The Halfway Mark By: Kamalea Khan, Epsilon Lambda chapter, University of Texas at Arlington
I am halfway through my journey as a consultant for Alpha Chi Omega, and boy has it been a wild ride. Transitioning from a commuting college student to a nationwide traveler and sorority savant was quite the adjustment. Merriam-Webster defines consultant as, “One who gives professional advice and service.” But there is so much more that goes into this position not covered in that description. Like being responsible for 17 chapters in eight states, managing an expense budget, independently conducting crisis management and conflict resolution – the list goes on and on.
Reflecting on my experience thus far, I think back to the reason I applied for this job. As a collegiate member, I loved contributing to the success of my chapter and well-being of my sisters. I had an urge to continue this trend post-grad, so becoming a chapter consultant made perfect sense.
I find my work most meaningful when I am able to impact and serve others, which is my goal for every chapter I visit. I’ve connected with notable alumnae, experienced immense professional development and gained quite the network on LinkedIn. But what has really stuck with me are the people and memories. Like catching a Red Sox game at Fenway Park in the heart of Boston with Theta Omicron chapter. Drinking Cuban coffees in Miami with Kappa Upsilon chapter. Making a campfire in the mountains of Utah with Beta Xi chapter. And my favorite: touring Meharry Hall of East College at DePauw University, where our seven Founders created Alpha Chi Omega, with my consultant sisters, who’ve also become some of my best friends by my side.
I’ve also learned the importance of relationship building. Every interaction I have with a chapter is an opportunity for me to make a positive impact. You can conduct meetings and write reports all day, but people really only remember the way you made them feel, the way you empowered, influenced and supported them. The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is.
These experiences would not be possible in any other career. I’ve come to realize that the amazing women I get the honor of working with every day are actually the ones positively impacting my life. I’m halfway through my journey as a consultant for Alpha Chi Omega, and the friendships, knowledge, memories and skills I’ve gained are more than I could have imagined.
I encourage everyone to apply for this position because six months in, I am certain it is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Everyone applies for a similar reason: to give back to the organization that has given us so much. However, Alpha Chi Omega has yet to stop giving. I hope everyone takes advantage of this opportunity because it’s once in a lifetime.