thoughts of a senior

Its here: Your final year. You are now a senior. You have been praying for this day to come Graduatewhile you struggled yourself through endless midterms, all-nighters, group projects from hell, and finals, and now its finally here. But you no longer want this day to come.

The day you realize that your life cant evolve around costume parties, beer-pong, game days, and taking 6 shots and staying up all night to see if you can get your crush to actually notice you. This is the day when you have to begin figuring out your life.

Just a year ago, it all seamed so far away. But now your college goodbye is waiting at your doorsteps. Soon post-college life will come knocking, and hopefully it wont completely knock you down.

These last four years of your life has broken your heart, served you C´s on your tests, made you gain 10 pounds, had you fight with you best friends, (as a member of sorority: given you lots of social probations..), thrown up your last shot of fireball and the domino you just ate. These years have had you tumble and fall, but it has also made you rise each and every time.

You have learned that when you heart is broken nothing can cure it like a hug from a friend (or a few drinks and texts from your other crush). That professors are people and that they want you to succeed, and that the C´s you get can with a lot of hard work turn into A´s. The pounds you gained may have made you more self conscious, but lets be real no one wants to look like a stick skinny freshman either, so I am sure you look way better with those pounds on (otherwise there is always the gym and low carb). And your best-friend will forgive you: Cause you are best-friends and its gonna come a day when she is gonna want you to forgive her to. For the throw up and Dominos: you just have to learn that the last shot you get is always a waste of money .. and so is Dominos 2 am..

We stumble and we fall and look forward to the day we suddenly are gonna turn into sophisticated individuals who loves drinking wine and go to art shows, but when senior year suddenly approaches: We realize its happening too soon. We wanna continue having Dominos at 2 am.

People dont one day wake up and realize they are adult human beings that now has to pay bills other than college tuition, its a process. We slowly grow into these people, and we do it through those epic nights out and the falls we have in life. Each time we fall and college life knocks us down, we had the courage to get up and grow up from it so that we hopefully dont repeat the same mistakes (if not we make the same stupid mistake until we DO learn).

Learning is growing, and throughout your life you are gonna learn and therefore you are gonna grow. If you managed to stand up after a night of endless stupidity and broken hearts, then you can manage to stand up and face adult life each day for the rest of your life.

So when post graduation and adult life do come knocking just know that you are gonna be ready, not because you have done it before, but because college taught you endless times to get up and fight for yourself, your friends, your grades, and your dreams. Believe me: you are more prepared than you think.

If not, then Dominos is always there.

Starting College: What You Should Invest Your Money In

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1: Computer: Surprisingly you will need a computer when you go to college. You can of course manage without, but in todays techno based world its gonna be a struggle. You do not need a big expensive computer, go for something light weight as you will be caring it to class each day.. Or you can actually do like me and buy an ipad to type your notes on. Other than that I would just like to add that Mac book air is amazing.

2: Bike: I go to a university that does not allow cars to drive on campus. That means a lot of walking, despite the fact that a lot of the classes are in different buildings across campus. If you are going to a similar university I would recommend buying a bike so you dont turn up 5 minutes late to every single class you have.

3: Microsoft word: There are hundreds of way to get this for free, but if you are really nontechnical and just have a lot of money then you should definitely invest in Microsoft word. Lets face its: there is nothing that can quite compare to it.. sadly.

4: A School bag: If you are a little more health oriented then a backpack is probably a better option.

5: Underwear: Laundry sucks.. so buy underwear so you dont have to do your laundry every week. Seriously, best advice my mom gave me!

 

Sorority Initiation

On Sunday and Monday we had the initiation of our new sorority members. Because I cant tell you how our sorority initiation process is, I am gonna make up a similar stories based of how I have heard other sororities and fraternities does it.

Disclaimer: This is all fiction.

On sunday night all new members are told to close their eyes and have them remained close until we tell them to open them. While their eyes are closed we hold their hands and guide them onto a waiting bus that takes them to a silent location away from the university. Surrounded by dark we hold the girls hands and make sure their eyes remain closed until we get to the location.

TI1Arriving at the location the girls are taken off the bus and guided into a garden and then told to sit down on the ground. When we tell them to open their eyes all the old members of the sorority stand in front of them holding candles singing our secret song. We read old writings from the founding sisters of the sorority back in the end of 1800.

tumblr_lwdeppOxaK1qjodxzThen each new members is given a stone scripted with our sorority letters. they are told to hold onto it until the continued ceremony the next day.

The next days the sorority house is closed off from new members. They have to come at 4 pm and stand outside until we come and get them. Windows are closed off and lights shut off so the whole house is complete dark except from the few candles burning. We are dressed in greek like costumes, wearing no make up and have our hair put in simple buns. Signifying the purity of our chapter.

screen-shot-2011-11-25-at-18-49-21When the girls are let in we all remain silent guiding them to a room where they are told to dress in similar dresses as us. When dress they receive a headpiece that is tied to their head in a way that indicate that they are not yet initiated. We also were our headpiece, but in a way indicating that we are initiated.

We take each girl to the ceremony room. Tell them to close their eyes while we silently sit behind them. Once they open their eyes the lights are out except the candels held by our officers and president. The president reads from the book the importance of our chapter, while we all sing songs in greek.

Sorority-InitiationThen each new members stand up and recieve her words of recognition and are given the biggest secret of our chapter and the meaning of it. Before one of the officers position their had indicated that they have now become initiated members of our chapters.

Disclaimer: this is all fiction.

 

Life

IMG_4340 Moccasins dosent really belong in LA. But here you go. Bringing Europe to USC.

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Our beautiful Doheny Library surrounded by californian palm trees.

 

meeeI am not the one to upload selfies… but it was thinking you guys might want to see other parts of my body than my feet. And I was nice enough to remove the terrible dark circles i had under my eyes too.

Love

Christine

 

Best Memories of LA

I have written a similar post before but Ill do it again!

Rush/recruitment:

1375824_10201078798545446_796449144_nRush or recruitment is when guys and girls go through the week-long process of joining a sorority or fraternity. As a international student all I knew about rush was from the movies or TV shows like Greek and such. In real life It was kinda similar, it was equally as scary and intimidating and despite promising myself to not get really involved I ended up crying when I got the house that I wanted Delta Gamma. The entire nerve wreaking process and getting my bid was one of the best memories from LA.

Paul Orfaelas class:

Paul Orfaela is a professor at USC, but also the multi billionaire creator of Kinkos (coopying store in US). I has a class at USC that is extremely difficult to get into, and you have to apply for it and write an essay. I got in as every thuresday for an entire semester we ate dinner at one of the nice restaurants on campus. A dinner he paid for while we discussed current events and news. At the end of the semester he invites his students to his country club in santa barbara.

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1554527_10152371451455242_8442500854697717908_nIt was a MESS. I had no tickets and snuck in two days for 80 dollars a day. Sketchy as f*** and I am for sure being tickets next year! But we had soo much fun!

Cabo:

The ultimate college destination! I have no words.. Ill give you pictures.

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Moving back home?

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December 12 I am moving back home. I should I say I am moving away from home. I have spent the last 3,5 years in Los Angeles. Its been ups and downs with crazy roommates, difficult classes, busy schedule, best friends, nice restaurants, great partylife, and tons of fun.

I have created a life for myself here and moving back to Norway in the middle of the winter is going to be an extreme contrast to what I am used to here.

I have been waking up in the middle of the night, unable to fall back into sleep, just thinking about whats going to happen when I graduate. I thought I would never move back. But now I am. And its scaring the shit out of me.

A day in my sorority life

I am trying to force myself to wake up at 8 every day and today was not easy guys.. I successfully made it out of my bunk bed 30 min after the alarm rang (which is guess is only relatively bad).

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One of my friends were so kind to take this picture of me outside our sorority house. Our red door is famous and do you see the lantern hanging over it? its supposedly guides symbolize how lanterns would guide sailors to safe harbors. I think its cute!

IMG_4294The Coffee bean on our campus serve latte with sugar free almond milk!!

Why did I really move to the states?

I dont know. What made me wanna move all the way from little Norway to California to study? To be honest, it could have been NYC or Miami which was other places I was looking at. But I choose California cause my Brazilian friend Diego told me California was the ultimate college state. It was as simple as that.

But why USC? I came here when I was 16 to watch a USC football game and I remember driving pass the university and the row (the street where the fraternities and sororities are located) and it looked just like the movies. The college spirit was so visible that it gave me goosebumps and I got that insticitve feeling inside me telling me that this was right.

10155575_10152336945359605_1980129340386378334_nBut couldnt I just have stayed in Norway and gotten an education there? I was tired. Tired of cold winters, a life that was just always the same, and I honestly felt a bit different from everyone else. Everyone wanted to become lawyers and psychologists, and I choose something completely different like Communication and entrepenourship.

I needed something new in my life, and I also had an urging feeling of wanting to escape a bit of the past.

When you have had the same friends for several years it becomes difficult to change because they already have you in this tiny little box, which makes changing hard cause it will disrupt their image of you. But I felt the need to meet new people to discover myself again.

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Did it help? Yes. I did find new sides to myself. By traveling and moving here I have discovered that I am honest at heart, loyal, trustworthy, nice as a person, have a big and open heart, is an excelent small talker, can recognize peoples faces easily, that I am smart (honestly I spent almost 13 years of my life thinking I was stupid cause I am terrible with math and couldnt learn to read before I was 7.. )I also discovered that I am very unpatient and that my sarcasm is not a universal type of humor.

Traveling has allowed me to rediscover myself. It has let me see myself through the eyes of another culture, I have grown strong principles that I try my best to always stand by. It has made me better, and also made me into a more complete human being. Moving to the states has allowed me to grow and opened my eyes and soul. And that is the reason why I moved to the states: Cause I wanted to spire and grow.

chris