#SororityLife: 9 Ways to Stay Involved After College
How was your weekend? I spent mine at my old sorority house. No, I wasn't partying with the college girls. I'm an advisor for the chapter, which means that I guide, encourage, and monitor the women in the hopes that they can grow personally, and to help ensure the continued success of the sorority.
During the fall, I basically live at the sorority house again. Between recruitment, chapter retreat, officer elections, and initiation, I volunteer at least 10 hours a week for Alpha Delta Pi.
Why do I give up my precious evenings and weekends for this?
In a nutshell, I want the college women to have as wonderful an experience in this sorority as I did. I want them to have way too many bridesmaids, because they couldn't possibly choose between their sisters. I want them to have a group of supportive women cheering them on when they get that new job, or start a family, or move to a new city. I want them to have the networking opportunities that come from sharing the same secrets, knowing that you've experienced the same rituals, regardless of time or place.
These experiences can only continue if the sorority is nurtured, and its members educated. As our creed states, Alpha Delta Pi is more than a ritual or a symbol, it is a way of life.
I know this sounds corny to a lot of people. If you weren't in a sorority you probably stopped reading a long time ago, so if you're still with me, I'm going to assume that you understand my devotion. Maybe you also have a deep love for your sorority, but you haven't thought much about it since college. It's never too late to get involved!
1. Join the advisory board.
This is time consuming yet extremely rewarding. You get to know the women on a personal level and help them cultivate their leadership skills. You get to improve your chapter from the inside out.
2. Join the housing corporation.
Our house corp makes decisions about renovations and decor, and works with the house mom to make sure everything runs smoothly and looks beautiful at the sorority house.
3. Volunteer to chaperone dances.
If you don't have time to serve on the advisory board but you still want to help out, chaperones are always needed and appreciated. I personally love chaperoning dances. It's fun to see everyone dressed up and having a great time. It’s also fun to wonder if that’s how you acted in college.
4. Get involved with your local alumnae association.
If you don't have time to volunteer, I still encourage you to get involved with other alumnae in your area. They often plan fun outings like wine tastings, painting parties, and more.
5. Connect with sisters on social media.
Remember that girl that lived down the hall from you who always made you laugh? Look her up! I bet she'd love to hear from you.
6. Attend philanthropy events.
If your local chapter is having a pancake breakfast or a 5K to raise money for their national philanthropy, GO! Alumnae support is so important.
7. Network with other women in your sorority.
Being in a sorority is one of the best and easiest ways to connect with other women in your professional field. Throw them the secret handshake and get down to business.
8. Donate to your chapter's foundation.
If you don't live near your chapter anymore, you can still help financially. Many times the national foundations raise money to help sisters with scholarships or to provide assistance during a difficult financial time. Research your chapter's foundation and consider making a recurring donation to help your sisters across the country.
9. Go to homecoming.
Relive your glory days. Tour your old house. Wear your college colors and cheer on the football team. You won't regret it.