Is it really already time for the holidays? It’s hard to believe that 5 months of being an ELC have come and gone so quickly! It feels like yesterday I was anxiously waiting to be reunited with the best team a girl could ask for in Nashville, TN for our extensive training led by our amazing and selfless leader Kaya Miller.
5 months ago I was ready to hit the road!
During our three weeks of training the thought on the back of all of our minds was where are we going to visit? As the weeks progressed and we were getting closer to our departure date that once thought turned into a daily question. I had imagined myself traveling most of the semester to a multitude of chapters across the US and Canada. I knew that we had three new colonies and some of us would be resident consultants, but to be honest I didn’t think I would be one.
Finally one Thursday after our lessons for the day had concluded our boss walked into the room with a stack of papers. Everyone looked at each other hoping and wishing it was our schedule for the Fall semester. Kaya stood up and said, “I believe this what you guys have been waiting for??” So she then passed the papers around one end of the table and then the other half on the opposite side so we would get it at the same time. Throughout the room you could hear tiny screams of happiness and excitement.
The best co-workers a girl could ask for!
As I was flipping through my schedule I figured I would be traveling because for the first month I saw I was visiting four different chapters: Delta Tau, Zeta Pi, Sigma Theta, and Phi Upsilon. As I continued to flip I saw that Gettysburg was written for the rest of the semester. That’s when it hit me that I was going to be the resident consultant for Gettysburg, which is one of our colonies this semester. To be honest, I was completely shocked, extremely nervous, but very excited!
The day came for us to embark on our first semester of travels. 4 weeks seemed to fly by as I visited Delta Tau, Zeta Pi, Sigma Theta, and Phi Upsilon. The women at those chapters made me feel so incredible welcomed and I genuinely loved meeting all of them! From seeing T-Pain, to learning fun new recruitment chants, trying new food, and celebrating their success at Bid Days; they made me realize that I truly have the most incredible job on the planet.
Zeta Pi chapter was one of my first wonderful visits!
On September 7th I arrived at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA. I didn’t know what to expect as I drove into this small town full of such rich history. Another consultant, Allie Jivraj, came to help with three weeks of intense PR and Marketing on campus- from tabling in the CUB, to hosting information sessions, meeting with other organizations, and scheduling one-on-one meetings with PNMS those three weeks felt more like three days. On September 27th, we finally got our colony of 77 (now 80) wonderful, beautiful, and excited AOII’s. I couldn’t contain my excitement!
Allie left the week after and nerves shot through my body. I then realized that it was on me to educate, engage, and get this new colony ready to soon be a chapter. My goal for the new AOII colony was that their experience be everything they had hoped it would be and so much more. For the past three months, I have watched the women learn about AOII History and Traditions, make bonds that will last a lifetime, have leaders emerge, have enthusiasm about making this a great AOII colony, and participate in many different other organizations philanthropy events (and might I add place in every single one!!). As my time to go home for the holidays approaches a lot of the women have said, “What are we going to do without you?!” While they question their ability, I have to utmost confidence that they will grow into an incredible AOII chapter.
The Gettysburg charter members at their twin reveal!
When I first arrived I thought I would be the one teaching them, but in fact they have taught me a thing or two. From getting guest swipes at Servo, having movie nights at my apartment, hanging out the women in the CUB, and dancing in the chapter suite I wouldn’t have traded my time at Gettysburg for anything. These are some of the most caring, kind, determined, and driven women I have ever met. Words can’t express how proud I am of these women and all that they have accomplished in the three months that I have been here. I will truly miss them, but I have left a piece of my heart here at Gettysburg with the Beta Eta women and I cannot wait to call them my sisters in January at Installation.
Our Gettysburg women have placed in every single philanthropy
that they participated in for their first semester!
These have been some of the best five months of my life being an ELC. I am truly thankful for this once and a lifetime experience. I will forever cherish the friendships and memories made this semester. I thank Alpha Omicron Pi for the woman I am today and cannot wait to see what next semester holds!