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!
With the spring semester in full swing, it’s time to review what Delta has been up to since December! After a short break, we all headed back to Norman on Christmas to begin preparation for the Peach Bowl. In Norman we held our final auditions for the drum major position and practiced our pregame and halftime shows. After that it was time to travel to Atlanta! Atlanta was filled with lots of fun things, like rehearsals in the stadium, visits to the famous Atlanta Aquarium, and even a trip to a super fun arcade! Even though the game didn’t go exactly how we wanted, it was still so much fun cheering on our Sooners!
After the bowl trip, things settled down as we had a much needed break before the spring semester began. During the first week of school, Delta held our first degree for our Delta Eta rush class! It was super exciting to see all the membership candidates begin their journey into Tau Beta Sigma and get their presents from their bigs! I can’t wait to see where Tau Beta Sigma takes them.
Even though marching season is over, the Delta Chapter has a packed schedule this spring! Keep up with our blog posts to see what we’re up to and follow @TBSDeltaChapter for weekly history snippets and live tweets from our Women in Music Speaker event!
This past semester I have made one of the hardest, and most stressful, decisions of my life. I decided to transfer Universities. When this decision was made my first thought was “Oh no, will I be able to continue as a sister of TBS?” So of course, I chose a school that had a chapter, Texas Tech University, the home of the Beta chapter. Also known as the school that started it all.
I was extremely nervous. I had heard a lot of negative talk about the school and Lubbock itself and I was also worried that I wouldn’t fit in with the sisters and brothers of Beta. I knew eventually I would have to face my fears and took a weekend to travel my way down to Lubbock in order to tour Tech and the surrounding area. Within minutes of stepping into the music building on campus at Texas Tech I had met brothers and sisters of Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi. They were all extremely welcoming and I began to feel comfortable around them within minutes. I had even met one girl from Beta that sat down and had a thirty minute, maybe even an hour, long conversation with me as though she had known me forever. My fears had instantly begun to melt away.
This interaction reminded me of what TBS is all about. It is a bonding sisterhood, no matter where you go or where you’re from. These are people that have the same ideals and end goals in mind. It reminded me of just how lucky I truly am to be a part of something and to share something so special and valuable with tons of people across the nation.
My heart still aches knowing that I am leaving my sisters of Delta behind. In the end I know my Delta sisters are always cheering for me and I am more than excited to get to know and share new memories with the sisters of Beta. I guess you could say I am on to the next chapter, figuratively and literally.
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.
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.