Return in Investment
In my three years as a collegian, my Alpha Chi Omega journey has been touched in many ways by the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation. I first witnessed the Foundation’s efforts in action when I watched the launch of the For Now/ Forever campaign at the 2012 National Convention, which has since grown to be the single largest campaign in NPC history. Such generous giving from our members has provided my chapter, along with all chapters across the country, with educational programs such as MyJourney, ASTP, InTune and REPRESENT. These programs have enriched my collegiate experience and motivated me to seek leadership opportunities within my chapter and on my campus.
In 2013, I was selected to participate in Alpha Chi Omega’s second Global Service Initiative trip to Jamaica. For the GSI, the Foundation funded the education sessions my sisters and I engaged in throughout the service week. The twelve of us, all from varying chapters, grew together as we were educated on the true definition of service and volunteer work in a developing nation. Most recently, the Foundation has assisted me in my educational pursuits and aspirations by awarding me with a scholarship to ease my academic expenses.
Now, serving as a student trustee for the Foundation Board of Trustees, I am able to return all that Alpha Chi Omega has invested in me as a member. I have been able to learn from accomplished alumnae on the board and collaborate with other student trustees who share the same passion I do in advancing our organization. But mostly, I have learned to value the beauty of giving –of time and funds. No amount is too small to make a lasting impact on another individual – this is something I know I will always remember from my experiences on the board and will carry with me in philanthropic efforts beyond college.
Being a student trustee has without a doubt been the single most rewarding opportunity for me as an Alpha Chi because it has allowed me to gain a deeper appreciation for our sisterhood and, in doing so, promote investing in the future generations of Alpha Chi Omega for now, and forever.