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Sunny Highlights of the School Year

Can you believe this school year is coming to a close? I can’t. As I write my last article for the quarter, it all seems to have gone by in a blur. (What would we do without Facebook photos to document it all?)

In fact, Facebook is my first stop whenever my memory is feeling hazy. While the year in retrospect seems to have breezed by, looking back on all the pictures makes me realize that yes, we’ve been in school for almost nine months and yes, we have done A LOT in that time.

So I hit up my albums and looked back—and because this is a Greek newspaper, I’m featuring my favorite Greek memories from the year. Hopefully it will inspire you to do the same. I think you’ll have that much more of an appreciation for the year when you make note of all the people and places that were apart of it.

The Sunny Times of This School Year:

1. Getting my two littles: I actually have triplets but the two new additions this year made my life that much happier. I love them both so much and I feel so lucky to have them in my life. My big sis and I are best friends and I hope I can pass that on to my littles as well.

2. Laser Tag with Pi Kapp: we meant business when we got our light packs. I may also score in the bottom three, but hey, I think I still have the best time. War paint and all, that was such a fun night.

3. Chi O hits Disneyland: 55+ girls took the Magic Kingdom by storm, even though it was pouring rain. Never mind, those ponchos came in handy for Splash Mountain later.  From California Screamin to World of Color, it was a fantastic day and I loved getting to spend time with some sisters that I don’t get to see as often as I’d like. We’ve gotta do this trip again.

4. Celebrating my 21st: Three of my sisters and I spent the weekend at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa and it was the perfect getaway during the hum-glum of winter quarter. With massages and maybe a jello shooter (or two) to ring the big birthday in, it was a weekend to remember.

5. Surprising my boyfriend for his birthday: Ok, so this wasn’t exactly a Greek event but a lot of Greeks were there. This was my first surprise party that I hosted and I’m proud to say that I think he was actually surprised. I think everyone had a great time and it was so nice celebrating with the people we love.

6. Bringing Lisa Bloom to UCLA: It was an honor to bring my mentor to the Panhellenic Awards and her words of wisdom were truly inspiring. Her standing ovation that she received was well deserved and I can’t wait to read Lisa’s new book, Swagger.

7. Pi Kapp’s RoseBall: You’ve got to go to a fraternity formal at some point in your college career in my opinion. It’s a great opportunity to meet people in other houses and just relax for a day or two. Spending a Saturday in Palm Springs in the pool isn’t too bad if you ask me. When can I go back?

Those are just some of my favorite memories of the year—hopefully more are to come! I know that you’ve had amazing experiences this year as well, whether it was dancing 26 hours at Dance Marathon or taking that ski trip that you’d been wanting to go on. Celebrate this past year and get ready for an even better one next year!

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

Lisa Bloom Visits UCLA!

1 in 4 women would rather win America’s Next Top Model than a Nobel Peace Prize. Even more would rather than lose their figure than their ability to read. Lisa Bloom has a problem with it. And she wants you to as well.

As women we’re in a paradox. While we’re extremely successful in academics garnering the highest grades and the top spots in the most prestigious schools, we’re always studying celebrities more than our classes. So many of us research tabloids like we’re going to be tested on it. In fact, Lisa Bloom found that most girls could name more Kardashians than the number of countries we’re at war with.

Lisa Bloom couldn’t sit still anymore so she decided to speak up. And people listened. As a New York Times bestseller, her book called Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed Down World, has garnered national praise. She recently came to UCLA’s Panhellenic Awards to spread the message.

I had the opportunity to introduce Lisa, as she is a good friend and inspirational mentor to me. One of our very own, Lisa Bloom is not only a UCLA alum, she also graduated from Yale Law School where she would go on to open her own firm, The Bloom Firm, right here in Los Angeles. After hosting her own show for eight years on Court TV, Lisa has gone on to appear regularly on major networks including CBS, CNN, and HSN among many others as a national legal analyst.

In fact, that is how I first met Lisa Bloom while I was interning this past summer at NBC Network News. While she has been interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters, and Anderson Cooper just to name a few, Lisa just so happened to be doing an interview with Reverend Al Sharpton regarding the Casey Anthony Trial. Immediately inspired by her poise, confidence, and courage, I knew that I had to meet her. It was one of those moments that I couldn’t let slip away.

As I am an aspiring author, I introduced myself to Lisa and at that moment she handed me one of the best books that I would ever read–Think. It is expertly researched, interspersed with humor, and serves as the antidote our generation needs to get us out of our celebrity comas.

Lisa never settles with her current successes though. She has recently published her second book, Swagger: 10 Urgent Rules for Raising Boys in an Era of Failing Schools which is quickly receiving high praise and recognition. I am so excited to say that I will be spending this summer working with Lisa to promote her newest book which I am so proud to be a part of.

Ms. Bloom always celebrates life to the fullest no matter what she pursues. An avid world traveler jumping from South Africa to South America, Lisa has spanned the globe and uses these world experiences to fuel her passion for international war crime tribunals. Lisa doesn’t take these important yet often ignored issues lightly, yet she lives life with a light heart filled with appreciation.

It’s so important that as collegiate women we start thinking about what truly matters in this world—issues of genocide, sex trafficking, and global warming just to name a few. It shouldn’t be about what Jennifer Lopez or Cameron Diaz wore last week. Lisa Bloom is here to get us THINKING, and I hope that our generation of collegiate women will start thinking about the issues that can truly make an impact.

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

A Growing Garden

Don’t you just love springtime? It’s absolutely beautiful out and after receiving this video, I had to share it with you all. Especially if you’re having a stressful day, taking a few minutes to watch the sheer magic of nature will give you a fresh perspective. Sit back, relax, and enjoy nature.

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
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