Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Wonderful Month

October has flown by so fast which is sad because it is my favorite month! I had my birthday early this month and I had a great time. My friends and I went to the movie Pitch Perfect and then out to dinner. I then spent the rest of the night working on nursing homework. School for me is going great! The homework load is intense, but we are almost done with this semester and it feels great! It is going to be May before we know it and I will be graduating.

ALS Awareness has slowed down a little. The walks for North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota have come to an end for the year, but planning will be beginning soon for next year. I am already excited to get fundraising again and plan for the walks. My mom is still fighting stronger than ever, and I miss her every day. I have not been able to make it home since September, and I was only home for a few hours. I will be going home for Thanksgiving and I am so excited! I am also excited because I always go black Friday shopping and I know that will be a blast.

Here is a wonderful quote to get your week started:
“Be a fruit loop in a world full of cheerios.”

Love Always,
Miss North Dakota International
Erica Lemna

Twas the Night of all Hollows Eve:

Happy Halloween!

I’m sure you are all  eager to don your costume of choice for Halloween 2012 and eat endless amounts of candy…however I just wanted to bring to mind a couple of safety tips for the big night. Halloween is the third most dangerous day of the year when it comes to car accidents. According to media reports the number of children on the streets DOUBLES during this time of year! This means there will be twice as many pedestrians to watch out for, majority of them wearing dark costumes, many times easy to miss. By keeping in mind a couple of basic tips everyone is able to enjoy themselves and still stay safe! Be sure as drivers you are aware of the increase in pedestrians and take extra precautions in stopping at crosswalks and slowing down, especially in residential areas! For all you participating in the trick-or-treating be sure you are wearing some light colors mixed in with your costumes! Also stay in familiar areas and carry a flashlight.

While many children are busy participating in the usual festivities there are also adults who are in search of spooky entertainment. This is where majority of the problems come into play. One of the major concerns during holidays like this one is the increase in the amount of drunk drivers on the roads. The increase in pedestrians mixed with an increase in intoxicated drivers is what leads to the dangerous statistics presented earlier in this blog. According to some officials, “More than 30 people have been killed in crashes during the past eight Halloweens, and 2,200 have been injured. An astounding 40 percent of these accidents involve alcohol.” For this reason I urge everyone to take every precaution in staying safe this Halloween, and to remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry! Designate a driver, use public transportation, or call an alternate ride; the repercussions of an accident aren’t worth it! One destructive decision could change your life forever. Be smart. Be safe!

Until next time,

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Double the Fun

Greetings everyone!! This is Ashley and Erica. We are excited to jointly give you an update on our last two appearances (although we have deeply missed our other sister queen Olivia). October 12th was UND’s Homecoming parade. We were involved in a way that matched our personalities very well. Instead of sitting in a car waving at the crowd as we slowly moved by, we went by foot! We were able to greet others with hugs and pictures and personally deliver candy to people of all ages. It was such a blast!

The following day we greeted beautiful brides and their friends and families at the front door of the Ramada Plaza & Suites Crystal Ballroom for the annual Bridal Fantasy Show! The event was full of positive energy, happy brides, fashion shows, dancing and various vendors ready to discuss their products and services that compliment every part of a wedding day. We were even there to witness the lucky bride and groom to win the $20,000 grand prize!

One of the highlights about the international system is being able to attend events together and share wonderful memories as sister queens.  And this weekend definitely encompassed that!

All our love,
Ashley and Erica

Catching Up:

Hello All,
I know it’s been a little while since you’ve heard from me; and let me tell you college life is keeping me busy! My classes have been going really well and just the other day I met with my academic advisor to discuss next semester…I can’t even believe so much time has flown by already. Since arriving on campus I have not only gained an appreciation for comfortable walking shoes… I’ve also joined an intramural volleyball team and a sorority! Joining Kappa Kappa Gamma has been one of the best choices I’ve made so far. The connections I’ve already made with the girls have been more than I could ever ask for. The Kappa house is my home away from home and I’m so thankful for that. The Greek community in general is so strong here at the U, it was a way for me to shrink the campus down from the astonishing student population of 50,000 +. Along with making lifelong friendships we, as a Kappa chapter, get to participate in some pretty amazing philanthropy work. Our philanthropy is called, Reading is Fundamental (RIF) and works to promote literacy in children. It was founded in 1966 and provides 4.5 million children with 16 million new, free books to encourage reading motivation, family and community involvement, and the excitement of choosing new free books to enjoy. I am super excited to be able to add to my philanthropy work, especially when it revolves around something I LOVE; reading! I can’t wait to see the amazing things our Kappa chapter will accomplish throughout the year!!

Until next time,