Katie Mullins, Zeta Psi Chapter/East Carolina University
2014-15 Educational Leadership Consultant
|Gamma Phi Chapter Colonization Ceremony|
Last semester, I had the pleasure of being the Resident Consultant for AOII's colony at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ. Now installed as Gamma Phi Chapter, these sisters have come so far in their short time as AOIIs!
They started out as 73 colony members learning about each other, Greek life, and AOII. I enjoyed teaching them what it means to be an AOII and see them take that to heart. As I got to know each sister better, I saw them grow into strong leaders and even stronger sisters. When the colony was installed as Gamma Phi Chapter on November 8, 2014, I could not have been more proud!
|Having a blast at a pumpkin picking sisterhood!|
Other consultants have said that they cried and cried on the day of installation because it was their last time with the members, but I knew I would be seeing Gamma Phi again soon. In January, I returned to Gamma Phi for three weeks to help them through their first-ever formal recruitment. These newly initiated sisters worked so hard to prepare for recruitment and it paid off - on February 1, they welcomed 37 new members into the chapter!
Recently, I returned to Gamma Phi to assist in preparations for initiation. It was their first big ritual performed since installation, and everyone was a little nervous. We spent some time during the week focusing on sisterhood and ritual workshops. Due to some unexpected weather (that I suspect was sent by Stella herself!), my travel plans were delayed and I was actually able to participate in initiation. I couldn't help reflecting on installation, and how far this chapter has come since I have known them. Most consultants don't get the opportunity to be with their colony through all the big milestones, and I feel
|Initiation of Gamma Phi's first formal new member class.|
I can't wait to return to Gamma Phi in April to check in with my 108 favorite girls in New Jersey!