Today is my last day with my last visit of the year as an ELC. By tomorrow I will be reunited with some of my closest friends, Andrea, MC, Bails, Kelley and India. By Friday I will be saying my sad goodbyes, but sweet hellos to my childhood best friends and family who I have not seen in four months and barely have seen in almost a year. It is such a bitter sweet feeling to be looking back at all of the memories throughout this experience. I can't believe that a year ago I was in school, saying my goodbyes in my last month as an undergrad to my Kappa Tau sisters and my university community. I was so excited that in two months I would be heading to TN to work with AOII HQ, my “dream” job; I counted down the day until it all began!
I guess didn’t realize what I was getting into as an ELC… I didn’t realize that I would form lifelong relationships with women I barely knew a year ago or that I would be so emotionally and passionately invested in my 26 chapters that I visited. I didn’t know I would change my entire direction of what I wanted to do with my life. I also didn’t know that I would be so sad about ending this experience.
I am often asked on the road what was my favorite visit? I could never answer that and I still can’t. Every visit changed me and every person impacted me differently. My favorite visit is a whole bunch of little memories from a lot of visits. My favorite memories are the late night talks at chapters, the YouTube videos, the dancing and the people watching in the cafeteria, being trapped in a house because of a snow storm, the late night recruitments, the board games and most importantly, the rituals.
I am grateful that our Foundation helped bring the program back and I really am beyond thankful that over a year ago Troy, Kaya, Sherry and Abby saw something in me, as well as our team, to put us on the road for our organization. I am also beyond thankful for the ELCs, the rest of HQ staff and other volunteers that continued to support and encourage me every day. But most importantly, I am thankful for my chapters that I visited for making this year so incredible. I can't begin to tell you how blessed we our as a fraternity to have so many wonderful leaders and women on the local and international level. I have truly been inspired this year by the dedication and love that women have placed into each other and our chapters.
Thank you for an amazing year!