Dear Mom & Dad

I am writing this letter to you so you guys can be assured your baby girl is OK! While there has been ups and downs these past few months, at the end of the day I’ve finally found my home away from home. Thank you for everything you guys have done for me!

I have found the best friend group within my sorority and have made friends with girls on my floor. All my classes are going well. As you know, I have recently changed my major and I couldn’t be happier. I am extremely excited for my next semester’s schedule.

While school work is extremely important, it’s also great not having any sort of responsibilities on the weekend and being able to let loose. Tailgating is super fun! I love being able to share my Hawkeye spirit with everyone else in Iowa City. I’ve already binge watched an entire show (How I Met Your Mother). I love my roommate. We have become really good friends over these past few months. It’s hard to keep our room clean, though.

I’m really happy I got to see you two over parent’s weekend. Tailgating, going to the game, and staying in the hotel with you were awesome! I miss you guys every day! It’s weird not being home in my own bed, but the freedom has helped me mature and become a more responsible person.

Mom, thank you for keeping your phone on high volume at night for when I call at 2am bawling my eyes out so you can help me. Dad, thanks for giving me such great life lessons and calling me a few times a week to catch me up on your life. I could go on forever in this letter; however, you two already know how much I love and appreciate you. I can’t wait to see y’all at Thanksgiving!!

Love your baby,

Salmon

IOWA SHOUT

Every year for homecoming each sorority is paired up with a fraternity to put on a skit for the Iowa community. This year Alpha Phi was lucky enough to be paired up with two awesome frats: Acacia and Pi Kapp. Both groups of boys were so nice and made the experience so much more fun.

There are three dances in all including a skit in between each dance. There is a boys dance, a girls dance, and a combined dance. I, of course, totally fell in love with the idea of being in the dance! I decided to step up to the plate and be the main character for the dance, not realizing I would have to be apart of the skit as well!! I was so nervous when I found out that I had to be up on stage in front of hundreds of people and remember all my lines! Our theme for the dance was spongebob. I played the part of Sandy. Spongebob, Patrick, and Mr. Krabbs played a part, too.

We had practice three times a week for three weeks. However, by the time the dance came around I was still forgetting lines, dance moves etc. The combined dance had flips and tricks that looked so cool! But for me, I am not a gymnast nor can I do any sort of cool dance moves. Thank god I had my partner, Jake, who happens to be on the cheer team. Having him made me feel a lot more comfortable about the flips we were doing.

We had to be at the IMU at 5:30 the night of the dance to check in. I was getting excited as well as nervous. We took a lot of pictures in front of our spongebob themed banner. Finally, after waiting hours to get on stage, It was time to go on. Spongebob, Patrick and I started up on stage for the first part of the skit. We introduced our theme and the reason behind our skit. Mr. Krabbs was hosting a dance contest and whoever won got unlimited Krabby Patties for life. First the boys went, (another skit), and then the girls went (another skit). Mr. Krabbs then arrived on stage to tell me, Spongebob and Patrick that no one won and it was all for publicity. We all realized that that we should dance for fun and not for a silly contest. We then all joined on stage for the last dance as a team. It was SO much fun.

Although I made mistakes during my skits and messed up on dance moves, I did something that took courage and practice and overall I am really proud of that. Plus, I have always wanted to be famous so thanks Iowa Shout for giving me my 15 minutes of fame. While the dance was a silly idea, it gave me the opportunity to find friends in fraternities and become closer with my sisters. I am so excited for greek week where I can show off my dances moves once again.

Until next time

Sandy Cheeks is out.

First day as a Hawkeye

As I sit here on my lofted bed at 12:30am on August 18th 2017, I can’t help but get excited for my next four years here at the University of Iowa! Yesterday (August 17th) was move in day. I woke up at the crack of dawn, left my hotel in Coralville, and headed to Hillcrest, which will be my home for this upcoming year. After pulling up to the dorm, I realized my University of Iowa student ID was packed in the back of the truck in one of the 10+ bins I brought. Of course I need this to officially check in! Despite my dad’s obvious frustration with me, we dug through the tightly shut bins and found my ID.  My mom and I went to check in. I got my key, found my room and it was time to unpack. Thankfully, my roommate, Kate, and I share similar interests in fashion, makeup, style, and aesthetics which made it easier to make a cute dorm room. With that being said, we both brought A LOT of stuff. It took a lot of maneuvering, moving beds, desks and dressers, but after 5 hours the room was perfect.

After setting up the room, Kate’s family left for lunch. My mom, dad and I went to Shorts for a quick burger, bought some Iowa necessities (cute clothes), met with my blog advisor, Aly, who is AWESOME, and went to move my brother (incoming junior at the University) into his apartment. Dan, my brother, drove up yesterday WITH OUR DOG! So, Madison, our dog, helped move Dan into his apartment, too. Dan lived there his sophomore year as well with three of his best buds. After moving Dan in, my parents and Madison dropped me off at Hillcrest and it was time to say goodbye. Saying goodbye was easier than I thought because I feel comfortable with my transition to college (and they are coming down for Labor Day weekend to see the football game).

Soon after our goodbyes I ran up to my room and started decorating. I put pictures on the wall, strung lights, and cleaned off my desk. Ironically, my best friend, Shannon is a freshman at Iowa, too. This was not planned. But, I can’t complain. She is living in Peterson which is pretty much connected to Hillcrest. I went to visit her and her roommate, hung out with them for a bit, grabbed a bite to eat, and headed back to my room. Upon returning to my room, a facetime call with my mama awaited. I miss her already. The rest of the night was getting to know Kate, learning how to shower/use dorm room bathrooms, and learning how to successfully climb up a lofted bed, which  brings me to this point. While reminiscing about my day, I can’t help but be thankful for the easy move in, my new friend Kate, and all the amazing opportunities I will have by coming to my perfect school, and most importantly, I’m thankful for my new home!