50 Thoughts You Have Going from Senior to Alumna

by Maureen Anderson (Alpha Tau), Director of Alumnae Services

As we see the last of our 2014 graduates enter alumnahood, and our Class of 2015 preparing for their exit, we know what you are going through.  We know our “seasoned” alumnae can testify to the myriad of feelings they experienced as they left college.  Read through this list and add your own.

  1. I’m soooo excited to be done with classes!
  2. Finals. I’ve got this…
  3. Last sorority meeting of the semester… I’m off of Leadership Team, and have no other coordinator positions! 3_over
  4. I only have student teaching/clinicals/internship/ect. left to do next semester.
  5. Cue the Netflix! 5_nopants
  6. When was the last time I ate?
  7. Eh, I’ll just order food. 7_netflix
  8. When was the last time I showered?
  9. I won’t shower until I need to go out.
  10. Well I’m done re-watching every season Gilmore Girls, I probably should start applying for a job or for grad school.
  11. OMG how do I write a cover letter?
  12. I seriously need to study for the GRE/LSATs. 12_business
  13. Copy. Send. Repeat.
  14. I’m dying. No one is ever going to hire me. 14_crying
  15. Do employers really look at LinkedIn? Do I have to have a profile?
  16. I think I’ve sent like 200 of these things. 16_dog_meme
  17. My first day of my last semester… Okay I better pull it together. 17_realworld
  18. It’s 2:14PM. I really want a nap.
  19. Do they have naps at jobs? 19_naps_normal
  20. Why does my new boss hate me?
  21. Are all jobs like this?
  22. I miss my little. 22_little
  23. I haven’t seen her in weeks it seems like (actuality, like 2 days).
  24. Proceed to text Little the following: 24_text
  25. Immediately seeing my Little later tonight.
  26. Catch up on drama of chapter.
  27. I’m so happy I’m not in the middle of the drama. 27_drama
  28. Sort of miss the drama. 28_dramabest
  29. Back to work. Three more weeks to go.
  30. Get email about Senior to Alumna ritual.
  31. I’m so happy I can see everyone again! 31_happygroup
  32. What am I going to wear to ritual? 32_ritualattire
  33. Who’s going to talk about me?
  34. What are they going to say?
  35. I hope no one says anything mean.
  36. No one will say anything mean.
  37. It’s here! I can’t believe it’s over.
  38. Wow, those words were very powerful. 38_justcant
  39. I feel so happy and sad now. 39_happysad
  40. Omg I can’t believe I touched so many people. 40_happy
  41. I’m going to miss everyone else so much.
  42. LOOK AT HOW MY LITTLE DECORATED MY CAP!!! 42_decoratedcap
  43. I LOVE HER SO MUCH! 43_lovelittle
  44. Was I hugged this much at initiation?!
  45. I’m wearing my cap and gown, this feels like a dream.
  46. I’ve never seen my parents so proud. 46_proud
  47. My sisters are the loudest in the crowd.
  48. Who brought the horn?
  49. Obligatory cap photo with my fellow grads. 49_gradcaps
  50. I’m so proud to be an alumna of Delta Phi Epsilon! 50_ellewoods

What’s next?

After graduation is just the beginning of your Delta Phi Epsilon journey.

Sisterhood is a lifetime. Be sure to pay your annual dues of $19.17 (yes, it’s like that on purpose, easy to remember right?). By paying alumna dues, you are directly supporting alumnae programming which in turn, goes right back to help you. TRIADs YAY!

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Join local alumnae associations in your area. No matter where you move or what job you take, we have sisters worldwide, ready to welcome you and help you along.  Isn’t one nearby, start one! There are lots of sisters who are just waiting for someone to reach out to them. They are also a great way to continue our PEARL program with the alumnae 5 C’s (Character, Cultural, Career, Connections, and Civic) and to get involved with local city Alumnae Panhellenics. Can you say scholarships?

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Volunteer for a Chapter Advisory Board or committee. Are you full of wonderful knowledge from sorority or work experience? The strength of our chapters depends on knowledgeable mentors to help guide our Leadership Teams to success. Behind every 1917 Chapter, there is a great Chapter Advisory Board. Be open to working with chapters other than your own to grow your own sisterhood experience.

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Advocate for alumnae initiates. Has someone in your family or a friend always supported everything you’ve done as a sister? Ask her if she’d like to become an alumna initiate. These women go through an alumna-tailored six-week New Member Orientation and become full alumna members after they are initiated. It’s a great gift to give anyone. AI_hugs

This is truly just the beginning. end_goldengirls

Contact Maureen Anderson, Director of Alumnae Services, with how to get involved after graduation and stay active as an alumna.

Maureen Anderson
Director of Alumnae Services
manderson@dphie.org

215-732-5901 office
215-805-1604 cell

 

 

10 Reasons I am Thankful for DPhiE

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by Kirsten Cirelli (Alpha Alpha), Membership Manager

Let’s talk turkey.  This list should be one that everyone can understand.  In a month of giving thanks, let’s add our sorority to that list.

Here are 10 Reasons I am Thankful for DPhiE …

1.   I have an endless support system that I can always rely on for anything I may need (even if that is as simple as sharing hot chocolate on a bad day.)

2. I found my career path through leadership opportunities within the sorority and Panhellenic.

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3. I found my best friends, roommates, future bridesmaids, mentors, and sisters who inspire me to be something.

4. I am held to a higher standard which has given me a vision and the drive to keep working harder.

5.  This organization has empowered me to be the best woman I can be.

6. I get to explore my core values that align with Justice, Sisterhood and Love, which guides me in my day to day life.

7. I have a family away from home (and anywhere I go)

8. I have gained skills, and not just how to craft (true story). But I learned how to work on a team, time management, and organizational skills that I can relate to my personal and professional life.

9. I have endless opportunities to meet and network with new sisters who will make an impact on my life.

10. Of the countless memories I have made, the best ones are yet to come.

This Thanksgiving, we give thanks to our families, our friends, our sisters, and the adventures that are ahead of us.  Why are you thankful for DPhiE today? Share this on social media and tell everyone your story.

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7 Things EVERYONE should know about Delta Phi Epsilon

by Danielle Williams (Beta Mu), Administrative Intern

You think you know, but you have no idea.  Or do you?  Here is some basic “must knows” about DPhiE.

1.  DPhiE’s International Headquarters is in Philadelphia.

Not many people realize there is a team of people keeping Delta Phi Epsilon together as a whole – 28 Paid Staff to be exact!. Sure, each Leadership Team and Team Excellence does a great job of keeping their own chapters in check along with advisory board, but IHQ is responsible for creating new chapters, maintaining current chapters, keeping alumnae involved in the sorority and so much more.

2. Alumnae Associations are available after you graduate.

Alumnae AssociationsHave no fear, alumnae associations are available for DPhiE sisters upon graduation! IHQ is working hard to establish more alumnae associations across the country to be more accessible for Delta Phi Epsilon graduates.  Check out the alumnae pages and groups on Facebook or contact Maureen Anderson, Director of Alumnae Services, at manderson@dphie.org to find out where there is one nearest to you.  It’s not four years, it’s for life.

3. Networking and making friends is easier now than ever before.

Because of DPhiE, you will have the opportunity to meet with so many established, successful women. Networking among your own sisters is so important for your future, and it’s so easy to do with over 60,000 total initiates since we’ve been founded!

4. The Delta Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation provides many opportunities for sisters.

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The foundation sponsors DPhiE’s biennial convention which focuses on the personal development of members.  Engage U, also made possible by DPhiE EF, is an operation-based leadership session hosted eight time per year in different areas across the nation that provides members and alumnae with the skills needed to lead their chapter and to be engaged. The foundation offers sisters opportunities for scholarships to continue or supplement their education, with over 30 scholarships awarded last year alone.

5. We support National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)…

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One of DPhiE’s international philanthropies is ANAD. Our chapters across the country participate in ANAD awareness and fundraising events throughout the year and promote positive body image.  Activities such as “Trash Your Insecurities”, Post-It notes on bathroom mirrors, Comfortable in your own “genes” fashion shows, and publicity campaigns speak to college women everywhere.   As a sister, it feels so great to align myself with a group of women who support such a great, positive cause. Check out the organization’s website at http://www.anad.org/.

6. …and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF).

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Cystic Fibrosis is a disease that primarily causes sticky, thick mucus thats clogs the lungs, making it difficult to breathe.  CFF is the world’s leading organization in the search for a cure, and was founded by Phyllis Kossoff, a DPhiE sister from the Delta Chapter at Hunter College in New York. Phyllis’ daughter Stephanie had CF, which eventually took her young life.  In 1957, Phyllis stood before a  DPhiE convention and told her sisters about Stephanie and their growing CF family, and asked for help. The response was overwhelming, and DPhiE has been there ever since, fundraising, increasing awareness and advocating for those with CF.  DPhiE chapters hold balls and galas for Cystic Fibrosis each year and continuously raise money for the cure throughout the year. You can find out more information about CFF at http://www.cff.org/

7. Delta Phi Epsilon serves as a home to many women and can do the same for you.

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From our philanthropies to career opportunities, there is a place for every sister to shine. With so many welcoming, loving sisters around you, it’s hard not to succeed in everything you do!