I went into a sorority house.
No, I didn't rush lol! I'm a bit too old for that, but I did get the chance to teach them something.
Let me rewind a bit, over the summer at the conference there were these girls there helping out with the kid sessions. They would play with the younger ones and entertain them while their parents attended the adult sessions. They also handed out Pandas, the stuffed kind lol! I wanted a Panda, but I was not allowed one. They were for the children.
So I then made it my mission to get a Panda!
No! Not really! But I did want to know who these girls were.
We found out that they were from the UCF Alpha Omicron Pi chapter and that the Arthritis Foundation was the foundation they raised money for. Also, pandas were their animal lol!
I was shocked! I had no idea that greek life would think about my foundation, let alone want to help it.
I then took it upon myself to reach out to the chapter here in Tallahassee. I really wanted that panda.
I was able to get in contact with their philanthropy chair and found out they had an annual bowling, which is now a softball event and they were interested in me coming out to speak to them!
I was amazed! Me, going into a huge sorority house to tell them about me, my involvement, and how they can raise awareness. Oh my gosh.
So I put that in the back of my mind until the week before it was time for me to speak.
I talked to my brother and my friends who had been involved in greek life so they could prepare me.
But nothing that they said actually prepared me for the experience I had.
I arrive at their house and kind of stood outside awkwardly until my contact let me in. The house was beautiful and the girls were very nice.
But I was scared to death.
I didn't know what to expect
Everything I had planned in my mind to say just went out the window.
All I knew was that I just wanted a panda.
There were so many girls.
Every where I turned they were watching me.
I felt like a really awkward fish out of water.
They made me feel welcome by all clapping for me and saying hello!
I really wanted to wave, like a princess as I was walking down the aisle towards the front of the room, but then I thought that would make me look even more awkward than I already looked lol!
So then I thought, ohhh I can runway walk down to the front like Taylor, Demi, and Beyonce!
But it turned out more like this...
So after I made my entrance, I turned around to face everyone and began to speak.
I've lectured before, I've been in front of crowds before, but I've never talked to over 150 girls at one time.
I told them about promoting their arthritis events through social media using hastags related to the foundation, I told them about the cost of meds, threw in some stories, and even gave them a 10 second medical lesson on what JRA really is.
I think it went well, well I hope it did lol! I made them laugh a few times and I feel like I got my point across...even though I totally forgot everything I wanted to say. But some even asked questions! Hopefully I made their chapter night a little more interesting...or less boring....I'll take either!
So I challenge you to go out of your comfort zone for something that means the world to you.
Who knows, it may change the way you see things, for the better!