You know those stories that start off with, “remember that time when…?” Well, those are the kind of stories that come from spending Spring Break of my freshman year in a beach house with your sorority sisters. Spring break in Gulf Shores is quite the experience. There are college kids everywhere- proudly representing their school mascots and Greek letters. When I signed up to go to Gulf Shores, I was expecting something like a scene from a typical Spring break movie. But what I wasn’t expecting was the incredible bond and the lifelong memories that I would make with my sisters.
We all stuffed our luggage in a car and drove from Austin to Gulf Shores! It was by far the best road trip I’ve ever been on. But what’s a road trip without an overnight stop in the big easy? New Orleans, Louisiana: a cultural melting pot of Cajun food, humidity and Mardi Gras beads. Although we only stayed one night, we definitely made the most of it!! We danced the night away and explored the French Quarter. It was such a fun pit-stop on our trip; there is nothing better than exploring a new city with your sisters!
Although we would’ve loved to stay in New Orleans for a little longer, we eagerly hopped back in our cars, turned up the tunes, and drove onward to Alabama. Pulling up to our yellow-paneled house and smelling the beach, we couldn’t help but start screaming and running inside to begin claiming beds. Once everyone arrived, we went and got enough groceries to feed an army! After cooking our first dinner of spaghetti, that my sister Alex and I burned, we all started singing and dancing around kitchen- undoubtedly excited for the days and nights ahead of us.
Each day on the beach was a new adventure. A typical day was to wake up around 10 and eat a quick breakfast, probably already in our bathing suits, finish getting ready and then to walk down to the beach. Around 4 or 5, we would usually gravitate back towards the house to re-energize for the night with a snack and a nap, possibly a dip in our pool, or even a Cheaper by the Dozen marathon. (And yes, we did all watch the Bachelor finale together on Monday!!!!)
Throughout the course of the week, we met so many people, and I think we can all truly say we now have at least one new friend from another school and at least one new friend from our own school. We bonded under the sun, darkening our skin, and essentially let the tide take us wherever it wanted us to go!! After the week was over, we were exhausted, and in a bittersweet fashion, we left Gulf Shores with some awkward tan lines, and a whole lot of memories. In the end, I think we can all agree upon one thing- Gulf Shores was the most fun we never want to have again. Seriously though, getting to spend this time living with my sisters was much a hilarious and memorable experience that I know we will be laughing about for years to come.
Natalie Eng is a freshman majoring in business. She is from El Paso, TX and is currently one of our social chairs!