Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Semester in Review: Life as an LC


And that's only the beginning—only the most quantifiable things I could think of at this moment. I took this job because I knew it would offer me opportunities I wouldn't be able to find in any other line of work, at any other time in my life. I took this job even though I had been fortunate to find an internship at a great magazine: an open door into the career I had been preparing for since becoming my high school's newspaper editor in 2005. I took this job even though many people (friends and family included) didn't understand why I wanted to work for a sorority. But that story is for another day—maybe next summer when I'm searching for journalism jobs and wondering why I did leave the industry for a year.

For now, however, I wanted to share with you some of things I've learned on the road this semester as an Alpha Delta Pi Leadership Consultant:

I've learned horses are not the only mammals that can sleep standing up.
(Yup, that happened.)
I've learned not to store superglue in my jewelry bag.

I've learned to say yes.*

I've learned you can order your fries well done at In-N-Out. Who knew they could get even yummier?

I've learned it is still annoying when airplane passengers store their coats, purses, computer bags, etc., in the overhead bins, even if I see it happen four times a week.

I've learned how to truly appreciate clothes hangers.

I've learned how to consistently pack a 49.5-pound suitcase.

I've learned I can run more than two miles at once ... if I get lost along the way.

I've learned I probably would have been very happy at a UC, even though I refused to apply to any schools in California. (But I still love my Mizzou.)

I've learned a sorority really can change lives.

I'm interested to know: What are some of the things you have learned from your career/lifestyle?

*I felt this one needed a bit more explanation. At the beginning of my semester, I declined a lot of offers from chapter members because I felt bad (e.g. "No, I don't want anything from Starbucks;" "No, I can carry all my bags, thank you;" "No, I can wait until we get back to school to eat"). After a few months, I finally realized it's okay to admit when I need something, as long as I do it politely and graciously ( e.g. "Yes, a tall skinny peppermint mocha would be absolutely wonderful, thank you;" "Yes, actually, that would be really helpful if you could take one suitcase;" "Yes, I would like to stop for lunch soon;" "Yes, there are a few things I need from Target if you're going sometime this week"). This was one thing I knew I would need to work on this year, and I have gotten a lot better at it. After living alone for five months in Santa Fe, I don't really like to depend on anyone, but that's kind of hard to do when my entire material world weighs less than 100 pounds and I don't have access to transportation.

6 comments:

Whitney said...

I'm seriously so jealous that you had this experience! I'd love to talk to you more about what you learned. I had to learn the lesson about saying yes. It's a very important one!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

Im glad you are enjoying the experience and I am sure the girls are loving your support!

Ech and Will said...

Wow you accomplished so much! Congrats!

Treasure Tromp said...

first of all, don't even get me started on in-n-out because I love it too much. second, being in a sorority in southern CA is pretty amazing, but I may be bias. and third - 6 formal recruitments? I LOVE recruitment ... but not that much :)

Leah said...

It sounds like you are having a great experience. I'm impressed with the packing one..I am notorious for over-packing! LOL.

postgreekgrad said...

Hi sister! I found your blog through the Being Greek blog page :) Sounds like such a fun experience! I'm kicking myself for not applying last year to become an LC- it sounds like such a wonderful way to spend the year between graduation and alum world!
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