Leadership Sisterhood

5 Lessons from a New Chapter President

By: Jenna Majeski (Lambda Nu, Northeastern University)

Jenna with Olivia Holt, New Chapter Development Specialist, on the left, and Angela Costley Harris, National President, on the right.

This spring Alpha Chi Omega sent consultants to my school, Northeastern University, with the mission of establishing a new chapter. An email about the new chapter piqued my interest, but I was hesitant to reach out. I always had an interest in joining a sorority, and I even went through formal recruitment in the fall before deciding against it, but I still wasn’t sure if it was for me.

I’m a second year, so I’ve known college without being in a sorority and I really enjoyed it. I honestly questioned if joining a sorority could actually add anything to my college experience. I had great friends, loved the clubs and organizations I was already a part of on campus, and really enjoyed my classes. What more could I need?

Alpha Chi Omega Consultants Kam, on the left, and Karly, on the right.

Despite this, I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t reach out to the Alpha Chi Omega consultants, Kam and Karly. One coffee date later I knew that I’d made a great decision to pursue this opportunity. Now, after only a few short months, I’m the founding chapter president of the Lambda Nu chapter of Alpha Chi Omega, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Though I haven’t been an Alpha Chi for long, I’ve already learned some valuable lessons about the Alpha Chi experience that will guide me in my future with the organization.

  1. A strong sisterhood requires a diverse group of women from all walks of life. From the very beginning it was clear that my founding class was incredibly varied, with women from all over the world representing tons of majors and extracurricular interests. What struck me most was that I probably never would’ve had the chance to meet these women if it weren’t for Alpha Chi Omega. Northeastern isn’t a small school, and Alpha Chi gave us the opportunity to make it smaller. We were all attracted to the organization for a specific reason, and we all share the same values as Alpha Chis which bring us together. No matter how different two sisters’ life experiences are, they can both still resonate with the Alpha Chi values and find a connection. We all share something really special, and it’s always exciting to meet a new sister and learn how her life experiences brought her to where she is today as an Alpha Chi.

    Bid Day
  2. Sisterhood takes work. We can’t all become best friends overnight, and if somebody tells you that you can, clearly they were never a founding member in a class of 120 women. After only one semester, it’d be a big stretch to say I know all of the women in my chapter. For me, putting names to faces was a really important first step. Especially as chapter president, I think it’s really important for leaders to know who the women they’re leading are. Of course my goal is to get to know all of my sisters, but it is definitely a process. This only makes me more excited to go to Alpha Chi events because it gives me an opportunity to get to know more sisters.
  3. Founding a new chapter is no easy task, but it’s worth every challenge. From trying to meet all of my new sisters to brainstorming potential philanthropy events to learning all of what it means to be an Alpha Chi, this semester has not been easy. But along with these challenges, I’ve been able to develop valuable skills and gain a better understanding of who I am and how and why I fit into the organization. I’m excited for the challenges ahead as an established chapter, and I can’t wait to see what else I learn.
  4. Alpha Chi’s support system is no joke. Once I joined Alpha Chi, I was immediately welcomed to a network of thousands of sisters ready to support me and help me achieve my goals. Between being guided by our dedicated consultants, working with our generous chapter advisors, running into area alumnae around Boston and finding out an old family friend is also an Alpha Chi, my network has extended immensely. Not only have all of these women been excited to talk to me about their experiences, but they’ve also been eager to give me advice and ask what they can do to help me.
  5. You have to be willing to go out of your comfort zone and make every moment count. Alpha Chi has already provided me with an amazing group of friends and mentors, but none of that would’ve been possible if I wasn’t willing to put myself out there. Joining this organization has given me infinite possibilities of what I can do, and I’m trying to take advantage of as many of the opportunities I get as I can. I feel so lucky to be in an organization where I feel like I can do anything.