This past week, we got our schedules for the beginning of the fall semester, and I am so excited! Two weeks from today I head to Athens, Georgia, to support our Gamma Alpha chapter at University of Georgia for recruitment prep with another consultant, Sara. Then I make recruitment visits at Georgia Tech, Mercer University and Sonoma State University. I will also be making two visits to Kansas State in August for our colonization there.
In early September I head to Massachusetts, because I will be one of the consultants colonizing our chapter at at Tufts University! I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with a colony and be part of their first Alpha Gam experience. It is also a quick train ride away from Boston and is very similar to my alma mater (we even share the same obscure school color–brown)*, so I am very excited to primarily work with the colony from September on.
*Tufts’ colors are brown and blue and Lehigh’s colors are brown and white
It’s unbelievable to think that I have been in Indianapolis for almost a month! So much has been happening that it has been hard to regularly blog, but here is a recap of all that I’ve been up to:
We started off with The Leadership Conference, which is held by IHQ every other year. This year it was focused on membership selection and recruitment and had over 600 collegians, advisors, and volunteers in attendance. We had some introductory training the day and a half before TLC started and then dove into serving as conference staff for the three-day event. This included my breakout modeling experience (for the Alpha Gam boutique launch), participating in a mock Preference ceremony, experiencing an etiquette dinner led by Lizzie Post (the great-great granddaughter of Emily Post), meeting lots of amazing collegians and advisors, and of course learning a lot about recruitment!
After TLC we moved into apartments about 30 minutes north of Indianapolis, in Carmel. We are about 10-15 minutes away from work and a less than ten minute walk to lots of great restaurants–and also Kroger, which has (almost) replaced Wegman’s as my favorite grocery store. Kroger has live musicians play sometimes, the friendliest staff (like everywhere in Indy) and has really cool things like mushrooms growing in the store and sushi samples.
We switch apartments every week to help us prepare for life on the road. This has an added benefit–after hauling my suitcase up and down sometimes three flights of stairs to move, I am extra motivated to send home the unnecessary items at the end of the summer to make my suitcase as light as possible.
Training has been jam-packed with lots of information–I don’t think I’ve ever learned so much in just a month! From a risk management conference to the nitty gritty of officer teams to facilitation skills, we have covered so much and I am excited to see how more I will learn by the end of training.
Fourth of July weekend
We had a long weekend off during the fourth of July, and I stayed in town with a few other consultants and we got to experience more of Indianapolis. On Friday we went to the Children’s Museum, which had really cool exhibits on dinosaurs, different areas of the world, movies (including costumes from Annie and props from Ghostbusters), a huge blown glass tower, and a lot of other great exhibits. We also went to Carmel Fest and watched fireworks on the fourth of July! I spent a lot of time on the pool and got to read a lot, which was nice. On Sunday we went to Taste of Indy food festival, which was downtown and had food trucks serving everything from BBQ to Mexican food to cupcakes.
Tomorrow a few of us are planning on going to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, which I am very excited about. They have a Monet, Picasso, and the sculpture garden from The Fault in our Stars, so it’ll be fun to explore. Also, we get our schedules for recruitment and the beginning of the semester on Thursday, which I am very excited for!