Being a leadership consultant there have been many rewarding moments I have experienced the past year and a half. But I think the most rewarding thus far has been being able to take part in three different colonizations at three different universities. Now for those of you that don’t speak Sigma Kappa language, that means that I have been able to help with starting three new Sigma Kappa chapters are three different universities across the United States. Many people don’t ever get the opportunity to help start a new chapter and I’ve gotten the opportunity to help start three. How did I get so lucky?
The first colonization I got to help with was at the College of Charleston. Myself and Britney, another leadership consultant, packed up and moved to South Carolina to recruit and start a brand new chapter of Sigma Kappa. At first we had no idea what we were doing, or the amount of hard work it was going to take, but we also had no idea how rewarding it was going to turn out to be. Nothing quite beats the feeling of looking at a brand new chapter of women knowing that you helped to create it. From that day forward I always knew Charleston was going to hold a special place in my heart.
After College of Charleston, I was off to Memphis! I got to go help one of my best friends on the leadership consultant team, Lindy, start up that chapter. Since it wasn’t a chapter I was going to be working with all year, I was curious if the colonization was going to be as impactful. Although it was a different kind of impact, it was so amazing getting to watch all of Lindy’s hard work pay off and to watch her have all the excitement Britney and I had.
Last but not least, just a couple weeks ago I got to help with the colonization at the University of Tampa. It had been close to a year since I had helped with a colonization so I was worried I would be a little rusty, but was so excited to jump right back into the swing of things. After spending a whole year with a new chapter I had a different perspective on the colony’s bid day. This year as the first picture of the chapter was being taken I was filled with joy for all of the women because I got to personally see all the growth they have in their first year in Sigma Kappa and how much their lives change and on bid day they don’t even know that yet.
Out of all the things colonizations bring you, my personal favorite are the friendships and the connections made with each colonization team. Each team consists of carefully selected women from across the country that come together to create the perfect Sigma Kappa chapter at a university. It is so fun getting to share stories and experiences from all over and to become a united force to watch a new chapter form right in front of your eyes.