1 Week, 7 States (of Mind)

Jacqueline Newell
Jacqueline Newell

This week has been a jammed pack week with lots of new experiences. It’s my last week on the road, and I’ve been in a perpetual state of self discovery… and confusion.

Louisville Founder's Day
Louisville Founders’ Day

Saturday, Nov. 9: Optimistic. I had the pleasure of spending Founders’ Day in Louisville, Ky. with five collegiate chapters, a handful of alumnae, and a past national president. Laura Owsley spoke at Founders’ Day and reminded me that Sigma Kappa is limitless.

In a derby daze
In a derby daze

Sunday, Nov. 10: Carefree. I had the opportunity to explore Louisville with both a new friend and an old friend. There’s nothing like enjoying America’s pastime at the Louisville Slugger Museum.

IUS Veteran's Day
IUS Veterans Day

Monday, Nov. 11: Patriotic. I attended a Veterans Day ceremony that I wouldn’t have known about if it weren’t for the president of a fraternity on campus who invited me. I heard the 11 bell rings at the 11th hour and heard veterans share their stories. The patriotism stayed with me all day.

Another Blind Date
Another Blind Date

Tuesday, Nov. 12: Courageous. The life of an LC is filled with many surprises and, as I like to call them, blind dates or encounters with new counterparts. Today, I found a new kind of blind date in the Indiana University Southeast bookstore – a blind date with a book!

It's hump day!
It’s hump day!

Wednesday, Nov. 13: Sentimental. I’m not sure what it was about today but, it became a day filled with a lot of love and talks with lots of family and friends (Happy birthday, dad!).

Coffee with a Cop
Coffee with a Cop

Thursday, Nov. 14: Grateful. I walked past the campus coffee shop today and was quickly sucked inside. Although I am not a coffee drinker, today I pretended to be one. IUS was hosting “Coffee with a Cop,” an event to meet and talk safety with the campus police officers. I learned a lot about the campus culture and, man, can those officers bake a good lemon cake!

Falling for Kentucky
Falling for Kentucky

Friday, Nov. 15: Self Discovery. My last few visits have challenged me in new and unexpected ways. I have been asked what I plan to do after being an LC, where my favorite school was, and, most importantly, what kind of music I listen to. Asking questions of others is how I learn best, but asking questions of myself is my biggest challenge. As I enter my winter hibernation, I’m sure I will continue to question myself!

See you next semester, ladies!

Dove Love, the road warriors

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