Being Ritual Chair in the fall semester was a much different experience than it was in the spring semester of last year. This time around I felt much less stressed and way more confident in my abilities to carry out the responsibilities of the position that I had been elected to. Although there were challenges along the way, and I was working with a group of 27 girls instead of just one, I feel as if this was the best job I have ever done in a leadership position. I was able to separate my personal life from the role I was serving for the chapter and made ritual, a part of Alpha Gamma Delta that most members hate, enjoyable.
Over a year ago, I began volunteering at the hospital in Mount Pleasant. I started working on the 3rd floor, helping out however I could. I mostly stocked shelves and cleaned residents rooms but I was also able to learn about the care provided to patients based on their symptoms. This year I had the opportunity to volunteer in the Emergency Department and in the Education Department. Both taught me many different things and introduced me to different sides of the medical field.
In the Emergency Department I was able to watch procedures such as a Pneumothorax and the removal of a Bartholin gland cyst. I also was able to witness a code red, which to most would not be an exciting thing, but I loved every minute of it. I met a lot of great people who helped my further my education by allowing me to watch these procedures and explaining everything they were doing during them to me. They also showed me how to read X-Rays and echocardiograms properly.
In the Education Department, I have the opportunity to work with they Nurse Educator at the hospital, who is in charge of keeping all the Nurses and Nurse Aides up to date on the always changing protocols in the hospital. When volunteering with her, I am responsible for making quizzes and assignments for the Nurses and Aides to complete to prove that they still know what to do in different situation. Some of the topics I have made assignments about are child abuse and neglect, intubation, and code reds. I also had the opportunity to organize crash carts and the supply room for them. This allowed me to learn about the uses for different medicines and tools used in an emergency.
I am so thankful for all the different opportunities volunteering at the hospital has presented me with. I plan to continue volunteering there for as long as I can because I feel like the things I learn at the hospital are just as valuable as the things I learn in the classroom.
I decided this year to join another registered organization on campus to get more involved. I was introduced to the National Society of Leadership and Success by my roommate. She became apart of the organization last year and was able to take a leadership role within her first semester. So I decided to join the organization and ended up taking the role of Community Service Chair.
When I agreed to take the position I talked to the old President about the responsibilities of the role. However, she was resigning and never told the new President that I would be taking the role. Even though it was a small thing, this was a glimpse into how unorganized this group was. The new President expected very different things from me than what I was told when I accepted the position. Throughout the semester, it became more clear that this was the President’s first time in charge of an entire organization.
She tried her best to fix things in the organization and it was obvious to us all that she was very passionate about leading NSLS in the best way but she had one major downfall. This is that she was not good at delegating at all. She would take on the responsibilities of the positions of people she didn’t trust and wasn’t the best at communicating when she changed something. This lead to unorganized chaos throughout the entire organization. One of my friends who was also in the organization asked me a question about one of the events because I was on Eboard but I knew just as little as she did.
Overall, joining this organization was a major learning opportunity. I saw first hand what it was like to have a leader who didn’t trust her followers and who was uncomfortable with having other people in charge. It just goes to show how important delegating and communication is in an organization.
This year I took on two different positions in my sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta. The first was as Activities Coordinator. In this role I was responsible for planning paddle parties, practices for IM Sports, and keeping track of the number of activities each sister was involved in. The position was pretty low-key but it gave me experience and insight as to how Alpha Gam was run.
I was elected to take the role of Ritual Coordinator this semester, which is a much bigger and more important position. I am not allowed to say exactly what I do in my position but I am responsible for opening ritual during meetings, dry weeks and for planning the initiation of our new members. This proved to be the most difficult of all the tasks. After getting elected, I started planning for the week, but it is one of those things that you have to wait until the week of to do the majority of the work.
Initiation lasts a full week with events and ceremonies every night. I was in charge of finding volunteers to fulfill the needed roles for each ceremony and for reminding our members about the values that we all strive to live by. This week turned out to be one of the most stressful weeks of my life but it was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. Seeing the look on our new members face after getting initiated and how excited she was to become an official sister made everything worth it.
As with everything you do for the first time, there was a learning curve that went along with the week. Of course I learned more about the timing of events and how to stay the most organized in order to keep things running smoothly. More importantly however, I learned how to be someone dependable, how to be a good friend, that helping in anyway may not seem like a big deal but to the person you are helping it can mean the world. I learned all these things from others because this is what they did to help me. Having been in that position means I now know the best way to help others out during events, a quality that I believe is extremely important.