2014-15 Educational Leadership Consultant
|Sharing Chicago-style pizza with Delta Rho/DePaul U!|
As my time as an ELC winds down, I've been reflecting on some of my favorite moments with chapter members. Time and time again I come up with an especially fun meal we've shared. I question how it wasn't clear all along that eating bonds people together. For as long as I can remember, meals have brought me closer to my family, new friends, and now my sisters. I'm sure it doesn't hurt that I love any and all food.
The 15 chapters I visited had me eat in every setting you can imagine. Sisters invite me into their homes to eat and sometimes let me play with their pets. I've been taken to campus cafeterias where I can see first-hand how close knit smaller schools can be. One chapter introduced me to Chicago-style pizza, while others have introduced me to local concoctions that even I get nervous to try. Many chapters introduced me to some restaurants that I already miss. Sometimes I even get to laugh over a meal at one of my favorite fast food joints. No matter where we share our meal, I seem to forget about missing home or the report I have to write. I just get to hang out and enjoy the best part of this job - getting to know my sisters.
|Thank you Delta Pi/U of Central Missouri for the warm welcome!|
When you sit for a meal with people, they open up. I get to learn about our sisters outside of their AOII lives. I've met study abroad students from almost anywhere you can imagine, a sister studying to be a pilot, an internationally ranked Irish dancer, women who love theater and science, student athletes, and sometimes I meet someone who knows a person from my home town. Sometimes I don't understand their passions, but I get to learn about it. I get to learn what makes them so passionate. They get to be themselves and I in turn get to share who I am. We get to find common interests, whether that be a particular Netflix show, store we shop at, or our family pets. It helps me realize that we may be different, but AOIIs everywhere have little things in common. Those little things just reassure me that we do have two big things in common across the states and Canada - we all love AOII and we all love one another.