Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Senior Spotlight!

Senior Spotlight!

Sara Lyons

Hometown:  Jensen Beach, FL
Major: Biology
Favorite meal at AXO: Taco bar
Favorite memory at AXO: There are way too many for me to pick one!
Plans after graduation: Eventually go to Medical School
Where you see yourself in 10 years: Being an oncologist, married, with a family and happy
Advice for underclassman: Never be afraid to do something out of your comfort zone. Take every opportunity to meet new people that you can, don’t let being shy hold you back!

Chesley McLeary

Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL
Major: Marketing and Finance
 Accomplishments in college: I’ve been really involved in Dance Marathon. I was a Dancer, then a Morale Captain and then on the Core Board for two years
Favorite meal at AXO: Spaghetti squash and meatballs (obsessed with meatballs)
Favorite memory at AXO: Date functions with all my friends, my favorite was Wacky Tacky
Plans after graduation: Hopefully move to NY and get a job with either a bank or media company
Where you see yourself in 10 years: I’ll hopefully have a successful job and married
Advice for underclassman: Live it up during college and don’t take anything for granted. It flies by and don’t care what other people think…people will always judge. But don’t have too much fun, get internships and work experience. You’ll thank yourself later!

Michelle Nicastro

Hometown:  Monroe, NY
Major: Double major in Psychology and Family and Child Sciences
Accomplishments in college: Florida State Honors student, graduating Cum Lade with honors medallion, Panhellenic Rho Gamma for Recruitment 2013, women’s all-campus flag football champions in 2012, getting a promotion at my job in management for 2 years, interning at a local Middle School, and completing undergraduate research at the College of Education
Favorite meal at AXO: Taco bar! Queso makes any day better.
Favorite memory at AXO: Meeting my little Taylor Locklear. She is my best friend, my go to person for everything. Without AXO I would not have found the girl who stands by me through everything.
Plans after graduation: I’m staying in Tallahassee after graduation to work and get ready for graduate school instead of moving back to New York. I plan on going to graduate school for School of Child Psychology in the Spring somewhere in Florida. I’m excited for the opportunity to enjoy Tallahassee outside of school!
Where you see yourself in 10 years: I haven’t decided on a specific career path, but if anything I want to be working with children. Hopefully by then I will be settled with my family with at least a Master’s, working in a career that I enjoy

 Advice for underclassman: Never stop taking advantages of the opportunities available to all of us. Some of my greatest accomplishments and memories at FSU are the ones where I took a risk, worked towards a goal, and did not stop trying. Also, remember that AXO is part of something so much bigger than just our sorority. We are part of Panhellenic. Don’t miss out on meeting all of the other amazing girls from other organizations.

We are so proud of you, ladies!

Monday, April 7, 2014

19th Annual Dance Marathon

Last weekend, from Friday, March 28th through Sunday, March 30th, Florida State hosted its 19th annual Dance Marathon in the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center. All registered dancers stood for 20 hours straight in two shifts for a total of 40 hours to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network and the Florida State University College of Medicine's Pediatric Outreach Program. 
Every hour on the hour, dancers rushed to the dance floor to perform an eight minute long medley of popular songs. After every line dance, a miracle family was introduced and shared their story either in person or via video. It was a heartwarming and inspirational experience for everyone, including some honorary 3rd and 4th year dancers. 
Over the course of each 20 hour shift, dancers wrote letters to the miracle families, colored, played sports or video games, earned sitting time in La-Z-Boy chairs, and showcased their spirit with hourly costume themes. In the early AM hours, the fraternities hosted a drag show, dance and step teams performed, the circus put on a show, and DJ's competed. Around 5am, there was "silent disco," where dancers jammed to different stations playing on their wireless headphones. The event drew to a close with performances by local dance companies and a rave. 
By the end of Dance Marathon, Alpha Chi Omega had raised $32,634!Sigma Delta Tau and Chi Phi won the event, but Alpha Chi Omega took home the Most Spirited Organization award! 

Florida State's Dance Marathon raised a total of $781,196.22!!! #FTK 

Seek the Heights With Alpha Chi Rock Climbing Competition

On Saturday, March 22, Alpha Chi Omega hosted the first annual "Seek the Heights with Alpha Chi" rock climbing competition. FSU sororities and fraternities scaled the rock wall competing for the fastest time. The event, hosted at Heritage Grove, raised money for the local women's refuge house and the fastest climbers took home a signed National Championship football and a $150 donation to a non-profit of their choice!

A great big thank you to everyone who supported our philanthropy! #DVA
And shout out to our winners, Phi Delt and Phi Mu!! 

Together let us seek the heights

Here's a link to a video that was made to publicize the competition!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Senior Spotlight!

Senior Spotlight!

Katrina Drexler

Hometown: Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Major: Marketing
Accomplishments in college: Deans list, Dance Marathon (four year dancer), order of omega, new member educator for AXO
Favorite meal at AXO: Baked potato bar and chili day
Favorite memory at AXO: My waltz night with all of my best friends
Plans after graduation: Moving to another city and hopefully having a job
Where you see yourself in 10 years: I see myself in Las Vegas with all of my best friends celebrating someone’s bachelorette party.
Advice for underclassman: Don't spend too much time sweating the small stuff, always keep the bigger picture in mind and remember to have fun in college because it truly is the best four years of your life!  

Alyssa Farrell

Hometown: Wesley Chapel, FL
Major: Criminology and Finance
Accomplishments in college: VP Risk Management for Alpha Chi, was offered a full time job at the Office of the Attorney General
Favorite meal at AXO: Pitas!
Favorite memory at AXO: Sisterhood Retreat in Tennessee
Plans after graduation: Continue working at the Capitol for another year before hopefully moving out of state.
Where you see yourself in 10 years: Working for an insurance company in my dream city (once I figure that out)
 Advice for underclassman: Realize you literally have the rest of your life to be an adult. Have fun and don’t rush anything!  

Mackenzie Feldman

Hometown:  West Palm Beach, FL
Major: Marketing, double minoring in Economics and Hospitality
 Accomplishments in college: I had two internships in NYC the past two summers
Favorite meal at AXO: Pita day
Favorite memory at AXO: Wacky Tacky each year
Plans after graduation: An elementary teacher in NYC
Where you see yourself in 10 years: I see myself hopefully married (lol) still living in NYC as a teacher.
 Advice for underclassman: Get as much real world work experience, cause it matters a lot when you are applying for jobs!

Bianca Gentile

 Hometown:  Davie, FL
Major: Political Science/ International Affairs
 Accomplishments in college: Member of Order of Omega Honor Society, Member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Intern at Law Offices of Friedman and Abrahamsen, Social Chair, Personal Development Chair, PACE Chair at AXO, fourth year dancer for Dance Marathon
Favorite meal at AXO: Mac and cheese
Favorite memory at AXO: Too many to count! But game days, socials, and nights out with my sisters are my favorites. 
Plans after graduation: Will be attending law school
Where you see yourself in 10 years: Hopefully a stable job, a home, a family, healthy, and happy

Advice for underclassman: Even though college may be a crazy time, remember to always stay classy, make good decisions, and represent yourself well. Your reputation IS important!

Congratulations, Seniors! We are so proud of you!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Senior Spotlight!


 Darly Aquno

Hometown: Hollywood, FL
Major: Criminology & Criminal Justice
Accomplishments in college: VP Philanthropy AXO, SGA, HLSU, Garnet and Gold Key Honor Society
Favorite meal at AXO: Taco bar
Favorite memory at AXO: I was a keynote speaker for a women’s appreciation event on campus. I had to talk about a very emotional topic (domestic violence) and seeing my sisters there helped me through it and I felt so much support and love.
Plans after graduation: I hope to work with a non-profit organization that I’m passionate about, preferably in a big city. I also hope to travel and see more of the world.
Where you see yourself in 10 years: I hope to see myself in a position where I can help others on a larger scale, whether that be through my own non-profit organization or perhaps in the legal system.
Advice for underclassman: It sounds cliché, and I never listened to this when people told me, but these four years really do fly by. Spend them next to those that matter (your sisters and friends) time is a precious gift that is meant to be shared with those who you love.

Megan Aschenbrenner

Hometown: Tampa, FL
Major: Criminology and Psychology
Accomplishments in college: Winning all sorority volleyball champs and never failing a class
Favorite meal at AXO: Pizza bagels
Favorite memory at AXO: My freshman year, big-little night
Plans after graduation: Go to Prague for 6 months to teach English to children
Where you see yourself in 10 years: Married with children living near my sisters so my children can hang out with all their cousins
Advice for underclassman: Figure out your plans for after college sooner rather than later.

Mary Kate Barnes

Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Major: Hospitality
Accomplishments in college: Made the Dean’s list for the past semesters
Plans after graduation: Working for Marriott International
Where you see yourself in 10 years: Living somewhere exotic with a successful career and married to a professional golfer (preferably Keegan Bradley).
Advice for underclassman: Learn to balance between school, work, and friends; because it’s the times you have with the people around you that you will miss the most.

Courtney Buchanan

Hometown: Lighthouse Point, FL
Major: Accounting
Accomplishments in college: Winning all campus flag football and getting into Notre Dame’s Masters in Accounting Program
Favorite meal at AXO: Everything on pita day
Favorite memory at AXO: Picking one favorite memory is impossible, but living in the house the last three years has given me a majority of my favorites, from just sitting around on the couches together all night, or staying at meals hours after its over just to talk.
Plans after graduation: Internship with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Fort Lauderdale then after I will attend graduate school for one year to receive my masters in accounting, during which time I hope to take and pass the CPA exam.
Where you see yourself in 10 years: I hope to have a loving family of my own and to be still working for Pricewaterhouse Coopers in a managing role.
Advice for underclassman: Get involved with AXO as much as possible whether it’s living in the house or holding a position. You will never look back and wish you had not been as involved, but you will look back and wish you did more. This sorority gave me my favorite memories of college and got me through my hardest times.

Congratulations, seniors! 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Senior Spotlight!

Senior Spotlight!

            Chelsea Corrigan

  Hometown:  Jacksonville, FL
Major: Actuarial Science
Accomplishments in college: Becoming a Rho Gamma was the most amazing experience I have had so far. Having the opportunity to get to know women in all of FSU’s chapters helped me to truly appreciate the value of being a Panhellenic woman, and it was amazing to be able to help PNM's see that value and find their homes. 
 Favorite meal at AXO: Ravioli bar and any time there’s queso
Favorite memory at AXO: All of the big/little nights, movie nights at the house, and when my roommate, Lauren Wood, and I found out we went to preschool together!
Plans after graduation: I hope to be working in the Insurance Industry in either an underwriting or management position. I definitely want to stay in Florida.
Advice for underclassman: Volunteer, apply for internships, start making connections now! Don’t wait until junior/senior year to start thinking about plans after college. Have fun while you’re here, but remember what you’re here for!

            Annalise Corso

 Hometown: Orlando, FL
Major: Hospitality Management
 Accomplishments in college: Received my wedding planning license
Favorite meal at AXO: Grilled cheese and tomato soup (made from Ms. Ura)
Favorite memory at AXO: The new member retreat at my house when I was being initiated, the summer that my PC really bonded (SumMeR lOvIn) and our senior trip to Nola!
Where you see yourself in 10 years: Living in another country, possibly Italy! And maybe even married.
Advice for underclassman: Manage your time wisely, I know that sounds cliché but it’s so true! Also, don’t ever let a man treat you with disrespect because you are all beautiful women and if a guy does not at least take you out on dates, forget him and on to the next one!

                        Lindsey Davidson

 Hometown: Naples, FL
Major: Finance with an minor in International Affairs
Accomplishments in college: Deans list every semester
Favorite meal at AXO: Salmon and rice
Favorite memory at AXO: I love all the date functions and socials especially Wacky Tacky. I loved white water rafting on our sisterhood retreat in NC a couple years ago. Also, living in the house for two years. 
Plans after graduation: Currently a leasing professional at The Commons and plan to work there through the summer. I then plan on moving to DC by the end of the year to work at Vornado (a real estate company I interned with last summer)
Where you see yourself in 10 years: Working in real estate, probably be done with a Masters or MBA and live in or right outside a big city
 Advice for underclassman: Invest in a nice umbrella, rain boots, rain jacket, and warm jacket (Tallahassee weather is unpredictable!)

Kristen DeVos

Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Major: Accounting
Accomplishments in college: I have just accepted an internship for this coming summer. I will be interning with one of the Big 4 accounting first, PwC, in Atlantaa.      Favorite meal at AXO: Ravioli bar
Favorite memory at AXO: Just sitting on the couch on the weekends with my big, my littles, and the rest of the Margarita family and watching movies
Plans after graduation: I have just applied to the Masters of Accounting program at FSU and I am waiting to hear if I have been accepted!
Where you see yourself in 10 years: I see myself working and traveling around the world
 Advice for underclassman: Study hard, but also have fun! College goes by really fast so enjoy it!

Congratulations, ladies! We wish you the best of luck after graduation!