Wednesday, March 6, 2013

National Ritual Celebration Week

After anticipating Panhellenic's International Badge Day for weeks I definitely forgot to wear my badge on Monday. At first I was a bit sad, mostly because I don't get the opportunity to wear it often these days but then I realized something. Every day you should act and live as if you are wearing your sorority's badge so it's definitely nice to put it on sometimes and have people ask me about it and share my values, but I lived out the day just the same.

Badge day made me think about this blog so I hopped over there yesterday to see what's been cookin' as it had been quite a while since I stopped by. I saw that they were hosting a link up with impeccable timing: An International Badge Day Link-Up.

the observant turtle

I may have missed posting yesterday but National Ritual Celebration Week goes for a few more days, and I can talk about my sorority experience until I'm blue in the face. I've shared my Tri Sigma story on the blog before but am excited to participate in this link up and share some more!

What does being Greek mean to you?
Wow--loaded question! Being Greek to me is being a part of something larger than myself. It's being a part of a community that has been around for almost 200 years. It's having a set of shared values and standards for my actions and the way I live my life. It's a commitment to be a leader and to engage in my community. I've been thinking a bit about what this means to me in my current role and now I really enjoy working with Greek students in a career advising role to get them thinking about how to leverage this awesome experience when it comes to their career.

That time I got so excited to see someone in a Sigma shirt at another college
What did I learn from my sorority?
That 10 women really can live together in a very small space without killing each other. Ha, seriously though it was a crazy year! I have learned incredible amounts from Tri Sigma and am continuing to learn everyday. Tri Sigma helped me to step outside of my comfort zone, and step into the person I really am. She taught me how to be a leader, how to boost morale in a group and how to play the fine line between working with people that are your friends. She has shown me incredible friendships and from working for Tri Sigma she has shown me the country. I have learned to always stick with my values no matter what and to stay steadfast with that throughout life.

One of my littles & grandlittles at my senior formal
What's your favorite memory about being in a sorority?
Bid Day 2008 hands down! For any non-Greek readers bid day is the last day of formal recruitment where each sorority gets to see who their new members are. In addition, recruitment counselors (sometimes going by Pi Chi, Gamma Chi, etc.) are women who disaffiliate from their chapters to guide new members through the process without bias. Bid day is also when these women get to return to their chapters. 

Britt, Me, Mel & Mere Bid Day '08
2008 was my senior year, my last recruitment, and I was president of my chapter. That year our chapter recruited the highest number of women in our history on campus which was an incredible feeling. My best friend and roommate in Tri Sigma, Brittany, was a Gamma Chi that year and I seriously was sobbing when she got to run back to us. An entire month without my best friend was not an easy one, especially when it meant that I could celebrate her 21st birthday with her.

How Has Your Sorority Continued to Impact You After Graduation
In more ways then I ever imagined. I had a wonderful collegiate experience but I never would have imagined that I would gain just as much, if not more, from my post-grad involvement with Tri Sigma. First, I worked for the organization for a year as a traveling consultant and gained so much through meeting women in our chapters all over the country. Since then I have stayed involved as a national volunteer assisting with our colonizations at new institutions. Now that I'm finally back in a town with a chapter I'm advising which is a great experience. I have met some of my closest friends from all around the country through this involvement and it's crazy to me just how far Tri Sigma has taken me thus far.

Me & the gals I traveled with "the wolfpack" getting ready to go see Carrie Underwood--did you know she's a Sigma?
So head on over to meet Whitney @ The Observant Turtle to read even more awesome stories about Greek experiences. And link up!!


Lisa said...

One of the wives in my group was (what Alpha Gam calls) a Leadership Consultant for Tri Sig. I absolutely adore my sorority and really enjoy meeting other sisters in my area.

PS. I nominated you for a Liebster Award! Check out my blog for more deets.

Megan C. Stroup said...

It's so great to meet a fellow (past) consultant! And funny that our blogs have such similar names. :) I'm glad you found me through the link-up!

elle at wishingoodluck said...

One of the common themes from the link up really seems to be that sororities help push their members to be better than they were before and step out of their comfort zones. Good for you!

The Unreal Life said...

Loved this! Thank you so much for linking up =)