This post will be my last blog post for this semester but don’t worry, I’m like DJ Khaled and I’ll be back for “another one”! I’m so excited to be serving on the team for another year and as a brand new position with other ’15-’16 team mates. For my final post of this semester, I would like to share with you all what I’ve learned and give you a recap on my year “Life As Binx” style:
As I pack up my apartment at the University of Houston and begin to reflect on this past year as a leadership consultant, I think of how different I was from the start of this journey to now. At the beginning, I was so nervous about going off on my own and living in a brand new city where I would not know a single person. All my life I’ve moved to several different places, but no matter what I always stayed within South Florida. The idea of not seeing my friends and family seemed challenging, but it was exactly what I needed at that time. I needed to learn to be happy with myself and being alone, and that’s exactly what happened.
The sisters of University of Houston, Lambda Delta, have taught me so much about myself, and there really are no words to describe how thankful I am to them for it. They taught me that it’s okay to talk about myself and my experiences growing up, the good and the bad. The sisters wanted to get to know me on a deeper level, and I had the opportunity to have such life changing conversations; this was different for me because I am so used to surface level friendships and conversations. I was able to inspire them within my leadership consultant role and in turn they inspired me. I truly am thankful to every single one of these women for making my time in Houston feel like I was not far away from home.
The same about Lambda Delta Chapter could be said about the four other chapters I had the pleasure of working with this past year. Any leadership consultant can tell you that no matter the amount of training we receive all summer, our first chapter visit will always be the most nerve wrecking. No matter how nervous I was, Delta Eta Chapter, University of Central Missouri, made me feel right at home from the second they picked me up at the airport until the very end of my time with them as a focus chapter. I’ve truly felt like I’ve been able to grow along side them as a chapter; their passion for Sigma Kappa and for each other is something that I will always treasure in my heart. I also felt so welcomed and an instant connection with Midwestern State University, Gamma Tau Chapter, Duquesne University, Kappa Mu Chapter, and Longwood University, Delta Nu Chapter, and only after having worked with them each for just a week. They’ve all taught me so many fun things like the existence of red tacos, how to ice skate, and the traditions of wearing a jumper! Although I did not spend as much time with them as the other two chapters, each of them really did remind me of why I love being a leadership consultant and most importantly being a Sigma Kappa.
And last but not least, I’ve learned that being a leadership consultant provides you the opportunity to do things you never thought possible. I’ve been able to travel from coast to coast through this position and most importantly with women that started as my teammates and soon after became my best friends. I’ve been taught countless leadership skills, and was blessed with the chance to teach others the same thing. This position has shown me that I can go off and see the world on my own, with no anxiety or fear. It’s given me life long friendships, confidence, a passion for student affairs, and a deeper appreciation for where I come from and what I’m capable of being.
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