both a club and organization that I know it will be beneficial once I do graduate and begin pursuing a career. I know that when I go out to find my ideal career I will have leadership experience, a diverse background, goals and accomplishments that I can discuss during the interview, and letters of recommendation and personal references from the people who I have met along my journey through college because I decided to become involved.

    Even if clubs and organizations are not something you may be interested in, look at the events and resources that are available to and for the students. This is not only important socially, but also academically. Events that you are interested in will lead you towards finding other people who are also interested in that event, ultimately creating a beautiful friendship =) I gained many of my friends by attending an event that I thought was interesting. One example is through my love of going out and dancing. UCCS hosts a Foam dance party, Homecoming dance, and a Blacklight party for the students. Each time that I would attend one of these dances, I would meet other students who also enjoyed dancing so then we not only attended the on campus dances but we began going off campus to experience dancing at the clubs downtown. Through this activity, I not only gained new friends but I also gained new resources for information that I was interested in.

    So basically, when deciding on a college to attend, always take into consideration what the students do for fun both on and off campus because academics are not the only important things that you should take away from your college experience. Look at the events that are put on for the students, ask to find out what students do on weekends or in their spare time, check out the clubs, organizations, intramural sports, and resources that are available to the students. Basically look at it as if you were to spend 4 years of your life doing something, what additional things would make that the best experience and thing you ever did?

    Okay, that is it for me. I hope you enjoyed!

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  • 01:26:51 pm on August 30, 2011 | Comments Off on Back to School | # |

    Well it is the time of year again, where the bathing suits are put away and the text books are purchased.

    Yes, it is the return of school.

    Now for some of you this is horrible and you attempt to drag out every moment until you can no longer force yourself to stay awake and suddenly you are awake and walking with the crowd to your first class.

    Now for others, the hours, minutes, and seconds can not crawl by any slower before school starts and you are chirping next to the West Lawn with your bundles of friends and anticipating the awesome personality of your new professor.

    But, we can not forget all of the fun things that we experienced over the summer.

    For example, this summer I worked full-time as a camp coach at a gymnastics company. Now being a camp coach is probably the BEST job for the summer because not only are you paid to have fun, but you are paid to go on Field Trips!

    This summer, all within Colorado, I visited the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, slid down a HUGE water slide, went Glow Golfing, visited the Money Museum, accomplished the Xtreme Gladiator Challenge, learned how to walk on stilts, learned how to juggle at least two balls, learned how to do the tramp wall, drove to Denver and got lost, went to Beta and Vinyl night club, went to Elitch Gardens Amusement Park, finally walked around Garden of the Gods, saw some awesome movies (even one for $1.50) AND I was able to hang out with so many friends.

    So basically, I am writing this to let whoever reads this know that there are plenty of things to do over the summer IN Colorado.

    First thing, all of our outdoorsy people, we have mountains. Yes, I said mountains. Fourteeners are a huge thing within Colorado to accomplish. Fourteeners meaning mountains that exceed 14,000 feet. If that is what you are into, I say go for it.

    For some of our people who want something quick, or for the people who want to challenge themselves once a year, we also have the Incline. It is one mile up but gains 2000 feet vertically. Not to mention that the trail is made of railroad ties. If you don’t know, I say look it up to know the most info on it because it is either really intense OR just a good little workout depending on your personal fitness level.

    If you are into hiking, we do have Garden of the Gods and also a really cool place called City Rock; City Rock is an indoor rock climbing facility.

    Of course we have places to get wet and wild, like your best friend’s pool, and the hose in your backyard! But if you are tired of the same old song and dance we do have Elitch Gardens. You can get two parks, a water park and an amusement park, for the price of one! =)

    We also have some pretty extreme stuff in Colorado, if rock climbing is too tame.

    In Colorado Springs we have the Wind Walker at the Cave of the Winds. Basically it is a ropes course that is over the edge of a cliff. Also they do candle light tours which are pretty fun if you like searching in the dark for a way out of a cave.

    At the Royal Gorge, we have a zipline!!!! Yes, my favorite and still at the top of my to-do list, a zipline!!! While there you can experience 9 different courses to soar over the Royal Gorge. Pretty exciting!!

    Another favorite of mine is the night life dancing scene. In Colorado Springs we have College nights on Wednesdays at Cowboy’s, and usually for Friday and Saturday Sodo’s is the place to be.

    In Denver, there are a variety of clubs to visit. Two of my most recent visits were to Beta Night Club and Vinyl Night Club, but I also know they have a club called The Church. Depending on what you are looking for, Beta features more house, electro and Dubstep music. Vinyl offers 4 floors, each with a different theme ranging from Hip Hop to Techno, and the occasional Salsa night.

    So to end my little speech about the amazing Colorado area, I hope you all are able to visit and create your own experiences while visiting or living. Colorado is a beautiful location and there are amazing things popping up every day to explore and discover.

    I hope you all have an amazing semester and hope the summer treated you well.

    -Whitley

     
  • 03:01:33 pm on April 27, 2011 | Comments Off on Greeks are Awesome | # |

    posterSooo, I have not written anything in a long amount of time. I would like to dedicate this blog to being a Greek on the UCCS campus. Currently I am involved in the Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority, Iota Kappa Chapter.

    All throughout my life, up until my Senior year of High School, I never thought that I would be involved in Greek life. I had seen the movies about the more than scandalous sorority girls, and the date-rape fraternity guys, but it never crossed my mind that this was actually a stereotype. Yes, it is true, not all members of fraternities and sororities are the same. We do not all run around partying, getting drunk, and having sex with anything that has legs. I know, I know, it’s sad and I’m sorry I had to burst that bubble. But seriously, what I learned from being in my sorority is that being unique is a great characteristic. My sorority thrives on recruiting unique women that are driven in some aspect of their lives. So many of our women have earned scholarship pearls because of their outstanding GPAs. We have multiple women with a 4.0 GPA that are either on the President’s List or the Dean’s List. All of our members are involved in at least two clubs either on or off campus. Within my sorority we have a great mix of women. We have African-Americans, Asians, Latinas, Caucasians, Christians, Jews, Republicans, Democrats, petite, curvy, athletic, tall, average and short women. I also enjoy that although we have all come together for the purpose of our sorority, we also have our own identities and interests. For example, I work off campus, I am a tour guide, I’m involved in the Black Student Union, Unique Step and Dance Team, and I am a full time student. One of my sisters works at the Family Development Center, lives in a house with 3 of my other sisters, is a representative on Greek Panhellinic, has a boyfriend, and is a full time Nursing student. Although we are both different in things that we do outside of Phi Sigma Sigma, we both have an understanding and goal within our sorority to better ourselves as women and leaders. One of the other great things about Greek life is the ability to network. Almost instantly, you have at least 40 personal contacts that know somebody or someone that can better you within your own lifestyle and career. After that, you are introduced to a world of Phi Sigma Sigma girls through leadership conferences that you can attend and advisors that are willing to come talk to your chapter or make you aware of opportunities within the Phi Sigma Sigma community.

     Going back to the beginning of this…writing, one of the main reasons that I wanted to join a Sorority in my last year of High School was because I wanted to have the same family feeling that I had when I was on the Step team and Cheerleading team at my High School. When I was a junior in high school I joined Cheerleading and I will never regret that decision. At first, it sucked and I thought all of the “cool” girls looked down on me. But I stuck with it and found a new confidence within myself that I never had before the experience. The girls on my team had become like a family to me, and I was happy that I improved myself during the process. After going through recruitment, I had the same feeling of comfort when I met the girls in the Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority. After being involved with these women for two years, I know that I made the right decision. They support me when things are going wrong in my life and are able to put up with all of my “wierdness”. Whenever I invite them to things that are important to me, I can always count on seeing one of my sisters rooting for me in the crowd. Now, I know this became sappy really quickly, but I am very grateful to have so many beautiful, intelligent, strong, inspiring women in my life. I understand that Greek life is not for everyone, but I know that it was the right decision for me. All in all, just like an essay for English class, I think Greek life is amazing because of the opportunities, networking capabilities, friends, and mission.

    NOW, as you may know by now, I did not speak about the mission of the Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority AND I will not. I would like to mention that on April 30th from 10am-6pm the Iota Kappa Chapter is putting on our annual Rock-A-Thon to benefit the National Kidney Foundation at University Village on Nevade. Phi Sigma Sigma made the National Kidney Foundation our main philanthropy because it was the leading cause of death among women at the time. Again, if you are in town, the Rock-A-Thon is on April 30th from 10am-6pm at the University Village. There will be a balloon pop for great prizes, like Air Force Tickets and Entertainmart gift cards, Caricatures, a Bounce House, and lots of GREAT music throughout the day ranging from indie rock to African drums. Oh, and before I forget there will also be Greeks rocking out in rocking chairs =) SO, again if you are in town on Saturday April 30th from 10am-6pm, come to the Rock-A-Thon at the University Village on Nevada to support the National Kidney Foundation!! Yes, yes I did advertise 3 times within this blog. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE, and I hope you enjoyed today’s blog. -Go Greek!poster

     
  • 10:10:34 am on March 18, 2011 | Comments Off on Trial One | # |

    So, my name is Whitley. I have never blogged and don’t read blogs so I am new to this style. I think I will just start with the things that tell you more about myself. My about me section is pretty much about me and general things in my life. The comment about almost being the President of the Black Student Union is still in the process of happening. It is not official yet, but I have faith in myself =) I think for my blog I will start with the Black Student Union since that is where my latest inspiration comes from. Recently the Black Student Union took a trip to the Big XII Conference on Black Student Government in Columbia, Missouri. The Student Government Association helped pay for our trip, and I am pretty sure we are all grateful to even have the experience and opportunity. I think that I was not only inspired for UCCS’ BSU, but I was inspired and enlightened in my personal life. There were a variety of speakers that came for workshops and to speak during meals or as a part of the nightly events. Some speakers include Soledad O’Brien and Terry McMillan. For me, I wanted to have a week of workshops because there were so many interesting topics. They ranged from leadership to Lil Wayne and college dating. At the end of the third day of the conference, I was sad due to the end of workshops but happy because of the Missouri party that night =) Have you ever seen Black sororities and fraternities stroll? It is AMAZING. They go throughout the entire night at parties. My favorite workshops were on academic success, being P.R.E.S.I.D.E.N.T.I.A.L., why black women rock, and developing your passions. I not only got to see all of these other black leaders coming from all around the U.S., but I was able to learn from their challenges and success at their colleges. They all went through failures whether it was low attendance at an event or low membership interest. I think it was nice just being around so many intelligent, beautiful, strong, inspirational, driven African Americans in one place. I remember on the second day we, as a BSU, said that we were already excited for Big XII in Oklahoma next year. Overall, I think that I want to be able to take the things that I learned from this conference and apply them to UCCS’ BSU. I want our events to be bigger than they have been in previous years, and I want to make an impact in the Colorado Springs community. If anything, that is all I want from being the President of the BSU. Well, and a big member base that actually feels like a family. Well, I hope that I did a good job with this first post.