“What do you do for a living?” inquires a stranger on a plane. “Well, I work for a nonprofit organization that seeks to help members develop into stronger, better individuals. This is attained through member recruitment, various programs, and opportunities for growth.” “Wow. What nonprofit?” responds the stranger now hanging on my every word. “I work for Sigma Kappa Sorority.” Cue blank stare.
I recognize it. The second I mention that I work for a sorority, the other person begins to think of what the media presents as sorority life. As a leadership consultant, I know firsthand that sorority life is much more than that. Being in a sorority is much more than lettered jerseys or high squeals about a sorority. Being in a sorority is raising over eight thousand dollars in three weeks for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Being in a sorority is about providing women an opportunity to learn and further develop their leadership skills. Being in a sorority is learning the issues that face the Greek community and joining together to tackle legislation in D.C.
I know what people may think of what I do, but all I know is that these women and their experience is much more than that. I have seen the growth and change of women who could barely make a speech. I have seen women tackle an issue that faced them with the calm demeanor of a business CEO. As my first semester has drawn to close and a new semester begins, I seek to be better, work harder, and give all I can so that these women truly know what a sorority is.