I decided my freshman year that I wanted to join a sorority.
It never really occurred to me how much I would miss my family moving only a few hours away, but I really did miss that family bond.
Joining a sorority helped me find that bond again, and I met so many great people along the way. I stayed at our sorority house with my friends, and it definitely came with its ups and downs. For starters, the air conditioning in the house was awful. It was a three story house, so you can imagine how powerful we needed the air conditioning to be to hit all corners of it. Our house mother had to call the university maintenance team almost every week to fix something with the air conditioning. We needed more funds to install a brand new HVAC, but we were having trouble recruiting new members that year. When our house mom called outside a/c contractors for quotes and prices, they increased the quote the moment they heard it was for a sorority. I believe the cooling industry is sexist and takes advantage of customers who are women. It’s not fair that the fraternities get better HVAC prices than we do, as we deserve the same level of comfort. Our chapter advisor finally had a board meeting with the university president to discuss the health and safety concerns that may rise with improper air conditioning in the sorority house. I guess that was all he needed to hear because the following semester we had a brand new air conditioner installed!