This week I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute at Indiana University. At UIFI, I got to meet Greek Life leaders from all the country that want to improve their chapters and communities. It was the experience of a lifetime and I feel so blessed that Kappa Delta provided me with a scholarship to attend.
I have been to many conferences and camps before this but UIFI was much different than anything I had ever done. I bonded so quickly with my home chapter. From night one, we spent as many moments together as possible. Everyone was so insightful and contributed so incredibly much to our group. They may have made fun of my accent every chance they got but I wouldn’t trade them for anyone in the entire world. I feel so lucky to have all of them in my life. They all are going to do amazing things for their chapter, community, and the world.
This conference gave me so much to bring back to Kappa Delta and the Wayne State Greek Life community. The tools I was given will help improve things like participation, increasing chapter moral, and over all the culture of my chapter. UIFI is such a special place where everyone wants to do so much good in the world they don’t even know where to start. We spent hours talking about the hard stuff facing Greek Life and spent just as many hours laughing about any thing and every thing you could think of. Karen, the lead facilitator for the conference, made a huge impact on me. She put a lot of energy into investing in me personally and made me experience even more amazing. I will never be able to thank her enough for the advice, time, and ideas she gave me.
The people I met at UIFI made a huge impact on me. I was truly blessed when God put all these individuals in my life: from Hunter and I making fun of each other from day one, to Blair giving me pageant advice, to Tyler and I singing to country music all the way back to Indianapolis. Every person I met helped make the experience what it was. The conference gave me so much hope when it comes to not only Greek Life as a whole but our country. The future will be bright with people like these leading.
It is hard to believe that I am half done with my undergrad, it sure has been an adventure! This year I transferred to Wayne State University for my second year of school. Little did I know, it would be one of the best decisions of my life. From the very beginning of the year, I just felt so much optimism and joy.
I started the year by going through formal recruitment. I proudly joined Kappa Delta and gained 60+ sisters that I couldn’t be more grateful for. Having this amazing support system to push me to do my best has been a huge part of my successful year. I have thrown myself into my sorority and current hold 7 positions: including leadership chair, a SET leader, and a recruitment day head for fall formal recruitment. I truly can’t imagine what life was like before Tuesdays laughing my butt off with my bestfriends for hours.
This school year, I held three part time jobs. College, greek life, and a shopping addiction is expensive people! My after school teacher job has taught me so much. Although sometimes my kids drive me totally insane, I love having them in my life. They bring so much joy and happiness into my life. I have learned a ton about dealing with difficult children, how to plan taking chaos into consideration, and to mend hurt feelings. I have also been working at Sugar Kids Spa, we provide pampering birthday parties for young girls. It is so fun and really brightens my day to get to spoil little princesses every weekend.
Academically, second semester was my best semester ever! I took five classes, three being for my major. It was a difficult semester but I proudly finished the semester with a 3.73! A year ago, I would’ve never thought I had that in me! My GPA is now exactly where I want it to be. I can’t wait to go back to school in the fall and do even better. Wayne State has challenged me; however, I have learned so tremendously much. I also just got the news that I received a $1,000 through the College of Education (YAY).
Overall, I just feel so blessed. I couldn’t be more thankful for the support and encouragement I have received over the last year. Now it is time for summer to start and attend MYLead as a Facilities Director and my last conference as a CA. With summer classes, working, and trying to fit some fun in, this summer should be great!
Joining a sorority is something I’ve always wanted to do. The leadership, sisterhood, and community service all sounded great to me! Those are all things I love and wanted to be a part of. Last week I went through formal recruitment at Wayne State and I found my home. Kappa Delta felt comfortable from the beginning but as the week went on I fell more and more in love. The first day pulled me right in when we talked about philanthropies. Our philanthropies are Prevent Child Abuse America and Girl Scouts of America. I am really looking forward to making an impact through these organizations. The preference ceremony sealed the deal for me on the last day of recruitment. The love and support in that room brought me to tears.
The last few days have solidified that I made the right decision to run home to Kappa Delta. My sisters have shown me nothing but love, support, and compassion. The active members have been so willing to answer questions and be friends with the new members. My pledge class has already grown close through our retreat, lunch dates, and homecoming festivities. It is hard to put into words how much happiness Kappa Delta has brought me already. I can’t wait to see what the next few years bring.