So...I always had a plan and stuck to it no matter what. But recently, the plan changed. At first I was terrified, but now I'm okay with it. But that probably sounds a whole lot more dramatic than it actually is. Originally, I had planned to wait until I had the necessary number of credit hours and rush the professional music fraternity, Mu Phi Epsilon. I had absolutely no plans to have anything to do with social sororities, because I had bought into the stereotypes that all social Greek is bad Greek. Needless to say, I was wrong and my plan has now changed. Immediately after fall rush ended, I was kicking myself for not participating. As the semester went on, I had joined CMENC (Collegiate Music Educators National Conference), because it was something that would benefit me in the long run, and because it seemed like something I should do. As time went by, I was still not enjoying it. It was all band kids, I was the only orchestral ed major. They were all really close and I never felt welcome. Sad thing is, the same people that are in CMENC are in Mu Phi. If I didn't enjoy being around those people in CMENC, what made me think I would enjoy being around them under a different name? Then, there was the meeting time. 7 pm on Sundays. At my Springfield church, small groups are at 6 on Sundays. If I went ahead with rushing Mu Phi, then I wouldn't be able to participate in small group Bible studies...and I was not okay with that. Mu Phi was not looking like the right decision for me anymore. At the same time, though, I was looking into and gathering information on the social sororities that MSU has to offer. I ended up being really interested in Sigma Kappa. I made a friend in my religion class that just joined this fall as a sophomore, and we became pretty good friends. I was even able to ask her all of my stupid questions about sororities and about Sigma Kappa specifically. The more I learned about Sigma Kappa, the more I felt like it would really be a good fit for me. One night after studying, Blaire (the girl I mentioned earlier) and I started talking. She asked me about Mu Phi, and then proceeded to call me out on not sounding like I wanted to really do it. That really made me rethink things. Blaire was right. I wasn't looking forward to rushing Mu Phi. At all. And that scared me. Because up until now, not sticking to the plan had NEVER been an option. And here I am, changing it up. I've decided to not go forth with Mu Phi. Instead, I'm doing spring rush for Sigma Kappa and I think I'll be a lot happier. I'll actually be able to make more friends. And that's really good, because right now I don't have so many in Springfield.
On a not-so-dramatic note, I got good grades! I have an MSU GPA of 3.96 and a cumulative GPA of 3.98. I was so excited! Especially since the professor for my religion class apparently bumped everyone's grade up. I calculated it, and there was no way that I could get above a B, but I ended up with an A! I was ecstatic! I got an A in everything except for my violin lessons (I know, I know, shame on me, should've done better).
And on an exciting note, Mitch and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary this week. I am so lucky to have him. I don't even have words for it. He is really good to me. And even though I don't deserve it, I love it. I only hope that I'm half as good to him as he is to me.
With all of this under my belt, I'm really looking forward to this semester!