Thursday, July 10, 2014

Where in the World is AXO?


@ Cape St. Vincent

Marisa Mallon and Allie Smith spent the summer abroad in Spain taking courses about food, society, business communication, and multinational business opporations.

"One of the best days we had was when we went on a catamaran in Javea Spain. It was sponsored by FSU and we spent the day in the sun on the boat and then went cliff diving near the beach.
Another great thing was when we had a pot luck dinner with a group of other Panhellenic women. We went to the market and then we all made something and ate dinner out in the "riverbed," a park in front of the study center.
It was so fun having Marisa with me! We were friends before but now I consider her one of my really close friends and an even closer sister. It was so nice having someone there that I knew I could rely on and have a good time with. She is one of the sweetest, most kindhearted people I have ever met. I had a blast with her!!" 

@ Castle of Prague

"My summer studying abroad in Valencia, Spain was an unforgettable, life changing experience. I took Financial Management of the Firm and Multinational Business Operations with amazing professors that ensured I enjoyed my experience not only in the classroom, but outside of the classroom on our numerous field trips.

It's hard to pick just one favorite experience from my studying abroad trip... I woke up everyday and walked past a beautiful basillica, cathedral, riverbed, markets and so much more. I tried my best everyday to do as the Spaniards do... Including indulging in their daily "siesta" in the afternoon!

While I was abroad, I had the opportunity to travel to many places, including: Barcelona, Xativa, Javea, Prague, Lagos, Palma de Mallorca and Paris. Out of all of these places I travelled to, Prague was my favorite. Prague was absolutely beautiful with the traditional red roofs on each building, the St. Charles Bridge and the castle always somewhere sight.

The friends that I met on the study abroad program were what made the experience all the better. I opened myself up to new friends and adventures and I was lucky enough to have a sister by my side through it all. Being abroad and traveling with Allie was amazing because I had the opportunity to get to know her that much better! Allie and I were always together, whether we were studying at a cafe, shopping, exploring or going out on the town. I am so lucky to be able to share the memories of Europe with not only my great friend, but sister!!"


@ Castell De Xativa

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Why I'm an Alpha Chi

       ~Why I'm an Alpha Chi~

       I had no idea what Greek life was when I started at FSU. While in class for summer, I saw all of these girls all over campus with matching shirts and out and about in Tallahassee. The only images I had of Greek life were from "Legally Blonde" and "House Bunny." I thought Greek life was only about finding a group of friends, so I decided to see what it was all about by signing up formal recruitment. Wow, was I wrong!  There was no way I could have predicted the impact that the decision to rush would have on my life. Not only has Alpha Chi Omega given me my best friends, it has given more opportunities than I ever thought possible.
       I fell in love with Alpha Chi Omega from the moment I walked into the house. I just had this unexplainable feeling of home. Talking to the women of the chapter during recruitment only further sold me on Alpha Chi. I never had the same conversation twice and everyone genuinely cared about getting to know me. I still remember every single person who talked to me during recruitment, and they are some of the people I look up to the most.
       It's so difficult to pick just one reason why I love and continue to love Alpha Chi Omega every day. Being in a sorority means there is always someone to hang out with, borrow clothes from and talk to, but being an Alpha Chi is so much more than that. Never in my life have I seen women who are willing to do anything and everything for one another. I see every amazing quality of an Alpha Chi in my roommate and best friend, Suzanna. Whenever I am stressed with school or feeling down, she is always the first person to leave me a little note and a snack to cheer me up. She is the type of person who knows exactly what to do and say to make everyone feel better, no matter what the situation may be. She is only one example of the genuine, down to earth women that make up the chapter of Alpha Chi Omega.

       Why have I stayed in Alpha Chi? Because of all the women like Suzanna who make up our chapter.

-Beta Eta President, Ashley Strawser

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Where in the World is AXO?

AXO Abroad! 

"It was the best time ever!" 

       Chandler Cudia, Victoria McFadden, Jennifer Coates and Danielle Cuccaro traveled abroad this summer and made some incredible memories. They took Photography classes and a Culture of Italian Food class while they were living together in Florence, Italy.

Chandler went paragliding for the first time in Switzerland.

AXO visits the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

When in Rome...

"To strike on the lyre of the universe only the notes of happiness, of joy, of peace."

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Throwback Thursday!

It's Throwback Thursday! 

          This week we are remembering how much fun our first "Seek the Heights with Alpha Chi" rock climbing tournament was. Not only did we have a great time with all of our fellow members of the Greek community, we also raised an outstanding amount of money for our local Refuge House; a shelter for victims of Domestic Violence. We raised a total of $5,134.74 in benefit of our philanthropy, Domestic Violence Awareness. 
         We're so happy to have thrown such an amazing and successful event and cannot wait to do it all again next year!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Re-blog from #AXOGSI and our Sister Chelsea Hogan!

Chelsea served Beta Eta as the vice president of ritual and fraternity appreciation in 2013. In 2014 she is serving as the date function chair. Below is the blog entry she wrote for the Alpha Chi Omega Blog about #AXOGSI:

A Stronger Foundation

GSI Day 4 Chelsea
by Chelsea Hogan
(Beta Eta chapter, Florida State University)  

What do you know, yet another amazing day in Jamaica with my Alpha Chi sisters. As night two came to a close all eighteen us of were in the Night Heron’s cabin playing the game signs. I’ve never laughed so hard with girls that I had just met three short days ago. This morning when everyone went to the work site at the Ketto School, the vibe seemed different. Everyone seemed so eager to finish what we had started in hopes of making Ketto an environment where the children would enjoy learning.

Today at our service site, it was our job to repair the foundation of the building which had cracked earlier this year. This was a crucial part in our service trip because if the foundation was not fixed soon the government was going to shut down the school, taking away the great opportunity of education which we in America seem to take for granted. The day felt long as we had a lot to do in a short amount of time. I have never seen anything near as powerful and resourceful as I did today. Unlike in the United States, the great people of Jamaica make their own concrete. Sifting through dirt to separate rocks out of the sand, carrying buckets of concrete and water, and laying bricks in the cement to build the foundation was one of the most physically enduring tasks I have ever been a part of.

The sense of teamwork we all shared was a feeling of accomplishment, and one of love. I never thought that in just three days I would share an inseparable bond with these amazing women from Alpha Chi Omega chapters all over the United States. As the day ended, I think I can speak for everyone when I say that we were all sad to leave and that we couldn’t serve the Ketto School anymore. This school, the teachers, and especially the children have made such a life altering impact on us. I couldn’t be more thankful that I have been given this opportunity to give other people joy, learn about myself, while growing in the process. Thank you Alpha Chi Omega for the amazing opportunity, and thank you to all my Alpha Chi sisters that I cannot wait to continue to bond with over the next four days.

Isabelle Wilkins ('10) served in #AXOGSI as well!