5 Lessons Learned From Greek-Life
April 21, 2015, I was initiated into the Lambda Nu Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Being a part of such an amazing sisterhood has given me exposure and opportunities to serve in capacities that I never dreamed of.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded on January 13, 1913, by 22 collegiate women at Howard University to promote academic excellence and provide assistance to those in need. The major programs of the sorority are based upon the organization's Five-Point Programmatic Thrust. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is an organization of college-educated women committed to the constructive development of its members and to public service with a primary focus on the Black community.
This year my line- sisters and I are celebrating our 5-year anniversary in the bond of sisterhood. As we plan to celebrate together in New Orleans, Louisiana, I wanted to share 5 lessons that I learned about Greek-life.
1. Giving Back is vital and so very important not just in Delta but in all the Divine Nine Organizations (Click Here to learn about Divine Nine) We give back through mentoring, hosting back to school events, educating the individuals on money management, international awareness, voting rights and so much more. In Greek Life it is truly not about you-it is about serving a cause that is bigger than you and being selfless in your acts of giving.
2. Networking IS KEY- Greek life helped me understand the importance of making and maintaining meaningful relationships. Being in a sorority of so many ladies who are not only my sorors but they are within my network. I have sorority sisters, ladies and men who are members of other Diving Nine organizations that have and still continue to help me navigate life, love and my career.
3. Being a mentor and being a mentee- I have mentors and mentees that are in sororities and fraternities. Greek has afforded me the opportunity to be a mentor and to be a mentee. Having and learning from mentors has helped me develop my skills, passions, and purpose. Being a mentor has challenged me to think critically and to hold myself accountable.
4. As I was writing this blog, I realized that I discovered one of my passions. During my tenure as our Collegiate Chapter President. I noticed that my members were not operating at their full potential and I could not understand why. One day I scheduled a training and development workshop with them to gain a better understanding of how I could help develop my members as well as myself. After discussing and listening to them talk about their strengths and weaknesses, we discovered that I had assigned them to lead events that they were not passionate about and events that were their weaknesses instead of their strengths. At that moment, we decided to reorganize the leader of the events by their passions and found creative ways to help develop their weaknesses within the chapter. Needless to say, they were happier and they KILLED THEIR EVENTS.
5. The last and one of the most important things I learned in Greek life is to REST. Greek life can be time-consuming and fulfilling at the same time, it is a LIFETIME COMMITMENT. There is always something to do and somewhere to go, however, resting to make sure we are operating at our highest potential is vital to our committees, chapter and our community in which we serve. Making sure to pause, rest and reflect allows us to approach the tasks ahead of us with a clear mind and heart. When we are well-rested we can pour into each other, ourselves and our community from our overflow.
Stay Crowned Kings and Queens