Giving Back

Most of the community service I completed throughout the year was done through Greek Life. I was a philanthropy week representative for a fraternity, keeping them up-to-date with my chapter’s week-long event activities benefiting Special Olympics, Girls on the Run, the S. June Smith Center and the ASA Foundation. I created a Facebook page and posted for the brothers to see every day. I also went to one of their meetings to go in-depth about the week and scoring.

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I volunteered at two mac and cheese dinners for my sorority, and rolled coins as well from coin wars that week. I also made dog and cat toys at a Panhel service event. I helped sell baked goods as well to raise money for Parents United to Stop Hazing (PUSH) and the Isabella Country Restoration Center.

Because of the service I have provided, others are going to have more opportunities available to them because of the increased amounts of funds.

Even though I am about to graduate, I want to continue to give back in the next community I live in. I want to stay in touch with current sisters who will be in the chapter next year and donate money when Greek Week rolls around again since I should have a job and be able to financially contribute.

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Creating New Paths

Imagine standing in the woods and having two paths to select from. One freshly groomed, and the other overgrown and mysterious. This semester, I chose the overgrown one.

I decided to run for executive board for my sales fraternity, Pi Sigma Epsilon. I wanted the vice president of public relations position, but ended up not being elected for the spot, so I decided to run for vice president of alumni relations and I got it.

The only problem was, that position was known for having little work to do. I didn’t want that. I wanted to be challenged and leave an impact on the chapter. I was determined to be the best vice president of alumni relations the chapter had ever seen.

I started the year off by meeting with my president to brainstorm ideas for the upcoming semester and set goals.

I created a newsletter, got an alumni to come to one of our meetings to share his experience with the active members, created a document listing which alumni work for which corporate partner and most importantly updated the alumni database.

This is where all of the alumni information is stored. Our chapter has not had the best alumni engagement lately and I figured out why after I started the position. All the contact information was four and a half years outdated. I started emailing, Facebook messaging and LinkedIn messaging alumni so I could get their contact information to bring them back in the loop with the chapter.

This is important because I’m sure none of the alumni want to be cut off from a chapter they gave so much to. I know I won’t want to when I go alum. I also helped give this position more life and started building it up more for future position holders to come.img_9150.jpg

Connecting Students to Community

Last year, I was a member of the Adopt-A-Grandparent program at CMU. Not only did I visit my adopted grandma, but I also went with other students to different assisted living homes and mingled with the residents at the events as well as pass out crafts and assist in clean up.

This helped connect the community of Mount Pleasant, Michigan, with students on campus.

If it wasn’t for the student group coming to the facilities, there wouldn’t be as strong of a connection between the two groups.

This experience has taught me the importance of community, whether I have grown up in the town or not. A sense of community should be sharing a place on this planet together, not just a town we live in.IMG_91041

Top Five, Top Five!

In the past, I have written about my sales fraternity, Pi Sigma Epsilon. It is still an organization I am actively a part of, but this year with my chapter has been more incredible.

Not only have I served on the executive board, but I also attended our regional and national conventions.

To be on the sales teams at these conventions, one must send in a try-out video to our corporate partners. They then select the top candidates to compete. I made the regionals team and began preparing a month and a half prior to the competition.

At the convention, I became friends with students from other schools by networking. Six months later and we still keep in touch.

I had to sell Liberty Mutual Insurance at the regional competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and ended up being a finalist (top 16 out of more than 80 competitors). This secured my spot to be on the nationals sales team for my chapter.

Typing this now, I am getting emotional. Just yesterday, I returned to Michigan from Jacksonville, Florida. My heart is full with an overwhelming amount of love and sense of accomplishment. I prepared all semester for this week and it showed.

There was 186 competitors and I walked away securing fifth place in the nation for a year-long sales competition. I also placed fifth for the day, hence the title “Top Five, Top Five”.

I walked on the stage in front of advisors, students and recruiters twice to be honored. I’ve never been more proud of myself before.

Because of this experience, I have furthered my sales skills and professional development. I’ve networked with so many wonderful people, listened to brilliant and inspiring keynote speakers, and pushed myself way outside my comfort zone. Not to mention, my resume is going to glow a little more from this accomplishment.

Everyone in my life has been so supportive and I cannot thank them enough for all their love.img_9077