Am I really a senior? Is this really the end of “Zetaland”??? Time has flown by and I truly can say four years later that becoming a member of Pledge Class 2012 was the one of the best decisions I have ever made. I will never forget one of my first functions freshman year. The theme was Buffett Bash but bless my poor soul I thought it was Buffet Bash meaning a buffet, so you dress as a food item…I was wrong it was a tropical theme like Jimmy Buffett. Thank goodness my girls were there to help clarify the extra T in that!! Then comes sophomore year in the blink of an eye. August arrives which in sorority world means eat sleep breathe recruitment. This was when I TRULY fell in love with ZTA. If you know me at all you know I am loud and I love a good chat, therefore I knew this would be the perfect opportunity for me to shine. My real name is Meredith, but this is when I became Mereygirl aka: the only name known to anyone in the house during recruitment, and 2 years later I am still highly unsure as to how many people know my real name. Recruitment was more than just where Mereygirl blossomed, it was where I discovered whole heartedly that this was exactly the place I was meant to be. My friends continuously make jokes saying I will be the next House Mom or the one who comes back for Recruitment each year and hey, I just may people!! Sophomore year was too much fun. We got to know our pledge class better, we lived in house, and we finally got this whole college thing down.
One of my most fun and fondest memories was Spring Break sophomore year. There was a group of about 20 of us that rented a house in Destin, Fl. We left at midnight from Zeta in a long line of cars all the way to the beach. It was quite comical as you can imagine as we looked like an actual heard of cows down the freeway. We took turns driving, and even went on a field trip to the grocery store buying food for the week. (I felt like the Duggar family having to feed all 20 of us). It was five star dining at our beach house, PB& J’s, bagel bites, and pop tarts…LOL. If you have ever been to the beach then you know that no matter how hard you try, sand always ends up in your bed. EW! I am a huge germafobe, so I refused to share a bed with anyone or anyone’s body sand. So instead, I brought my trusty blow-up mattress, party of one please!!! The girls will never let me live it down, but hey a germafobe’s gotta do what a germafobe’s gotta do!! From this trip on these girls became some of my best friends. Still today as seniors we talk about it!
All in all, I cannot say enough about how much being in ZTA has impacted my life. The opportunities I was given, the leadership skills I have gained, and most importantly the friendships from each pledge class I now have, have changed me for the better. A thank you to this organization and the Epsilon chapter is simply not enough. I truly am leaving Zeta Tau Alpha far better than I came and for that I am forever grateful.
Meredith Miller (mereygirl)