On Sunday, February 23rd, I became a mom! The Delta Chapter celebrated Big/Little reveal this weekend, and there was so much love to give to our rush class, Delta Eta. Between hugs, laughter, and lightsabers, I got to introduce my little to our big family. My little, Kaitlynn Wetchensky, plays trumpet in The Pride of Oklahoma and is from the great state of Texas. Kaitlynn is always confidently herself, and that is what I love most about her. Kaitlynn responds to fears and anxiety with strength and peace, all while reaching out to others in need. I wish there were more people like her in the galaxy!
I grew close to Kaitlynn through early morning call times, late-night sleepovers, and our shared love for Star Wars. For her reveal, she had to battle the stormtroopers made of out balloons in front of her, with one containing a picture of us inside. I glued thumbtacks to the end of the lightsaber to make it easier for her. It looked so funny that she kept it! The look on her face when she popped the balloons was priceless!
I am so proud of Kaitlynn and the progress she continues to make during her time as a membership candidate. Additionally, Kaitlynn was chosen to represent the Delta Eta rush class as class treasurer, and she is doing excellent work. Kaitlynn is not afraid to ask questions and rally behind her future sistaus in times of need. She truly has what it takes to be a Jedi, if I do say so say myself. I can not wait to keep guiding her through her journey. There is no one else in the galaxy I would want as a little.
Delta has much to do this spring! On January 23, we hosted First Degree with our new upcoming MC class, the Delta Etas! On February 23 we will be hosting our Second Degree, moving the MC class one degree closer to becoming active sisters.
March 27 – March 29, our wonderful Vice President of Sisterhood Madison Hoehn has planned our annual Sisterhood Retreat at a beautiful lake house on Lake Eufala where we will engage in fun bonding activities and hiking at Robber’s Cave. This will be the last weekend our beautiful Delta Etas will spend as MCs because on March 29, we will be traveling back to Norman where the MC class will become full-fledged active sisters!
April 11 will be our Chipotle Benefit Night and April 18 is our Panda Express Benefit Night- come support the Delta Chapter and eat good food!
We’re so excited for our full schedule this spring and we look forward to growing our family by welcoming our newest rush class!
As a senior in Tau Beta Sigma, I have taken some time to reflect
on the years I have spent in the sorority. The sorority has brought me
tremendous joy and I wouldn’t trade my time I’ve spent in it for the world. I
remember when I was a membership candidate, my big told me to really take in
every moment spent doing the little things such as passing out sandwiches at
games, playing pep bands at elementary schools and attending alumni rituals.
Take in every single moment because pretty soon, you blink and it’s gone. I
took that to heart and got as involved as I could from the start. In my time in
TBS I have attended two national conventions, two district conventions, served
as my chapter’s Member at Large and the Southwest District Parliamentarian,
attended thousands of hours of chapter meetings, played in too many pep bands
to count and handed out hundred of game day sandwiches. I would absolutely do
all of it again in a heartbeat. TBS has taught me to stand tall, be strong, and
reach for the stars. No matter how alone I might feel, I have an entire
sisterhood supporting me. Tau Beta Sigma has provided me with some of my best
friends in the whole world and I couldn’t be more grateful.
So as a soon-to-be alumnus, I would like to pass on some advice to the incoming membership candidates. Enjoy every moment you spend in this organization, because it goes by in a blink. Even those late night chapter meetings! Go to The Mont after chapter, have study sessions with your big and little, attend sisterhood retreats and District Conventions. I promise you, the bonds you form in the sisterhood are absolutely remarkable and will truly last you a lifetime.
On August 9th, 2018, I backed out of my Illinois driveway for the last time. I was just a bright-eyed 18 year old starting her new beginning at The University of Oklahoma. With tears in my eyes and a lunch box for the road, I reflected on the high school relationships that flourished, and the high school relationships that were… not so great. Doing so provided me with a clear image of the type of friendship and love I wanted when I arrived at OU, and I found it in Tau Beta Sigma. I think I finally found the clarity to compare and contrast what genuine friendship means to me, and what being a sister is truly about!
When I arrived at band camp a day later, I was greeted with some of the kindest people I have ever met. The drive to make each moment as magical as possible was contagious. I had never seen so many smiles before. In all honesty, I was taken aback by how many strangers said, “OH MY GOSH, YOU ARE FINALLY HERE”! It made me feel so welcome. I caught sight of many people wearing Tau Beta Sigma letters on their jerseys, and I was immediately interested. I asked myself: How can I be a part of this chaotic, wonderful atmosphere?
From that moment on, I went to as many rush events as I could! Canvas Corner was my favorite event of the semester. Everyone sat and laughed and painted the silliest things. It was SO relaxing! Additionally, we tie dyed really cute shirts and worked together when we ran out of coloring!
As I went to more rush events and began the rush process, I learned what it meant to be a true friend. And it starts with the little moments in life. Giving peers a ride to a rush event. Getting ready for First Degree with the girls. Going on a sisterhood retreat in the middle of nowhere and cuddling to stay warm. Staying up until 2 am in the library with your friends to keep each other motivated. Getting an iced coffee with your big even though it is currently 17 degrees in Oklahoma. All of these little moments made me forget about the silly high school drama that I thought would never come to an end. Well, I am so glad it did, because I got to start my new and genuine beginning with Tau Beta Sigma.
So, it’s finally time for me to release this blog post. You’re probably wondering “Hey Mike, why are you writing a blog post, don’t you just kind of meander around and sneak in milk and cookies into the stadium on game day?” Well, you’re probably right, I’m just a dude who likes Oreos a little too much and still doesn’t really know all the rules of football after two years, but now is not the time to talk about me, it’s time to talk about why you should rush TBS!
I only rushed because some dude from Michigan told me I should sophomore year, but in retrospect I wish I rushed freshman year because of all the benefits that arise from being a member of TBS! Some of these include:
Opportunities to serve the community
Retirement home pep gigs that SLAP
Extra time together with your pals at chapter
Opportunities to make friends with people
outside of your section
Sisters who also make pretty good roommates (@Jake,
Clarke, and Pete)
Mont cheese fries
Additional pep gigs and away game opportunities
Nice bigs that will buy you Oreos and
Pre-workout (thx Madi & Zach)
Read the first letter of every bulletin point so
Pseudo ted-talks at chapter
Greek letters to put in your Instagram bio!
Spending time with other TBS & KKY members
from other schools after games
Bus Captain privileges >:)
As someone who was pretty shy my freshman and sophomore year, just go to a rush event! Everyone member of TBS at OU is pretty easy to talk to, and we’re all interested in getting to know you! If you’re interested in rushing TBS keep an eye out on the Pride Facebook page for future rush event! And just remember freshmen:
The freshman fifteen is real, and sometime it’s
the freshman forty-five
seriousness, please take care of your health. Losing weight is a huge time
The Biz is your friend
The gym is free
If you’re having trouble acclimating to college or
you’re feeling homesick, talk to an upperclassmen about it! All of us have felt
that way at some point.
The mystery flavor Oreos are just Apple Cinnamon
Hope to see you guys at a rush event in the future!
When I arrived at band camp last fall, I was immediately greeted by the most wonderful people in an organization called Tau Beta Sigma. At the time I didn’t know just how much TBS would have an effect on my life. Before knowing what TBS was all about, I went to the Canvas Corner rush event with friends because it simply sounded like a fun time. When I got there I was overwhelmed by the kindness of all the sisters there. I had so many people come up to me and ask me questions, it already began to feel like I was a part of the sisterhood.
Bonding with so many sisters, I decided to rush TBS and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made since coming to campus. Tau Beta Sigma became so much more than just doing fun events, it became my second home. Through TBS I’ve gotten to meet so many incredible people outside of my section and even outside of Pride. TBS has also allowed me to continue my love of service. In high school, I loved volunteering wherever I could, but in TBS I get the chance to volunteer with my sisters. I also get to directly see the impact in musical organizations that I am a part of.
It didn’t fully hit me how much TBS has bettered my life until this fall when it came full circle and I got to move in the incoming Pride freshmen. It was in this moment I realized how much TBS has helped me grow and encouraged me to better myself. Moving in these nervous freshmen I couldn’t help but feel excited at the prospect of sharing this life changing experience with the next Delta class.
Flashback to May 7th of last semester, I received
a notification on my phone that told me I was added to a group chat named “High
Heels, Red Dress”. Instantly I opened my phone to confirm that a group of my
favorite people was going to buy tickets to the Jonas Brothers Happiness Begins
tour. Thanks to Meagan Millier and Juliana Mitchell who had purchased the
pre-sale pass so that tickets were cheaper, we were all able to buy tickets to
get to rock out to our favorite middle school boy band.
Go forward to this weekend (close to 5 months later) on September 29th, we all dressed up and rolled out of Norman and headed for Tulsa. Once we made it to Tulsa some of the caravan met up at this Mexican restaurant to eat before the concert. All eight of us TBS actives went through approximately 20 ramekins of salsa. After fueling up for the concert, we made it to the venue and met up with six more TBS active/alumni members. This is where all our cute pictures were taken.
I could give you IN DEPTH details of the concert, but I will spare you. It was COOL. Nick sang some of Joe’s singles and Joe sang some of Nick’s; wholesome brother love. Ya love to see it. Towards the end of the concert I started to panic because they hadn’t played my favorite song, “Burnin’ Up,”, yet so I was beginning to think they weren’t going to! They played, “Year 3000,” and the entire stadium erupted with screams. That was the last song. So once they left the stage I was sad. But…BUTTT…this giant FLASH of fire hit the stage and then, “Burnin’ Up,” came on. I cried. And of course, to end the night they played, “Sucker”.
Overall it was a great night with people that I care so
dearly for. Those are some memories that I will cherish forever. I have to say
though, the one downside was that Kayla McCullough didn’t get to see anyone in
a red dress. Opportunity lost.
Every Thursday, I
look forward to one thing above all: post-chapter cheese fries at the Mont with
my sisters. As laughable as it sounds, one of the things that drew me to TBS
was seeing members sharing that fun and inviting tradition on social media. They
would spend their evenings together beyond the time spent in chapter, which was
incredibly appealing to me. I wanted to be part of that, spending time getting
to know everyone on a more personal level.
Now, I share cheese fries with Kaitlyn every week after chapter. No matter how much homework I have, how late it is, or how tired I am, the Mont is one of the highlights of my week. I love setting aside that time to connect with my sisters in a more relaxed and inviting environment. Chatting with friends, sharing food, and making memories is a tradition I hold dear and can’t wait to introduce new members to some day!
Last spring, I decided to begin the membership process to join Tau Beta Sigma and since then the amount of self-growth has been astonishing! The opportunities to give back through service and music has not only made me feel more connected to the wonderful community of Norman but also to my fellow sister I do it with.
I have met some of the most selfless and caring individuals and it is my pleasure to call them my sisters. Being around such a welcoming environment has not only made the transition into college easier, but also has helped me change myself to become a more understanding and all-round member of society.
I highly recommend asking a sister about Tau Beta Sigma, or simply just becoming friends with one. You can only benefit from it! 🙂
This past week, I went to Stillwater to join my fellow brothers and sisters at the 2019
National Convention for Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma and I can honestly say that it was
one of the greatest experiences yet. Going into it, I was very excited but intimidated because
since I was just initiated a few months ago, I didn’t know how to act, what to say, and what to
do. I thought that I would not fit in and felt so out of place. The fact that most people in our
chapter have never gone to NatCon made me feel a lot better about not knowing exactly what
was going to happen because I didn’t feel alone in that “first time” boat. Once all that
awkwardness went away, I really felt free, like I belonged there, and that I could really call
myself an “official” member of TBS.
Some of my favorite moments while at NatCon included (but are not limited to) the
marketplace, the guest speakers, and getting to go to Eskimo Joe’s to eat and bond with each
other <3. At the marketplace, not only did I get to browse through all the awesome merch but I
also got to meet a lot of sisters around the country and made connections with them so that I
could later contact them and meet up with them at away games. Later that first day, most of us
from the Delta chapter went to Eskimo Joe’s and ate some delicious food while enjoying each
other’s company and hilarious stories. With the guest speakers, I was really surprised because I
expected very cliche “Ted talks” but they ended up opening my mind up to new ideas and
concepts that I needed in my life. Those guest speakers were so good that they got me to take
notes on my own will. All in all, every event had its own special moment and it would take a
while to describe all the details in the limited space I have to write. Trust me when I say, NatCon
is something everyone should really consider going to at least once in their life, whether that be
as an active or as an alumni or life member.
If you can’t go to NatCon for whatever circumstance, I would recommend at least going
to district. I have never been to district but I totally recommend going because not only do you
get to connect with and meet people within your district, but you get to learn so much about the
sisterhood that you might have not thought about before and you could be the vessel that brings
some of that information back to your chapter. People have told me that it’s like a mini NatCon
with more scheduled things but very fun and informational. With my time at National
Convention, I can be more open to others’ ideas and feel like I can contribute more in order to
help our chapter move forward from what I have learned. Even if you don’t get the chance to go
to either, just remember that your voice is important and needs to be heard. By doing this, it can
help the chapter grow at the local, district, and even at the national level.
Thank you for reading my “testimony” about NatCon and I hope I have persuaded you to
consider going to district next year and NatCon in 2021.