give to the max

so much philanthropy

Allow me to introduce you to a dear friend of mine, Stephani Jo. Stephani Jo is chipper, spunky and warmhearted. This woman, is fantastic. I had the opportunity (thank goodness I took it) to become friends with SJ my Freshman year of college. That year, I learned the ins and outs of her that I would need to know for a long lasting friendship. Her morals and ideals match up with mine very closely, which is a huge reason we were inseparable our Freshman year. Take the time to read about this awesome opportunity that she partakes in every year. Thanks to her, I am on a search for something like this as well. I love her for many reasons, and two are: her giving soul and warm heart.

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the great Minnesota give together

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Yes, I’m talking about Give to the Max Day. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, you should probably read up on it here. And for those of you who have… well, what are you waiting for?! Go make your donation!I have participated in GTMD since 2010 when I accidentally stumbled across it as I was surfing the internet in Mass Media Law (sorry Professor Vivian). I immediately fell in love with GTMD because of the opportunity to make the most of my charitable giving… and let’s face it, as a broke college student I was always looking for the best ways to stretch my dollar.GTMD can be overwhelming because of the thousands of nonprofits participating. If you’re unsure how to decide who to donate to, think of the ones that mean the most to you, family and/or friends. Here are a few I’ve donated to in the past and why:

Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare:
Gillette’s mission is to “improve the lives of children who have disabilities, to help them move forward towards their goals and dreams,” but in all honesty, they do so much more than that. I truly believe Gillette improved the lives of my entire family as they took such careful and special care for my little brother. During a very difficult time, they became an extended support group and for that I am ever thankful.

Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos:
Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, Spanish for “our little brothers and sisters,” is an organization that has provided a home for thousands of orphans in Central America. I had the privilege of visiting NPH Honduras on a church mission trip in 2007 and it changed my life. Not only did I witness extreme levels of poverty and abandonment, but I also witnessed the hope this organization gives the children. NPH instills values of unconditional love, responsibility, education and volunteerism.

Winona State University:
Lastly, my alma mater, Winona State University. I support education on all levels and while I couldn’t be happier with my education at St. Vincent de Paul and Maple Grove Senior High, Winona was a great time of self-discovery for me. It truly is as our mission states “a community of learners improving our world.”

Just remember, friends, every penny counts!


involvement with The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.® (ANAD)

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One huge draw to Delta Phi Epsilon was it’s philanthropies. Delta Phi Epsilon has two organizations that we are involved with philanthropically, ANAD and CFF. Each year, DPhiE tries to out-do themselves when it comes to the events, promotion and raising money. The promotion of philanthropy and these events become bigger and better as the years go by. 1dc44b7d12bc528f5829f51ffb288c33

Sororities (and Fraternities) support a wide range of charitable causes across the nation. Most make an annual, national commitment to the same cause . A basic tenet of all National Panhellenic Conference member groups is service, a word that most sorority women take seriously from college well into their retirement years. NPC’s 26 member sororities, Alumnae Panhellenic associations and College Panhellenic associations have the freedom to choose how they spend their service time. “The opportunity for wide and wise human service, through mutual respect and helpfulness, is the tenet by which we strive to live,” according to the NPC Creed.

DPhiE now recognizes ANAD twice, once in fall semester and once in spring semester, by the sisters.  ANAD advocates for the development of healthy attitudes, bodies, and behaviors.  The organization promotes eating disorder awareness, prevention and recovery through supporting, educating, and connecting individuals, families and professionals.

Today is our third annual Deepher Dude (man) pageant. All proceeds go to ANAD. I couldn’t be more excited to be back at Winona State for this monumental moment for my Chapter (Alpha Tau). Participating in a cause that is so near to my heart is exciting. I am excited for my Chapter to woo me with their knowledge, grace, hilarity, and creativity.  The toughest challenge is getting people to an event, but once they are there– sit back, relax, because these girls are going to stomp the stage. I have a great feeling about this Deepher Dude event.

Remember, beauty isn’t a mold; break it.


homecoming blues

Winona State

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Homecoming is the tradition of welcoming back alumni of a school. More often than not, homecoming refers to a tradition in many universities, colleges and high schools in the States. The tradition includes activities for students and alumni, such as sports and culture events and a parade through the streets of the city or town.

photo 1Waking up bright and early Saturday morning to be greeted by sisters wearing the exact same outfit it always a treat, especially when it’s bringing your school closer. But what is Homecoming without a little friendly competition. One of my favorite parts about Homecoming (other than the football game, of course) is the parade. As a member of Delta Phi Epsilon, we always participate in the parade, whether it was decorating a float or walking to show our spirit, you better believe we were there. This year, the Deephers are the 83rd organization to walk in the parade, though it’s a long haul it will totally be worth it once you see their float.

Though I am not heading back to Winona for homecoming this weekend I can still celebrate here in DC. You better believe I will be sporting my WSU apparel and rocking a purple hair bow come Saturday. Plus with the Warriors current record of 4-2 the Warriors photo 2have a pretty good chance at beating Wayne Sate on Saturday for our annual Homecoming Football game.

Did you know?

The NCAA recognizes the University of Missouri as the birthplace of homecoming.

college decisions

& how everything could have been different

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Do you ever wish you attended your undergrad somewhere different? When it comes to football and basketball seasons, I do. Don’t get me wrong, I loved attending Winona State University, and now being complete with my undergraduate degree I wouldn’t have changed a thing.  Winona was the perfect place for me. Because of Winona the best education, contacts, friends, and experience. Everything I wanted from a college experience, I got.

Without Winona, how would I know if I would be going to Germany on Saturday? Who’s to say I would be in DC or working in government? It is possible I would have done internships in Washington every summer of college? Is it possible I would have rushed and joined the awesome organization of Delta Phi Epsilon? Without Winona would I have still majored in Political Science?

There are a lot of questions to ask, and there are even more variables. Sure all things are possible, but I am a believer that if you take a different path, things will be different. By me choosing to attend Winona State University, I was saying yes to a great unknown and as the unknown unraveled it kept getting better and better. Sure there were times I wanted to transfer and had all of my paperwork ready to be filed, but I never went through with the process. There was such a strong pull for me to stay at WSU, and I couldn’t be more happy that I did. Winona helped me find me discover me. Winona blessed me with incredible friends, awesome professors, a stellar family away from home, a gorgeous view outside my bedroom window and don’t forget an unbelievable education.

It’s strange to think how some decisions impact your life, for example, where you attended undergrad. A lot of things would change, photoheck, I might not even be in DC right now, if it wasn’t for WSU. One big thing in my life, I know wouldn’t be the same is my best friend.  Folks, let me tell you a little bit about my best friend, Paul. Paul is the most down-to-eath, friendly, sassy, genuine witty, ball of fire you could ever have the pleasure of meeting.  Paul and I have known each other for the upwards of ten years. Thanks to Winona we became best friends. I will forever be in the debt (literally–thanks, student loans) of Winona for this awesome gift.

Paul and I went to middle school and high school together. He started life guarding at the YMCA and I was there on his first shift, we were in rotation next to each other, and chatted– we knew each other from a few mutual friend circles, but were never friends ourselves. He made an announcement that he was attending WSU in the fall and leaving the Y. Like I said, a short-lived friendship, right? Life went on, and next fall came around. My mom and I were going on a world-wind tour of colleges on a long weekend, as Winona was on my list I reached out to Paul and asked if he’d show me around in addition to the campus tour. Though, I am sure he thought I was being weird (when am I not weird) he accepted. That trip to Winona changed everything. When I returned home, there were three acceptance letters from colleges waiting for me, one being from Winona– and that’s when I decided I needed to attend.

Let’s be honest, Paul is the coolest dude around. He is the cat’s pajamas. This year we are doing big things. As a celebration of our best-friendship of ten years, and with his 25 birthday right around the corner– we are celebrating and we are celebrating big. In five short days, I will be meeting my best friend in Reykjavik, Iceland and we will be well on our way to Munich, Germany! I couldn’t imagine a better way to to kick off our celebration. Here’s to ten years, and here’s to the multiples of tens to come, Bo!

Maybe decisions don’t mean something to you now, but one day they will. Your life is shaped by the decisions you make daily. Stop and think about the decisions you are making every so often, rather than only making a decision based on giving your Magic 8-Ball a shake.

It’s been said something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world- Chaos Theory