23. Run a Whole 5K

So last weekend after spending Friday into Saturday at Relay 4 Life, I woke-up late morning Saturday to drive with my sorority sisters down to Ocean City, MD to participate in Susan G Komen's Race 4 the Cure Sunday morning! And, I managed to run a whole 5K (or 3.1 miles)! It was the first time I ran the whole thing, and even my mom didn't believe me when I called to tell her. Below are some pictures from the morning. It was such a blast, and I'm so proud breast cancer awareness is ZTA's philanthropy.

Signing the pink truck!
Doing warm-ups with the local Cross Fit coach. Can you see me squatting?
My chapter won the most participants for a collegiate team!
Fam o jam :) My big was off getting a fancy Chemistry award!

After we finished!
My friend from studying in Spain came and ran with us!
It was so worth the 6 am wake-up call! I'd like to look into running more 5Ks in the future.


Samantha Elisabeth


The Day it Rained Flowers...

From Miss at la Playa

Somewhere in Costa Rica, a volcano explodes. Majestic in its colors-- the purples and magentas and golds and mandarins burst forth from rocky terrain. Eight million petals erupt, shooting straight into the air like lava. They float down rivers and streams, turning water the color of sunsets. They rain down on a small, worn village. A stop sign with “Alto” written across a red background is suddenly overshadowed by a rainfall of fuchsia while a small boy runs across the street under his creamsicle umbrella.. Another boy flies by on his skateboard, bending down to grab a handful of cherry petals only to release them moments later. A couple stands underneath an overhang, smoking cigarettes and watching the shower from their hiding place. For one day, the village is brought out of its tired monotony into an explosion of life.

Have you heard about the Sony 4K campaign? Once I read about it, I had this huge urge to get something written on paper. This was my attempt. It's rough, but I felt the urge to share!

Samantha Elisabeth


Relay 4 Life: Crowns against Cancer

This past Friday night was my last Relay 4 Life for the foreseeable future! I only went once in high school, but I made sure to attend every year when I got to college, and I'm a little sad it's already over. For three years I was apart of the swim team's relay team, so it was fun to finally be on the Zeta one! We called our team "Crowns against Cancer," and had nail painting for donations. We also handed out Breast Cancer Awareness products as that's our philanthropy (more on that in an upcoming post). Every year, Relay 4 Life at my school does different activities to keep the night fun: melting a T-shirt in ice, a burrito eating contest, and even a fun dance rave. My ZTA family participated in the T-shirt contest together (by chance as it goes...) and got a little competitive...
I also participated in a Chipotle burrito eating contest...
Cute, huh?
And of course got to spend another night with some of my best friends. I'm getting so ridiculously sentimental and nostalgic as my days nearing graduation draw nearer!
Also, shout out to the girls who lasted the whole night! Had such a fun night with all of them even if we were catatonic by six a.m. And to my crazy hair the whole night...
The message of Relay 4 Life is so important, and I'm glad I could be apart of it for my four years here! If you don't know much about it, learn. It's a wonderful cause that helps fund a lot of research against cancer. It's motto is "Official sponsor of birthdays." I mean, really?! How could you not rally for a cause like that?


Samantha Elisabeth


It's Coming! (Stop and Smell the Pages)

So, exciting, exciting news! The anthology with which I have been helping publish in my internship with the Literary House is officially complete! While it won't receive an official release until October 2014, I can tell you it's been printed, and it's beautiful:

You can read about my experience and my love of proofreading here!


Samantha Elisabeth



So this past Saturday my chapter and I traveled across Maryland to attend Zeta Day. It basically includes all the MD Chapters (called III-Alpha) including collegiate and alumnae gather together for awards, good food, shopping, and all things ZTA-fun. Each year as a theme, and this year was ZLAM (Zeta Love and Mine), so we all wore letters. Of course, with a day like this, we took an absurd amount of picture, which was greatly encouraged by the Instagram hashtag #zlam2014.
Seenyas Seenyas!
All of our chapter that could come.
Fam a Jam :)

And a selfie, obviously!
Perhaps the coolest part of the day was when we found out our keynote speaker was the ZTA Archivist and that she brought along with her the links which represent all our chapters. She talked about all our nine founders, and, of course, we got to see our Gamma Beta link!

Over all, it was a fantastic day!


Samantha Elisabeth