I wish "Jungle Fever" could simply be the clever catch phrase entitling my post on SAE Jungle. Alas, I was experiencing true jungle fever as I entered the night with a terribly irritating cough, on and off headaches, and utter exhaustion. Somehow I was able to rally (as any good college student should!) and got to experience the epicness that is Texas SAE Jungle.
Jules and I rarely end up at the same fraternity parties together, but this weekend was one of those rarities and it was lovely to have her along.
Merl and I documenting our freshman college experience one photo together at a time
The highlight of the evening was having some of my favorite "babies" come stay with me. "Babies" is a commonplace UT term for senior girls visiting UT who are looking to become longhorns next year. It seems odd to refer to them as this when it was me only a few months ago.
Taylor was one of those babies but also one of my besties!
Caro and Jules outside of my home sweet home, annex
Jennifer, Caroline and I with our varied jungle attire. Cheetah was definitely the choice costume of the night. I, however, ended up as some sort of hybrid jungle creature as I simply threw on anything that was remotely jungle-esque which included a snakeskin skirt, a fur vest, and all shades of forest green and gold accessories.
MHS pride was in full bloom in 2A
Allie the peacock also got to see some of the Mem High babies and Meggie (on the right) who I met at Kappa Cookout. She is already into and committed to UT, so I gladly offered her a place to stay over jungle so she could get a preview of her upcoming college experience.
We made our way to the main Red House where I met up with my Kappa sisters
And finally, we made it to where the wild things are with a build that was put together by 40 or so pledges' intense labor and certainly not a small sum of money either.
After climbing through a maze of bamboo and greenery we found our way to the dance room where the first class performers definitely made the night. I have a faint memory of previewing the SAE Jungle build many years ago when my brother was a pledge here and I was an awkward pre-teen in awe of this college world, only imagining what it would be like. It's both bizarre and funny that now I am the college kid of the family.
I was pleasantly surprised I was able to ignore my illness for the time being to enjoy what may be the last big fraternity party for the fall. But, I think we could all use a frat party hiatus as many of us are counting down the days until we are reunited with our families, high school friends, and comfort of our homes over this brief but much needed and deserved Thanksgiving break.