By Shannon Meyer (Beta Xi, Utah State University)
Before I started the consultant job, I would daydream about what the inside of my suitcases would look like. As a lover of clothing and statement-making heels, I had no idea how I would choose which of my favorite pieces to bring with me on the road. However, looking back, I overlooked the things that I really needed to bring on my new adventure – the things that would allow me to do my job to the best of my ability every day. These few things are my true packing essentials.
Openness to new experiences
Being in a new city every week has given me a newfound sense of adventure. I found the most beautiful outdoor mall in La Jolla, California; have seen the most incredible flowers and sunrises on my morning runs in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and was able to experience a new definition of summertime heat in Augusta, Georgia.
This job has allowed me to go to cities and towns that I would have never even thought of visiting but I am so unbelievably grateful that I did. I have met amazing individuals on coast-to-coast flights, in California Ubers (the drivers always have best food suggestions), and have been able to be a part of strangers’ exciting life moments – like a couple headed out for their first trip to Paris or a grandma meeting her grandchild for the first time. It is moments like these that I never imagined I would experience when I applied for this job but will forever remember as part of my chapter consultant experience.
“Stay determined.” This has been an affirmation I have been telling myself since I boarded my flight to head to Indianapolis last June for summer training.
Stay determined to make all my suitcases be under the 50-pound weight limit after receiving who knows how many formal recruitment shirts.
Stay determined to visit every Better Buzz coffee shop within the San Diego area.
But most importantly, I applied for the chapter consultant position because I wanted to make a personal impact within Alpha Chi Omega, and I have stayed determined to do that. I have loved working with the collegians I have visited, and I have loved the opportunity to learn from them. Throughout the past five months, I have been able to grow professionally and personally more than I ever imagined. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the collegians, so I must give some credit back to the women I have had the pleasure of working with up to this point.
I have been a perfectionist my entire life, and that hasn’t changed since serving in this role. I strive to be the perfect consultant for the chapters I work with and have learned I can still be a support system and resource for chapter members without knowing every single answer at the drop of a hat. Giving myself some grace every now and then has allowed me to grow and learn from my challenges and has given me the opportunity to become a better version of myself – and to continue to grow into the real, strong woman that I’ve always been.
Serving as a chapter consultant has given me more opportunities, laughs and memories than I ever imagined it could, and I am grateful for it all.