Why You Should Live in Your Sorority House

When I went through recruitment, I didn't know much about being a member of a sorority. One thing I was sure about, however, was that I wanted to live in my chapter's house. After thriving for a year in the dorms, I was ready to move into a house I already called my home. My first semester in this house is rounding out, and talk is already arising of who will be filling these rooms next year. 

First things first, let's talk about food. If you thought a meal plan only existed for freshman that live in the dorms, you thought wrong. The food in my sorority house is so much better than that of the dining hall. While, there may not be as much variety, the quality is so much better. I live for Waffle Wednesdays. How many other times in your life are you going to have your meals prepared by your own chef?

Everything happens in your home. During Recruitment, Homecoming, and Greek Week, when other girls have to drive home at 2am, all you have to do is make your way upstairs to your bed. On the days when you have to be ready and at the house, you won't have to wake up quite as early because you live there. Also, when fraternities or other organizations bring food or other treats to the house, you are one of the first ones to find out and enjoy it. You never know who will knock on the door. We've also had alumnae and women from other chapters stop by, so you never know who you'll meet.

You have 50+ closets now. There has only been one tailgate this semester when my entire outfit came from my own wardrobe. My roommate and I browse both sides when we are getting ready for an event. We wore each other's dresses to semi-formal. The week of Halloween was essentially one big clothing-swap.

There is always someone. If you need to pull an all-nighter before an exam, someone else has to study as well. When you need to have a late night cry, (for whatever reason) there is another girl awake to listen or cry with you. You'll find spaces in the house that grow to have a deeper meaning. Our basement is unfinished, but there is some furniture down there and I love going down there with a sister for life chats.

You'll get close to women that you didn't know previously. Older members always told me that they made some of their best friends while living in the house. You get to eat meals and study and watch TV with different girls all the time. At the same time, I've grown so much closer to the women I became friends with last year. I've learned to pick up on their moods and know what they need and when.

College is only four years, and it is my firm belief that you should make the most of every opportunity that presents itself. There are only so many years when it is acceptable to live in a mansion with all your best friends. Living in the chapter house is an incredible experience and one that I would recommend to all sorority women for at least one year.

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