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May 16, 2012

I’m going to National Conference 2012. Are you?

National Conference 2012 registration deadline is coming up quickly – are you planning on registering?

I’ve round up a couple of alumnae, who are going to tell you their DPO Conference stories, but since I’m the voice behind this blog, I thought it only fair to tell you mine first.

I went to my first conference 4 years ago, I had just crossed 4 months prior, and me and 5 of my line sisters jumped on a plane, and flew to Miami, Florida. We were all kind of overwhelmed, and nervous, me particularly because I really don’t mesh well in a HUGE groups of girls. Honest to god, it freaks me out. And, well, here’s something a little bit personal but, the morning of conference, I had a really early flight, and I’d asked my best friend from Zimbabwe to wake me up at 7am. So when an unknown call came through at 7am, I answered it haphazardly without any worry. Unfortunately, it wasn’t my best friend waking me up, it was my sister.. letting me know my grandmother had passed away.

Being in West Lafayette Indiana, and my family back home in Zimbabwe, and summer finals in a week – it wasn’t an option at the time to jump up and fly home. So my parents told me to the best thing to do was keep on trucking, and not to cancel my plans to Miami.

While I’d be lying to say it was the smoothest three days of my life, if there’s one way to distract yourself, its by having over 100 sisters in the same place, reminding you that you’re not alone. We got roomed with girls from USF, now Lambda chapter, and hit it off immediately! I still remember the girls I met at NC in Miami like it was yesterday. And I’ve met a lot of people through being on National Council and other DPO committees, however the Tampa Girls (who I also got to hang out with in London) and the Texas Girls (who we were reunited with again at OSU-TX) and singing on the bus, and running down to the beach at midnight to draw deltas in the sand, and learning the “TAKE A SHOT” chant, and the call, and realizing, #4’s are the best numbers nation wide ;).

I definitely CANNOT forget learning the 5 stages of FAWKWARD. Unfortunately, if you’re a new active, we’re not letting you in on that until you get there. 😉

Let’s just say, during a rough time, it’s good to know you have a ridiculously huge family to keep you on your feet.

I’m pretty sure its that National Council, and that weekend with my line sisters, that kept me going this long and I’m definitely excited to experience it this summer and reunite with some of the girls I met 4 years ago.

I’m going to National Conference 2012 in Washington DC, are you?