So what’s it like living in an Alpha Chi house?
Short answer: That depends.
Because we don’t do cookie-cutter houses any more than we do cookie-cutter women. But while our houses vary in size, décor, configuration and personality from campus to campus, there are some common elements. For example:
You get to have fun.
This is, after all, a group of interesting, engaging young women all living together in the same space. Example: imagine a few dozen women, flat irons, makeup, blow dryers, brushes, eyeliner, shoes, dresses, laughs, hollers, giggles, gossip—all in the same bathroom at the same time getting ready for a big party.
You get to learn.
The classroom stuff, to be sure. Our quiet time, study space and academic standards all help you in that department. But you also learn from one another. When you live with women from different backgrounds, with varied skills, pursuing multiple interests and wide-ranging careers, you’re bound to be exposed each and every day to new ideas and amazing possibilities.
You get freedom … and responsibility.
Sorry ladies. No more parental units planning things out, picking up after you or covering for you. You’re on your own. (Woohoo!) But you’re also on your own for running a house, helping to plan meals, working out conflicts, supporting one another, organizing activities, getting involved in your campus and community, and more. (Woohoo to that too!)
You get company.
While some houses have a few single rooms, you’re far more likely to have roommates. Hey, this is a social sorority, not solitary confinement. And besides, college is a big enough adjustment; you don’t want to deal with it all alone, do you?
Your meals are prepared for you, and you have the opportunity to give input on the menu.
Our women help their chefs and cooks plan their menus. They also sign up for meal plans with 17 to 21 meals a week. Whenever possible, they take into consideration the meat eaters, the vegans, the vegetarians, the wheat allergy-sufferers, the lactose intolerant, etc. There are salad bars, buffets, sit downs, stand ups and other options. It’s kind of like the old Burger King slogan: Have it your way. There’s also usually a 24/7 kitchenette for leftovers and personal favorites not on the menu. (And from all we hear, our food rocks compared to most dorms!)
You get to be safe.
From sprinkler systems to fingerprint-based locks, outdoor security lighting to smoke-free environments, mechanical reviews to health inspections, you get a safe environment. Work is continuously being done to ensure that and enhance it.
You get to be wired.
We know you’re addicted to your electronic gadgets. So are we. And we’re working hard to make sure all our women are as connected as possible.