Mariana Monforte :: To Future Freshman & Sisters
Hey, Hi, Hello! My name is Mariana Monforte, and I am a freshman at the best university in the world. My major is applied physiology and kinesiology with a dance minor. With the love and support from my sisters and family, I am blessed to be involved with Dance Marathon and UF Panhellenic as assistant director of intramural sports. I plan to go into the medical field and pursue my passion of helping others and giving back to the community, which has already given me so much.
It is crazy to think about how fast my freshman year has flown by. With less than a month left of school, my schedule is crazy, and thanks to Alpha Delta Pi, there is never a dull moment. Just in the past two weeks, we have had Reverse Big Little, the Building on Excellence Groundbreaking Alumnae Event, an All-American Social, and our Diamond Board Reveal. For Reverse Big Little, we celebrated Sarah, my GG-Big, and had the most fun time taking on the streets of Gainesville with her. Our night was filled with pictures, bonding, and most importantly, karaoke!
To sum up these events and my freshman year, I would like to provide you with some of the lessons I have learned…
Keep family close: Remember to call your mom everyday, but also take care of your GG-Big, as she is in denial of leaving UF and growing older. For Reverse Big Little, the whole chapter got dressed up in matching themes with their family, went to dinner, and took time to appreciate the relationships this chapter has built. I mentioned earlier how important my friends and family were to me. The perfect combination of the two is my family in ADPi. Shoutout to Tiffany, Deanna, and Sarah for making this chapter feel like a home away from home.
Remember where you came from: Following that memorable night, this past Sunday was our amazing alumnae event, also planned by my G-Big, Deanna! It is mind-blowing to think of how many ADPis that have come before me and the incredible legacy they have left for us to continue. For this event, women from every generation got a final chance to see the house that they once called home. They could look through their once-called home and find their composite and visit with old friends. Shovels in hand, they were able to commemorate this event with pictures and memories that will last a lifetime. This was a celebration of the past, present, and future, and I cannot wait for all the memories that will be made in our new house with the next generations of sisters.
Keep up your grades and study: As a member of Gamma Iota, you will always have some event to keep you busy. Therefore, it is important to plan ahead and carve out time to get your work done. Don’t let your studies keep you from being involved. Be proactive. Reserve a study room in Library West with friends and get on the grind, so you can truly enjoy all of the opportunities ADPi gives us. For instance, this past Tuesday, we had an amazing time celebrating the best country and getting to act like real Alachua County Residents with the Kappa Alpha Order. The event was downtown at one of our more frequent venues, Jolie’s. My favorite part of this social was walking in, getting my slice, or two, of pizza, and seeing everyone smiling and dancing in their costumes. This was a major contrast to the usual oversized ADPi hoodie and leggings, for everyone was dressed in their favorite cowboy boots and cut up T-shirt. Always a blast, socials bring the whole chapter together where there is always a perfect combo of “Cotton Eye Joe” and the “Cha-Cha Slide.”
The arts and crafts don’t stop in college: Lastly, our Diamond Board Reveal was this week, and it quickly became one of my favorite events of the year. My sisters and I all went to Depot Park and revealed the boards we made for our Bigs while receiving the ones they made for us. This event is so special because it is one of the last events your big and you get to do together as the year is coming to a close, and soon, we will be the Bigs to our new incoming Littles. The relationships made in this chapter are ones that are genuine, intentional, and, as cheesy as it sounds, will last a lifetime. My Big, Tiffany, pushes me to be the best version of myself everyday, inspires me to work harder, and is always there to give a hug or have a laugh with me.
To end this lesson, I know I still have so much to learn, but being in Alpha Delta Pi gives me the resources and abilities to do so. I am so so thankful to be a part of this group of amazing girls, and I will be forever grateful to God for allowing these inspiring and supportive young women to be in my life. Go ADPi and go gata!