The time a sorority girl gets to spend living in her sorority house is one of the greatest privileges. From the outside looking in, many people do not understand why you would want to live in a house with 30 girls. But when you’re a sorority girl, you are eager to experience a year of living in a big white house rich in history and tradition. Although at times, you will question your sanity. There will never be a dull moment.
When move in day comes along, you’ll drive down Fredonia Avenue with a car full of your belongings that you couldn’t bother to leave behind. You’ll run into the house excited to see your friends that you haven’t seen in 3 months, you’ll unpack as much as you can until you realize that you can’t resist to gossip about your summer once everyone else has arrived. Once your parents leave, you may feel a sense of relief, or you may be questioning what you just got yourself into. In reality, you have put yourself into the best living situation for a year with 30 of your closest friends.
As the year goes by, you will learn a lot about yourself and the girls around you. You’ll learn that other girls still sleep with teddy bears or blankeys, or that they still wear their retainer from high school. You’ll learn about each girl’s life individually. You’ll become friends with girls you never thought you had anything in common with. You will share your dreams, fears, successes and failures with these girls, and it will bring you closer than ever. There will be days when you have failed a test, or broken up with a boyfriend and you need a good cry. If that’s the case, someone will be there to hug you, to hold you, and to feed you massive amounts of chocolate and ice cream. There will also be days when you are having the greatest day because you aced a test or the project that you have been working on for months now. This will be celebrated and recognized by each girl that you live with. You will receive many hugs, smiles, and you will still be showered with massive amounts of chocolate and ice cream. Because who doesn’t love ice cream?
As winter break approaches, you question leaving this big beautiful house and all of your friends. How am I supposed to go home? I’ll be bored. Who will I hangout with? But then you realize you have already planned three weekends to spend with the amazing girls that you live with. Not much will change over this month long period of time. You will FaceTime these girls daily, text nonstop in your group chat, and Snapchat endlessly. Thank god for technology. You also won’t miss a detail of your friend’s lives because she will be updating you all day of her whereabouts trying to make you feel like you are still together. The reunion after winter break is the absolute best. It’s been a long time, but absence makes the heart grown fonder right? When you arrive back in the big white house, you will be approaching your 2nd semester. Reality will set in that you only have a short period of time left to live in the most amazing house. Within this semester, you will take advantage of every opportunity given to you. Over the course of the semester, you will definitely play in the snow with a group of friends, or go door-to-door shoveling the snow for the fraternities. You will spend nights in with your friends instead of going out in the cold. On these nights you will grab the loud speaker, turn up your favorite throwback music and throw a dance party in the living room. As it warms up again, you will begin to encounter a lot more people traffic on Fredonia Ave. The best encounter will be having a water balloon fight with the boys next door. You will also spend majority of the spring semester porch sitting. You’ll sit on the porch to people watch, to do homework, to call your parents, or even to nap. The days spent on the big front porch will be many of your favorite memories. Nothing is better than being surrounded by the greatest friends and the best house on campus.
As the semester comes to an end, you question how you can go back home without these girls by your side yet again. If you doubted that living with 30 girls would be the most exciting and eventful year of your life, you have by now realized that you were completely wrong. Within this year, you have learned more about yourself than you ever thought possible. You have learned what makes you tick, you have learned how to be a good friend and an even better person all because of the girls you have been living with for the past year. As finals come to an end, the goodbyes become more and more difficult. The house will become empty, and if you are lucky enough to get the very last final on the very last day you will be the only one left besides your house mom and housedog of course. On this day, you will truly appreciate the beauty and memories of this old and elegant home.
As you pack up your car on your very last morning in the house, you wont be able to help but smile as you think about all of the memories you have made in 1414 W Fredonia. You will say your final goodbye to the house that has made you, you. You will say goodbye to endless dance parties in the bathroom, you will say goodbye to the endless tricks played on you, and you will say goodbye to the most magical place you’ve had the opportunity to live. As you pull away from the house for the very last time, it is in this moment that Gamma Phi Beta becomes your home away from home.