Being President of my Sorority is one of the best decisions I made at James Madison University. It is extremely difficult but so rewarding. As Chapter President, my responsibilities include absolutely everything. I run Business Meetings, deal with conflict resolution, approve T-shirt designs, plan events, oversee officer positions, communicate with other chapters and so much more. Through this position, E-mails have become my best friend and I have at least 100 in my inbox at all times. (Currently: 130 emails) As President, every second of the day is consumed by Alpha Sigma Tau but I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Being Chapter President has taught me so many things. It has forced me to step outside of my comfort zone and into the unknown. It is when you step outside of your comfort zone that you truly grow as an individual and discover more about life and yourself than you could have ever imagined. When I look back on my term as Chapter President I realize that there were many things I wish I knew before I began. Here are 7:
- I will never again be introduced as Olivia. It doesn’t matter if we are at brunch with your parents or a Fraternity party, I will always be introduced as “The Prez.”
- With over 200 members you cannot (and will not) make everyone happy, and that is okay. It is okay if people are upset as long as you listen to what they have to say, the good and the bad, and fix what is wrong.
- You will make mistakes. You are not perfect and you should never pretend to be. Everyone makes mistakes but you must own them, learn from them and improve.
- You can never turn off your presidency. You have to be the same person Monday-Thursday as you are Friday-Sunday. People will come up to you with concerns on a Friday night so you must always have your Presidential hat on.
- The most important job in the world is inspiring and encouraging others. One compliment or positive remark can have the biggest impact on other people. As President my job is not to accomplish everything but to inspire and encourage others to have the confidence and willpower to do it on their own.
- You cannot move mountains in a day. Change takes time.
- Over-communication is key. You cannot say something once and expect people to understand. You must say it seven times and demonstrate it twice.