Where were you during the Little 500 races?
If you are a member of Greek life, then you were in the stands, with a color to wear and a team to root for.
If you are not in Greek life, then you were roaming the campus, with a cup to fill, and the Villas to fall back on.
Nancy and I debate the difference of experience celebrating Little 500 as a GDI and as a Greek member.
Single and independent is the way to be in college. In honor of Little Five, I tied sneakers of my feet and hopped from pre-game to porch to bonfire to bar and yes, guiltily- to the Villas. Throughout the span on the men’s race, a GDI like myself takes 500 shots in support of 500 laps. An entire week was dedicated to straight-up fun and each day was different.
Having no agenda as an independent during Little Five is like being single in the dating world. I did not have to stand in bleachers, nor did I have to promise my time to anyone. The only importance to keep in check is where the party is at; the same way flying solo contends no obligation. Ironically, a GDI is wanted everywhere except at the bike race just as singles are socially invited anywhere but by that one significant other.
While I was catching a thrill from rain and spontaneity, Nancy was following a traditional routine…
Nancy speaking, and trust me, you want to be Greek during Little Five week.
Being Greek during Little Five is like having a boyfriend. Every night you know where you’re supposed to be, who you’re going to be with, and the general theme of the night. Things are a little more predictable than roaming GDI land but the flip side is I’m afforded the confidence that I won’t ever end up at The Villas fighting to keep my swimsuit top on as I wrestle in a tub of pudding. Call me old fashioned, but I like that. My Little Five is ridiculously fun, but I know where my fun will be. I know what colors I am wearing on race day, and I know who I will be next to in the stands. You want to be Greek during Little Five for the same reasons you want that boy/girl-friend, to be wanted.
The consensus is in: When in Little Five, do as the Greeks do. Being apart of something is more passionate and gratifying than aimlessly wandering to parties. Although I enjoyed the spirit of party hopping for a cause that did not truly concern me, please ask me where I was the day of the women’s race. I was standing right next to Nancy clapping loudly for her sorority’s team.
It is cool to feel wanted in spite of all the adventures a GDI destines to take. I feel brave and daring as GDI during Little Five just as I do without a boyfriend. I never know who I am going to meet or where I am going to party whereas Nancy has plans paved and insured. Either way, our shoulders were back, our spirits were high, and our experiences of Little Five were a blast.