Since I just started my last semester of college it has made me look back at all the memories I have made over the past four years. I have so many wonderful memories of the past 4 years but it’s bittersweet to think of them. I wish that I could remember every little detail but unfortunately I can’t. I have lots of memories some small and some big, but I am going to share the big ones that stick out that have given me that “college experience.” So here is my trip down memory lane…
1) Camp Crimson- This is where it alllllll began. Camp Crimson is a camp for incoming freshman that are attending OU the summer before their freshman year. You learn lots of interesting things about OU and meet a lot of cool people. I had probably been to ever camp under the sun in OK when I was in high school so I was hoping that it wasn’t like all the other ones. But this camp was so much better than those! It was fun and I met one of my best friends there. If it wasn’t for CC then I would have never met Laken and therefore never would of been introduced to my best friends that I have today :)
2) Bid Day- This day was filled with so many emotions- nervous, excited, scared, and happy. Finally rush week was over and I got to meet all my sorority sisters! It was crazy; everyone was running around finding out what house they got. I got my bid card and ran downstairs to find my family waiting for me. I went and told them what house I got and then I ran over to Gamma Phi Beta to meet everyone. I just remember running over to the house and saw a huge crowd of girls with matching shirts and daisy headbands with signs. I saw a girl that I met a couple days before and she had a sign that said “Welcome home Whitney.” It really was amazing to experience this. This was definitely one of those moments I won’t forget.
3) Snowpocalypse 2011- Freshman year was like the year for snow days. I don’t know how we managed to get out of school that many times but PTL we did. There was one time that a whole week got cancelled, literally best week of my life. It was like spring break but winter edition. It was just one week of frat row having fun. I remember one night in particular my friends and I were walking home from Delt and it felt like -40 degrees and snow was pounding our faces. We were freezing and covering our faces with any clothing we had, all while walking on a road covered in ice. Needless to say the trip from Delt to the dorms took 15 min longer than normal and every foot we walked one of us would bust it. Even at the time of us almost freezing to death it was still so funny.
4) Big/Little 2012- It was my sophomore year and I was finally getting my own little! This is something that every sophomore looks forward to because we finally get to reveal that we are our little’s big! A lot of things lead up to that one exciting moment. So much crafting and sneaking around to try and make it an exciting surprise for our new little. It was so much fun surprising Kendall and also seeing everyone running around excited that they were officially big/little.
5) Moonstruck 2012- This was probably my favorite gphi date party that I had been to. Honestly, I didn’t have the best luck when it came to girl date parties so I guess I can’t really compare, but I still had a lot of fun at this one. It’s probably my favorite one because of how many funny memories I have from this date party. The next day I was crying laughing from everything that happened the night before. This was also my favorite venue we went to. (Good job Laila ;)) It was at the Remington Park and it was just so pretty and perfect, I loved it. This one was special because all of my roommates were able to go so we got to spend the night together dancing and acting like we were DJs. Pretty sure we weren’t aloud to use the mic or “scratch” but somehow we managed to sneak up there and do it.
6) Sophomore spring break- This was my first spring break trip that I had been to and it was everything I thought it would be. I had never been to Florida so I was super excited to visit and spend a week with an amazing group of girls. It was all my roommates and like 12 of our other sorority sisters. We went to Destin and stayed at the cutest beach house that looked like a pink Barbie house, so that is what we officially named it for that week. It was like a little community of houses with a lot of different schools staying there. It was pretty close to the beach but also had a community pool that everyone went to. We went to the beach a couple of days, stayed at the pool one day, and went looking around one day. The pool day is my favorite day of this trip. I know it’s weird we were hanging at a regular pool when there was a beach less than a mile away, but everyone was hanging out there that day so that’s where we ended up. It was so much fun and we ended up having a cookout and inviting the whole pool to come to our house. So there we were that night at our beach house with a bunch of random people eating half cooked hamburgers hahaha. (I’m still not sure how none of us got sick from that). One day it was supposed to rain so a group of us decided to go to seaside and the mall. Everything around the beach is so cute but seaside was the most adorable town I’ve seen. It looked like a town you would see on a movie or something. Anyways it was nice just to walk and look around. On our last day it was raining again and it also was the day that the Hunger Games movie came out. I don’t know why I love that we did this so much? I guess because it was so unexpected for a SB trip to go see a movie but it was a really fun day. This trip was SO much fun and I also got closer to some of my sorority sisters so it is definitely one of my favorite memories of college.
7) Living in the sorority house- I have many little memories of living in the house but I am just going to compile them into one big category. Most would think that living in a house with 80 other girls would be awful. While there were times I couldn’t wait to get out, overall it is something that I am so happy I got to experience and I find myself missing it sometimes. I know it sounds so cheesy to say it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity but it honestly was. Where else can you go and find a place to live with 80 other girls? Living in really helped me branch out and meet girls that I maybe would have never been friends with before. We all came from different places and backgrounds and we all had something unique to give. It was nice to come home and always have someone to talk to or eat with. Plus you could almost guarantee that there was another girl that shared your same obsession with your favorite TV show. That year I got to know a lot of amazing women and I got a lot closer to some of them. It was like one big support system. I experienced a lot of acts of kindness. Everything from someone asking if I was ok, to giving me a ride to class while it was raining, or letting me borrow something that I needed. One of the best things about living in was cookie Thursday, snack kitchen, and the intercom system. Every Thursday our sweet house mom would make us chocolate chip cookies, I don’t know what it was but they were the best cookies I’ve ever had. Literally they were so amazing. The snack kitchen was my downfall while living in. Everyone says watch out for freshmen 15 but I swear its sophomore 20 that will sneak up on you! Between having someone cook all your meals for you, cookie thursday, and a kitchen of snacks available 24/7 you are destined to gain weight. If you didn’t then you have great willpower or a killer metabolism, either way we all envy you. The intercom system=golden. It was probably gphi’s biggest mistake putting my roommates and me right by an intercom because we used that thing like it was our cell phones. I cannot tell you how many late night “messages” we made on that thing. And by messages I mean a dumb quote from bridesmaids or the hangover. So if anyone from PC 10 is wondering who would get on the intercom and laugh for 5 min before they said anything, 80% of the time it was room 4. (sorry :/)
8) OU/TX Junior year- OU/TX is fun no matter what; it’s one of my favorite traditions at OU. Every year whenever OU plays Texas a lot of the students go to Dallas for the weekend to watch the game at the cotton-bowl stadium. Since Texas is our biggest rival everyone is really hyped for the game and it’s just a really fun environment. My junior year I went with Madison, Laken, Brooke, Noel and Rachel. When we first got there we stumbled upon a random authentic Mexican restaurant and it was amazing. They had the best tamales I had ever had. Even if you don’t go to the game a lot of people will go to the fair and walk around. With that also comes checking out all the crazy fair food, like fried bubble gum (I didn’t even know that was possible). It was a fun weekend with my favorite people. Oh and we won so it made it even that much better.
9) Vegas- Of course this is one of my favorite moments because c’mon it’s Vegas, I feel like I shouldn’t even have to explain this one. The summer between my junior and senior year of college a group of my friends and I went to Vegas for my friends 21st birthday. On our way out there we had one of the worst flights I’ve ever been on and didn’t end up getting into Vegas until midnight. Luckily for us, that’s early for that place. We were staying at the MGM grand and ended up going to their nightclub the first night. We didn’t know this at the time but apparently it was new and a really popular place to go but since we didn’t get out until later that night, we didn’t get to see everything about it. The place was actually really cool, it had three wrap around stories with a stage for the DJ. If there is anything you should know about Vegas it is get a promoter. This was the best thing we could have had. Pretty much it’s a list that these people put you on so that you can go to a certain club, usually without paying. It probably helped that there were eight girls though. The next day we went to a day pool. I don’t really know how to explain this other than there were more people than the pool could hold, cabanas, and a stage with a good DJ. That night we went to a hole in the wall Italian restaurant that everyone kept talking about. The food was amazing and there was an adorable little man walking around playing on the accordion the whole time. After that we went to the Wynn hotel and went to XS. Coming from Oklahoma we don’t have any clubs like theirs in the least. So it was definitely a new thing for us but it was awesome. The place, environment, music and everyone are just 20 times cooler. XS was probably my favorite place we had gone. I just really liked how it was set up and it was a really fun night. The next day we went gambling and I learned how to play roulette. Of course I never won anything but it was a lot of fun. For our last night we went to Lavo. This place was a lot more intimate than the other places we had gone the nights before. This night was also really fun, I know I keep saying “fun” but everything was fun and awesome. That night we (my friends) met Pauly D and Josh Abbot band so I guess you could say this place was pretty cool. The next day we were leaving at night so we spent the day walking around checking out the strip and the rest of the hotels. Overall it was one of the most fun trips I’ve gone on. I’m glad we all had a good time and we were all able to go to celebrate Madi’s birthday with her!
10) Texas Tech game- I’ve been to almost every home game at OU since I’ve been in college but this one was one of those games that I’m so glad I didn’t miss. Before the game, it started raining and since you aren’t allowed umbrellas in the stadium we had to go look for a poncho. You do not want to wait the day of a game to look for a poncho when it is raining. My family and I went everywhere looking for ponchos but everyone was sold out. Finally my dad found the last of some cheap plastic ones from a grocery store. Luckily we had found some, but they weren’t the best at keeping the rain away. By the end of the game my poncho had ripped in 10 different pieces and I was completely soaked, looking like a drowned rat. Once I got to the game I went and stood with Brooke in the student section. The whole first half sucked. We could not play to save our lives. After the half we came back and the last quarter of the game we would score and they would score. It was a really close intense game. I just remember the crowd was insane and everyone was hyped up. The whole game it drizzled on Brooke and I but we didn’t even care. We ended up winning in like the last 10 seconds of the game 38-30. All of the players and stadium was going insane.
11) Sledding- This past winter we had a snow that actually stuck. I feel like this rarely happens. Yes we usually get some snow but not where it sticks where you can do stuff with it. So since it had, Laken, Brooke, and I decided we wanted to go sledding. At our apartments there was a big hill so we put on 10 layers of clothing and grabbed a laundry basket (ghetto) and went sledding. At first when we tried we just ended up falling all the way down the hill. Like literally fell out of the basket…We finally figured it out and got a good system going. We had a lot of fun and eventually had to stop because our “sled” had broke. We then went and enjoyed hot chocolate in front of our pretend fire. Our fire consisted of a fake flame that we had found on the Roku. This moment sticks out for me because that is something that we do not get to do often. It only snows in the winter and rarely enough to do things like this. So it was really neat to be able to get to do this with my best friends.
12) Luke Bryan concert- Before I even start to talk about this I am just giving everyone a little warning. I sound like a psycho fan girl and well…it’s because I kind of am. So anyone who knows anything about me knows I am 100% obsessed with Luke Bryan. He’s just perfect. Luckily one of my best friends shares the exact same obsession as me so when we found out that he was coming to OKC we knew we had to go and we also had to get VIP tickets. We joined his fan club just so we could get early access to buy tickets. That probably should embarrass me but whatever, no shame. Both Brooke and I, and her mom were all waiting for the tickets to go on sale. After it was done, between the 3 of us we ended up with 10 Luke Bryan tickets. While we weren’t able to get the pit tickets we still got the VIP tickets which we were freaking out over. This allowed us to go before he performed to this room with about 50 other people and watch him perform 2 acoustic songs. We wanted to make sure we got on the front row so we could see his beautiful face as close as we could. Luckily we got in a really good place because after his songs he walked down the line and we got to touch him. I feel like a freak saying that but it was hands down best moment of my life. Anyways it was the best concert I’ve ever been to. His opening performance was amazing and then the whole night he was dancing and just being awesome. Finally he ended the night with our favorite song “Country Girl.” People can say whatever they want about him but he really is a great performer. We left the concert that night on cloud 9 and sore throats, jamming all the way back to Norman to Luke Bryan.
13) Cabo- For this past spring break Brooke and I decided to go to Cabo San Lucas. We stayed at Pueblo Bonito sunset beach. The resort was nice and absolutely beautiful. It was just she and I staying in a room but there were a bunch of other OU students going down there. Some stayed at the same resort we did and others stayed at 2 sister resorts. All I have to say is if you are going to a resort then all inclusive is totally the way to go. If you want 87 pizzas delivered to you then you can. It was amazing. We felt like princesses because a golf cart took us everywhere all throughout the resort and had room service on the reg. So if that wasn’t worth it then I don’t know what is. Within our resort had three different pools. There was the lower pool, the middle pool, which was the children’s pool, and the sky pool, which was the pool at the top of the resort that overlooked everything. Most of the days we just went to the sky pool. It was the most relaxing thing ever. One day we woke up and went to the pool and ordered lunch poolside, so while we were getting our tan on we were also having food delivered to us, all while looking out over the ocean. Then one day we went to the sister resorts and that beach. That is where all the OU students were hanging out so we went there and hung out. We saw a deal for parasailing and decided to do that. We were really excited because neither of us had done it before but always wanted to. So we got on the boat that took us out to the main boat and then the freak out began. Once we saw how high we got we started to loose our cool and wondering if we could really go through with it. After seeing a 10-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy do it we figured out that we needed to get it together and just do it. So we did and I’m so happy we did. Initially it was a little scary looking down and seeing this dark pit of water but the view was SO amazing. While we were up there we saw a stingray and a turtle so that was pretty cool. Since it was only Brooke and I on the trip we never really left our resort and it’s something I don’t recommend, unless you are familiar with the area or with a group or guys. But overall it was an amazing experience and I’m so happy I was able to go and experience it with my best friend.
14) SUGAR BOWL- So every other event has been in order except this event because I wanted to save this for last. So obviously everyone knows what happened at the sugar bowl this year, and if you don’t then I assume you just now crawled out beneath your rock. Once my friends and I found out that the Sooners were going to the sugar bowl we knew we were going. First it was my first time in Nola and second it was my first time to see a bcs bowl. We pretty much thought that we were going to lose but we wanted to go anyway for the experience of it all, either way it would be fun. Everyone had warned us about Bourbon Street and the crazy things and people that were there. Not going to lie we were sketched out going the first night but it was not how everyone described it. Everyone there was either from Alabama or Oklahoma so it was pretty normal and the safest BS to see. The day before the game we spent the day looking around the French quarter and getting a taste of beignets (delicious). Somehow we stumbled upon a pep rally for OU and it was really cool, they were playing the fight song and giving little pep talks so that was fun to see. But anyways the next day was game day and we were pumped. So we get our tickets and walk in to the stadium. It turns out we were in the end zone, second row with most of the OU students. The game starts off and Alabama gets a touch down too quickly so we start thinking that this could be really bad. Anyways we make incredible plays and touchdowns and end up winning. When I say it was the best moment I am not being dramatic, it really was the best. I cannot describe how amazing it was but it really was. Everyone was going insane; there was confetti and people jumping around. This is one moment that I am so thankful I was there to witness and experience. Anyway obviously this was my ALL time favorite memory of college, why would it not be? P.S. we ended up getting on the jumbatron a couple of times, including tv so that is pretty cool.
There were some trips I didn’t list like some spring breaks and OU/TX since they are pretty much the same as others listed but they were still memorable and just as much fun. I feel so incredibly lucky to experience even just one of the things but much less all of them. These moments aren’t my only favorite memories I have from college. I have a lot. Things like going to church with my roommates, game days, date parties, going to second chance, dorm life, late night talks, the list could go on and on. It’s not just the big memories that have made college unforgettable but everything combined. Of course I will miss going on spring breaks but I think I will miss the little things the most. I will miss not being right down the hall from my best friend, lounging on the couch with my roommates, or just randomly go to the mall or to eat with your friends whenever you want. Everyone always asks me if I’m happy that I’m almost done and I never know how to respond. Of course I cannot wait for the day I don’t have to worry about tests and papers. But I am also incredibly sad that it’s over. I feel unbelievably grateful for the people I’ve met and the experiences I’ve had. I’ve enjoyed every single moment and am sad it’s almost over but I am happy that I have made these memories that I won’t forget.
p.s. I know I say “amazing, fun awesome, excited, crazy, and insane” way too many times but I didn’t know how to describe them. After all they were all amazing, fun, awesome, exciting, crazy, and insane memories.