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About grantme5

I am a 20 year old girl attending MSU. I'm earning a degree in Communications and will graduate May 2016. I'm currently living in a sorority house with 40 of my closest friends. I have one brother back home so having sisters is a crazy fun thing for me.

The Day After

Everyone knows that day after drinking feeling, the hang over. Some hang overs make people completely want to stop drinking. They can make you feel so sick that you want to sleep all day. But the day after in a sorority house is the most interesting thing you could ever witness. All the girls sit around and talking about their nights, it’s almost as fun of the night before filled with parties and drinking.
Last night was our formal dance, so this morning has been full of fun conversations and activities. I started my day today with a nice nutritious meal at Leo’s Coney Island. Then at home since it’s a nice day out we all piled out onto our deck in the back yard to sun bath and take wonderful hang over naps. My good friend decided it was too hot to wear pants but was too uncomfortable to sit outside in just her underwear so she decided to make a skirt out of her jacket. Our house is three floors and climbing to the top floor to get shorts seemed like too much effort. My other friend rocked the tank top and undies look, while I chilled in my sports bra and leggings.
Within an hour of being out on the deck a ton of boys from a fraternity down the road came over to have a sober event with us. You could imagine our surprise when we’re all sitting in almost no clothing and boys show up. Thank goodness I had a blanket to cover up and sneak inside to change my outfit.
Day after stories are the best to tell, and even more fun to live out.

Scholarship Programs

When you think of the word scholarship you normally think of an organization or person giving you a particular amount of money for education. In most cases this is true. My house has scholarship grants girls can win or apply for to help them pay for school. But in this instance that’s not what I am talking about. In this case I’m talking more based off the actual definition of the word scholarship. Scholarship is defined as an academic study or achievement. This having nothing to do with earning money for school, simply making an educational achievement of some kind or spending time on studies.

My house has a scholarship program that is required of our girls every year. This is a plan to make sure each girl in the house is on top of their studies. Tonight at chapter one of our members of the Chapter Management Team explained our new plan for the scholarship program. I think it’s brilliant and simple. What each girl has to do is for the rest of the semester they need to make sure they have three scholarship achievements that they can log into a binder. Each log can be anything from doing well on a test to studying for multiple hours at the library. There is a binder for each grade level where the girls can individually log their own achievements. This allows of Chapter Management Team to be aware of how amazing our girls are, as well as make sure we are all being scholarly. It’s really cool that we do this because it contributes to this fact…“At MSU, the sorority average GPA is higher than the all women’s average GPA and the all student average GPA.”

Do sorority women play video games!?

There is a huge stereotype on what a sorority girl looks like, acts like, and does in their free time. There is also a huge stereotype for fraternity men as well. But think for a second, if you had to picture what the “ideal” sorority girl looks like, acts like, and does in their free time what would that be?

I think most people would be able to paint a pretty good picture in their head of what their “ideal” sorority girl is. Stereotypes on greek life are huge! But if I were to tell you some statistics and facts about the success of people in greek life I think you might be shocked. Not only are sorority women extremely successful but they aren’t always the stereotype image you paint in your mind. I think my house is a great example of that.

Yesterday my dear friend brought an Xbox back to the house from home. She was lucky enough to have her younger brother be willing to loan it to her. Now, the majority of people who sat back and thought about that image of a sorority girl would not have put “avid video game player” in their picture. I can even assume that when I said Xbox most readers were shocked or thought the games that were being played were even girly. Does Xbox even have “girly” games!? A couple of the girls and I stayed up for hours last night playing Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, and Zombies (the zombie version of COD). It was fantastic! Were we amazingly good at these games? No. But I’m glad my house is full of girls who have depth, and aren’t the stereotype. I love that there’s a wide variety of different women in my house that can break the stereotype barriers every day.

Spring Break

I think this is a good subject since we are all coming back from spring break this week. I went to Panama City Beach for this spring break. I was in search of one giant, typical college spring break that every student wants to have at least once. Luckily, I finally found that on this trip! I had the time of my life and was fortunate enough to see three concerts while I was down there. Diplo, T-Pain and Luke Bryan were the concerts I attended but there were so many more artists down there that I was unaware of.

Great music was only the start of what made this trip so fun. I went with the best group of people I could have asked for. When planning the trip we barely knew each other but after the trip we have all become such great friends. To tie it all into Greek life, and sororities, my group was all from Greek life. But the cool thing was that we were all from different sororities and fraternities. It’s amazing that Greek life can come together as a whole to have such an amazing time together. People may think that we are divided and all do our own separate things but when we come together we make great friends, have amazing times, and can even do so much for the community.

Bar Food Thursdays

Disclaimer: Each house is different so my explanation for how my house does meal times does not apply to all houses.

One of the best parts about living in a sorority house is that we have a chef! As much as I love to cook and I do totally miss the opportunity to be able to cook what I want, when I want, I do love having a professional chef cook me meals every day. Here’s how it works. We have a chef that works for us full time five days a week. We’re pretty lucky because we actually have breakfast food set up for us, I know a lot of houses that don’t. But he cooks two full meals each day, lunch and dinner. The menu is posted for the week early every Monday morning, that way we know what to look forward to eating.

Our chef is pretty phenomenal, if I do say so myself, he cooks for 40-50 girls almost every day. But he’s more than just our chef, each girl has a decent relationship with him as well. He knows every girl that lives in the house by name and even knows their dietary restrictions. We have three vegetarians that live in our house and he’s very accommodating for them. To top off his awesomeness he also isn’t naive about what we like to eat on what days. What I mean by that is that every Thursday we have something our chef likes to call “bar night.” Bar night is basically when Chef Eric, DGs chef, cooks food that you could find on any bar menu. He makes things like wings, burgers, sliders, etc. He knows many of us like to go out and party Thursday nights so he fills us up that way we have something in our bellies if we choose to drink (only if we’re 21 of course).

Bar night is one of my favorite nights for food because it’s always greasy, fattening and super yummy. I love looking forward to what Chef Eric is going to cook up every week.

Let’s Get This Started!

 

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Delta Gamma is my home away from home. I live with a group of fantastic women all under one roof. Trust me, it has its ups and downs and there are more crazy times than simple ones, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Joining a sorority was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, I never knew that being completely surrounded by women my age would be exactly what makes me happy.

This post is not about trying to get all the non-greek people of the world to want to join a sorority or fraternity, it’s just the story of the start of my journey in DG, an opener to the madness of all the stories that will be told on this blog about my house.

I know you’ve all probably heard this speech a million times but I was not the typical “sorority girl” when I decided to go through recruitment. All my best friends were guys, and I chose to spend most my time with my guy friends. I didn’t end up wanting to join a house until my sophomore year of college. As a freshman I had zero interest in wanting to be a sorority woman, it just wasn’t for me. But after freshman year ended I realized I didn’t want to graduate college without any life long female friends. That’s when I decided to rush. Recruitment is a story within itself, it was a very long process but ultimately it tends to put you in the house that you belong. Once bid day arrived I discovered that I was in Delta Gamma the same sorority that my great grandma, grandma, mom and three of my cousins were all members of. And that’s where the stories begin.

The Sorority Politics of it All

If I were to attempt to explain all the politics that go in to maintaining my sorority chapter, I could right a novel. So, in that case I will attempt to keep it much shorter.

The main points you need to know for this story include:
1. I’m the current house manager
2. Positions for my chapter run on annual year
3. My position is required to live in our house for their entirety of the position

As all Michigan State students know simply from reading those simply facts, this can cause a problem with who runs for the position. Since the school year runs from August to August the requirement to have the position live in for the entirety of their term as the position holder (December-December), deters people from running for the position.

This year I was selected by a nomination committee to hold the House Manager position. I accepted on the condition that I would not have to live in our house Fall 2015 due to the fact that I had already signed a lease to live else where. Now, with my sorority house we have people from our own chapter who are in charge who can make executive decisions like that. But we also have collegiate alumni who hold positions in our nationals that advise us on how to run our chapter effectively, and by the rules. Now we have one advisor from nationals that works with us quite frequently, and once she caught wind of the fact that the House Manager position was switching after the end of the semester, she was not happy.

Tonight, a group of my peers and I all get to discuss with our advisor a solution to the problem and further discuss how to solve this issue for the future. We’ll see how it turns out and I’ll update you once I know the results!