Alumnae Global Service Initiative: The First Day
By: Carly Sivillo
Beta Omega, University of Toledo
Today, April 20, 2017, marks the first day of the alumnae Global Service Trip. I came into this trip a little nervous because I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was the first to arrive at the airport, and soon after I had arrived and settled in, I met Chris, another trip participant.
After meeting Chris, I became more comfortable as she had been on the previous alumnae trip and was telling me all about her experience and how fun it was. A bit later, we met up with the rest of the ladies who had flown in. We all hit it off right away! We spent the rest of the time at the airport chit-chatting away, and the time flew by.
Before we knew it, Kristyn and Kaye were picking us up from the airport. Once we arrived at the Tri Sigma house, Kaye, who was the Tri Sigma national president for six years, began giving us a tour of the beautiful home we will be staying in for the next four days.
As we settled in, all of the women got together in the porch area and talked for hours! I must say, I was a little intimidated when I found out that I was the youngest member out of the group; I just graduated in 2016 and am new to the alumnae world. But these ladies have made me feel so comfortable. I am looking forward to spending the rest of the weekend learning from and working with them.
I am so excited to start our work tomorrow at Response, Inc. and continue developing a bond with other Alpha Chi Omega alumnae. A quote from Chris’s shirt stated, “It’s not just 4 years, it’s a lifetime,” and this trip is already helping me understand what that truly means.