Hey y’all! My motivation behind this segment is to acquaint y’all to some of the most inspirational and fabulous women I know. Each Wednesday you’ll be introduced to another “Belle”, get to know them, and gain a little knowledge. Let’s get started!
Meet: Allison Hamrock
Olivia: Where do you go to school?
Allison: “I’m a freshman at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. My major is Fashion Merchandising and I’m in Alpha Chi Omega.”
Olivia: How do you describe your style?
Allison: “I love athletic clothes- they’re my go-to outfits during the week! My Christmas list is full of Lulu Lemon, Under Armor, and Lucy. The first thing I learned in college is that the most popular style if an oversized t shirt and norts. When I’m dressing up I’m normally wearing jeans or leggings with a patterned shirt accessorized with a necklace and flashy earrings, and of course my watch. My favorite stores are Nordstrom, J Crew, Francescas, and the cute boutiques around my school! I would say I have a preppy and laid back style, my closet ranges from Free People to Lilly. For accessories like purses, watches, shoes, and wallets, Michael Kors has my heart”
Olivia: What’s something that makes you unique?
Allison: “I truly live by the idea that everything happens for a reason. Whenever I’m worried or stress, I remember this idea and know that everything in my life happens for a purpose. If something doesn’t go the way I planned, I roll with it and know that something good will come out of the situation. I’m also super outgoing- I’m not afraid to be myself around anyone! I think being normal is extremely boring. “
Olivia: What’s your favorite season?
Allison: “I love the colors of spring, the weather is perfect especially when all the flowers are in bloom. My favorite part about spring? My birthday of course!”
Olivia: All time favorite nail polish?
Allison: “Turquoise & Caicos by Essie”
Olivia: What’s something you can’t live without?
Allison: “MAC Studio Fix powder! It’s a lifesaver. It’s compact powder foundation so it’s great for setting liquid foundation or as your foundation alone. It’s the perfect size, I take it almost everywhere in case of emergencies! I also have a gold “A” necklace from C Wonder and I feel naked with out it!”
Olivia: What’s your go-to order at Starbucks?
Allison: “Green Tea Frap, but unfortunately I don’t have that option at our university bookstore Starbucks! My weakness is the holiday Peppermint Mocha Frap, and my go-to order is a White Chocolate Mocha Iced Coffee.”
Olivia: Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram?
Allison: “Twitter for my random thoughts, but Insta is my favorite! Tumblr is my go to for relaxing though, and I feel like everyone’s tumblr is a perfect representation of them!”
Olivia: What are your social media links?
Olivia: Im going to give you free rein here, can you talk about sorority life?
Allison: “I go to University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. Even before I made the decision to go to USC, I knew I wanted to be involved in Greek Life in college. This fall, I became a member of Alpha Chi Omega.
Being from the North at a Southern school, I had no idea what to expect. And let me tell you- it is an experience like no other. Basically you’re separated into groups of about 20 girls and have 2 group leaders that are disaffiliated from their sororities during rush called Pi Chis. You attend “parties” at each sorority house each day and line up in alphabetical order outside of the house. During line up Pi Chis are running around giving you mints, fixing hair, spraying you with frebreeze and deodorant, and giving you coffee filters to fix oily faces and running make up.
When you enter the house, members of the sorority are lined up along the walls, screaming their song or cheer, clapping, and welcoming you into their home. Someone escorts you from the front door and you have a conversation with them when the sorority is not playing a video or giving speeches. Each day you wear different outfits ranging from the Rush T shirts, sundresses, or cocktail dresses. After each round you drop houses and during the next round you go back to houses you are invited to. Each round is longer than the previous one, so by the last day (Preference Round) you spend an hour in the house. Finally after 4 rounds split into 6 days you have Bid Day.
Bid Day is held at the main part of campus called The Horseshoe. Imagine thousands of screaming girls on a lawn surrounded by members of the community, every sorority girl, and of course frat guys. Pi Chis do a reveal where they sing each sororities song and take off their shirt-revealing to their group the sorority that they were in. Then, you stand in a circle with your backs towards your Pi Chis in the middle and they place a shirt in your hand. When you turn around to see your shirt, you throw it on and RUN to your sorority waiting for you with goodie bags, banners, and balloons. Bid day was insane, fun, and crazy experience and I can’t wait to be on the other side waiting for new members next year.
Philanthropy, Fun, and Formals
Of course with joining a sorority, you get all the fun perks like mixers, functions, and semi formals. On a serious note, you get opportunities to help and give back to the community through events representing your sorority. Alpha Chi Omega’s philanthropy is Domestic Violence, so my specific chapter works closely with Sister Care in Columbia. October is Domestic Violence awareness month, and one of the events I participated in was a walk to raise money and support for the fight against Domestic Violence.
This semester we also had two sisterhood retreats. The full chapter went to Carowinds, an amusement park in North Carolina. My pledge class also went on a retreat to an indoor trampoline park where we got to bond with other Fall ’14 members. We also have themed mixers with Fraternities like “Hunt or be Hunted” and “Grease”. This semester we had functions called Tie The Knot, where you wear your dates tie or bowtie, Kickback Classic where you wear your favorite throwback clothes, and Semi Formal. There are so many people in my sorority (130 in my pledge class and nearly 400 total) so retreats, mixers, and functions are great ways to meet and get to know your sisters.
Should I Rush?
My answer is absolutely. My college experience wouldn’t be as amazing as it has been so far with out AXO. I am forever thankful for AXO introducing me to my best friends. My sisters are the girls that I’m surrounded by constantly, whether were going out, tailgating, getting food, or doing homework in the library. There is no love like the love you have for your Big. Your Big is your guiding light; someone to lean on, talk to, hang out with and they are always there to support you no matter what. My big is my number one role model and my life wouldn’t be the same with out her. Being in a big sorority is like having an unlimited number of friends and I’m so thankful for all the fun times I have with my sisters. Aside from the cheesy “I love my sisters” rant, you also get T-shirts. Everyone loves T-shirts. Also, before Big/Little reveal you go to the house everyday for a week and there are presents your big made for you. And having each meal provided by the Sorority house chef isn’t too bad, especially always having friends to eat with. Members of Greek Life are also known to have higher GPA’s. Each sorority offers help such as study sessions so grades remain a priority. I absolutely love being in a Sorority- I’m beyond thankful for AXO and wouldn’t have it any other way.
For insight into what bid day is like….
Thinking about rushing but still have questions/confused about the process? Feel free to contact me through my social media links above or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org)! I would have been completely lost with out help from my older friends, so don’t hesitate to ask me any questions!”