On a crisp fall morning on College Street in Iowa City, Iowa, 48 Alpha Phi women are woken up by hair dryers and cell phone alarms. Throughout the “dollhouse,” as our chapter calls it, a typical day for a Delta Epsilon chapter member begins.
8:00am: Our house mom, Linda, welcomes the day with coffee in our kitchen and the Daily Iowan, the local newspaper. After about 8:30, the rest of the day is full of craziness.
9:00am: Every woman is awake and ready for the day. There is never a time when our dining room is empty. Books, laptops and papers are sprawled across tables. The antique front door is always open and Linda dedicates her days to our front yard.
11:30am: Not a minute late, Regina, our cook, serves lunch.
Afternoon: At mid-day you’ll find members milling in and out at various times, while chatting about school or their excitement for the weekends. Lately our schedules seem to be more chaotic than usual, and none have us have stopped for a break since we moved in! We started with recruitment immediately after returning to school, and following an exciting bid day we welcomed in 52 amazing new members. Homecoming has come and gone, October 5, and on October 6, we celebrated our philanthropy with the annual Pancake Breakfast. You could say our schedules are a little busy this time of year.
5:30pm: On the dot Linda walks through the group of women gathering for dinner. A hot cooked meal is on everyone’s minds after a long day of Iowa City weather. It has a tendency to be somewhat bipolar.
6:30pm: After a quick formal dinner with Linda, it’s off to the library or Iowa Memorial Union to study.
Evening: At the end of a long night, it’s back to the chapter house to hang out with sisters, laugh and make memories!
Anna Kozak is a collegiate member at the Delta Epsilon (Iowa) chapter. Read her bio by clicking here.