Elle Woods was president of Delta Nu and I am sure that’s what most people picture when they hear that I served as president of my sorority. Want to know the truth? Serving as president of Phi Beta Chi was the most rewarding, albeit exhausting, leadership role I have ever had the honor of holding, not to mention a far cry from that of the one portrayed in Legally Blonde.
Serving as president gave me countless opportunities to strengthen qualities I thought I had, but never really used - the things I knew I would need in the oh-so-quickly approaching real world. I learned how to split my time equally between two incredibly important aspects of my life, academics and Phi Beta Chi. This I know will come in handy when I have a family, or a puppy, and a full time job.
I became extremely comfortable speaking in front of a large audience. Even though I always thought I was a decent public speaker, I utilized chapter meetings to fine-tune my “brain-to-mouth” filter (which now surprisingly works about 87% of the time). Through interactions with our national chapter and the Office of Greek Affairs on UNC’s campus I gained priceless experience on working with superiors and peers. I even learned how to use PowerPoint in a practical setting.
This incredible learning experience has prepared me for adulthood better than any class I’ve taken or self-help book I’ve read. Greek leadership roles have helped shape countless strong, ambitious women into the leaders they are today. Even though the most notable Greek leaders are fictitious and misrepresentative of the Greek community, the real, live women who have walked this path are all worthy of adoration. Katie Couric, Condoleezza Rice, and Mariska Hargitay (because who doesn’t want to be Detective Olivia Benson) are just a few. I am proud to be part of a group of women who are cracking the glass ceiling a little bit more each day. If you are reading this because you’re considering becoming a leader in your own Greek organization, do it. Nothing beats leading a group of women you believe in, when you know that they believe in you too. Because of this experience I am ready to take on the world. I can only hope the world is ready for me.