We have all heard the saying “The greater the risk, the greater the reward” Most of the time we think about this in the context of monetary decisions, but what about when it applies to human relationships?
Some might say I took a “risk” my senior year in choosing to live out of my sorority house and live with two biological sisters who weren’t members of my sorority. The first sister named Mollie is someone whom I had frequent interactions with via a common student organization and the other, Maggie, I had only heard about from Mollie.
Flashback to January 2013, where Mollie and I were chatting away in the Program Suite of the Alumni Center where we both serve office hours for our student organization, Student Alumni Board. I was sharing with Mollie about my worries finding a place to live my senior year since I would be moving out of my sorority house. I knew I preferred to live south of campus and didn’t know where to even start looking. At that time, I had reached out to a few sorority sisters only briefly to see if they had wanted to live together. Unbeknownst to me, Mollie offered, “Hey, we have a roommate who is graduating and Maggie and I are stressing out trying to fill her spot for next year. We live to the south of campus and the rent is super reasonable. Would you be interested in living with us?” After a quick viewing of their house, a discussion about the lease and which room would be mine, my mind was made up. I would live with these charming sisters for my senior year.
Flash forward to today, I can say with firm sincerity that it was one of the best decisions I have made being in college. Mollie and Maggie welcomed me in with open arms and it has provided nonstop fun ever since for all three of us. Whether we are talking about our admiration of Benedict Cumberbatch (see Sherlock), grabbing blizzards from DQ, or chatting about life into the late hours of the morning, I always look forward to coming home at the end of the day to see them. They have taught me how to recycle, dance, dress with style, cook, and see the world through a different lens. We even have the fortune of going to Europe together after graduation, due to our parents’ generous graduation present.
I admit there are times when we have to give and take. I buy WAY too many tortillas and shredded cheese that fill up the fridge, while they have inside jokes that go way over my head. We had to figure out how to sort through what was clean and not clean in the dishwasher and we all let the recycling pile up for weeks before any of us take it out. But these things don’t stand a chance against ruining a great friendship that has been formed already.
For future freshman out there who are fearful about the idea of going “pot luck” or rooming with someone you don’t know or don’t know well, I am speaking from experience that it could turn out to provide you with some of the greatest friends you will ever meet. Although I can’t promise everything will turn out peachy for each and every person who decides to go pot luck, living with someone you don’t know as well will teach you compromise, respect, understanding, and general care for your neighbor that will benefit you the rest of your life. Plus, they already chose K-State, so that already entails them to be a great person
This post is dedicated to two very special sisters in my life. Here’s to you Mollie and Maggie! May the rest of the semester provide more wonderful memories to come!