As I reflect back on my years as an Alpha Phi alumnae, I can truly say that these are some of the best years of my life. While my experiences as a collegian were amazing, being an alumnae has been even more enriching. I’ve found a passion within my career, searched for jobs, networked in a corporate setting, and volunteered as an advisor. These experiences are similar to ones many Alpha Phi’s will go through. Alpha Phi is a family, a community, and no matter where you end up after college or university you will always have a home in Alpha Phi. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to give back as an alumna to an organization that has helped shape me as a leader, philanthropist and scholar.
When I think back to my time as a collegian, and those opportunities I had to network and engage in conversations with alumnae may be some of my best memories. These women have become role models for me even after my collegiate days. Collaboration between collegians and alumnae is an opportunity to see the progress Alpha Phi has made, how your legacy lived on in a chapter, and ultimately move the fraternity forward for future generations. Alumnae events or having alumnae present at events is an opportunity to see the changes within a chapter, to network with successful leaders in Alpha Phi and discuss career and future aspirations with women who were once in your shoes.
You may remember the challenges of organizing successful events as a collegian or how stressful exams could be. As an alumnae you have the opportunity to give back to the 164 collegiate chapters in North America. As an advisor or a collegiate member, why not get connected with a local alumnae chapter and see how these women can help? Maybe it’s creating study bags to distribute during exams, or supporting philanthropy events financially or by attending, maybe it’s even attending initiation, or donating items for the house or recruitment. These are all small things that can help a great deal. For collegiate chapters, don’t forget to invite your alumnae to events.
One thing that has always stuck out to me is, why wouldn’t you want to get alumnae involved with a collegiate chapter? Alumnae can inspire and encourage collegiate members to aspire for something greater. Alpha Phi is a community, getting engaging in conversations between alumnae and collegians will allow each to expand their social and professional network – you’re giving members opportunity to meet amazing women with diverse interests in both alumnae and collegiate chapters. The start of the school year is quickly approaching, so there is no time like the present to embrace this connection.
Take this opportunity to give back to something that has given you a lifetime of memories. As an alumnae get involved with a collegiate chapter and make a difference.
I look forward to hearing about all the collegiate and alumnae events this year and seeing how alumnae are supporting our 164 amazing collegiate chapters.
Emily Campbell (Theta Eta-Western University)
Chapter Advisor – Theta Eta-Western University
Alumnae Chapter President – Southwestern Ontario Alumnae Chapter
Alumnae Chapter Administrator – East Quadrant