My sisters and I had the most epic slumber party in the Phi “Mu mansion”. We were all so excited to finally have this bonding experience as hurricane Joaquin came through the same weekend as our planned retreat. It was finally our big chance to sit down with another outside of our daily routine of chapter, lunch and dinner, and committee meetings.
The night began by everyone sporting comfy leggings and extra large t-shirts while toting blankets and overnight bags. After the initial excitement and chatter died down, we began to dip into ice cream before beginning a series of icebreakers. Girls ran across the dining room playing ships and sailors and competed for giftcards to Starbucks playing “headsup”. Later we giggled as we watched Jimmy Fallon’s lip sync battles to gain inspiration for our own lip sync contest. Teams practiced eagerly and some even created costumes and found props. Although all participants showed great effort and enthusiasm, many straining muscles, dropping “it like its hot” to the floor, and earning bruises in the process, in the end, only won team could win, and the famous Hillary Duff’s “Hey now, this is what dreams are made of” took home the big prize. What seemed to be one of the most memorable moments of the night occurred shortly after, when Taylor Morrow and Kylie Smith attempted what looked like interpretive bird expressions to, “the Bird Cage”.
As funny as it was to see Taylor and Kylie dance like chickens, the best part of the night had yet to come. We all formed a circle and tossed a ball of yarn, complimenting our sisters in the process. Next we began to write notecards with hilarious and interesting facts about our lives on them, guessing each other’s in the end. (Best fact of the night: Katie Lynch was on ER as an infant and was held by George Clooney!) My favorite moment came when we replayed the card game, but this time wrote sentimental anonymous notes. Many of the girls choose to write about how special our sisterhood is and the joy and laughter Phi Mu has brought into their lives. This activity touched all of our hearts, and by the end of the night I felt much closer to these girls than ever before.
Finally, we pigged out to pizza and insomnia and settled down to watch Train Wreck. As I laid on the chapter room floor, surrounded by my sisters, I realized I had never felt more at “home” being away from home. The truth is I had never had many girl friends that stuck by my side through thick and thin during middle and high school, but this sorority has blessed me with sisters that I know will be there for life. Thank you Dixie Chastain and Laura Brazell, and all of the sisters who helped make the lock in special!
-Marissa Sewell, Freshman