Hi my name is Taylor Slusher! I’m a rising senior at the University of Arkansas and I and I’m a Design Intern here at Emerson Coast! I get to help brainstorm new merch ideas and I also get to help in the design process as well. Let's breakdown what it's like to be a Chi Omega at the University of Arkansas!
Why Chi Omega?
Going through rush during the pandemic was really difficult, especially when rounds were getting canceled. However, when I talked to Chi Omega, all the struggles and difficulties went away. Despite glitches and virtual chats, I felt such a strong connection with this chapter. It was clear to me that I was supposed to be here. I felt most at home with Chi O, which is exactly what I was looking for, especially since I was attending school out-of-state. My bid day card may have been virtual, but Chi O made the experience so special! We got to go to the house in small groups and my older sister even surprised me, making it a day that I will always remember!
My freshman year in Chi Omega was unlike any other year due to the pandemic. Everything we did had to be in open spaces, with smaller groups, and we were required to wear masks. It was definitely a challenge, but Chi O did an amazing job at making the most of our year. They even introduced virtual breakout rooms to help us connect with other members and get to know each other better. Despite the challenges, I was still able to get really close with my big! I grew up with older sisters, so it was great to have a big sis figure on campus. I absolutely cannot believe i'm about to be a great-grand-big! I love my family with my whole heart and am so grateful that I get to be an older sister figure to all of my littles!
To make even more of my year, I became banner chair! This gave me the opportunity to find my place and connect with so many amazing girls. I remember feeling so proud when I worked on designs. Seeing the banners on full display was such a rewarding feeling! Even though I'm no longer the official banner chair, I still help out when I can because it's just a good time! The position taught me how to work within a team and build lasting friendships. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to make a positive impact on their organization!
To Be a Chi O
Being a Chi O means living out our motto "womanly always, discouraged never." Despite the diverse backgrounds and personalities of the girls in Chi Omega, what brings us together is our welcoming and loving nature towards everyone. Each of us has a unique role to play, creating a strong and supportive community. Although it may sound cliche, the sisterhood within Chi O is real and I am proud to be apart of it. I have met so many amazing women and am confident to say that wherever my future takes me, I will be able to reach out to a sister for someone to lean on. The girls I have met and the friendships I've made will continue past graduation and I'm really looking forward to seeing how my sisterhood grows!
Looking for some XO merch? Check out our entire Chi Omega Collection! Emerson Coast is here for you! We make it super easy and fun to create designs your whole chapter will love!