“I travel for my sorority” is how I usually begin my job description to someone outside of the Fraternity, while to an AOII I might say “I visit different chapters each week, meet with officers, help with recruitment or chapter events, and report back to the Fraternity about what all the chapter is doing” and “Ambassador, liaison, and educator” is how we are described by the Fraternity. But, none of these can fully describe our jobs. There is so much more to the job than what the description says, and many of the parts that make up the whole ELC experience are indescribable. So, here are a few fictional job description excerpts to help you understand what else goes on in the life of an ELC besides the meetings, recruitment, reports, and jet-setting.
“Carry my weight in suitcases all around the US and Canada.” Carrying this much luggage adds a little humor and adventure to our lives. Who doesn’t love carrying all this stuff up 3 flights of stairs or dragging wheeled suitcases through several inches of ice and snow?! Those members who have picked me up in tiny coupe cars can attest to how fun it is to fit my obnoxious luggage into their back seat, because it won’t fit in the trunk. It’s usually at least a two person job to get one piece of luggage off the ground and into a car trunk, but I’ve gotten pretty good at maneuvering it.
“Special talents and skills required: a capella solo singing and/ or chanting, chalking, spray painting, tent construction, and paparazzi-like photography skills.” I never thought these things would be a part of my job, but I have done every one of them in the last few months. I taught a chapter AOII Grace, chalked around campus, spray painted frames outside at midnight to prepare for colonization parties, and have taken countless paparazzi shots at bid days, Leadership Academy, and other chapter events.
Nicole chalking on campus at Oklahoma State
Tracy, Blair, and Nicole putting the AOII tent away after a day of tabling
“Drink lots of coffee, eat lots of good food (and just a little bad food), go shopping, ride shotgun a lot, laugh about YouTube videos and @firstworldpains Tweets, and do touristy things.” It is my belief that food, shopping, and photography are the best things about traveling. While I can’t say that dining hall food is the best, I have been given many opportunities to have so many delicious kinds of food at various fun local restaurants. I have also been given ample opportunity to spend my money and take lots of touristy pictures during my travels!
Peg and me at Sigma Alpha's 25th anniversary celebration
I met Prince at the Mall of America while visiting with Kappa Sigma Chapter at University of Wisconsin- River Falls... NBD
I can never fully explain what it is really like to be an ELC, because it’s a unique experience for each one of us. The Fraternity’s job description does explain what we do as ELCs, but it only scratches the surface. Every state, province, chapter, university, college, city, and region we visit provides interesting things to do and see, new ideas on how best to function as a chapter, and amazing women to meet and laugh with. All the random and unexpected things we do every day are what make the job so exciting, rewarding, and inexplicable.