From Sisterhood to CIA: Tracy Walder
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by Emma Austin
5d ago
As a sorority woman at the University of Southern California and majoring in History, Tracy Walder thought she had her career path figured out. She wanted to be a history teacher and teach students about the world around them. When she was a junior in college, it was her intention to apply for a job at her campus career fair for that exact position. But, seeing the CIA table at the career fair completely empty, Tracy went and talked to the recruiter realizing that, as she writes in her book The Unexpected Spy, “making history would be way better than teaching it.” Just a few short months later ..read more
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Preparing for Broadway: Zoe Jensen
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by Emma Austin
5d ago
If you have ever been in a theater production, you know the heart-pounding feeling you can get right before you step on stage. It can be an exhilarating experience and one that drives many people to keep performing. For Zoe Jensen, an Alpha Gamma Delta alumna, being on stage to perform for others brings her joy. Now, Zoe gets to perform in her favorite role yet – Eliza Schuyler in the Broadway production of “Hamilton.” Zoe has had an affinity for music since she was young, taking violin lessons and singing whenever she had the chance. “I have always been singing,” Zoe recalls. “I think it co ..read more
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Empowering Activism Through Sisterhood: Ashley Bisman
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by Emma Austin
5d ago
Content warning: Domestic terror, death Ashley Bisman was in history class on Sept. 11 when students began to whisper about the World Trade Center, planes crashing, fire, and terrorists. Viewing the scene on a television in the school’s office, the 16-year-old instinctively knew she would never again see her father alive. Indeed, Jeff Goldflam died that day in Tower 1, where he worked on the 101st floor. Chasing Butterflies: The True Story of a Daughter of 9/11 “Chasing Butterflies: The True Story of a Daughter of 9/11” is Ashley’s memoir of how she struggled to regain her normal, pre-9/11 l ..read more
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Navigating the College Transition with Confidence and Ease
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by Emma Austin
1w ago
Starting college soon? Whether you’re feeling excited, nervous or a mix of both, we’ve got your back. Attending college is a big step, whether you are a first-generation college student, transfer student, commuter student, in-state or out-of-state student. We have tips and tricks to help you breeze through the transition. Attend the Activity Fair and Welcome Week Events Welcome Week will range from group activities with student leaders to choose-your-adventure-type programming. However your campus holds Welcome Week, you should go to the Activity Fair and Welcome Week events. These events wi ..read more
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Study Abroad: Panhellenic Edition
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by Emma Gill
2w ago
Imagine getting to travel the world and making amazing friends while you do it. I went on a week-long trip for spring break to Barcelona and Madrid in Spain as a part of a marketing and sales class. I always knew I wanted to visit Spain because I took Spanish classes in high school and college, so getting to go during my last semester of college with my favorite professors and close friends was the best experience I could have asked for. While we were there, we went sightseeing, took tours of historical buildings and museums, had business visits, took a cooking class, and got to explore the c ..read more
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I Never Planned to Join a Sorority: My Story from Continuous Open Bidding to Panhellenic Exec
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by Emma Gill
2w ago
Picture this, it’s August 2020, we are in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and you just packed up your stuff and moved to university. You only know your roommate and a handful of other people, and all of your classes are online. This was my experience when I moved into my dorm to start my freshman year of college, feeling isolated and unsure of what my first year would hold. I had heard the word sorority before coming to college, but my whole family and I are from England and moved to the United States in 2007, so I did not know what it meant at all.  One day in August, I was scr ..read more
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Award Winning TV Personality: Janet Hsieh
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by Emma Austin
2w ago
Janet Hsieh (Theta Omicron, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is an award-winning television personality in Taiwan. And author. And violinist. A black belt in taekwondo. A trained sushi chef. A fluent speaker of four languages. A wife and mother of two. Janet is also exploring new opportunities. As she embarks on a new chapter of creativity she looks back on her whirlwind journey and shares lessons- both personal and professional to help sisters as they follow their passions. Taking the Risk While Janet’s life has been full of variety, her original plan was much more linear: she was going ..read more
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From Collegiate Leader to National Council: Amber Shaverdi Huston
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by Emma Austin
2w ago
Amber Shaverdi Huston When Amber made the decision to change career paths and become the first woman executive director of the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) it was an easy choice. Amber started her career working for fraternity and sorority inter/national organizations and found the work rewarding but always felt herself being pulled toward her other passion- higher education. “Higher education has always stayed with me because I love working with students,” Amber says. This passion started after having a positive undergraduate student experience herself. Amber attended Pit ..read more
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Capitol Hill to International Affairs: Allison May Rosen
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by Emma Austin
2w ago
Allison May Rosen Coming from Houston to Upstate New York for college was a profound change for Allison May Rosen, a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi. Joining AEPhi at Syracuse University was a game-changer. “Being a part of a community like AEPhi helped me to feel welcomed. And, to have a leadership position meant a great deal to me,” she says. Her mom Linda Katz May is also a member of AEPhi.  Allison first served the Iota chapter of AEPhi as house manager, a job, she jokes, probably no one else wanted. She went on to serve as chapter president. She recalls Lynna Taylor Klaidman, who was the ..read more
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First-Generation College Student: Alexandra Powell
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by Emma Austin
2w ago
Alexandra Powell Born and raised in Queens, New York, Alexandra is a first-generation college student. “I chose Boston University because of its stellar economics department and the plethora of research opportunities here,” she says. Majoring in economics and minoring in political science as well as business administration and management, Alexandra is interested in a career in public service. In particular, she hopes to find one that allows her to explore the relationship between U.S. financial services and government affairs. It is fitting, then, that Alexandra served her chapter as vice pres ..read more
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