April 19, 2013

How to maintain energy for Alpha Phi? Join a local Alumnae Chapter!

The last meeting I headed to for my local alumnae chapter was a cold, rainy day; one of those reminders that Mother Nature is still in control in our area. Even if we’d worn shorts last week, it was still time to bundle up. I baked my pound cake for the “Skinny Salads and Fat Desserts” meeting. Still cold, still wet, I bundled up for the drive, Google Maps plotted on my phone. 37 minutes, 43 with traffic.

What drives someone to leave their warm home and head out for an hour or two? For me, it’s the energy I get from attending our alumnae group meetings!

Some of the “regulars” are there at this meeting, but so are four others whom I don’t know very well.  There was someone who lived in my hometown for a time, someone who shares a job similar to a long lost friend, and two other just getting started as young alumnae. Those women, sister strangers, brought smiles to my face. Their stories made me think about why it’s so incredibly important for women to connect to their identity; to what was formative and helped launch them into their present world.

I am an Alpha Phi. Sure, a good number of people mock me for my continued involvement. Regardless of where you are on your path as an alumna, I guarantee that your career, your volunteerism, and your family relationships are connected to lessons learned as a collegian.

It’s easy enough to say that you’re too busy to engage with a local chapter or with an alumnae group. Doing so only hurts you. Think of the pre-flight directives on an aircraft: “Be sure to put your oxygen mask on first and then help those around you.” What I get from my time with Alpha Phi helps me in my day-to-day living. Alumnae engagement will help you flourish in life after college, too! 

Melinda Wedding (Gamma Iota-Texas Tech) currently lives in McKinney, Texas with her husband, two daughters, and a new dog. In addition to working part time with an event planner and as a contract recruiter, she volunteers at school and at church. She loves being an active member of the Dallas-Suburban Alumnae group and recently joined McKinney Area Alumnae Panhellenic.

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