By: Ashlyn Coston (Beta Lambda, University of Arizona)
To say that I have learned a lot over the past six months as a chapter consultant would be an
understatement. I have learned to be independent and self-reliant, understood the importance of
adaptability and time management, gained self-confidence and realized that feeling discomfort is not
necessarily a bad thing as it allows for growth. Along the way I have visited and learned about 15 beautiful
cities and have had the chance to empower many women. The most important thing I have become
during this journey is more thankful! I am thankful for Alpha Chi Omega, for my sisters and for
the opportunity to discover something new about myself almost daily on this wonderful adventure of
being a chapter consultant. As a re-founding member of the Beta Lambda (University of Arizona)
chapter, I am overjoyed that I am able to give back to the organization that gave me so much as a member
and continues to do so as a consultant.
Becoming an Alpha Chi Omega chapter consultant was not an easy decision for me. I was plagued with
self-doubt, worried about being accepted and wondered how I would not get lonesome on the road. After
only six months in, I can tell you it has been the best decision I have ever made. Here is what I have gained
from being a chapter consultant:
I have always had a strong sense of wanderlust. I have never been content with the status quo and have
always been interested in new adventures. As a chapter consultant, you are constantly faced with detours
that take you outside the mundane. The consultant position allows you to experience things you would
otherwise not experience. Whether you have the opportunity to explore a city in your home state or travel
across the United States to a new city you have never visited, this job is never ordinary. The experiences
and adventures this position provides are invaluable.
The ability to work for an organization focused on empowering women
Real. Strong. Women. It’s our tagline. Alpha Chi Omega is constantly striving to build up women. When
women support each other, incredible things happen. As a chapter consultant, you are continually
collaborating with other women and empowering them to reach their full potential. You have the ability
to impact others. You see immense potential in members at each chapter you visit and are able to watch
women grow throughout their collegiate experience. This position can foster your passion to touch the
lives of many different chapter members across the United States.
You are capable of more than you think. Being on the road has taught me to embrace change. As an
Alpha Chi Omega consultant, I have continued to grow by being forced outside my comfort zone. I have
gained more confidence in the last six months than I did over my four years of college. I have become
more resilient, determined and independent, and I continue to find a greater sense of who I am. I have
found joy in being by myself.
Every day is a new adventure
There is an endless stream of learning opportunities within the consultant position. Each day is a new
day. You are constantly meeting new people and visiting new places. As a consultant, your work days are
never boring and never the same! One day you could be in Los Angeles working by the beach, and the
next in the fall snow in Boulder. It is one wild ride!
My sisters are my greatest support system when I am traveling. There have been numerous individuals
who have positively impacted my life throughout my collegiate experience and my time as a
consultant. My consultant sisters are everything that I never knew I needed. They keep me sane and are
my rocks. We rely heavily on one another to provide support, unconditional love and
understanding. After all, behind every successful woman are other successful women who have her back! I
am fortunate my support system keeps growing.
Being a chapter consultant is the hardest job you will ever love! The passion and devotion I have for
Alpha Chi Omega pushes me every day to be a better person and to be the best consultant I can be. The
memories and friendships I have gained are irreplaceable and will last a lifetime. I encourage you to reflect
on the leader that you are and to see the potential in yourself to impact the lives of others. My advice to
you…don’t be afraid to take a leap of faith and begin your greatest adventure!