Christine, an absolutely wonderful Alpha Sigma Alpha, is with me this week discussing life as an alumna member! She is an alumna initiate; I think that alumna initiates are often some of the most dedicated members because the process is inherently more thoughtful and on purpose than typical undergraduate members. Christine is incredibly well-spoken, so enough of me!
1. What organisation and university are you from?
I am an Alpha Sigma Alpha, with the University of Maryland Baltimore County
2. What year did you initiate into your organisation?
I initiated in 2013, I am actually an alumnae initiate.
3. Does your organisation offer specific alumnae programming?
Alpha Sigma Alpha does offer alumnae specific programming in different forums including alumnae chapters and associations.
4. Are you active in either an alumnae group of your organisation or the area Panhellenic? If yes, do you hold a position?
I am active with the local alumnae chapter, I am currently the Historian of the alumnae chapter.
5. Has your sorority experience contributed to where you are now- both personally and professionally? If yes, how so?
Being an AI, my life and career was already on a good track by the time I came into sorority membership. I will say that being apart of Alpha Sigma Alpha has enhanced me both professionally and personally. I share life’s ups and downs with these women, and often rely on them for insight on career issues and the balancing act of managing career and family obligations.
6. Do you interact with any undergraduate chapters of your organisation? Ie. Attend a reunion day or Initiation, alumnae days, recruitment, philanthropy events
Its been limited in this area.
7. If you could plan an alumnae event, anything at all, what would it be?
I am a total history nerd, so if I were queen for the day, I’d plan history day to refresh everyone about Alpha Sigma Alpha. I’m still learning more about the history of my wonderful sorority love learning about where we were and seeing where our group is today.
8. Any other thoughts? I would have never thought I’d be in a sorority, however, its been such an incredible enrichment in my life. Even though I might not share the collegiate experience as many of my sisters have had, I’ve been made to feel welcome and included in the dialogue and feel like I have a voice in Alpha Sigma Alpha.
Thank you again, to Christine, for these wonderful and articulate answers!! The historian in me also agrees that history refreshers should happen in all organisations 🙂