About a year ago, David Blanchard, the Director of Residence Life, brought some changes to the attention of the student body. “We’re going to place you into houses,” he said, “and throughout the year, you’ll have the opportunity to win points for your House in order to win the House Cup.”
I was a freshman at the time, and I couldn’t help but feel excited about the changes that were going to take place. There was a sort of thrill to it, and I love a good competition. The year went on, and every house gave it their all. The contests were fun, encouraging, and time for fellowship. I must say, the Residence Life team has created something amazing, and I am proud to be part of The House Collective.
On April 8, 2017, the winner of the House Cup was announced. The contest was close between three Houses: Fidelitas, Virtus, and Dignitas. Each House did an amazing job and put up a heck of a fight. Anticipation filled the room. My heart pounded, and my hands trembled with excitement. I had the House flag in my hands, ready to wave in victory if we won — and we did.
To be a part of the first winning house is such an honor. These young women have put in a lot of effort and hard work, and it really shows. From planning and rehearsing for the House Throwdown to showing up and rocking the House spirit during the Shofar Cup, the experiences I’ve had with the House of Dignity this year are irreplaceable, and I will certainly treasure them.
One of the things I love the most about Dignitas is that even when we didn’t win a competition, we still showed up to the event and had a good time with our friends. My favorite of these was trivia night during the Shofar Cup. Our house arrived at the event wearing our House shirts, purple face paint, purple beads, and even purple hair spray. We brought the spirit to the event, and even though we came in last place, we had a great time.
The most memorable event during the Shofar Cup for me was the Cook-Off. It was hosted by our House, and Eryn Marburger and Emily Calder were competing for us. They used excellent skill and family recipes to create fine dishes for the judges to eat. Not only that, but their presentation was spectacular — it looked like Pinterest food! They won in the final round against the Virtus competitors, Jacob Moore and Christian Albertsen, who put up an amazing fight with their three-course meal from the sea.
Overall, this year has been a good one. God has used the House Collective to teach me about the importance of unity and fellowship. I have come to know many of the crazy young women in Dignitas and it has proven itself to be a blessing. The first year of The House Collective has come to a close, and I must say that it has been well executed. I can’t wait to see what next year holds for the House of Dignity.
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