Taryn Mantta, Zeta Pi, Colorado School of Mines
Taryn Mantta, Zeta Pi, Colorado School of Mines

The LCs have been on the road for nearly two months now. I figured now is as good a time as ever to clear up some of those questions that many chapters have about their LC when they first show up on campus.

Q: Are you a Sigma Kappa?

A: Yes ma’am! All of the LCs are Sigma Kappa members from chapters across the country.

Q: Where do you live?

A: This is a weird question to answer. As a full-time traveling consultant, I like to joke that I live wherever each chapter decides that I’m staying, whether that be a chapter member’s room, an advisor’s house, a room on campus or a hotel. Technically, my parents live in Los Angeles, but hey, I don’t go there for months at a time, so I don’t really live there.

Q: When did you graduate?

A: All of the current LCs graduated between May 2013 and August 2014.

Q: When you leave here, are you going home?

A: Most of the time, that answer is going to be “No, I’m heading to (enter state here) to visit our chapter at (enter university here).” For many of us, if we are traveling to visit your chapter, we probably came to your chapter after leaving a different one and will leave your chapter for another one. Sometimes, it really is a Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego lifestyle.

Q: Do you live out of your suitcase then?

A: Yup! Imagine that with me for a moment. I packed a bag on Aug. 9 that will hold everything I could ever need until the end of November. Pretty daunting isn’t it! Especially when you consider that seasons change and it’s hard to pack for winter when its over 100 degrees in California.

Q: Do you have another job?

A: No ma’am. Being an LC is a full-time job. From those early morning meetings to those late recruitment nights, the LCs are surrounded by Sigma Kappa all the time.

Q: What did you major in in college?

A: The LC team is made up of women with varied majors. I’ve got a degree in environmental engineering, but on our team we also have communication, business, public health, anthropology and administration of justice degrees. (I creeped on their Facebooks. I don’t know that by heart.)

Q: Have you met the other LCs?

A: Absolutely! We get to be with each other nearly 24/7 during LC training during the summer. Plus, while we’re traveling, we’re only a text or Snapchat away.

Q: Do you enjoy it?

A: I can’t necessarily speak for the rest of the team, but I’ve got a feeling they feel the same way. We get to meet Sigma Kappa sisters across this beautiful nation. We get to live out our values with different groups of women all the time. Whether it be friendship with a chapter that is automatic because you’ve already got Sigma Kappa in common, what else could matter. It could be loyalty while we join in on cheering during your school’s football team because all of our sisters love that team. It could be personal growth (I always call it PG for short) where you get to learn about how a different section of the country lives and adapt to a lifestyle you’ve never imagined. Finally, service when you get to join a chapter as they participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, cleaning up a highway, or playing bingo at retirement homes. We get to eat, sleep and breathe Sigma Kappa, and overall, nothing sounds better.

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