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With one month under my belt as a leadership consultant, I have had multiple collegiate women ask me, “What positions did you hold in your chapter?” I quickly and proudly answer, “I was just public relations chairman!” I have received some weird looks and questions as to how I earned the job. With my unique leadership roles, I have been able to bring different perspectives to the Sigma Kappa chapters.
Girls on the Run Coach
As a 3-year Girls on the Run Coach, I met 20 third to fifth grade girls twice a week to educate them on life lessons and how to use running to help deal with everyday problems. From this organization, I learned how women depend on you for answers and they look up to you and will mimic the things you do. Just like being a leadership consultant, the collegians look up to you and are watching and listening to everything you are saying because, chances are, you are the only national headquarters staff they will come in contact with. Girls on the Run also taught me to how to listen and to be extremely empathic. As a leadership consultant, women will come to you with their problems and they need you to listen and give them honest feedback. Women have told me things that I will never forget and I was able to talk through these rough times because of the young women I worked with in Girls on the Run.
As a 3-year orientation leader for Appalachian State University I worked with hundreds of collegiate students every year for the first weekend on campus. My job was to make sure the incoming students felt welcomed and prepared for their first weekend on campus. This leadership role allowed me to understand how to work with many types of collegians. I have also learned an impressive number of ice breakers, which I use at every chapter visit. I gained the confidence to speak in front a large group of collegians and encouraged them to step out of their comfort zone and meet new people. At every chapter, I am challenging women to step out of their comfort zones and help build better chapters.
Miss Stanly County & Miss Central Carolina
Lastly, I want to thank the Miss America Organization for preparing me the most for this job. I am proud to say I have been crowned Miss Stanly County 2016 and I am currently still the reigning queen as Miss Central Carolina 2017. I have been able to compete for Miss North Carolina twice and have walked away both years winning Miss Congeniality. When it comes to competing for these titles you have to complete a ten-minute on-stage interview, and compete in lifestyle and fitness (famously known as the bathing suit competition), talent, and evening gown. As a local title holder, I gave up a majority of my weekends as a college student to work on service opportunities and make appearances. Every weekend, I would spend about six to ten hours driving from the first appearance to the next appearance. Through this, I learned how to take directions from others, how to represent an organization that is much bigger than myself, how to speak publicly, how to introduce myself properly to a stranger, how to have a polished look, and how to answer interview questions confidently and correctly. When I go to a chapter, I find myself noticing the similarities between being a local title holder and a leadership consultant.
I am proud of the type of leadership consultant I am. Every day I think to myself about how lucky I am to be a part of the team of sixteen women who are currently serving as leadership consultants for Sigma Kappa. These women constantly drive me to become better, and none of us are the same type of leader.
To my collegiate Sigma Kappa women who are nervous about applying to become a leadership consultant, I challenge you to take this leap of faith and apply. I truthfully never imagined myself getting picked for this job. Every call back and every interview was a complete honor and surprise. You do not need an executive or officer position to make you a leader in your chapter. I can confidently say I was a leader in my chapter and I never held an executive position.
“Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the next.”