Sunday, January 30, 2011

Got Spirit? Yeah, Yeah, Yeah


For those of you that don't know:

Spirit Week |spe'it weak-| noun. producing or able to produce large amounts of Spirit : a week long celebration of Pi Love. • most notable distinguished by large amounts of coffee (or caffeine substitutes), weird or silly behavior, and long nights achieving or producing a significant amount or result: The Theta Theta Chapter of Alpha Delta Pi is celebrating Spirit Week and getting ready for new Alpha Sisters.

Spirit Week is one of my favorite times of the year. I really love Formal Recruitment - I am always amazing by my sisters, what they can do, how they present themselves and how they come together. While I absolutely LOVE recruitment, I also recognize that it is a very stressful, busy, crazy time.

1. Practices will go late.
2. Sisters have homework, boyfriends, roommates, friends all of which also require attention.
3. Happy at 4 p.m. does not always ensure happiness at 4 a.m.

So what can we do? How do we as chapter members, leaders, and officers ensure that this is the best week possible for our sisters?

We have to set the tone.

Setting expectations as a chapter or whole group, making "rules" for the week - our list, which we made at chapter last night, covered everything from "No saying 'shut up'" to "Don't burst my happy bubble" - if sisters have to stay up until all hours of the night, they have the right to set the standard for themselves and each other about the behavior they expect.

As our Spirit Chair beautifully said last night - this week will be long, and we'll all be tired, but we have to choose our attitudes, this week gives us the opportunity to choose that we're "a sisterhood, not just a sorority."

Set the bar. Hold yourself and your sisters to it.

<3 Happy Spirit Week

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