December 11, 2012

Collegiate Perspective: "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"

The holidays are a special time to celebrate good will and practice two of Alpha Phi’s very important values: service and loyalty. Although sisters celebrate our values all year round, these two are especially important during the holiday season.

Service is an incredible way to show good will. As Alpha Phis, we should always be ready to aid those in need. This value can shine during the holiday season.
  • Find a local homeless shelter where you can volunteer. Bring members from your chapter, or work with the university to get other organizations involved. This is a great way to give back, while encouraging others to embrace service.
  • Consider participating in Toys for Tots or visiting a child’s wing at a hospital.  Few things are more rewarding than seeing a child’s face light up during the holiday season.
  • Go caroling around your campus and community. Visit an assisted living facility. Elderly folks will appreciate the visit and the joy our sisters can bring to their homes.

Loyalty isn’t always easily expressed in concrete ways, but it’s an important part of sharing good will this holiday season.
  • Express loyalty to those in your community. Commit to volunteering and show up. When you dedicate yourself to being loyal to everyone, not just family and friends, you’re sure to feel the warmth of the holiday season.
  • Loyalty is deeply rooted in the relationships you foster with close friends and family. This support system most likely taught you the importance of loyalty before you joined Alpha Phi. Holidays are meant to be celebrated with the ones closest to you, so celebrate!
  • And remember: always be loyal to yourself. Treasure the time spent with others, but remember to set aside personal time during the holidays. If you feel at peace with yourself, you’ll be happier and more motivated to enjoy the holiday spirit with your family, friends or community when the time comes.  

Happy Holidays!

Lindsey Skaza is a collegiate member at Indiana State (Delta Pi).

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