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Tips for Surviving College (With a Mental Illness)

Don’t compare yourself to other students. Just don’t do it. Because of your mental health, there will always be things that are more difficult for you than other students. Waking up early, keeping track of assignments, staying focused and motivated, socializing outside of class, joining clubs. All of these are things that can be harder for students with mental illness. It’s important to just pay attention to yourself and make sure you’re meeting the goals you set for yourself.

Walk as much as you can. Go for short walks around campus, walk to class instead of taking the bus or driving, walk around the library in between studying. Just get up and walk. It’s important to get in exercise where you can and walking is a great way to boost endorphins.

Know the attendance policy for each of your classes. Within the first week of class try to figure out how each professor takes attendance. Is it at the beginning of class, end of class? Is there a seating chart (seriously) or is it just writing in your name? Is there a daily quiz? Perfect attendance isn’t always attainable so it’s important to know not only how many days you can miss or be late, but how you can get around that. If you’re just having a bad mental health day it’s good to know when you can get a friend to sign you in so you don’t lose attendance points.

Have a “backup buddy” in each of your classes. On the first day of class or at least before the first test, make sure you get the phone number and email of two classmates. Not only is it good to meet new people, these are the people who will be your lifeline. Did you miss class or just completely zone out and need the notes? Do you need someone to sign you in? Did you abandon your bullet journal and forget all of the due dates? It’s crucial that you have TWO people you can reach (in case one or the other can’t help you) when you have a question you can’t ask your professor.

Know your professors!!! Introduce yourself first day of class (so it can be short and sweet) or go during office hours (so there aren’t a lot of people). Professors are a lot more willing to help you out if you’ve at least tried to establish a relationship with them. You’ll be closer with some more than others but if you ever have to send out a panicked email it’s important your professor can put a face to the name. If you ever have an emergency and need an extension it’s a lot more likely to get one this way. Bonus: also get to know your TA or GA if they’re the ones grading your assignments.

Take your medicine, see your therapist/psychiatrist. College is too stressful to go without the medical treatment that you need. If you can’t afford treatment, most universities have counseling clinics where you can get free or cheap treatment from grad students. Many university health centers also have psychiatrists you can see cheaply. At my university I see a grad student LPC for free and get to see a psychiatrist for $10 an appointment. Your therapist can also write letters in case your professor or school needs proof of treatment or anything like that.

Register with your school’s disability services. I’ve met a lot of students with depression or anxiety who had no idea that disability could apply to them. Mental illness is a disability! Registering with Disability is invaluable. You can get access to tutoring, support groups, peer mentors, and most importantly: accommodations. If you get really bad test anxiety you can arrange to take your test privately either proctored by someone in disability services or in your professor’s office. Extensions can sometimes be made for assignments in case you have an emergency like a panic attack or other life disrupting episode. 

Whether you need accommodation or not, I strongly urge you to register with disability in case something happens. If you need to drop your classes or were unable to and end up failing because of your health, being registered with disability can mean your bad semester can be “forgiven,” essentially meaning you can go on medical leave.

Have a family member or friend for a support system. Outside of your therapist or DS, have someone who you can vent to. Have someone to buy you ice cream and tell you everything is going to be okay. Have someone who can tell you you’re beautiful and perfect the way you are, whether that’s your mom or even someone on tumblr. There are people all around who care about you.

Know that you are wonderful and brave and have already accomplished so much just by getting into college. About 1 in 4 adults have a mental illness: you are not alone. Even if it might feel like you’re the only one having a hard time, there are hundreds of students all around you going through the same thing. 

Rollercoaster of Emotion : A Keyakizaka Story

The “Republic of Keyakizaka” concert took place the week end of 22-23 July, in FujiQ conifer forest. With a schedule matching mine, i had the privilege to attend the two days full of keyakizaness, from unique scenery inside the park to the sharp performance of the girls. I will attempt to bring as much anecdote from the inside as i can, and yes there’s a lot of things to say!

The concert took place near the popular attraction park FujiQ Highland.

Getting tickets as a foreigner might be an hassle. I had to create a Rakuten account, an EMTG account, have a credit card that works, a japanese phone number and address. You can get the last two by submitting to tenso, a japanese service specialized in shipping Japanese goods. After that, it was first come first served so web servers were saturated from fans multiple connections, disabling the service for those who have poor internet. Fortunately the venue capacity was big (12 000 seats) and some gave up because the venue was too far from tokyo (2 hours from bus/3 from train). 6 hours after the start of the selling, i managed to buy 2 tickets (i didn’t choose seats). Something hard, was also to book a bus ( most japanese fans rushed to this service as well) and all hotel were book. I got lucky to find a very affordable airbnb (guesthouse online service) and managed to secure a super early Bus from tokyo to the venue. Vacations were finally starting!

A sneak peek of the queuing line for Keyakizaka goods. There’s three of them.

There’s a reason i wanted to come early: exclusive goods! I wasn’t satisfied with the towel available on the official online store, but the one sold at the venue was a real “coup de coeur”. Hirate Yurina being a very popular member, i didn’t wanted to face a sold-out situation. I arrived at 10AM and the show started at 5PM(afternoon). But there was already a massive line worth 1.5 hours! Easy to tell that Goods are really popular items of collection. I thought i was going to wait in hellfire, but weather was cloudy and the forest around were kind of absorbing the heat. Also we were waiting below the fujiyama rollercoaster so it was fun to see people getting scared 60m above our line. What surprised me was how disciplined fans were : patiently waiting their turn, and quickly purchasing their goods. What looked really long actually moved quite fast. Aki-p was also prepared : there was a huge amount of package behind the selling staff to fulfill everyone’s otaku needs. Thumbs up for japanese neat organization!

Exclusive goods were affordable and high quality.

i was positively surprised at the goods prices. 3000Y 100% cotton T shirts, 3000Y lighsticks and 2000Y the god of items, the oshi towel. Aside from the oshi towel, the biggest value for me was the exclusive fanclub keyakizaka bandana (the one on my bag) with the unbeatable price of 300Y. There was also this 4500Y exclusive T shirt with handmade blazer “humility, kindness, bond” but i skipped due to budget reasons. The highlight was also keyakizaka photoset : for 1000Y, they give you a set of 5 random pictures, either from special silent majority (kohaku version) to futari season (gold uniform). I had a good pull with yuipon, moriya, shida manaka. When i got out, there were hundreds of fans trading like crazy to complete their sets! Some had 30 000 Y worth of photos, just to get a chance to have their oshimen sets complete. As you can expect, a lot of fans keep popular members set for their own collection, and to trade them is very rare. The trading was a raging battle and with my poor 5 pictures, i didn’t tried to join the fray. Even though i could probably catch  Yurina… let’s hope for another chance in the summer tour!

There was so many keyakizaka fans that the park could have been renamed Keyakizaka land.

Keyakizaka performing in Conifere forest was undoubtly a big collaboration with FujiQ Highland. Sony management get a big venue and promotion from FujiQ, while FujiQ ultra boost its attendance rate with all the wota coming to have a good time in the park. I won’t be surprised if they do it again. The scenery was unreal : almost 70% of the park customers were wearing their oshi towel and keyaki T-shirts. After all, the 1500Y admission pass was free for those who had concert tickets (but you have to pay the biggest rollercoasters). It was a great opportunity for group of friends to attend both fujiQ and keyakizaka GIG, but also couples and families. There was members panel scattered over the whole park and fans had to search for their oshi (see above). You could see who were popular according to the lane of fans waiting to get the perfect shot. Zuumin, Monarisa, Neru always had a lane. Techi was very well hidden (at the near edge between 2 rollercoaster) and had like 100 members queuing for her! It took me 1h to find the panel and take a picture, but the hide and seek game was fun.

About the sociology : after a lot of observation, i would say the ratio is 75-25 boys/girls, and most of them were very young 15-20 years old. They probably didn’t lived the Acchan era, and that explain why AKB is declining : AKB didn’t managed to appeal to this new fandom; Nogizaka and Keyaki did. I haven’t seen goods related to other idol group, even from Nogizaka. It was really all about Keyaki. I’ll be honest, it was hard to connect with fans. Langage barrier, also they were already hanging in groups of friend/Focus on trading. I chatted a bit with fans when i was queueing in Fujiyama rollercoaster, and they were surprised i came from France, but that’s about it. On a side note, Fujiyama has nice attractions like Eee janai ka (see videos on youtube) so please check it out for one day (you don’t need more, and go on weekdays) if you have the opportunity to do so!

The actual venue, with a big stage looking like a castle with flags ornaments.

The actual venue was very convenient. There were a lot of staff guiding fans and you just had to cross the bridge to be at the concert. Lot of policemen, security was strict, checking bags and ID. Impossible to resell ticket thanks to this, even with accompany status (the concert didn’t sold out anyway). How it was organized : seats were spread through blocks. For example, if you get A block, you’re very close to the stage, and if you get the number 7-9, you are in the center of the venue. Kami seats were not A1(on the edge, but still good), but A7 (sooo close). Since i bought ticket late, i had F2, which is quite bad, but i was already glad to be there. I had the big left screen to follow the concert (picture above). You were given a balloon to use it during Sekai ni wa ai shikanai. Saturday i would say was filled at 95%, and Sunday was 90%. Mission accomplished.

The girls appeared in brand new horsemen-inspired costume, holding (*cough* confederate *cough*) flags.

The show was finally starting! Big new instrumental intro to lift the atmosphere, again with the army style. People wavering their greenlighstick, all standing up. Techi was standing in the middle with her badass stare like the leader of the army. After this intro, they played Overture and followed by the 3 first singles. First thing i wanted to confirm : No zuumin (imaizumi Yui) also Yonetani nanami chose to focus on her studies in the meantime. Anyway choregraphy went smoothly and the crowd was cheering and doing the mix (wota chant). It’s our way to tell the girls we’re enjoying our time and mutually motivating ourselves. It’s our way to communicate! Overall members had good expressions, like Moriya, Yuuka and Neru, but also Satoh shiori and uemura rina that were dancing on my side. Others like Berika and Techi were kind of warming up, trying to avoid making mistakes.

There were a lot of interactions between fans and the group. Shida Manaka particulary enjoyed shooting on fans but also members.

Aozora and Bokutachi no sensou were pretty original : they put the crowd into work sending big floating air balls that we were bumping around the venue, and girls had waterstream to shower the first lanes. Other members had waterguns. It was really festive and even though bokutachi no sensou is not my favourite song, people were having fun. Aozora to marry is a fan favourite, as the calls were very strong.

Techi entering the scene the coolest way possible

Techi was singing live, with a playback running behind. A double edged sword as if her pitch was off, it could be distinguishly heard, so she focused a lot on her singing. Her voice is more girly than the studio version, which was cute. However, because she wanted to do good, she was restraining herself and her moves lacked expressions. She didn’t interacted much with the crowd, making her cold. As if she was aware of her mistake, she did significantly better Sunday and she felt much more natural. Hearsaying on my way home, a lot were satisfied with her performance, as her aura is “yabai” (so impressive)

Yurina’s performance was followed by Hiragana keyaki 2 songs, “hiragana keyaki” and “boku wa tsukiatteru”. I was pleasantly surprised at how genki, smiling and fluffy the girls were, lifting up the crowd even more. They were so much more expressive than Kanji singles it kind of woke up everyone. The song in studio is standard orthodox idol, but it is a killer during live performance because the lyrics are easy to remember and moves easy to mimic. Very good surprise, i saw myself tagging along, leaving behind all regrets to look ridicule. At the end, Sasaki kumi took charge of the MC. I can see she is comfortable with talking, but topics to talk about could be improved. Other girls were short to comment.

Waterworks  were giving density to the rare performed “Otona wa shinjite kurenai”

Kanji are back with the great “otona wa shinjite kurenai” and the very anticipated “eccentric”. Very solid performance, very sharp and powerful. The girls are in their element and Techi is finally unleashing the darkness within her. We don’t have mix in this song, but people were amazed and couldn’t speak much. It gaves a stronger feeling than Silent majority. Less mainstream, much deeper. I really liked it. Great follow up with Eccentric, people argued the choregraphy was a hit or miss, but i would say definitevely a hit! If felt like the girls were having erratic spasm, but did synchronized move as well. Very technical. The song itself is good, and i saw myself doing the wakame dance (waving my arms), shuffling my towel (while they use their shoes) and shaking my chest. (that was weird).

Something i noticed too in Hohoemi Ga kanashii and Wareta Smartphone. Because Techi is a little bit cranky and mechanical, the chemistry with Neru is not perfect. Techi shines in dark songs, but on her path to become a great idol, she needs to express herself more in normal situation. It feels like Neru is assisting her rather than being a balanced pairing. On the other song, Berika is reminding me of Paruru, doing the barely minimum during performance. I know it’s funny to put someone awkward in a sexy song, but i don’t think it’s helping her to grow. The contrast with the sexyness of Moriya is making her look bad. She looks more comfortable in songs like Aozora ga chigau. In the meantime, Mona risa are fooling around while Yuuka try to focus on the choregraphy. I personally like Wareta smartphone.

Sometimes the wota culture can be misunderstood. 

We reached a climax with the 3 last songs, “Kataru nara mirai wo”, “Takaku tobe” and “Te wo tsunaide Kaerou ka”? Kataru Nara is an absolute jewel of choregraphy and the mix were really strong. Before that we had a Hiragana and Kanji dance medley very similar to what happened in Ariake. Some moves were recycled, but i don’t mind as the girl had little time to practice. Special shoutout to Suzumoto Miyu who is by far the best dancer of the groupe. Saito Kyoko dance battled with her and she was very decent too. As people were hyping, they send Takaku tobe which once again blowed me away at how popular of a song it was. Perhaps the instrumental got changed to sound more upbeat, but everyone was tagging along with the moves and quirky mimics. Hiragana songs are really popular! To answer to that, Kanji Keyaki used Te wo tsunaide, another popular song that worship the yuukanen pairing. People were warming up at Yuukanen chasing each other, in a very cute way. The cheering was pretty even with Takaku tobe.

The Encore escalated quickly, with loud screams and fireworks.

To me the big highlight was the encore, Fukyouwaon. People knew it was the last powerful song so we kind of put everything to it. The girls exploded and the pyrotechnics made it look like a warfield. It was so funny i shouted “boku wa yada” with Techi similar to if i was in hellfest, surprising people next to me (i thought it was part of the mix , sorry). Anyway, people did their best mix and you couldn’t hear the rollercoaster next to us. Fukyouwaon went from the “weakest” A-side to “best A-side on stage” haaands down. It was truly marvelous and you could see the girls were enjoying the crowd hype as their moves were growing in power (Techi was smiling from enjoyment).

Finally we finished with our anthem kanji/hiragana together, Keyakizaka no Uta. We kind of let loose after the final rush and enjoyed the last bit of time together. We had fireworks and it almost felt the girls weren’t aware. Since we were around 7PM, it was night and you could completely see the fireworks. People were having a blast. I heard “sugeee” “yabaaai” “majiiii de” from everywhere when it started to lighten up the sky.

Aki-p used credit card platinum. It was very effective.

In conclusion, it was a great experience to live as a fan. You could either skip Saturday or Sunday as it was the same setlist. Unfortunately, Yonetani and Zumiko absence were quite heavy, leaving their fans bittersweet. Also there was only eccentric as new song, making fans craving for more. That’s why it can’t beat Ariake coliseum yet. But fear not! Because Keyaki summer schedule is very busy; they still have to perform the summer tour, handshakes, summer sonic, fuji rock and Tokyo idol festival. I think Zuumin will come back avoiding the hectic schedule, just in time for their biggest stop, Makuhari Messe. Keyaki story is not over yet!

I was impressed once again by japanese crowd control. They brought special train for people to come back safely to tokyo. The guideline was perfect, and they regulate trains so people don’t overcrowd it. Also it was free, so i only paid 500 yen to come back from Fujisan to Chiba! They really do the maximum for the fans and i’m really grateful.

It’s not all the time you see a town full of wota, wearing their oshi towel like it’s pretty standard; to see fans helping each other to take turns of 2shots, praising their respective oshimen quality; a young daughter refusing his also-fan dad to accompany her in handshake to not be embarassed in front of her oshimen… Now i realized what the true meaning of “republic of keyakizaka” is : people bonding, having fun together, enjoying life around the positive energy that brings the group.

- Gocchisama

En route toward new keyaki adventures! Thanks for reading.

I love it when the tiny group of antis try to explain their Tony Stark hate as anything except pure jealousy. We get it, dears. We know the genesis of this thing in your (mistaken) belief that RDJ “demanded” to be cast in “Civil War” (lol 1. it’s “Civil War,” so it needs to be Tony vs. Cap; and 2. the Russos have verified more than once that THEY had to go to RDJ and personally ask him to be in the movie…).

No, you’re jealous that Tony Stark was in the movie and “took away valuable screen time” from your “faves.” And that his storyline was sympathetic and memorable, even though he had less screen time than the titular hero.  And then you extrapolated that mistaken belief onto “Spider-Man: Homecoming” when RDJ was cast in that – even though the mentor-mentee pairing of Iron Man and Spider-Man has been comics canon for years.

That’s it. And you know what? Too bad. Your bitching won’t change any casting. Your tiny echo-chamber opinion on Tumblr (you’re one infinitesimal group on one of the smallest of the social media sites) is worth less than nothing in the movie numbers business. The reason they keep including Tony Stark in the MCU is that the vast majority of moviegoers love Tony Stark and that he boosts the attendance for any MCU movie. He’s worth mega-millions to the studio, and they know it.

All you prove with your whining is that you have no idea how Hollywood works and no idea how screenplays are structured and developed for a franchise. Will you whine and cry at “Infinity War” and “Avengers 4,” which have approximately 250 other characters also sucking up “screen time” from your “faves”?  These are ENSEMBLE movies. It’s what they are. No one character is going to get a whole lot of screen time now - it’s about the group coming together as a force.

Ah well - like all childish, jealous haters, you’ll fade away soon. Let’s make it real soon, yes? 

anonymous asked:

you seem to be one of the smarter 1D fans i follow so i have to ask are PR relationships real? and do you think any 1D members have actually been in them? a lot of larries just cast aside both louis/harry's relationships as PR but that just seems... weird. i dont think anyone in the general public really cares that much

I am not a PR person so my PR friend feel free to correct me on the details here if necessary. PR relationships are real! It’s just that they tend to be… well, effective, for one. As in, they generate PR for the participants, so for two, they’d generally be between two people who each actively have a career that can be promoted.

Like, say, if [and I have NOT been paying attention so I have NO IDEA if this is a thing] Zendaya and Tom Holland were hanging out a lot together, alone, during Spiderman filming and again during promo, and being seen and attending red carpet events together and looking real cozy, and people were like “are they or aren’t they???” and they were being coy about answering, or not-answering, and then you know, after Spiderman had left the top ten box office slot you just never really saw them together anymore and they became suddenly very clear they were “just friends” and “got along, but nothing more than that” — that’d be like a PR “relationship.” It would increase buzz for their shared project, sell the believability of their onscreen chemistry (so good it seems to have bled offscreen as well, etc!), and doesn’t require much effort on anyone’s part, and hardly any expense: just letting the public’s assumptions take over without having to declare their endless love in one another. Or get their faces tattooed on one another. Or initials.

Nothing like that happened with any of the pairings in 1D. Danielle and Liam dated for YEARS and he was very clear about her being his girlfriend, she was friends with Louis’ girlfriend and the crew, she never promoted her own career or attended events in promotion of her own projects while out with Liam, and so on. Eleanor was a civilian who didn’t even walk red carpets with Louis, and it was Louis who specified early on that she was a floor model at Hollister and not a print or runway model. She attended university during school terms. She was friends with Louis’ family, including his little sisters, and was Jay’s maid of honor at her WEDDING.

now, the other two mutual celebrity relationships, I will not name because it tends to invite so much rancor just mentioning them, but one resulted in an ENGAGEMENT, and said fiancee spending Eid with Zayn’s family. The other relationship carried on for months longer than was known to be public (the opposite of a PUBLIC RELATIONS boost), no events were attended by them as a couple, no interviews given by them as a couple, and they never even appeared to benefit from speculation that they were together (as in, both are heavily criticized for suggestions that they have written about one another).

It’s just that none of these fit what PR relationships are meant to do (and conspiracy theorists usually spend their time laughing at how POOR at generating PR these relationships are! Which is not failure of the PR relationship but evidence that they are not PR relationships!), and are carried out with what would be far more time and effort than a PR relationship would. Why buy out access to people’s families, including children, to sustain this ruse? Over the course of YEARS? It makes no sense, and conspiracy theorists agree it makes no sense.

Hey, I know there was a solid rally for Net Neutrality and I was wondering if we could do the same thing for School Choice.

School Choice allows parents of all financial levels to send their kids to places other than public schools. Students are basically given vouchers to ‘spend’ at the school they choose to attend, boosting successful schools and teachers. Public schools already get grants for how many students they teach so this is just a step up. Kids from all background can attend private or charter schools over their public schools in order to find teachers that better cater to their learning styles and speeds. Creating competition strictly between the schools encourages failing schools to actually do something about bad teachers or poor curriculum models.

 The only people really against it are Teachers Unions (all of us have encountered the teacher that should’ve been fired but wasn’t because of Union protection [I’ve met many]) and politicians. As someone who’s gone to private schools, charter schools, and then public schools, I can detail about a hundred ways that public schools alone fail to meet individual student needs and examples of teachers who didn’t give a crap about their students cause no matter what they got paid the same.

No child deserves to miss out on a proper education just because of their parent’s income.

“Education is the only way out of generational poverty” so why not let kids get better education?

i havent done a 5 am rant in a while ok so i fucking hate it when people get an ego boost bc they attended a psychology class. my ex took hers for a semester or something and she wld always say im wasting my time/my life away, she wld get mad when i wldnt do anything with my time except nap and stay in my room (bc a good way to motivate someone is get angry at them and then make them feel even guiltier abt something they felt shit abt in the first place congrats freud whered you learn that you fucking oaf)

this is coming from a person who couldnt deal w not being the center of attention when i was upset abt my moms death so idk Big Miss Steak tbh

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This needs to signal boosted. I attended this school my freshman year and was met with excessive amounts of racism due to my Tsalagi heritage. As a fellow Tsalagi, and an ex student of this school, this really hits home for me. Please get the word out so she is able to wear her earned feather during commencement.

Pokemon Go

You know what would be awesome? Having multiple spawns in zoos, it would boost attendance and would help go towards helping REAL animals. Because zoos often have a conservation program where a portion of admission, or through donation that helps real endangered animals.

Like by catching fake animals you are helping real animals.

🎀 8 ways to boost sorority morale! 🎀

Q: I was hoping that you could give me ideas on ways to boost chapter attendance and morale? Thanks!

A: To boost attendance, you probably need a Points System to make members accountable. Your chapter can award points for good behavior and/or give points and fines for negative behavior like not attending meetings and events. A program of responsibility is vital for the functioning of your chapter. 

Beyond management of your sister’s mandatory attendance is the issue of chapter morale. That’s the heart of your sisterhood. High morale makes girls want to be happily involved. Here some some tips for keeping spirits elevated, which leads to increased participation ………

🎀 8 KEY WAYS TO BOOST CHAPTER MORALE: 🎀 

  • Give your sisters reason to believe! Every member needs something bigger than herself to believe in. Each sister should know your sorority’s mission statement, vision, purpose, creed and shared values. The sorority’s founding principles are what strengthens your sisterhood strong through good times and bad. Helping others through philanthropy work also boosts your chapter’s purpose on campus. 
  • Show your sisters you care! Every member’s birthday should be celebrated with a post on the chapter’s social media. Recognizing sisterhood accomplishments and awards should be a regular occurrence. Gifts, treats, surprises, pampering, spoiling and member appreciation should be a part of each semester. If your sorority shows how much they love their sisters, the individual members will respond in kind. When she is loved, a sister will do anything for the organization. Goodwill generates goodwill in return. Make sure your sisters are crazy happy and your organization will reap the rewards. 
  • Recognize the good in your chapter! Honor the best and the brightest in your sisterhood. Chapters can’t be only about rules, standards and punishments. Give ‘sister of the month’ awards, generously give academic awards, support the outside activities of each member, promote and praise all the wonderful things the sisters do on campus. Use social media to boost your sisterhood “bragging." 
  • Give fringe benefits! Whenever possible, encourage alumnae to host events at their lovely homes, invite guest speakers and performers to your sorority house, give gifts from parents who are willing to share products with the chapter. Any little extra niceties that your sorority can spoil their members with, will keep pride in your organization strong. Maybe an alum has a mountain or beach home which would be perfect for a new member retreat. Serve holiday meals, host sisterhood socials, plan elegant formals, etc… If every occasion is treated as a special experience for the sisters, the membership will appreciate it. 
  • Make wise leadership choices! Give as many sisters a chance at holding office as possible. Many members just need a break when they either run for a position or volunteer. Spread the opportunities around. If the same handful of girls dominate the e-board year after year, the chapter becomes stale. Fresh ideas and new perspectives are what keep a sorority going. 
  • Bring on the fun! A sisterhood that plays together, stays together! To balance the meetings and sometimes dull requirements, a chapter can’t forget about the good times. Costumes, themes, socials, mixers, balls, trips, crafts, events and more are all ways to add fabulous fun to your organization. All work and no play makes for a dull greek life. Even the most laid back chapter can have crazy times in their own way. Don’t let obligations totally drown out relaxing, silly fun.
  • Let more voices be heard! Morale sinks when members feel they have no input, no control and they are just being bossed around. Sisters are not mindless drones! Offer discussion time after chapter meetings, create an anonymous "suggestions” box, host sharing times and play games which allow sisters to speak out. Delegate tasks, encourage everyone to participate, listen to different viewpoints and your sisters will have more invested in the chapter’s success. 
  • Little things help too! Even small changes can brighten your sister’s attitudes. Have a mini-meeting everyday via social media, share an 'inspiration of the day,’ switch the meeting schedule once in awhile, meet in a different location a few times a year, say 'thank you’ to sisters frequently, remind the chapter 'why’ you are a sorority, let sisters talk when they need to vent, fix little annoyances that need fixing, redecorate or add a fresh coat of paint to the chapter room, organize something out of the ordinary. Each and every small improvement keeps your chapter out of a rut.  

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