Girls Just Want To Have Fun

The past two weeks have been very overwhelming at work. The number of appointments on my calendar has tripled. I have had students stop by my office non-stop. So as the weekend approached me, I was looking forward to having some quiet time. However, that didn’t happen. It was a weekend full of laughs, tears, hugs, and smiles as one of my best friends got married, and my sorority welcomed new sisters into our family.

Last weekend, one of my best friends, Amy, got married. She was one of the first friends I made at UNI as a student, and has since remained a dear friend. I met Amy when I lived in Bartlett Hall as student (I wrote about Bartlett Hall in one of my April posts). My first semester, I met Kristin who lived a few doors down from me. Darcy was Kristin’s roommate a few years later, and that’s how we met. We call ourselves “The Amigos” because we were big fans of the animated film “Happy Feet”. There is a group of penguins who refer themselves as “The Amigos”. As teenagers, we left home to go to college to join our lives with other teenagers. We explored and learned about ourselves. Now as adults, we meet someone special and join our lives to someone’s family. We also explore and learn about life. Thus begins another rite of passage in the life of a young woman.

During her wedding reception, my best friends and I danced to the songs of our youth (Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, and Hanson—who doesn’t love “MmmBop”?) and for the first time I realized that “we’re growing up”. Amy is moving to Minnesota with her husband. Darcy was promoted at her job. Kristin, served as a bridesmaid and caught the bouquet, and will most likely be the next one in line to the altar. And myself? I still live in the college world, helping students figure out what they want to do with their lives. We’re adults now…well, at least not when “Call Me, Maybe” comes on. It’s a bittersweet moment when you realize how much you have accomplished as a person, but how you yearn for the carefree days when you had no responsibilities. It definitely was a night to remember all the good times we shared together, to celebrate love, and to relax from a long first week of classes (yeah, you know you’re counting down the days until Winter Break now).

The weekend of this wedding was also sorority recruitment at UNI, another rite of passage for many incoming college women. Sorority recruitment this year was amazing! Over 100 collegiate women signed up to participate in Formal Recruitment, and everyone was paired up with one of the four sororities on campus. The Recruitment Guides did a great job with helping women find a place to call home. My sorority, Alpha Delta Pi, welcomed 23 new members! My family has been expanding so much throughout the years that it makes me so happy.

In addition to my job at the Multicultural Center, I serve as an advisor to my sorority chapter at UNI, which is the focus of my volunteer work. (Yes, I know…I work with students, and I volunteer with students—crazy!). When I was 19 I joined Alpha Delta Pi sorority, which was founded in 1851 and was the first sorority to be established in the Greek system. I really enjoy being an advisor today because it reaffirms my commitment to this organization and their values. I love working with these young women who are invested in their scholarship, service, and sisterhood. AND it’s another way for me to give back to those who gave so much to me.

What a great weekend to share in the company of my sorority sisters, and my “sisters” from my old residence hall. It was a busy weekend for me, but us girls? We just wanna have fun! 

Tabatha Cruz

Joshua Wilson

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