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Ask an Alpha Chi: Erin Rosales

In honor of our seven founders, we get to know one Alpha Chi Omega through seven questions.

Erin Rosales (Iota Nu, University of California San Diego)

After transferring to the University of California San Diego, Erin joined Alpha Chi Omega and quickly took on leadership roles. Through skills and experiences she gained as a sorority woman, through her jobs and volunteering, and in her classes, she graduated this fall prepared to make change in her community.

Q: What was your experience as a transfer student like?

As a transfer student, I immediately wanted to get involved at UC San Diego, and our Sorority & Fraternity Life (SFL) was a great way to meet new friends and connect to the community. UC San Diego has over 30,000 undergraduate students, and I was looking for an organization where I could meet new people, develop as a student leader and excel in my academics.

Q: Why did you decide to go through recruitment?

I decided to go through recruitment to meet new people and contribute to the community. Since I was in high school, I have always had aspects of volunteerism in my life from volunteering as a summer youth counselor; at the Project Open Hand organization in San Francisco, which provides meals with love; and at my high school as a student rehabilitation specialist. I was drawn to the philanthropic efforts that the SFL community offers in addition to lifelong friendships that extend beyond the university experience.

Q: What have been some of the most impactful experiences with Alpha Chi Omega so far?

The most impactful experiences included joining the 2019 executive board in my chapter as a new member. I immediately wanted to contribute to my chapter and found myself in the VP facility operations position. I also helped plan our 2019 Alpha Chi Game Night with the VP philanthropy, which was an amazing experience. I really enjoyed educating the 1,100+ members of Panhellenic and Interfraternity Council chapters on our chapter’s philanthropy, domestic violence awareness.

Q: You worked during college to pay for your Alpha Chi Omega dues. What made Alpha Chi Omega an important investment for you?

I recognized the value of sisterhood and what it means to be an Alpha Chi Omega as a real, strong woman. One of my positions as a UC San Diego campus ambassador/tour guide included working with my sisters, Esther Suh and Samantha McCuskey, alongside other SFL members. The experiences I had as a collegiate member were unforgettable, and I hope to contribute to Alpha Chi Omega as an alumna.

Q: What did you learn about yourself and what skills did you gain from your jobs?

I learned that I was able to balance my roles as a resident advisor and campus ambassador, in addition to volunteering at a research laboratory at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, alongside my experiences in Alpha Chi Omega. I learned how to be an effective student leader and applied this to my role as VP facility operations and eventually as Panhellenic VP service.

Q: Why did you choose your areas of study and what do you hope to do for your career?

I always had a passion for the sciences, which started from a high school physiology course. I came to UC San Diego as a human biology major and added the global health minor after taking an introductory global health course with a sister, Rachael Nivichanov, and learning that she was double-majoring in human biology and global health. I then declared the double major the following quarter as I really enjoyed learning about the disparities and inequities that exist in healthcare.

I am looking to get more clinical exposure within the next few years before I apply to graduate nursing programs. I hope to become a pediatric nurse practitioner and help address the health disparities within the San Francisco Bay Area, where I am originally from.

Q: What does being a real, strong woman mean to you?

Being a real, strong woman means being comfortable with being uncomfortable. I believe that real, strong women are leaders within their fields and recognize the disparities or inequities that exist. Real, strong women are successful because they are driven and envision change for their communities.

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