Being in a sorority Taught me...
skills develop with time and practice, and my years as an undergraduate member during recruitment helped prepare me for interviewing in the real world. The years of being an undergraduate member, working through recruitment and talking to potential new members did more than just prepare me for my own interviewing skills and abilities; it helped me become a better interviewer, and I got to use the skills I learned when I spent five years as a recruiter for a Fortune 500 company where hiring and recruiting were done in large numbers. The conversational skills, the ability to quickly assess a candidate’s resume and the ability to ask the right questions in all the years looking for the right Sisters helped me locate the right employees for the positions I was trying to fill as a recruiter/HR Generalist.
“What’s philanthropy? And why do we do it again?” Before joining Alpha Xi Delta, I really had never heard of the word philanthropy, let alone knew what it meant. That certainly changed when I became a member of Alpha Xi Delta. I discovered my passion for helping others when I was volunteering with my Sisters at the Christine Ann Center (the local Women’s Domestic Abuse Shelter in Oshkosh, Wisconsin) and participating in on-campus events with other Greeks giving back to the greater community. Over the years, my desire to give back has come through in many ways. For several years I served on the board of directors for the Family Resource Center of Fond du Lac County (a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families and children) and took part in a number of work sponsored events where we adopted families in need during the holidays. I’ve been a part of drives to benefit Humane Societies, participated in school supply drives, donated to the United Way and have been a member of several area SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) organizations. But most importantly to me, I’ve been serving Alpha Xi Delta as a volunteer advisor for about ten years. I have worked with the Theta Tau Chapter at Marian University and currently serve as the chapter advisor for the Delta Tau Chapter at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. To me, it’s the very least I can do for an organization that gave me so much. Every year, you will find me putting in late
/ SPRING 2014
Spring Formal 2013 with Delta Tau alumnae. Left to right: Shannon Diedrick, Erika Kiley, Brittany Dorfner, Jessica Seymour, Erin Grimes, Amber Bauer.
nights during recruitment, attending chapter meetings and serving as a reference and support person for my Sisters. My current chapter will tell you they appreciate the things I do for them, but really, I appreciate them for allowing me to give back. I appreciate the chance I was given to become a part of Alpha Xi Delta and to be able to realize my potential. I will be eternally grateful for the Sisterhood, love, support and knowledge I’ve been given, and it is the reason why I continue to give back every day.
“You know, maybe this was the right place for me. This isn’t like what everyone ‘thinks’ it is.” Even though most of these lessons I learned as an undergraduate of Alpha Xi Delta, I am still growing and learning from my sorority experience every day. I often get asked by my collegiate Sisters if I can review their resumes because they know I have experience in the HR field. I have learned to be a better teacher and mentor and have realized that I, at one time, was in their shoes, unsure of life beyond college. It has helped me become a better resource, and I have learned how to better help my collegiate Sisters prepare for life after college. Some of the collegiate Sisters I served as an advisor to have become some of my closest Sisters, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It has truly been a blessing to see the collegiate Sisters I work with become successful and amazing people! But the most important thing I have learned is that Alpha Xi Delta and Sisterhood truly is for life, and I am thankful I listened to my friend many years ago when she “dragged” me to a recruitment event.