Written by Jacqueline Newell
From August 5 – 9, 2013 I had the opportunity to travel to the University of Florida for my first assignment as a Sigma Kappa leadership consultant. I packed up my blue suit case, my duffle and my purse, jumped on a bus from Portland, Maine to Boston. I took a plane from Boston to D.C. and D.C. to Jacksonville and was met in the airport by Beta Tau’s president and vice president of membership. We drove for an hour and a half across the state of Florida before arriving in Gainesville.
I moved into the Sigma Kappa house and we hit the ground running. On Tuesday morning, I woke early to prepare for my meeting with the fraternity/sorority advisor (otherwise known as the F/SA). I was pretty nervous so I wandered around the house, trying my best to learn more about the Beta Tau chapter. In my explorations, I found the sign below on the wall in the kitchen. My favorite line is the last one because my stomach has been known to howl from time to time.
I spent most of my time helping the president and vice president of membership prepare for their pre recruitment week. I had a chance to meet many of the officers of the chapter and the women in charge of each round. It was great to hear how another school does recruitment, especially a bigger one with more members, bigger decorations and a bigger house! I met some officers via Skype and sat in on workshops that I worked with the officers to design – they did a great job executing them!
On my way out of town, I made a few pit stops around campus with Annabelle to take some pictures with some of the big iconic places on campus. I even found a name called Newell!