Austin, Texas is widely known for keeping it weird. Whether we have seen/worn those tye-dyed shirts with the logo draped across, or been to one of the various food trucks around the city that specialize in “weird” cuisine or have accepted the array of characters on sixth street as the norm, Austin is definitely out there from other cities. In my personal experience, one of the weirdest staples of Austin is my very own sorority, Chi Beta Delta.
Now you may read that and think….sorority…weird? Aren’t they the regimented future homemakers of America and are all the same? and to that I say maybe but not the members of mine. Much like the city of Austin, what makes the sorority weird is not the name itself but its residents. The girls in this are innocuously and refreshingly weird, including myself. In fact I am probably the Leslie Cochran, the naked cowboy of Chi Beta, minus the nudity because that is not meeting attire.
I’m glad the words “naked” and “nudity” caught your eye and you are still reading for me to tell you just what I mean by weird. In this group of girls there is not a single one that does not have something quirky about her. Due to the fact of how tight nit the group is, we can all identify these quirks in each other. From beautiful chemical engineers with pink hair and no less than two Lord of Ring swords on their apartment walls, to members that eat, breathe, and sleep Quidditch, to power lifters, to duck face aficionados, to those who are afraid of the dark…realistically I could go on all day.
There is a famous saying from a very famous unofficial doctor, “we’re all a little weird, and life’s a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” Now I don’t know where he did his residency, but I can justify that diagnosis just from my time in Chi Beta Delta. Our weirdness makes us unique and that’s something that I’m forever grateful that I have discovered during my time on the forty acres.
Chelsey Pena, Pi Class