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🎀 Master list of sweet sorority photo poses! 🎀

Sorority sisters love to take photos and sorority sugar loves these CUTE poses!

🎀  SWEET ON GREEK SORORITY POSES: 🎀

The Faux Conversation:

The Glitter Flurry:

The Elbow Clutch:

The Scenic Landmark:

The Circle:

The Legs In The Air Don’t Care:

The Sand in Our Toes:

The Flag Unfurled:

The Happy Hands:

The Straight Arm:

The Boot Scoot:

The Square: 

The Chalkboard Crush:

The Wall Sit:

The Timeless Squat:

The Shirt Showoff: 

The Arm In Arm:

The Tummy Tuck:

The Perfect Pair:

The One Leg Lift:

The Air Born:

The Just Hangin’ Around: 

The Sorority Sign:

The Blowing Bubbles:

The Pyramid: 

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18/6/2016🌌
This is how summer started for me. I uncluttered my desk from everything related to school and and spend my first summer night stargazing, and practising photography. And for the record, things didn’t go well on my panhellenic exams. I did great in Ancient Greek, Latin and Modern Greek, but I failed completely in History. Yeah, I cried, I got mad, I got sad. But I believe everything happens for a reason. Now I have about two weeks to fill my application for universities of my choice. Let’s see how it goes!

PS. You can follow me on instagram where I post my photography: @christinemav and on snapchat, so you can follow me on my adventures: cristinemav 🌼🌻

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Greek Gold ‘Pontic Aristocratic’ Diadem, Late 4th-Late 3rd Century BC

A gold diadem consisting of a twisted rope border with a series of heart shaped scrolls with applied acanthus leaves and flowers with gold wire detail and tear drop shaped settings with blue enamel, flowers recessed for red enamel inlay; central wire motif in the form of a Hercules knot with applied flowers and acanthus leaves with tear drop shaped setting with blue enamel; in the center an amethyst cameo with the bust of a woman wearing a diadem and robes held at the shoulder by a brooch; one small flower element present but detached.

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Alabama Sorority Recruitment Mega Post!

With graduation for the senior class of 2016 quickly approaching, that means its almost my favorite time of the year: Sorority Recruitment! As many of you know I attended the University of Alabama and went through recruitment on both sides there (PNM and active sorority member). I get lots of questions every year from girls asking questions about recruitment at Alabama. So I put together this detailed post to hopefully answer any questions you may have as a PNM going through recruitment at Alabama!

Convocation

At Convocation you meet your Rho Chi Group. You Rho Chi (an active member of a sorority who has disaffiliated for recruitment. She will serve as your guide during the process) should call you the night before convocation to introduce herself and let you know your group number. If you don’t hear from her beforehand, there are plenty of people who will help you find out your group when you get to convocation. There are several speakers from Greek Life and Panhellenic who go over what to expect in the upcoming week. You then go into break out groups with your Rho Chi group and they answer any questions you may have and tell you where your “home base” meeting spot is for the week. This spot is where you and your group will meet up every morning before parties and at the end of each day.  This is also when you get your philanthropy day T-shirts. 

Dress Code: Very casual (T-shirts and tennis shoes) 

Ice Water Teas

It’s the first day of recruitment! YAY! The active members are so excited to meet you! The first morning is probably the most nerve-racking. The first thing you do is meet up with your Rho Chi group at your home base. You will receive your name tag and your Rho Chi will tell the group your schedule for the day. Ice Water Teas is the only round where you will go to each house with your entire Rho Chi Group. You will be lined up in alphabetical order outside of each house and a member of the Judicial Board or JBoard (basically Rho Chi’s who make sure the chapters do not have any recruitment violations like going over time, hugging PNMs etc.) will announce “One Minute!” The PNMS are to be silent at this time and then after the longest minute of your life the JBoard will Bang on the sorority house door and yell “GO” and the doors will literally fly open and the actives will begin cheering and chanting at you. These chants are loud so don’t be startled! The parties are fairly short and the conversations are pretty surface level. The days are long and exhausting, but make sure to eat whenever you get the chance to and drink the water in the houses! Also bring a water bottle in your tote bag to sip on during the day because it is hot hot hot in Bama! At the end of the this round you will go to a computer lab and rank your bottom four, or the houses you would “not like to return to” list. You will rank those in order of most like to return and would not like to return. So your number 1. Is the house you’d be ok with coming back on your schedule and your number 4. Would be your least favorite out of all of the houses/ the house you would not like to return to. It sounds super confusing but the Rho Chi’s will explain it in detail when your doing your rankings! 

Note about rankings: A lot of girls get confused about their bottom four. Just because you put a house on your bottom four does not mean you are dropping them! If a house in your top 12 doesn’t invite you back, but one in your bottom four does. That house will be on your schedule for the next day. 

Tip: Take notes in your Recruitment guide or on your phone after each party! The days are long and the houses start to run together! maybe write down what your girl was wearing or what the room you were in looked like or a few key conversation points to jog your memory when reviewing the chapters.

Dress Code: Cute casual Sundress and Sandals. Think brunch or dressing cute for dinner with your friends. 

Philanthropy Day

From this round forward the days get more and more fun! Philanthropy is when the chapters begin to show their personalities and you begin to see the differences between each one! This is also the morning after your first round of cuts. The maximum number of parties you can attend is 12, but the average number of parties most PNMs gets back is typically 8. your Rho Chi will pass out your name tag which will have your party schedule tucked in the back. Its best not to discuss how many parties you have received back with other girls in your group. I say this because while you may have gotten 10 parties back, the girl next to you may have only received 3 party invitations. Its easy to get discouraged if your favorites drop you or you don’t have a lot of parties on your schedule but remember at the end of the week you only join one sorority! Quality not quantity! Your Schedule will have specific party times on it. You will wait at your home base with your Rho Chi until about 15 minutes before your party starts, at that time you will head over to the chapter house to line up and attend the party. (This is how attending the parties will work for the rest of the week). The parties are a lot more laid back this round and are usually themed. Both PNM’s and Active are in t-shirts and the sorority may perform a rap or song and also show a video about their philanthropy. At the end of this round you will rank your chapters so you have a maximum of 8 chapters to attend on Skit. So for example if you had 10 parties, you would rank your bottom two on your “would not like to attend” list. If you have 8 or fewer than 8 parties on philanthropy then you will not rank any chapters to potentially not attend parties for. 

Dress: Cute shorts, sandals and the provided T-shirt. 

Sisterhood Day

Today is the day you will learn more about the chapters sisterhood! This round will allow you to get a better idea of the chapters personality.  You will meet your Rho Chi group and receive your schedule like you did for Philanthropy. The maximum parties you may attend is 8. When I went through recruitment I had two parties at the end of the first day and the rest the next day, so i got to go back to my dorm and hang out for most of the day! So if your parties are split up like that it’s defiantly something to be happy about! The conversations this round get a bit more serious and you may start to recognize some PNMs who are in the parties with you. At the end of Sisterhood round the ranking is a bit different, Since you only attend 3 preference parties you will this time rank your three favorites! So the order you rank the sororities in matters the most at this time. You will rank them in order of your favorite to least favorite, keeping in mind that if one of your favorites does not invite you back to preference, the one below it may move up. 

Dress: A Dressy-Casual Dress and wedges. Think you’re going to a play or a wedding. 

Preference 

Congrats ladies! you made it to Pref! This means that the chapters you are visiting today are seriously considering you for membership! You will receive a maximum of three party invitations today. Preference is also a day of silence, most Rho Chi groups will collect cell phones until the end of the day, after you complete your rankings. They also discourage talking that way you can focus on the chapters you have left and so you are not influenced by any one else’s opinions. On this day there are not loud door songs and chants. There is typically quiet singing as they bring you into the house. It’s a very serious yet sweet and loving mood on this day. The actives want you to feel the love in the chapter and want you to be able to see how much they value their sisterhood and want you to be part of it. Look around at the other PNM’s in the party, these are girls who could be your future sisters. Don’t be afraid to ask the active you are talking to about why she chose her sorority. She will be more than happy to share that with you. Each chapter will have a ceremony where they will sing songs, and some members will give speeches. Be prepared for some tears! Actives will cry and many PNM’s will cry also (I bawled like a baby at the sorority I ended up joining) but don’t feel awkward if you don’t cry. It will be a very touching day. If you really love a house, don’t be afraid to tell the active who is preffing you. She would love to hear that you are feeling at home and want to be a member of her sisterhood! After you leave the parties you should have an idea of which house you want to join. If you are still unsure your Rho Chi will sit and talk over your options with you. I know a few girls who talked to their Rho Chi for almost an hour trying to decide. As you go to rank your chapters you will sign the MBA (Membership Binding Agreement) which essentially binds you to your bid for the next calendar year. Meaning if you receive a bid on bid day you can not drop and rejoin another chapter for another 12 months (ex. August 2017). You rank your houses in order of who you would most like to receive a bid from. Maximizing your options is key here!! Alabama Panhellenic guarantees a bid to any PNM who maximizes her options after preference. Meaning if you attend all of your parties and list them all, you will receive a bid on bid day! 

Dress Code: Nice Dress and heals. Think nice wedding or cocktail party. 

Bid Day 

CONGRATULATIONS! IT’S BID DAY! AKA THE BEST DAY EVER! That morning you will meet outside of Bryant Denny Stadium (its usually around 9:30 or 10:00AM). You will find your Rho Chi group inside the stadium and an envelope with your name on it 

You will sit on your bid during the Rho Chi reveal and a few speakers as you wait for them to finally begin the countdown. 

“Five, Four, Three, Two…..” And then a LOT of loud screaming from the girls inside the stadium. 

I cried when I ripped open my envelope and saw my bid card which was to my first choice sorority. 

You then will find all the lovely ladies in your Rho Chi Group who are also your new pledge sisters! 

Together you will run back under the stadium and find active members of your new chapter holding big wooden greek letters. 

And then one by one you run to your sorority house! 

The sidewalks are filled with people watching you: Parents, Fraternity Boys, Friends. Everyone is screaming and cheering. It’s truly a sight unlike any other. 

When you reach the lawn of your new chapter house you will find your “Bid Day Big” holding a sign with your name on it. She will then give you a bid day bag filled with gifts and a jersey with your letters on it. 

You will take about a million pictures from group pictures to pictures with your new pledge sisters. After pictures you will go inside and eat lunch at the sorority house. After lunch many chapters break for a bit and then the New Members return a few hours later and leave for their pledge retreat. 


I am honestly so jealous of all of y’all who are about to go through recruitment. It was hands down one of the best weeks of my life and I promise you all will enjoy it just as much as I did. It is stressful at times and overwhelming. But it goes by very quickly! Be yourself and be confident and I promise it will all work out perfectly and you will run home to the most amazing sisterhood on bid day. 

If anyone has any specific questions about recruitment please feel free to message me I would love to help you out! I love recruitment and want to help calm any nerves you may have! 

Best of luck and GO GREEK. 

🎓 master list of sweet sorority graduation photo poses! 🎓

Celebrate your graduating sisters with a senior photo shoot. These are some cute & classic greek grad poses! Remember your senior sisters forever….

🎓   SORORITY GRAD PHOTO POSES: 🎓 

The Sororifetti: 

The Uncorked:

The Balloon Bliss:

The Cap Toss:

The Stole Spotlight: 

The Senior Sparkle:

The Crafty Cap:

The Shy Seniors:

The Fountain Frolic:

The Final Throw What You Know:

The Class Cap Collection:

The Stadium Stack:

The Grads in White:

The Casual Stroll:

The Stairway to the Future:

The Sit-In:

The Cap Side:

The Letter Luv:

The Journey Begins:

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Master List of Sweet Sorority Photo Poses

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🎓 how to create a sorority graduation shadow box! 🎓

Spring is an ideal time to make a commemorative shadow box of your sorority graduation paraphernalia! Collect your grad keepsakes and spotlight them in a framed box for safe keeping. Post-initiation is another prime time for crafting a shadow box of your bid day, new member and sisterhood memorabilia. Treasure your sorority memories, turn them into wall art and preserve them for years to come with these sorority sugar ‘How To’ instructions for making your own greek girl display box! 

🎓   MAKE A SORORITY SHADOW BOX! 🎓

STEP 1 Gather Your Materials: 

Determine the theme of your shadow box and collect all the things you want to put inside. These are some ideas for what you may want to include.

  • GRAD BOX: Grad cap, sorority stole, commencement invitation, photos, tassel, tickets, dried flowers, program, certificate, chapter papers, medals, awards, buttons, etc…
  • MEMBERSHIP BOX: Membership certificate, bid card, pledge ribbon, photos, big/little keepsakes, dried flowers, name tag, button, decal, ribbons, awards, koozie, greek letters, notes, awards, door signs, greek stitch letters, pearls, etc…

 Supplies You Will Need:

  • Wood shadow box from a craft store. 11″x14″ or 20″x20″ are popular sizes. Make sure your box is wide enough and deep enough for your items.
  • Scissors
  • Background fabric or scrapbook paper. Use acid-free and archival-quality materials.
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Foam brush for applying glue
  • Clear glue dots
  • Clear headed straight pins and/or color matching straight pins. Use stainless, dressmaker quality pins only.
  • Quake Hold Museum Wax
  • Permanent Sticky Mounting Tabs
  • Double stick tape
  • Hot glue gun 
  • Sheet of foam backing if you’re using pins to attach your items

STEP 2 Cover the Background Board:

  • Remove the board from the back of the box.
  • Cut your acid free background fabric or paper to fit. (For a grad box, your stole can serve as the background fabric.)
  • If you are attaching your items with pins, glue a sheet of foam backing to the board prior to attaching the paper or fabric.
  • Using Aleene’s craft glue and a foam brush, glue your background paper or fabric onto the board.

STEP 3 Attach Your Keepsakes:

  • Layout your design before attaching any memorabilia. 
  • Sketch your design on a separate piece of paper, so you can remember where everything goes.
  • Work from the background forward. Place larger pieces in the back, smaller accents in the foreground.
  • Glue-mount-pin-tape your sorority keepsakes layer by layer onto the board. Select the mounting method based on the weight and style of the piece.
  • Not everything can be glued, so secure some items with clear headed straight pins, color matching pins, sticky mounting tabs, hot glue, glue dots, double stick tape, or Museum Wax instead. A combination of mounting techniques is highly recommended.
  • Add 3-D accents to the front of your design. 

STEP 4 Re-Assemble Your Box:

  • Once the items are securely in place, carefully reunite the decorated back with the frame and glass. 
  • Hang your sorority shadow box where you can enjoy it! 

{shadow box photos from Pinterest}

🎓  RELATED POST: How to Decorate a Sorority Grad Cap!

🎓 how to decorate a sorority grad cap! 🎓

Graduation is the perfect time to display your sorority spirit! Decorate your grad cap in memorable greek girl style with these step-by-step instructions. 

Pre-Planning:

Before your trip to the craft store, plan your design on paper. The first decision is ~ do you want to cover the surface of the grad cap with scrapbook paper, or decorate directly onto the cap? Glitter paper makes an attractive base, as well as Lilly Pulitzer prints, high quality wrapping paper, maps and calendar pages. 

Base your background paper decision on what you plan to “say” on your cap. If you just want greek letters, or your personal monogram, then a pattern as the base is great. But if you want a quote and lots of embellishments, then a simpler base is better. Glitter paper is probably the most popular choice for a ‘solid’ background. 

Also pick your theme and sketch your design, so you know what supplies to buy. You may need to order sorority stickers or greek letters online, so allow time for delivery. The rest you can purchase at your local Hobby Lobby or Micheal’s.

Supplies You Will Need: {choose your favorite elements}

  • Grad cap
  • High quality paper
  • Hot glue gun 
  • Pencil for tracing
  • Scissors
  • Pearl or rhinestone trim
  • English letters - different sizes
  • Monogram
  • Greek letters
  • Crest or other sorority symbols
  • Craft flowers
  • 3-D scrapbooking accents
  • Bow 
  • Paint pens
  • Stickers/decals

STEP 1 Creating Your Base:

  • If you’re using a paper base, cut paper to size by laying the cap on top of the paper, lightly trace the shape with pencil and then cut out the square. 
  • Cut a hole in the center for your tassel by laying your cut paper on top of the cap and feeling for the button. Lightly outline the circle with pencil and carefully cut a small opening. 
  • Apply hot glue to the surface of the cap (all over or around the edges) and place your paper onto the cap. Press gently to make sure the paper is firmly adhered to the grad cap. Allow to set for a few minutes. 

STEP 2 Decorating Your Cap:

  • Determine the front and back of your cap. It must be decorated in the direction you will wear it on graduation day. Don’t craft it backwards!
  • Apply your letters (or decor) in the center of the cap. This can be your major, a message, a quote, monogram, or greek letters.
  • After your word placement, hot glue trim around the edge. Buying rhinestones or pearls in a “strand” is much easier to apply than one gemstone at a time. JoAnne Fabrics has trim in strips if you can’t find what you like at the craft store.  
  • Add small accents around your main design. 3-D scrapbooking images, pearls, rhinestones, small flowers, etc. 
  • Trim the center tassel hole with gemstones, bow or flowers to hide the paper cut-out if needed. 
  • Attach a bow at the base of the cap if you wish. A bow can be sewn on, pinned on, or attached with hot glue. Just make sure it’s securely in place.
  • Add words and/or a date to your bow with small scrapbooking letters or a paint pen. A bow can also be embroidered with your greek letters, monogram, message, date, or other information. Take your bow to an embroidery shop and have it done in advance. 

♦ 34 TOP Sayings for Grad Caps:

When picking a theme and quote for your grad cap, these are some fun ‘messages’ to consider!

  • Sorority motto!
  • Thanks Mom & Dad
  • Just did it
  • About time
  • Adventure is out there
  • Never grow up
  • The best is yet to come
  • Fortune favors the brave
  • She believed she could so she did
  • Next stop everywhere
  • Oh the places you’ll go
  • Now hotter by one degree
  • Dreams do come true
  • Life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness
  • Keep calm grad on
  • Mischief managed
  • Every end has a new beginning
  • All things are possible
  • A world of possibilities awaits
  • Four years later
  • Be the change
  • If you can dream it, you can do it
  • The rest is still unwritten
  • Faith, hope & love
  • She lived happily every after
  • Peace out
  • It’s time to see what I can do
  • Thanks for the memories
  • Close my eyes and leap
  • She turned her can’t into plans & her dreams into plans
  • Class dismissed 
  • To infinity and beyond
  • May the odds be ever in your favor
  • If you’re reading this I’m graduating

{all photos from Pinterest}