The other day…I moved out of Alpha Phi for the final time. It was bittersweet, because I made so many memories there, but I know that it is time for me to move on now. As I packed up, I kept thinking about how much I have loved my college experience, and how fortunate I have been to have an outrageously positive college experience. Since I am all about Instagram these days (stephmflint if you would like to follow me), I just kept taking pictures of everything around me…all day long. They’re things I’m going to miss about Alpha Phi and my college life….or things that I have loved during my time here.
My collection of Starbucks cups. I am a Starbucks queen, basically. I hung out there almost every day during my final semester here, and I became a pro at getting great beverages at low prices. One of my tricks – save your plastic cups. They give refills on tea and coffee for 55 cents, which really comes in handy during weeks when you need Starbucks basically every day. I had an impressive collection of cups this semester – every variation of tea that I love…so my options were endless! (Just don’t forget to wash the cups out – ants seem to love to feast on leftover tea. Gross, I know.)
My view. Each year during room picks, everyone cares about every aspect of each room. The side of the house that it’s on, what the bathroom looks like, if it is a hot or cold room, the list goes on and on. The one thing that isn’t mentioned, however, is the view that comes with the room. When I lived on the 3rd floor, I couldn’t see out my windows. Last year, I lived on the back side of the house all year, so I saw our backyard. This year, I hit the jackpot as far as views from a room go. I saw the street, the gorgeous tree in front of our house, and our front yard. Not only did it come in handy on rainy days to see if I needed rainboots or an umbrella, but it was also just hands down beautiful.
My room. So much happened here. So many late nights just hanging out, so much messiness, so much Nickleback and Prince, and just so much fun. I took this picture as we were moving out and taking down everything…and it just felt wrong. It felt like we had never been there at all. But while I was being all nostalgic and sad, I realized….what filth we had been living in. The general consensus is that if we had been raising children in that room, social services would have taken them away from us. But, somehow we lived there for 10 months, and survived. After this experience, I really think that my body can handle anything at all. So bring it on, world, I survived Room 11.
Being a Phi. I’ve talked a lot about Alpha Phi this semester, and how much I’ve loved it. But really. It’s been unreal…and amazing. I’m so glad that I will still live in Indy post-grad, and that I will be able to run into my girls at Target, or that I can have them over to my new place for dinner. I love my pledge class, but I’ve spent four years with them, and we’re all kind of ready to move on to our next stage in life. But for the younger girls, I am going to miss them just as much…and I’m going to be kind of jealous that they get to keep experiencing Butler. I took this photo right before I left….because it was one of my favorite things at Alpha Phi. During Polish Week before Recruitment, we all got together and made a ton of crafts to dress up the stairwells at Phi. It was great sisterhood event, and I just love how it let us leave our mark on this house that we made our home.