About a month ago, I was persuaded by the members of Beta Theta Omega to join their organization. I was a bit reluctant at first but I did sign my name down for a the list of new members. Before the first meeting took place, I was sent emails and my neigbor, who happened to be the BTQ president even came to our room a couple of times to convince my roommates and I to join the club. Eventually, we did.
The first meeting
The first meeting was a lot fun. We met up and got ourselves introduced. We also learned that the new members will be getting a "big sister", who is a member who have already pledged their sisterhood to BTQ. Big sisters will be assigned to the new members to help them with their journey to cross over and become a big sister by the end of the semester in BTQ. That evening, we played a game of charades and got to know each big sister individually.
The second meeting
The second meeting was a walk to Sugar Bowl, an ice cream shop downtown. It was a casual, get-to-know-each-other-better walk. We wore BTQ themed colors for the walk too -- black, champagne, and purple. During the walk, some of us got some ice cream at Whippy Dip and eventually stayed there. The weather was warm on that day too which was good for a walk and ice cream.
The third meeting
The third meeting took place in our usual spot, the Mott-Bourlag room. We were briefed with the events that BTQ will be participating in for the next weeks. We also finally got paired up with our big sisters and to my surprise, I got paired up with two big sisters! We spent the entire meeting session bonding with our big sisters and learning how to draw henna on each other's hands, a fund-raising event that was going to take place soon.
The fourth meeting
The fourth meeting actually took place in Loyalty Hall -- because we participated in the Phonathon event! It was my first time doing Phonathon, and it was a part of BTQ's many community service projects. Phonathon is an event to raise funds for the school by contacting the alums of Luther College. I was very nervous when we were having Phonathon training. I kept thinking to myself What if I stutter so much and mess up my conversations with the alums? What if I can't raise anything for the school? I was worried about not being able to contribute to the community service. Eventually, the Phonathon begin and we all began dialling our fingers away. To my surprise, the first caller I called picked up and actually made a donation to the school on the spot! I was beyond happy and that gave me a whole lot of confidence for the rest of the evening. Although there were a lot of callers who didn't pick up, I managed to raise a good $120 at the end of the Phonathon, which is a good start. For every alum who gave back, no matter the amount, we will be given a token. As the tokens go up, we'll get to earn goodies like a bag, a tumbler, and so on! It was a different community service event, one which I'll definitely come back to the next year.
The fifth meeting
The fifth meeting took place in the Homecoming Parade 2017! BTQ was a part of the parade and we had to walk from Water Street, pass the town and head back to campus. For the parade, the members had to wear BTQ themed colors which are purple, champagne, and black. We got ready early in the morning, each of us having a BTQ ribbon on us and gave the signs some final touching up. The big sisters drove us down to Water Street, where the parade will begin. It was drizzling that day but that didn't stop us from having fun. My friends and I also got a chance to hold the signs for the parade. Eventually, the parade began. When we made our way through the streets downtown, we chanted our lungs out with Who are we? B-T-Q! Give me a B! Give me a T! Give me a Q! We even passed candies children who were there. It was an exciting experience, and I got to see a lot of familiar faces throughout the parade too. We lost our voices at the end from all the shouting but we still made it through.
The sixth meeting
The sixth meeting actually took place yesterday next to Nordic Brew. We were tabling for a fund-raising event we organized -- Henna Night! Students who wanted to get henna done on their hands can come to us for henna service and its cost only ranges from $2 to $5. Henna Night has actually been going on for two days and yesterday was its third, and we had the largest crowd yesterday. There were plenty of henna designs on the table for the students to choose from but they can give us a customized design they have in mind too. I had two customers that night, both of whom are my friends. Both of them wanted customized designs too. One of them was a ying yang design and the other was a tribal symbol. It was great to see everyone happy with the henna they got on their hands.
So that sums up about almost half of my journey in BTQ for the semester. The best part about being in BTQ as of now for me is how fun the community services can be, especially with the sisters. Our upcoming events include modeling for the International Fashion Show 2017 and ushering for Christmas At Luther. I just know it's going to be so much fun already.