19 Stages of Missing your Pet while away at College

19. Why can’t you just come live in my dorm??


18. I’ll just pack you in my suitcase and no one will ever know…


17. When the day comes you have to go back to campus


16. And you take one last look before shutting the door and your pet is looking at you like


15. When your roommates ask if you’re okay





Stereotypes of Christian Universities

There are so many stereotypes people have created about what life at a typical Christian university is like. Due to hearing many of these things, honestly made me somewhat apprehensive about enrolling at a Christian school at first. However, after actually attending a Christian college for a little over a semester, I’ve come to realize that all of these stereotypes are not true. They are merely misconceptions.

“Christian universities are only for people who are going to become pastors or missionaries.”

People often confuse Christian colleges with Bible colleges, which, are in fact specifically meant to prepare future pastors and missionaries for ministry. Christian universities, however, are not. Christian schools offer a complete education, not just for students looking to go into ministry, but for students training for all sorts of fields. Any major or vocation that you can study at any other college or university, you can study at a Christian school as well.

“Christian universities don’t really offer a high-quality education.”

Christian universities offer the same quality education and hold the same high standards that any other university does, if not more so. Some people think that because professors teach with Christian ideals in mind that they are not able to teach efficiently and everything they teach is narrow-minded. They think that they are pushing something on students and not allowing them to think for themselves about all the possibilities. This simply is not the case. At a Christian university you get the chance to think about challenging ideas and controversial matters and discuss them with your professor and fellow students. You are not just programmed into a certain type of thinking. You are rather challenged to think.

“Christian universities are too strict. There’s no way you can have any fun there with all those rules.”

Everyone has a different definition of fun. Some people like to go out and get super wasted and stay up puking all night and wake up with a terrible hangover. For some people, that’s their type of fun. So yes, if that’s what you consider fun then you may think a Christian university isn’t right for you. However if you like to go to open frat parties and dance, hang out with all your friends, go on crazy adventures like tunneling and roof climbing, then don’t count out a Christian university. The rules aren’t a big deal if you don’t drink, do drugs, or anything like to do illegal things (plus those are the same rules at any other university if you’re under 21 (for drinking) and if you’re any age for anything else).

“Everyone who goes to a Christian university is expected to find their spouse/be engaged before they graduate.”

Sure, some people do find who their going to marry at college. A lot of people at millions of colleges do. However, the idea that the sole reason of attending a Christian university is to find your spouse is such an overdone stereotype. People attend Christian universities to get an education to pursue their future careers while growing in Christ and discovering his ultimate plan for your life. For some people they do find their future husband/wife along that journey, but the whole “ring by spring” culture that is so heavily looked at needs to be done away with. You can very well graduate from a Christian university (or any university) and not know who you’re going to marry. That’s 100% okay.

“Christian universities only accept people who are “holier than thou”.”

There is not a level of spirituality you have to be at in order to get in to a Christian university. In fact, there are many students who are still figuring out the whole Christian thing and what it means for them in their life. There are some who may not even be believers at all. That makes no difference to the admissions office. There is no standard you have to meet or attendance record from a church you must turn in. Most students are just followers of Christ who are struggling and growing everyday in their relationship with him.

“Christian universities are too expensive.”

Christian universities actually rival other private universities in terms of cost and affordability. There is not some extra special fee Christian universities charge that other universities don’t just because they’re Christians. Sure, any college, let alone a private university, is going to cost. But that’s because you are getting such a high quality education and experience that is so unique to each school and incredibly worth it.


10 Reasons I’d Never Join Any Other Chapter Than Beta Omega

Zeta Tau Alpha: Beta Omega is my home away from home. I feel so blessed to have found such a welcoming and loving sisterhood. Here’s 10 reasons I’d never join any other chapter..

10. My sisters are my support system.


9. I met my Big and joined the best family out there (the Butterfly fam, of course!). 


8. I’ve learned the importance of philanthropy and ours means something to me personally.


7. My sisters give the best advice (unlike Chandler Bing).


 6. All of the study dates in the library with my sisters. 




20 Reasons Why Brooke Davis is One of My Role Models

Brooke Davis is one of the most inspirational fictional characters to ever be created. She may not have gotten married and pregnant in high school, written a famous novel, or played on a pro basketball team, but she still manages to stand out above the rest of the “One Tree Hill” cast in her own way. She is strong, independent, and fierce while somehow at the same time being vulnerable, sensitive, and kindhearted. She exemplifies all the qualities that every girl wants to find in herself. She also shows us that even those considered the “most popular” or prettiest who seem to have it all together are actually just like you and me-real girls with real problems.

20. She was always true to herself and never compromised for anyone else.


19. She was THE best and truest friend that anyone could have had.


18. She gave the best relationship advice.


17. She wasn’t afraid to be blunt and always said what was on her mind.


16. Everyone always knew she was destined for greatness-even when she didn’t. 


15. She sometimes felt like she wasn’t good enough and questioned herself worth. But she learned to overcome stereotypes and inspired us all.


14. She learned to become confident in who she was and no longer needed boys to give her meaning.


13. She knew that clothes always came before guys (she even created her own fashion line based on it).


12. She then used her fashion line to endorse a positive body image for young women everywhere.


11. She may have been captain of the cheerleading squad but she wasn’t afraid to bust out some ridiculously goofy dance moves every now and then and just have fun.




18 Thoughts You Have After Binge-Watching Netflix All Day

We’ve all done it. You have a million different things you absolutely MUST get done. But instead of dealing with all of your responsibilities, you push them off to the next day and turn on the TV to your Netflix. Life of a procrastinator. But sometimes when we have so many things going on and we’re super stressed out, we just need a break. A distraction. We need to just lay on the couch with our bag of chips and binge-watch 24 episodes of some show about vampires all day. It makes us feel better at the time. But then after we realize what we’ve done, we find ourselves questioning just what we are doing with our lives. Don’t freak out. We all do it. We all survive it. But here are some crazy thoughts that go through our heads right after we commit the “Netflix sin.”

18. wow what time is it?


17. No way, my clocks not right.


16. OMG IT REALLY IS 11:42pm.


15. how did it get that late???


14. I can’t believe I’ve really been laying here ALL day.


13. I had so much stuff I NEEDED to do.


12. I thought I had only watched a few episodes..


11. But one would end and then another would start..


10. I didn’t even have a chance to realize what was happening.




How I Learned to Study for College the Hard Way

College is not high school. Not even remotely. Every single aspect of college is a total 180 from what you’re used to after attending 4 years of high school. The social life is different, the schedule, the living situation, the food, the responsibility, the expectations, the students, the teachers, and most importantly- the studying. If you go into your first semester of college expecting to study like you did for your classes in high school, well, let’s just say you should be finding a job really soon. It’s not going to work.

If you’re like me, I took all honors courses in high school and made practically all A’s (despite one B- thanks Mrs. Yankee) with much ease. I rarely studied at all. And when I did it was maybe 2 hours for my Anatomy final and that’s about it.

Once I began my first semester, I quickly realized that even my hardest courses in high school were a joke compared to the courses I was embarking upon at Union. My lectures were short and we didn’t have nearly enough time to go over all of the information that we would be tested over. Which left us with hours of studying and learning on our own, not simply reviewing or refreshing our minds on what we already had been taught (like in high school).

This was a completely new world.

This is not what I has been used to. It was unexpected. Sure, I had anticipated that college courses would be more difficult, but I figured the material would just be harder (which it is) but I wasn’t expecting to have to study 20+ hours and 2 weeks in advance for one exam.

I got super overwhelmed and stressed out. I felt like I was drowning in textbooks and an insane amount of material. It felt impossible to be able to efficiently study and be prepared for all 6 tests within two days of each other. Not to mention keeping up with all my actual assignments, rushing and joining my sorority, getting used to living with 3 strangers, making new friends, and finding time for my boyfriend. There was so many new things and so much change going on at such a rapid pace. It felt unmanageable.

It was hard to accept when I failed my first huge biology test. I thought that I had studied so well and hard and I felt prepared. Not so much after I took the test. But I had never failed a huge test before and I was devastated. I realized I needed to find a new and effective studying technique.

I began to study harder. I pre-planned my entire week and wrote out when my study time would be and I stuck to it. I would get out of class and go back to my dorm and read the chapter we had gone over in class-and then reread it and reread it again. Except I really read it and understood it. I didn’t just skim and mindlessly read with actually taking in the information like I may have done before. I would make time to rewrite my notes out and go over subjects that I didn’t fully understand. I watched Youtube videos, I wrote out diagrams, I made flashcards, I was in study groups, I did everything I could to be prepared for the next exam.

And it worked. I did significantly better. I was thrilled. I learned that the key to studying successfully in college is to be prepared and to plan out your studying and stick to it. If you have a plan to follow it’s much easier to stick to then if you just decide to impromptu study whenever. It really works. If you’re struggling with finding a successful studying technique, I definitely recommend preparing, planning, and not procrastinating.


How I Established a Routine For Being Healthy in College

Being healthy in college is hard. You constantly feel stressed or overwhelmed with all the work and studying, and taking care of your body seems to drop on your priority list. You feel like you just don’t have the time to make it to the gym or to go on that run. You find yourself ordering pizza or quickly scarfing down some junk food during your study break. There’s no way you have time to actually cook a healthy, well-balanced meal for yourself. And as far as sleep goes, well it’s practically non-existent. You definitely haven’t gotten that recommended 8 hours in a longggg time (probably since the first week of the semester).

But don’t fret. I know it seems totally impossible with your crazy schedule to actually find the time to take care of yourself. But there is a way. You just have to commit to it.

Being healthy and taking care of your body and your mind is a responsibility everyone has as a human being. If you aren’t being active, or eating right, or getting enough sleep, it all comes back to you and your decisions. Bad habits can be changed, or can easily be continued. But you have to want to change.

I played basketball and ran track and cross country in high school and I was in extremely good shape. The summer after graduation I tried to keep my old habits of waking up early and going for my morning run. However, I found that I no longer had the same motivation or drive to run hard and I began to sleep in more and more. Once I started my first semester of college I was determined to start running well again. I did well at first, but with all the chaos of my first semester and rush and my difficult courses, it became less and less of a reality.

Then all of the sudden one day I decided to change. I realized that I was just making excuses for myself before because I was too tired or stressed and I really just didn’t have passion to run like I used to. But at that moment I decided all that was going to change. Running 3 miles only takes about 25-30 minutes and I definitely had that much time to spare, despite my busy schedule.

This time when I decided to stick to a running schedule every day, I changed a few things. Instead of trying to force myself to wake up early and run like I had always done before, I decided to run at night. Waking up early before my classes would just be more difficult and probably result in me pressing snooze. This was the key to me succeeding in my commitment. At the end of the day I was actually looking forward to take my 9:00pm study break to go for my run. Plus, it was cool outside instead of extreme heat. It became my way to de-stress from my hectic day and just let out any frustration or whatever. It once again, became my passion.

After I started running again and getting back into good shape, I decided I wanted to start eating healthier too. I’ve never eaten super bad and when I did eat not so great things for me it never seemed to effect me because of my fast metabolism and my small portion eating. However, I knew if I made more of an effort to just substitute some of the junk I did eat for a healthier option, it would make me and my body feel even better.

So I began to buy healthier snacks for around my dorm and drink a lot more water than I already was. I also took advantage of my dining hall and the meal plan I have which offers unlimited food in the cafeteria. Which along with all the junk and not so good foods for you, actually offers an amazing salad bar. As well as a healthy alternative to any of the usually foods on the menu. My body felt so much better. I flushed all the junk that was in my system out and it made me wake up happier, feel more energized, and be in an overall better mood.

Now to the sleep issue. I’m still at a constant struggle with this one to be honest. My whole first semester I don’t think that I was ever in bed before midnight, and most nights I was up until at least 2am studying. And I had to wake up every morning at 7:00am. I was definitely sleep deprived, as most college students are. Which makes you even more tired and have zero energy to take on the day or to study or to do anything at all really.

The only times when I would get to bed at a halfway decent hour was when I was prepared for that day. And I think that is the key. If you write down all of your assignments in your planner and plan to do them ahead of when they are due and actually study for tests the night or even a few nights before, it makes all the difference. You are not nearly as stressed or anxious and can get things down way more efficiently. So though sometimes all-nighters can be unavoidable to a college student, the key to sleep on a consistent basis is without a doubt time management and being prepared.

So if you take anything at all from this article, just remember that it is 100% possible to be a successful college student, as well as being a healthy individual. It’s just determined by the choices you make and how you decide to live.


30 Times You Were Ted From HIMYM

If you’re a fan of the show How I Met Your Mother, then you’re very familiar with the beloved character that is Ted Mosby. Ted is a cute, witty, and extremely lovable character who has his fair share of relatable moments. Whether embarrassing or heart-breaking, or maybe just down right weird. I think we can all relate to this “legendary” character.

30. When you’re crying and someone asks if you’re on your period.


29. When you’ve been holding on to the past for too long and finally decide to let it go.

i live in the moment

28. When you proclaim bacon as your true love.

her name is bacon

27. When you spend too much time with that one friend who always misuses the word “literally”.


26. When your roommates boyfriend just broke up with her and you have to pull a Nicholas Sparks speech.

love is the best thing

25. When you’re feeling super confident and get a little sassy with friends.

your name is robin

24. When you have to try to talk yourself into doing something really stupid.

taking chances

23. After you do the something stupid.

drunk ted

22. When you’re trying to think positively about your Chemistry class and then you look at your grades.

i cant do this

21. After you bomb a huge test.




16 Things Only Union Students Will Understand

If you go to Union University you lead very different life than “typical” college students. Now if you don’t go to Union you won’t truly understand any of these things (as you really have to experience them to know). But here’s a list of things that you definitely will only understand if you go to Union.

16. Dr. Dub- Who is this Dr. Dub you may ask? Literally EVERYONE knows Dr. Dub. He’s our superman. We adore him. We wear shirts with his name on it. We even have a burger (the DUBster) named after him in the Lex. He’s almost like a demigod (except not because this is a Christian university).

superman gif

15. Roofing- This is something we Union students like to do for fun late on a Tuesday night (when we have way too much studying to do but say screw it). Sometimes you just get the urge to sneak on top of the SUB or Jennings and just throw something. This is appropriate. Just don’t get caught by S&S.


14. Tunneling- Something else we Union students like to do for fun. Instead of adventuring upwards, some nights we like to switch it up and add some variety to our life by journeying underground. This is typically done late at night on weekends when you can’t think of anything else to do. Just be sure to wear shoes you don’t mind getting destroyed if it has rained recently.

going on an adventure

13. Chapel- This is a Christian university, you guys. So every Wednesday and Friday morning at 10am you better be in the PAC sitting your butt down (in one of the many uncomfortable seats) inside that chapel. Swipe in and soon they’ll be telling you you only have one more to go.

can i get an amen

12. Sidewalk Couples- Ah, young love. You can’t hide who’s dating or talking or “just friends” at Union. Unless it’s during open hours on a weekend, you’re not going into your bae’s dorm. Or even outside their door. Or even on the sidewalk next to their dorm. You’ll be sitting and holding hands on the second sidewalk prolonging your goodbye at 12am on a Monday night. And everyone will know. You are a sidewalk couple.


11. COBO- Even though it’s technically called “The Brew” or something now, it’s still cobo. Our lovely cafeteria where the food is only slightly average. But regardless, you’ll see everyone you know there at 6pm on a Wednesday night because we’ve got to use our swipes guys.


10. Unionites- Still yet to be completely understood, that’s part of the mystery of “What is a Unionite?”. They are hardcore Union students that love the school and probably are always at Barefoot’s listening to some Indie band. And they also are the students that always walk around without shoes on. They go barefoot everywhere (maybe they were inspired by their fav coffee shop??). No one really knows much unless you are one.

by their shoes

9. Open Parties- At most schools, there are parties almost every night of the week where students typically drink loads of alcohol and end up black out drunk; however, that’s not the typical scene at Union. We get open parties that one of our frats throw a little over a handful of times a semester. But don’t be fooled. We live for these parties. The themes are always great, the music is always on point, and the dancing is intense. Put on your norts and a tank because you’re going to leave dripping in sweat after attending one of these.

dance party







(Texas A&M ’84 Tri Delt formal in picture above)

Going greek now is definitely an adventure. But we can only image what it was like to srat in the 80’s. Seems like they partied through the ice age with all of the dinosaurs. Must have been lame! WRONG! Some of us are jealous and wish we were there, partying it up with super big hair!

(80’s hit read for rushing)

5. Your favorite rush party theme is 80’s in Aspen and you prepared more for Sig Ep’s party last year than you did for your Chemistry final!

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4. Your second favorite rush party theme is highlighter because it’s kinda like 80’s in Aspen but you usually just wear anything stretchy and neon which is also super comfortable.

3.   Everyone says your hair is big but you don’t care because hairspray is your friend.

2.  You’ve admired the frat house’s composite picture wall from the 80’s on more than one occasion because they were definitely hotter back in the day.

1. And last, but definitely NOT least. You’re super jealous that the standards chair couldn’t keep tabs on them through social media!




Pitch Perfect 2 Quotes That Describe Life

Pitch Perfect 2 quotes that I believe to describe life.


15. “You are one of us, you paid the registration fee.” – Fat Amy



14.  “Aca-Wiedersehen bitches!” – Beca


Another way to say, “DEUCES!”

13.“You know, one of my biggest regrets is that I didn’t do enough experimenting in college.” – Chloe


I mean experimenting as in going out and trying new things like hiking and different campus activities….

12. “Oh, we don’t have ladders. Ladders represent a social hierarchy that’s counterproductive to what we’re trying to do here.” – Aubrey


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Still think that Aubrey found the perfect job.

11. “The prize? Epic bragging rights!” – Riff Off Host


That’s what everyone wants right?



An Open Letter To My Younger Siblings

Dear little ones,

You will never realize how blessed you are until you’re given younger brothers and sisters. And when you’re the oldest of seven, you face many challenges being the first-born. I write you this so that you understand how significant you are to me. You’re my motivation, my first loves, my miniature soldiers- you’re my strength when I am weak.

There’s a lot that I never said to you growing up and I feel there are important things you should know..

First, I’m sorry if I didn’t give you enough attention. I know that you’re young, so you can never seek enough of it. I never meant to make it seem like I didn’t care. But understand that if I could be with you every second of the day, I would. Since I’m older, I’ll transition into adulthood before you. I have so many  responsibilities that you are still unaware of. So, know that it isn’t easy for me to grow up first and I’m still your big sister regardless of how much you see me.

Next, I’m sorry if I stole a lot of attention. As the oldest, I do get a lot of praise or recognition and it sometimes gets on your nerves. You’re the babies of the family and you still have growing to do before you embark on the real world. I’m the first to flock the nest which means mom stays on my case, making sure I have my life in order. But, pretty soon it’ll be your turn. Please don’t rush time, because you will value it as you grow older.

Forgive me if I set too high of expectations for you. As your older sister, I’m the one setting the bar for you as you become of age. You look up to me and will always picture me as your role model. For this, I have a lot of pressure to be the best and succeed at life so you know that it’s the same thing you should do. Don’t ever feel like you have to accomplish more than me, win more games, make more friends, or even make a better living. I want you to be the best you can be and I promise to follow suit.

Finally, as your older sister, it’s my job to be humble and to show you the ways of the world before you begin transitioning as well. It isn’t easy being the older sibling, but I know it isn’t easy being the younger sibling, too. You may not understand everything in life yet.

You still have so much ahead of you. But always remember, your big sister loves you and never think otherwise.