Living in my sorority house has been a lot more of a pleasant experience than I thought it was going to be. I imagined there being tons of drama and attitude overloads. However, all 31 girls in the house get along shockingly well. There were, however, a few things I noticed within my first week of living at Zeta.
1. Your closet becomes everyone’s closet. I’ve only been living in the house for three weeks, but at least six articles of clothing have been taken out of my closet, worn and returned in sub-par condition. Even though my friends and I constantly send out messages in the house group text about asking people to get permission, the secret borrowing continues. I’m considering a lock for the door, but I would probably lose the key.
2. Your clean laundry will be thrown, in a pile, onto the floor if you leave it in the dryer any longer than 10 minutes after the cycle is over. Just last week, I had to turn on the dryer before heading off to class. I left my phone number on the dryer just in case the next girl needed to text me to see when I would be back to get my clothes out of the dryer. When I returned, my clothes were in a damp pile on the ground of the laundry room. I still haven’t figured out who the culprit is.
3. You will try to do your homework in a group setting, aka the TV lounge, but you will actually end up wasting five hours listening to your sisters’ stories you don’t care about. At all. I just learned last week that no matter how hard I try, I will never be able to successfully study in the TV lounge at Zeta. I’m not sure how anyone does it, but I guess I’m cursed with the desire to constantly socialize with literally anyone. I have to get as far from the house as possible if I want to study- unfortunately, this means the library.
4. You realize that your house somehow belongs to 130 girls, even if they don’t live there. There are always guests in the sorority house who don’t live in the sorority house. Unfortunately, these guests are normally members of the sorority, and therefore it’s not possible to kick them out. This means if it’s 1 a.m. on a Monday night and you have a test in your 8 a.m. chemistry class, and you hear five girls getting ready to go out across the hall, you have no option but to put in ear plugs or sleep through the noise. They aren’t going anywhere.
5. You stay up too late. I’m an early bird. This does not combine well with my new habit of being a night owl. When I lived in an apartment last year, I was in bed by 10 p.m. at the latest- even on the weekends. Now, I somehow justify staying up past midnight because everyone around me is staying up even later. It’s like I said with the studying- if there are people around me talking, I HAVE to join in. Especially if it’s my friends who happen to be in my room. Must. Socialize.