Follow your Heart, Kid

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Baseball season is right around the corner, and I couldn’t be happier. There is nothing better than an afternoon or evening at the ballpark eating some peanuts, singing Take me out to the ballgame and cheering on your favorite team (the Braves, duh). As I packed my bag for my most recent chapter visit, I made a point to grab my Chipper Jones jersey to prepare for one of my days off and the most glorious day of the year – Opening Day.

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America’s favorite pastime is back, ladies and gentlemen. Here is how baseball season relates to Sigma Kappa’s values.

1. Loyalty:

Being in a sorority is like being on the team. When one person doesn’t show up or doesn’t put forth the effort, it affects the entire chapter or in baseball – the entire team.

Baseball fans and Sigma Kappa women are loyal to their organizations. Being a fan and being a sorority woman are both lifelong commitments.

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2. Friendship:

Baseball season is a time for friendship! It is a time to cheer on your favorite team and make great memories. Friendship is all about being supportive!

caac7d04ba1172664ecc6c6d225198c23. Service:

MLB teams and Sigma Kappa value giving back to their communities!

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4. Personal Growth:

Being a part of a team or a member of a sorority teaches you to work with others, constantly seek to improve, learn from mistakes, and to step outside of your comfort zone.

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So now, I will leave you with my final piece of baseball related wisdom spoken (fictionally) by the Great Bambino (also known as The Sultan of Swat! The King of Crash!):

“Remember kid, there’s heroes and there’s legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Follow your heart kid, and you’ll never go wrong.”

– The Sandlot

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 Happy baseball season!

My First Trip to (the University of) Virginia

Suzannah Grubb
Suzannah Grubb

Born and raised wearing Hokie cheerleading uniforms and gobbling made walking on to a campus that did not support the maroon and orange a unique experience! At the beginning of the semester, I was lucky enough to visit a neighbor chapter of Sigma Kappa, the Theta Zeta Chapter at University of Virginia. As I travel back to Virginia for Easter this weekend, I am reminiscing on this amazing recruitment visit and wanted to share it with y’all!

I'm back, VA!
I’m back, VA!
Sidewalk Chalk Art on the way to Dinner!
Sidewalk Chalk Art on the way to dinner!
Bodo’s Bagels Coffee … a must while visiting Charlottesville and staying up for recruitment!
Bodo’s Bagels Coffee … a must while visiting Charlottesville and staying up for recruitment!
The most amazing women! Perry Ellis: CDD and outgoing VPM Advisor, Casey Barlow: incoming VPM advisor, Cierra and Stephanie: VPMs
The most amazing women! Perry Ellis: CDD and outgoing VPM advisor, Casey Barlow: incoming VPM advisor, Cierra and Stephanie: VPMs
The history nerd in my strikes again!
The history nerd in me strikes again!
The “IMP” is a secret society on campus.
The “IMP” is a secret society on campus.
Casey and I spent a lot of time at computers, very late at night, crunching numbers! I can’t wait to visit her soon!
Casey and I spent a lot of time at computers, very late at night, crunching numbers! I can’t wait to visit her soon!
Theta Zeta’s sisterhood was beautiful!
Theta Zeta’s sisterhood was beautiful!

Celebrity Sightings

Jordan Archer
Jordan Archer

One of the coolest parts of my job is that I get to work with people who I completely idolized in college. Jenna Martin Pendry, who I received emails from throughout my collegiate years! Yes, I have been to her house. Past National President Laura Owsley, who attended an event at Lambda while I was a collegian; we prepared for her arrival for weeks! We exchange the occasional text these days. The Sigma Kappa celebrity sightings are endless and never cease to thrill me!

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Here is the Epsilon Mu, Mizzou, initiation/installation team. And yes, that is current National President Cheri De Jong on the left and past National President Laura Owsley on the right. Is this real life?! (More celebrity photos to come after Installation weekend at Northeastern University!)

ImageThis is the leadership consultant team at Jenna Martin Pendry’s house. She and her husband, Ben, were gracious enough to host us and our supervisor, Brooke James (I bet a lot of the collegians recognize that name! Brooke is a celebrity these days as well). We even got to watch their wedding video, which brought about half of us to tears.

And the ultimate Sigma Kappa celebrity encounter…SISTER G!Image

I heard the great Angela Guillory speak at COTS as a collegian and have tremendously admired her ever since. The leadership consultant team had the great privilege of participating in a workshop she facilitated as part of our summer training, and she did not disappoint!

These are just a few of the truly inspiring and incredible women I have encountered over the course of my year as a leadership consultant.

I have also had the privilege of encountering some non-Sigma Kappa celebrities as a result of this job. During mid-year training, a group of us attended a Bachelor premiere party hosted by Arie, the runner up of Emily’s season of The Bachelorette. Though we didn’t get to meet him, he did walk right past us several times!Image

Earlier this semester, I went to An Evening with Nev Schulman at Northeastern University with some of the new Sigma Kappa colony members. Nev is the host of Catfish on MTV, which I am obsessed with. He was so personable and had a really inspiring message. After the show, he liked a photo I posted of him on Instagram! So we’re pretty much best friends I think. 🙂Image

I really love my job. I can’t even begin to describe the personal growth I have experienced. I’ve gotten to travel all around the country, and I have built a network of 10 incredible friends. But meeting some of my idols and coming into (almost) contact with some real-life celebrities have been such exciting experiences!

I am so excited to see who else I will get to meet as a leadership consultant!

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Old Friends, New Friends

Sue Buyrn
Sue Buyrn

My, my…where has the time gone? The journey is quickly coming to an end, but in many ways, this journey will stay with me forever. Since June 2012, every relationship I have held has been long-distance. When you hear long-distance relationship, you typically think of a romantic partnership…however, this time I’m referring to my friendships.

I would not have survived life as an LC without my friends, old and new. I knew it would be a challenge this year to stay in contact with those who mean a lot to me. Not because I didn’t want to, but because  people, including me, get wrapped up in what they’re around. Transitioning from college to the “real world” is hard enough: you have to become adjusted to new environments, make new friends, learn how to succeed again, and how to be happy again. At the beginning of this year, I felt like I was starting college all over…every five days [which mind you, I hated my first two months of college]. Add in the priority of staying in touch and sometimes it’s all downright impossible.

I could have done better this year…I feel like I say that about just about everything I do. I did really try though, and as it comes to the end, I’m happy with where many of my friendships stand. Although I may have seen some of them twice in the past nine months, when we finally do talk our friendship is still the same. Thank you to my old and dear friends, for seeing me when I was able, for understanding when I was absent, and for encouraging me to continue on through this journey that has taught me so much.

And speaking of encouragement, I must mention my new friends. There has been no greater encouragement this year than by the people I have met on the road. The many women who took me in and made me feel welcome, the staff at headquarters who supported me, and especially to my team, who I can’t imagine what being an LC would have been without them.  Ten other leadership consultants, who I have seen for only two months of my life, are now categorized as friendships that I know will last a lifetime. Like many others, we don’t talk every day. We don’t see each other on a regular basis and they have never met my family or boyfriend or other friends…but they are with me. We have a bond, because we all did it…and we did it together. They have heard me cry and laugh, and they have shared the same pains and triumphs I have felt. They know my strengths and my weaknesses. They are admirable people, and if I took only one thing away from this experience, I would choose them.

I think I have the best friends in the world.

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Encouragement along the way from many great friends!

“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” – William Shakespeare

Mad for March

Hannah Villa
Hannah Villa

“The time has come,” the NCAA said,
“To talk of many things:
Of upsets–and fouls–and point guards–
Of free throws–and screens–“

We have arrived, ladies and gentleman, to the most glorious time of the year (besides Christmas, of course). A time of year to celebrate, a time to anxiously await, a time to be on the edge of your seat. So break out your lucky t-shirt everyone and set your TIVO to CBS because March Madness has finally arrived.

March Madness is hailed around the country as one of the most exciting times in college sports, and while I believe that to the core, March Madness holds another special reverence in my heart. By attending an academic institution that prides itself on being the birthplace of basketball, I must say it was quite ingrained into my everyday life to love the game. Throughout my collegiate years I celebrated many wins with my sisters, collected an obscene amount of t-shirts, and even cried sometimes when our boys lost.

While March is centered on the tournament, and I too am glued to my TV and iPhone for game updates, March has come to mean more to me. March was always one of my favorite times during college because it meant that I was able to surround myself with my sisters to collectively and fearlessly cheer on the team we loved most. At the end of the day, it didn’t matter if we won or lost, although it hurt like heck when we didn’t. All that mattered is that we were together and that we were sublimely happy.

March is a time to unite with those who support our shared passion. March is a time to come together as one no matter the jerseys we wear. March is a time of laughter, of cheer, of wins and losses.

I certainly know who I will be rooting for this March. Do you?

xoxo- H

From the ha-has to the ah-hahs

Amy Gallagher
Amy Gallagher

With the semester well under way, I hope our collegiate members have enjoyed a fun, safe spring break and St. Patrick’s Day! Time sure has been flying by! The first half of March has brought me to Delta Pi, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, and Epsilon Zeta, Western Kentucky University, on chapter visits, as well as Boston, New York City and Louisville on personal time. I’m looking forward to my upcoming visits and meeting the women of the Northeastern Colony, Gamma Phi and Phi before the end of the month.

It’s hard to believe that in less than five weeks the 2012-2013 Leadership Consultant team will be back at national headquarters to wrap up our year on the road. We have come a long way together this past year. Through interview weekend, convention, training, personal time, and on-the-road reunions, we have had our fair share of learning moments as well as laughing moments – the ha-has and the ah-hahs. I’m so thankful to have had these ladies as my team over these past months. At this point, I can’t even imagine a time when I didn’t know these beautiful, inspirational women.

But for this LC, wrapping up this past year with my current team means preparing to meet and begin a new adventure with the 2013-2014 team. That’s right, a second year on the road! So luckily, my thoughts of impending nostalgia for ropes course bonding and minivan sing-alongs to Payphone by Maroon 5 are quelled by the overwhelming excitement to meet the new road warriors and continue with some of the ladies whom I have come to admire so much over this past year. A reminder to myself to absorb and appreciate every moment of this amazing year before beginning a new chapter.

Until next time,
Amy