As I sit in the airport, I have had a chance to reflect on my visit to Gamma Alpha Chapter at UGA, and I could not have asked for a better first visit. I had meaningful conversations with their members and their House Director, and had the opportunity to see how chapters of 250 members function while preparing for Formal Recruitment. I loved touring their campus, which has a HUGE bookstore the size of a large department store, an impressive stadium, and beautiful buildings and architecture. The University of Georgia is the oldest public university in the country (founded in 1785), and they have so many campus traditions that I got to learn about. We took a picture under the famous arch, which students refuse to walk under until graduation because legend has it that if you walk under it, you won’t graduate! It was totally worth the sweltering heat and humidity to see such an awesome campus.
UGA also has a popular downtown area, with lots of local shops and restaurants. I had heard that Athens is known for amazing food, and I was not disappointed. The first night, went to dinner at a crepe bar called Pauley’s, which was delicious, then went to Always Baked Goodies to get deep-fried Snickers bars (had to!). I also had Zaxby’s Chicken for the first time, and we ate at the nicest restaurant in the area one night, called The Last Resort. It was such a treat to have members take us to their favorite places! We got to try a local favorite, called Your Pie, which is essentially a build-your-own pizza place. You can customize all of your toppings and they make it right in front of you, which was really cool.
Other than trying the amazing local food, I got a chance to walk down the famous Milledge Avenue, where all of the fraternity and sorority houses are. They really are the huge mansions you think of from the movies, and it was incredible to see the inside of a couple during the chapter’s mock recruitment. Some chapters have close to 300 members, which is pretty mind-blowing when there are 17 Panhellenic sororities on campus. I had a great time at UGA and hope I get a chance to come back to Athens one day. Take a look at some of the pictures I posted below- now off to University of Central Missouri!