Sophomore year in college is unlike any other for members of Greek Life: it’s the year you get to live in your chapter house. I can say with confidence that this past year living in-house has been the best year of my life. The idea of being forced to move out is not only unfathomable but is just more confirmation that I will soon be an old upperclassman. For this reason, my pledge class (Fall ’13, woo!) and I have dedicated the remainder of the year to making this final stretch as in-house girls as memorable as possible. The following is an impromptu bucket list of things all in-house girls should to before they move out.
I know this sounds juvenile but there is nothing like a masterfully constructed prank. At Mizzou Tri Delta, we have done everything from stealing our own composite to flipping over all the furniture. There is nothing like being up at 3 a.m. to flip over the single piece of furniture in the living room only to wake up and pretend like you had nothing to do with it while your house mom freaks out (we’ve done this more than once).
Although she may yell at you for bringing silverware upstairs, and nag you to not use your phone during formal dinner - your house mom puts up with more than anyone should ever to. Make sure you thank her before the year ends, because it’s very possible the house would burn to the ground without her there. And because no one should have to wake up to a living room with tipped over furniture.
Next year when I have to shop for all my own groceries and have to learn how to make food that is edible I’m going to look back and miss the days when my meals were prepared for me every day and the fully-stocked kitchen was only a 30 second walk from my room.
Put your twin beds to good use and push them together to make mega-bed. Use opportunities like this to get to know girls that you may not be that close with, because it’s easy for friendships to fizzle out when you don’t all live under the same room.
A night out as in-house girl is unlike anything else. Getting ready in a mansion and hitting Greek Town with 80 of your best friends is not an experience you will ever be able to replicate.