It’s bittersweet for me to realize that this is the last blog post that I’ll write as a leadership consultant. It’s hard to believe how quickly these last two years have flown by. It feels like just yesterday that I was flying to Indianapolis to interview for my dream job–one that I never thought I would land, let alone have the opportunity to do for two years. Until I became a leadership consultant, I thought that my years as a collegian would be my favorite Sigma Kappa memories. And while many of my memories from the Delta chapter are among my favorites, I have been so blessed to add another dimension to my Sigma Kappa journey by becoming a member of NHQ staff.
Since I signed that first job contract in March 2015, I have learned so much, grown so much, and met so many Sigma Kappas who have changed my life. When I think of the team of new, first year consultants who will join the team this May, my heart cannot help but swell. Sisters, this will be a year of change, adventure and challenge. I wish I could sit down and write a letter to each of the first year consultants who will come after me to give them advice, to tell them about all the things they have to look forward to, and most of all, to remind them how remarkable there are. Since I can’t do that, I offer a few last words of wisdom before I join the LC Alumnae club (note: not a real, official club but I think it has a nice ring to it and we should potentially design t-shirts).
So…here we go.
Get really used to small talk. On trains, on planes, in automobiles with collegians who will pick you up from the airport. If lots of small talk makes you uncomfortable like it used to make me, buckle up friends. You’ll be a bona fide expert by the end of your first semester.
You cannot be everything to everyone. Realize that this job is demanding, but you need to take care of yourself too. Self-care is a real thing, and you shouldn’t feel guilty about taking some time out for yourself to watch something on Netflix or do some online shopping. By allowing yourself to recharge, you are making sure that you can be the best consultant version of yourself to serve Sigma Kappa.
You will be alone, a lot. And not always alone in the literal sense. You’ll find yourself around people that you don’t know well (or at all) a lot and it can feel really isolating, especially if you’re an introvert like me. I learned to look forward to being “alone” on airplanes and airports because I could unplug and have some quality DF time.
Know your strengths. Recognize your strengths as a consultant and utilize your team to learn more about areas that are your weaknesses. I love National Policy Handbook and elections but finances and budgets stress me out–and I have no problem admitting that! Just means I am hitting up my former Vice President of Finance LC homegirls more often than not.
Find the little triumphs in the ordinary days. Some days, you will have trouble feeling like you are accomplishing your goals or that you are helping your chapter. I always try to challenge myself to look for one small triumph that I’ve accomplished that day. Some days, your triumphs will be as small as getting to do your laundry. Other days, it will be something as significant as watching one of your officers win Greek Woman of the Year. The beauty of this job is that no two days are ever the same.
People who think your job is not real or legitimate. Some people will be real jerks about you working for a sorority. Some people might laugh at you. It’s okay. They’re small minded anyways.
When your flight gets cancelled, stand in line at customer service WHILE calling customer service. Nine times out of ten, you can get through to an agent over the phone and rebook your flight before you reach the front of the line. Efficiency matters, especially when you’re running in snappy casual through the Charlotte Airport.
Your leadership consultant team will become your family. Sometimes they will drive you crazy, like real family does. They will also make you laugh until you cry. They will buy you snacks, send you memes, snap you tragic Snapchats and plan vacations with you. They will take care of you. They will make fun of you. They will sometimes forget your Starbucks mobile order on the counter, but you’ll love them anyways. These people are the only humans who will understand exactly what this life is like. Love them hard.
Sometimes, it will be difficult. But it will be worth it. This job will be busy, exciting, unpredictable and rewarding. Enjoy the ups, the downs and the in-betweens. Your time as a consultant will go by in the blink of an eye. You’ll never have another job quite like this.
Enjoy the journey, friends. Welcome to the LC family.