Last night was a bit o’ a whirlwind.  We drove 130 miles to Clemson University, and I delivered an Operation Beautiful presentation.


Kristien and I met as freshmen in college (it took us a while to get around to dating), so we had lots of fun roaming the Clemson campus and pretending to be lovebird college students again. 


We even found a dining hall that served Chick-a-fila waffles fries and played ESPN so we could pretty much duplicate our entire senior year.   Good times.


He hid in the back as I gave a speech to about 600 women, including nearly all of Kappa Delta sorority, which has an awesome program called the Confidence Coalition to encourage self-esteem in girls and women.


Funny story:  After the event, Kappa Delta asked if I would be in a group picture.  Within ten seconds, thirty girls were neatly lined up around me – some standing, some doing the ‘sorority squat,’ some sitting on the floor in a pretty little row, all looking directly at the camera and smiling.  If you had asked thirty of my friends in college to do a group picture, it would’ve taken ten minutes to organize (if ever… someone would’ve probably ended up wandering away in frustration).  I guess sorority girls get really, really good at group shots!  Hah.  I was thoroughly impressed.


Annnnnd then we drove home.


And then I woke up and made this delicious breakfast!


I saw a commercial the other day for almonds, and there was a shot of almond-encrusted French toast.  The idea has been banging around my head ever since.  So delicious.


With a banana and salted caramel drizzle.  Way better than maple syrup.


Did you go Greek in college?  I never rushed for a sorority, although PITT sororities seemed really fun.  The Husband rushed a fraternity at Miami (he went for a year) and got about two weeks in before he quit – I don’t think he realized what being a pledge really meant!



  • Samantha @ Bikini Birthday January 19, 2012, 9:07 am

    I don’t really know what being a pledge means either.

    • CaitlinHTP January 19, 2012, 9:10 am

      Hahah me neither!

      I think he didn’t like being yelled at by the brothers to clean and stuff. He’s not really down with yelling.

  • The Linz (Beyond Destination 26.2) January 19, 2012, 9:09 am

    That actually made me laugh about the Sorority squat pose! (So true!!) I was part of a local sorority at Boise State University and joining was one of the best things I ever did. It really helped me to get out of my shell, learn leadership skills, and get involved in a lot of different things on campus. Still to this day those women are people I could call on if I needed anything.

    • CaitlinHTP January 19, 2012, 9:11 am

      Awww I love to hear about this kind of stuff! Sisters for life and all that 🙂

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 19, 2012, 9:09 am

    Clemson is one of my favorite work clients because of that Chick fil A option on campus. I’m a deprived northerner without any chick fil a up here!
    I did end up rushing and being in a sorority, something I honestly NEVER thought I would have done, but looking back it was a great experience, especially on a small campus where Greek life was pretty big.

  • Kelly January 19, 2012, 9:11 am

    I was in a co-ed business fratnerity Delta Sigma Pi. But it more business focused than socially focused…we did internships when on tours of fortune 50 companies and went to interviewed seminars.

  • Kelly January 19, 2012, 9:14 am

    Sigma Sigma Sigma <3! I think it became an automatic reaction for me to sorority squat in photos.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 19, 2012, 9:15 am

    Sounds like fun! I’m sure you inspired them, just like everyone else you give talks to. As for sororities, I know there were 2 at my university but I didn’t really know anyone who participated in them. I loved the idea when I watched Legally Blonde for the first time, but things just didn’t quite seem the same for our real-life sororities!

  • Hillary January 19, 2012, 9:16 am

    Sororities were never my thing in college, but I can definitely see how the girls would get really, really good at organizing themselves!

  • Caitlin January 19, 2012, 9:18 am

    I was a Delta Zeta at the Univeristy of South Carolina. Honestly, joining a sorority is one of the best things I ever did. The sorority squat pose is so true. I still find myself doing it in group shots!

  • Vikki January 19, 2012, 9:21 am

    Go Tigers! Tillman hall, the union….those were the days. I miss Clemson (class of 2000) I did not go Greek. Sometimes I wonder if I should have, but at the time, I thought the fees were outrageous.

  • Julie January 19, 2012, 9:24 am

    I was a delta zeta at duquesne in the burgh. We partnered up with the DZs at pitt for a few events and they seemed like great girls. Going Greek was definitely an experience! Both good and bad 😉 I certainly don’t regret it though.

  • Stephanie January 19, 2012, 9:25 am

    I was a Kappa Delta! I had a blast in college and met some awesome women and through Green life. It’s such a nice coincidence that you spoke to so many KDs — the CC program was established after I graduated, and about the same time I started reading your blog, and Operation Beautiful and CC are really similar.

  • Kate January 19, 2012, 9:26 am

    That sorority squat comment reminds me so much of the day I got my invitation to join my sorority – the girls came to give it to me and we took a picture and they all popped into that cute little pose and I just stood there not knowing what to do and thinking, “that is SO cool! I am SO awkward right now! This is AWESOME!” I loved being part of a sorority in college. I met some of the most amazing women through my experience. What I like a lot is my sorority’s emphasis that even our new members were still exactly that – members. We weren’t allowed to do anything that might be considered hazing at all. At the time it was frustrating because it seemed like we should be able to do something to set them apart (we weren’t even supposed to refer to pledge classes as anything other than “Spring 2012” though we did anyway) but now I really like the idea that when you join you don’t have to earn “the right” to wear letters and call yourself a sister even before initiation.

  • Brittany @a healthy slice January 19, 2012, 9:27 am

    KD baby! I was a KD at University of Georgia. Oh the glory days! 🙂

  • Rachel January 19, 2012, 9:27 am

    “sorority squat” Hahahaha! Reminds me of Tyra Bank’s “booty tooch” on ANTM.

    My school didn’t have a Greek system, so all I know about sororities is what I saw in House Bunnies. I’m going to guess it’s not like that at all, though.

  • Khushboo January 19, 2012, 9:29 am

    I went to a British university so no Sorrorities for me- the unity sounds quite nice though!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife January 19, 2012, 9:32 am

    Nope, no sorority to me–but that pic story is hilarious!

    I bet they loved you–congrats on delivering another awesome speech 🙂

    P.s. that b-fast looks AWEsome!

  • Anne @strawberryjampackedlife January 19, 2012, 9:37 am

    YAY CLEMSON! That’s where my husband went. We were just there this fall for a football game! Were all the girls wearing peasant dresses and boots or is it too cold?

    I was in a social sorority for women in engineering and science, Phi Sigma Rho.

    • Anne @strawberryjampackedlife January 19, 2012, 9:38 am

      In my little avatar picture, I’m wearing a t-shirt that says “Clemson Wife”! I had to have it made, since they don’t make it at Clemson bookstores.

      • Vikki January 19, 2012, 9:52 am

        Tigertown Graphics is great for getting Clemson shirts made. 😀 (I graduated in 2000 from Clemson)

      • Vikki January 19, 2012, 9:53 am

        Tigertown Graphics is great for getting Clemson shirts made. 😀 (I’m class of 2000 from Clemson.)

  • Cassidy Hogan January 19, 2012, 9:39 am

    I was a Delta Gamma at the University of Utah. Best thing I ever did! 10 years later and those girls are still my best friends!

    • Tara January 19, 2012, 4:02 pm

      ITB 🙂

  • Sam J January 19, 2012, 9:46 am

    I joined a sorority in college. Believe me–I thought it was the last thing I’d ever want to do! But my boyfriend was pledging a fraternity and convinced me to go through recruitment.

    It was a really good decision, I mean it wasn’t always puppies and rainbows, but it really challenged me and provided a great support system–one that I still utilize today!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb January 19, 2012, 9:48 am

    i love that sororities are promoting these healthy messages. i was in a sorority in college and it really was a great experience — not at all the stereotypical “who’s the skinniest, prettiest, sluttiest” kind of thing.

    that french toast looks amazing!

  • HRCK the Herald January 19, 2012, 9:49 am

    Ha, the sorority squat! I was in a sorority and I can get into formation pretty quickly, yes 🙂

  • Life's a Bowl January 19, 2012, 9:51 am

    Haha, the sorority squat! I joined a sorority sophomore year in college after transferring- it was a great way to meet new people and get involved in campus events… As silly as it sounds, it def comes in handy having to pose for so many pictures even a year after graduating when taking pictures with girlfriends 😛

  • Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner January 19, 2012, 9:56 am

    What is the caramel sauce I keep seeing on your blog?! I want!

    • CaitlinHTP January 19, 2012, 4:03 pm

      It’s from Trader Joe’s – it is SOOO good. It’s a salted caramel, too!

  • Johanna B January 19, 2012, 9:58 am

    I was Alpha Sigma Alpha at Northwestern in Louisiana. Fun times.

  • Faith @ For the Health of It January 19, 2012, 10:01 am

    I wanted to do the Greek system {I’ve always been oddly fascinated by it}, but the school I ended up at didn’t have one. Yay for small, private universities (bah).

  • Lindsay @ Running the Windy City January 19, 2012, 10:01 am

    I never did the greek thing, but I went to the University of Michigan, a huuuuge college where only 10% or so of the student population went greek. If I had gone to a smaller college I miiiight have considered it 🙂

  • Lee January 19, 2012, 10:02 am

    My husband grew up in Clemson although he didn’t go there. I wasn’t in a sorority. We had them at my school but they weren’t a big presence.

  • Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous January 19, 2012, 10:08 am

    That looks like a wonderful breakfast! I love almonds and they are so healthy!

  • Christine @ BookishlyB January 19, 2012, 10:08 am

    Nope, I wasn’t. My husband and I met our junior year at UCLA and we love going back once a year to wander around and get all nostalgic. It’s always so weird do see how much the campus has changed and how young the undergrads look now!

  • Alyssa @ Don't Look Down January 19, 2012, 10:11 am

    I was in a co-ed engineering fraternity called Theta Tau. When I went off to college I never thought I would go Greek, but it turned out to be an awesome experience. I’ve met some of my closest friends and I am still involved with it after graduation!

  • Rachel January 19, 2012, 10:18 am

    Nope. I’m not a fan of Greek life.

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed January 19, 2012, 10:20 am

    The sororities at Penn State were definitely NOT my scene. I think the awful stereotypes that are associated with those groups were based off of the ones at Penn State. Who had an extra $500 a semester to spend on dues anyway? (Sorry if I’m offending anybody, maybe there would’ve been a hidden gem that I could’ve related to…?)

    My boyfriend at the time went to Gettysburg and almost the entire population was in a sorority/fraternity, I think it would’ve been different at a smaller school.

    • Laura January 19, 2012, 10:54 am

      Yes, there are dues but you get to participate in lots of really fun activities, and also participate in educational opportunities (like Caitlin’s seminar!). Throughout undergrad and graduate school I ended up getting three scholarships from my sorority (Alpha Delta Pi!), and I also got my very first job out of college as a Leadership Consultant for the sorority. For me, the experience paid for itself many times over. It’s also been a great way to get my foot in the door professionally in some instances.

      • Laura January 19, 2012, 10:55 am

        Also, I visited both Penn State and Gettysburg when I was a Leadership Consultant for ADPi and they are indeed two very different Greek systems. 🙂

        • Nicole G January 19, 2012, 1:49 pm

          I can speak from experience as a Gettysburg grad that there feels like two lives — one as a student at Gettysburg in Greek life and one outside of it. I was in the latter. And yes, nearly 50-60% of the total student body is a Greek.

  • Erin January 19, 2012, 10:21 am

    I was a Kappa Delta! I went to a really small school where 80% of the student body went Greek–as it was the main social option. I met my best friend when I was going through recruitment and she ended up joining KD as well. 🙂

    • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 19, 2012, 10:33 am

      Where were you a KD!? I was in the Zeta Sigma Chapter at College of Charleston!

      • Hilary January 19, 2012, 3:52 pm

        I was a KD at a small school too!

  • Wendi @ A Southern Yogi January 19, 2012, 10:32 am

    I WENT TO CLEMSON!!! I wasn’t in a sorority, I wanted to do more with sports so I was in a group that did a lot with athletics & worked at IPTAY. So fun.

    • Vikki January 19, 2012, 11:07 am

      IPTAY! They started the IPTAY collegiate club during my senior year. Had it been around earlier, I would have gotten more involved. I was in Central Spirit and served in RHA. Those were my sorority replacements for leadership experience.

      • Katy January 19, 2012, 2:50 pm

        I was in Central Spirit, too! A great organization that led me to do so much!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 19, 2012, 10:32 am

    THAT MAKES ME SO HAPPY!!!! I was a Kappa Delta at the College of Charleston, and I knew some of the Clemson KDs!!! We are very proud of the Confidence Coalition, I think it’s such a great initiative! It was formed while I was at school and when I first learned about it at National Convention I was so proud to be a KD! And yes, we are amazing at group photos, mostly because we did them ALL THE TIME. I still find myself doing the sorority squat…

  • Shannon @ Mon Amour January 19, 2012, 10:34 am

    I’m in college now and am not in any sorority. My boyfriend wants to join a fraternity but he probably never will

  • Laura January 19, 2012, 10:35 am

    Before I college I always thought sororities were lame. But then I went to college and wanted to get involved and became a member of Alpha Gamma Delta and it was the best decisions I ever made. We definitely had the sorority picture taking thing down pat! There was some hazing but I was prepared for it-mostly mental stuff-never had to do anything weird/degrading.

  • Brita January 19, 2012, 10:39 am

    Alpha Delta Pi – First, finest, forever! I can’t lie and say it was all sunshine and butterflies (90+ girls who never have a disagreement? Impossible)!, but I met my two best friends through that sorority and I will be forever thankful that it brought us together 🙂

  • Carolina John January 19, 2012, 10:47 am

    Clemson has a really cool campus. Go back for a football game sometime!

    I was in a professional music fraternity at app state. We were plenty social with the other pros, but didn’t interact with the “big greeks” on campus. I really liked it that way, since they were mostly snobish douchebags.

  • Amy January 19, 2012, 10:53 am

    Another KD here (Saint Louis University, Zeta Iota chapter). I didn’t know about the Confidence Coalition as it seems to have started after I graduated. Will have to check it out. Sounds like a great message!

  • Elisabeth January 19, 2012, 10:54 am

    I definitely did not do the Greek thing – I think it’s cool for some people, but totally not my thing. I like quite a bit of alone time & am not really all that ‘social’. 😉

  • Sonia the Mexigarian January 19, 2012, 11:15 am

    i had thought of pledging at one time or another, because I figured it would help me be more social on a campus I was unfamilar with. I dunno why I didnt go with it, it sounded like fun, and still does. . . ah well. Still, I met the love of my life in another club I joined. ACTA at UCSD 🙂

  • Moni'sMeals January 19, 2012, 11:35 am

    Look at you RockStar!! Impressive to say the least!

    And way to treat yourself to a yummy meal. 🙂

  • deva at deva by definition January 19, 2012, 11:47 am

    I never participated in recruitment in college and it’s one of my regrets of my college experience. One of my friends did and loved her experience in DG.

  • The Budgeting Babe January 19, 2012, 11:55 am

    I went to a small Midwest college that was not located near a city, so social options were somewhat limited outside the Greek scene. I rushed against my initial hesitation at the time, because I met some really cool girls during process. I ended up joining a house, held a few leadership positions there, went on to join Panhel (the governing board for the campus sororities) and then became Panhel president. In all, I learned a lot of important lessons through the greek system, and the leadership opportunities really helped develop a skill set that I’ve taken with me in my professional career. I know some people join just for the social aspect, but there are many other lessons to learn – politics, organization, management, creativity. It was a good experience for me. Oh, and I always will know how to pose perfectly for a group shot 😉

    • CaitlinHTP January 19, 2012, 4:06 pm

      Hahah lots of good life skills acquired 🙂

  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon January 19, 2012, 11:57 am

    I never rushed–it isn’t really my thing–but my sister is actually in a sorority at Clemson! I’ll have to ask her if she attended your event!!

  • Marathon Beauty January 19, 2012, 11:57 am

    I’m a proud Alpha Delta Pi alum from UCLA!

    It was the best decision ever (made a large school seem smaller) and really taught me how to get along and find common ground with so many personality types.

  • Amanda @ AmandaRunsNY January 19, 2012, 12:01 pm

    I wanted to join a sorority and rushed but then dropped out once I realized that I was not interested in doing anything with them at all.

  • Rebecca January 19, 2012, 12:18 pm

    No sororities for me. I don’t think my school even has any. I could’ve joined Phi Theta Kappa or whatever it’s called at the community college for scholarship opps and stuff, but never did.
    I’ve heard so many negative stories of fraternities and sororities (mostly from the media…) that I never would’ve joined one even if I’d had the opportunity.
    On organizing for photos: My sister said when they were in Ecuador with church last summer, one day they tried to organize a group photo with the camp they were at or something, and they ended up failing. Half the group wasn’t paying attention to the people yelling to come take a photo, and they’d decided they were only taking ONE, so whoever wasn’t in it wasn’t in it. It was very frustrating.

  • Emily January 19, 2012, 12:49 pm

    I wanted to be in one, because I lived off campus and therefore didn’t meet a lot of people, but then never got around to it.

  • Cassie @ Back to Her Roots January 19, 2012, 12:52 pm

    I wanted absolutely nothing to do with Greek life in college. It was way to “mainstream” for the hipster I was trying to be. Ha! But now that I’m a few years removed from college, I can see how having those lifelong connections could be beneficial. If I had to do it over again, I might at least research what going Greek actually meant.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 19, 2012, 12:53 pm

    I was not in a sorority during college – sometimes I wish I was though because I know the girls get really close! Although.. I can’t stand girl drama, so I don’t know how it would have went.

  • v January 19, 2012, 12:56 pm

    I was in a sorority in college and it was a great experience for me. I held a number of leadership positions and learned a lot about how to work (and live, lived in the house 3 out of 4 years!) with others. Like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it. I know it might not be the right experience for everyone at every college, but I was happy and would encourage any undergraduate woman to at least consider it.

    And it’s sorority WOMEN, not girls. 😉

  • Camels & Chocolate January 19, 2012, 1:04 pm

    I actually was Kappa Delta but I took alumni status my junior year when I transferred to UT and never got involved there.

    Also, would you contemplate doing a post on public speaking tips? You give SO many presentations, and I’m sure a lot of us would benefit from your knowledge and experience. I’m giving a 70-minute workshop at a blogging conference in Nashville next month and am pretty intimidated by the length of it and personally would love to hear what you have to say on the subject of public speaking!

  • Brie January 19, 2012, 1:07 pm

    I was an Alpha Chi Omega!
    Fun fact: my mom is a house director. At my house. She got the job my senior year of college, and I lived in the house, so I totally lived with my mom in college for a year!

    • CaitlinHTP January 19, 2012, 4:07 pm

      That is so fun!!

  • Brigid January 19, 2012, 1:11 pm

    I was not in a sorority. In fact, my college didn’t have any! I did go to an all-women’s college, though, so I joke that every dorm was like the sorority house.

  • Avery January 19, 2012, 1:22 pm

    Whaaat?! I’m a Clemson student! I literally live right across the street from Tillman, but somehow I totally missed that you were going to be in Clemson or I would have stopped in! So sad 🙁

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs January 19, 2012, 1:30 pm

    Mmmmm….Caramel drizzle…..Yum!

  • Laura @ She Eats Well January 19, 2012, 1:39 pm

    Come to San Francisco and speak, please! I would absolutely attend and love to hear you speak in person!

  • Nicole January 19, 2012, 1:58 pm

    haha– As a kappa delta, this post cracked me up! I graduated a few years ago and your statement is 100% accurate!

  • Lindsay Loves Veggies January 19, 2012, 2:07 pm

    I was an Alpha Phi for my first two years of college, but left school for a year, and didn’t return to the sorority when I returned to school. I liked it, and definitely feel that I got something out of it, but it was too much time and money (especially time) for me after a while.

  • Amber K January 19, 2012, 2:17 pm

    I never went to a school with sororities, but I don’t think I’d want to join. I love the sentiment of sisters for life and all that. But I don’t think I could allow a group of people to treat me as less than the person I am, just to allow me into their group. I wouldn’t make it past pledge week!

    • AmandaonMaui January 19, 2012, 5:42 pm

      I am in complete agreement. I wouldn’t want other people pushing me around like that.

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery January 19, 2012, 2:20 pm

    Are you a polynesian sauce fan with your chick-fil-a waffle fries? I am. I could eat the poly sauce plain but that’s a different story.

    I go to an all women’s college so we don’t have Greek life per se. We do have traditions though-some of which are completely secret and known only to Bryn Mawr students. We do sing in Greek and have Greek chants though….

    • CaitlinHTP January 19, 2012, 4:14 pm

      I havent had the polynesian sauce!

      • AmandaonMaui January 19, 2012, 5:41 pm

        I always had honey mustard with the waffle fries. Mmm. I looked up the Polynesian sauce and it contains gluten.

  • Linz @ ItzLinz January 19, 2012, 2:25 pm

    i was a tri-delt when i was at miami of ohio. after one year, i transferred to mizzou. lucky for me, tri-delt was also a really good house at mizzou and it really helped me make friends, especially coming in as a trasnfer student. i had a great greek experience! 🙂

  • Anna January 19, 2012, 2:41 pm

    What a BEAUTIFUL sunset! And is that Udi’s bread? How is your gluten-reduced life going lately? Has Kristien found himself eating less gluten since you have been? My younger sister was diagnosed with Celiac disease about 2 years ago, and my brother and I decided to go a week completely GF to support her, and MAN. It really made me realize how limited food choices are when you have to avoid gluten!

    • CaitlinHTP January 19, 2012, 4:14 pm

      Yeah Kristien also eats less gluten. It is hard and very limiting. I would say I eat GF about 90% of the time… it blows 🙁 I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.

      • AmandaonMaui January 19, 2012, 5:39 pm

        Why only 90% of the time? If gluten harms your body then why not be gluten free?

  • Katy January 19, 2012, 2:48 pm


    Glad you both had a great time on our campus!

  • Emily @ The Swallow Flies January 19, 2012, 2:53 pm

    I was not in a sorority (too expensive!), but my then-boyfriend was in a fraternity, so I still got the bonus of going to formals, parties, etc. I wouldn’t change my college experience for the world. 🙂

  • Catherine January 19, 2012, 3:02 pm

    My husband (then-boyfriend) was in a fraternity in college. It’s funny looking back now because he was so into it and thought he’d go back and be involved even afterwards – HA!

    I haven’t visited you for a while….congrats on your pregnancy!! How exciting!!!

  • Kelly January 19, 2012, 3:20 pm

    When I started college I never thought I’d join a sorority. But after just a few weeks at school (an engineering school that is 85% male) I found myself NEEDING girl time (you can only talk about cars with the boys for so long) and many of the girls I made connections with were in sororities. I ended up joining Alpha Sigma Alpha and it absolutely was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! I learned so much from the organization and other women and became a much stronger leader because of it. I love all of my sisters and many of them are my closest friends now (3 stood up for me in my wedding). I can’t imagine how different my college experience would have been without ASA, most of my favorite memories are of great times with my sisters!

  • Tara January 19, 2012, 3:57 pm

    I was a collegian member of Delta Gamma at NC State. Becoming a DG was one of the best experiences to happen to me. On top of meeting some of my closest friends, gaining leadership experience and receiving a scholarship, being a Delta Gamma had a hand in getting both of my job offers. After graduation, these connections have continued to help me find a place to live and a group of friends in a new city.

    I mirror the thoughts that “V” posted previously. “Like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it. I know it might not be the right experience for everyone at every college, but I was happy and would encourage any undergraduate woman to at least consider it.” 🙂

  • KlarZ January 19, 2012, 4:26 pm

    I picked my college (Georgetown) partially because it had no Greek system. Fresh from high school, I couldn’t deal with a system that told you socially who you were better or worse than. Not that there still wasn’t plenty of that in college even without the system!

    • AmandaonMaui January 19, 2012, 5:38 pm

      Yeah, I am glad my school doesn’t have a “Greek” system. I was so tired of the games from high school that I would not have joined even if there was a sorority.

  • Rachel January 19, 2012, 4:33 pm

    ahh, yes the “sorority squat”! every wedding i attend, we still pull this out 🙂 My husband likes to tease me about being in a sorority, saying a “paid” for my friends. but i don’t care. it was the best part of college & i met my forever bestie there! so many amazing memories!

  • Sophie @ threetimesf January 19, 2012, 4:46 pm

    Crazy British question here – is pledging really as crazy as it is in American movies?! Haha, because that always looks insane!

    • CaitlinHTP January 19, 2012, 4:54 pm

      I think its a lot better NOW (hazing rules are way strict) but 10 years ago, it was pretty bad… 20 years was worse.

      • Tara January 19, 2012, 9:45 pm

        Exactly. Every council (body over each sorority or fraternity) along with each individual greek organization has their own anti-hazing policy. The hazing issue is so highlighted and frowned upon it is not what it used to be.

        I know for all of the sorority members I have run across their new member (greek orgs are attempting to get away from officially using “pledges”) period was filled with gifts. The amount of sorority tshirts, picture frames, glasses, coolers, pens, paper, notebooks, flowers, lunch dates, ect. you get during your new member period is unbelievable.

  • Danielle January 19, 2012, 4:55 pm

    Do you think you’ll ever speak at PITT? I know you went there and I’d love to see you speak (as I’m currently attending PITT)!

    • CaitlinHTP January 19, 2012, 4:57 pm

      I would love to come out! You should contact Pitt Program Council – they are much more receptive to having a student request it then the speaker. Send them to and

      • Danielle January 19, 2012, 4:58 pm

        Will definitely do, thanks! Go Panthers! 🙂

  • Shannon January 19, 2012, 5:02 pm

    I went to UGA – a pretty old-school Southern university with an active Greek system. I decided not to rush my freshman year, and even though that first year was a little rocky socially (UGA is huge and I mostly hung out with people from my HS that year), I’m glad I didn’t go Greek. I ended up becoming extremely involved in our campus newspaper and other activities and Greek life just wasn’t for me. Plus, I’m a pretty big introvert and value “alone time” to recharge.

  • Lauren January 19, 2012, 5:14 pm

    I am a Kappa Delta and I loved my four years in college because of it! Even 8 years later I’m still keeping up with all the great things they are doing in New England! Also, they Kappa Delta has a no haze policy and the word “pledge” no longer exists. It’s a great sorority!

  • AmandaonMaui January 19, 2012, 5:35 pm

    My Uni doesn’t have sororities or fraternities. I’m also 2/3 time online, so I don’t even spend much time on campus now. For my AA I spent a lot of time there, and during my culinary education as well, but not now.

  • AmandaonMaui January 19, 2012, 5:36 pm

    Though, I suppose you could count being a member of Phi Theta Kappa as being “Greek.” It was an honor society that never did anything.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 19, 2012, 6:31 pm

    I didn’t do the sorority thing, but I go to a small girls’ school, so it’s almost like being in a sorority!

  • Laura January 19, 2012, 8:06 pm

    I am a Delta Gamma and it was the best thing I decided to do. I lived with my sorority sister’s and still talk to them daily. My fondest memories are of Greek Life activities. It was nice to be in an organization that liked to do good.

  • Katie January 19, 2012, 11:04 pm

    I was in a sorority in college and yes, we can take a picture in about 2 seconds! Every group is different, ours was a work hard play hard type, which was a lot of fun!

  • Chelsea January 20, 2012, 10:58 am

    I go to a community college so no greek for me 🙁 I would love to experience a university though <3

  • lindsay r. January 21, 2012, 6:38 pm

    I have tears in my eyes from laughing so hard at your experience with the photo and the soroity girls. I was in a sorority in college, and now, even though we’re in our thirties, we still have the posing down!! Haha..

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