After nine months, it is time to say “so long” to Charleston. As I embark on my final few weeks living in Charleston and being a leadership consultant, I can’t help but reflect on my experience and how much I have learned and grown in these short few months.
When I applied to be a leadership consultant, I was completely lost in the world and didn’t know which way was up. I had just graduated, failed at my first big-girl job, and I was in a volatile relationship. This was the first time in my life I had ever felt really lost and I knew I had to get out. This opportunity could not have come at a better time.
I remember walking into the training room on the first day, and knowing this was exactly where I needed to be, and I felt myself come back to life. This job and being in Charleston gave me a sense of purpose that I hadn’t felt for a long time. Although I was nervous and scared for the unknown, I was also excited to be back with Sigma Kappa and give back to the organization that had given me more than I could have ever imagined.
When I got the news that I would be moving to Charleston, South Carolina, I was so excited and couldn’t wait to get started. What I didn’t expect at the time was how much I would learn and how much personal growth I would experience in such a short amount of time. When I first moved, I had a few freak-outs, cried a few times, and questioned everything. But I have become more independent, confident and stronger. I know if I can move across the country knowing no one and come to love it, I can take on any challenge thrown my way. Charleston is filled with culture and hospitality and has so much to offer if you just let it. I didn’t think I would fall in love with Charleston the way I have, but I am so glad I did. I really found my home away from home, and it was exactly where I needed to be.
Having the opportunity to be Lambda Epsilon’s residential consultant has been the biggest honor. Walking into a chapter I had never met before and having to work with them for the next year was no easy task. But as soon as I got there and met everyone, I knew this chapter was the perfect match for me, and I could take on the challenge. This chapter has had their ups and downs, but they have made me so proud of what they have been able to accomplish in such a short amount of time. Though it is so hard to leave, I am excited to see them continue to grow and will always be their biggest cheerleader.
Sigma Kappa is everything to me, and having the opportunity to serve as a leadership consultant is something I will always cherish and be thankful for. Because of this experience, I have found a sense of clarity of who I am and who I want to be become. I no longer feel lost and I know what way I need to go. Though this part of my Sigma Kappa journey is coming to a close and I will be moving away from Charleston, I know it is not the end of my Sigma Kappa story and I can’t wait to see what is in store for me next. This isn’t a goodbye, Charleston, only a see you later.