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During the fall of 2008, I nervously went through sorority recruitment at Troy University as a freshman and visited 5 different panhellenic organizations that were represented on campus. Going through sorority recruitment can be a bit overwhelming to a young girl who has very little knowledge of what a sorority is and how it can be a beneficial part of her college experience, but it truly opened my eyes to see how young women can come together with a common bond and a common goal to better their community, better themselves and better the lives of others.
At the end of a long recruitment week, I had absolutely no doubt what house I belonged to. After seeing how the active sisters communicated with each other, after learning more about the philanthropic activities and the focus on academics over social obligations, my heart was gravitating towards Chi Omega. I attended preference night to two different sororities, and underneath my dress I wore an owl pendant over my heart – knowing that a Chi Omega was where I truly belonged! The next morning, I opened my bid card and ran straight to the house where I’d spend the next 4 years making some of the best memories that I’ll always cherish. I pledged my loyalty to the Chi Omega sisterhood in August of 2008, and my heart still beats cardinal and straw to this very day!
One of my favorite memories from being an active sister was preparing the nest for the new pledged to come through in the fall. I loved the excitement of getting a “little sister” to love on and spoil with all kinds of Chi Omega insignia and gifts. Since the owl is Chi Omega’s primary mascot, the majority of the gifts given and received were all owl related. Since summer is currently in session, I know there are lots of sisters out there who are currently trying to find ideas on some fun and inexpensive gift ideas to give to their future little sister. If you’re one of those lucky girls, I hope you find this guide helpful! 🙂
(By the way, if you’re looking for some other gift ideas that aren’t necessarily Chi Omega specific, OR if you just need some fun DIY basket filler ideas, check out my gift guide linked below!
Not only do these gift ideas make amazing Big/Little presents, but they’re also perfect for Christmas, birthday, and any random Tuesday! Plus, they’re all available on Amazon, which means if you’re a Prime member they’ll be at your door step in just two days! Score! 😉
Here’s just a few of my favorite finds:
Is there a special Chi Omega girl in your life? Are you an active member looking to pick up some sweet gifts for your little or big? Whatever your affiliation is, I hope this gift guide has been helpful to you, and I hope you were able to find a few things to make a Chi Omega smile! 😉