Saturday, March 3, 2012

Exciting News!

As I'm sure most of you know, I have been very involved in my sorority, Phi Mu.  I couldn't imagine not being involved next year as an alumna.  Every time I would think about graduating, I would think about having to leave all of the wonderful friends that I have made in Phi Mu.  I have heard many people and sorority women say that it is just a social thing to join a sorority.  I have never felt that Phi Mu was only something social to do.  Phi Mu has given me so much support with everything in my life and provided me with a bond of love that I share with my sisters.  It has been very hard to think of what my life would be like not having Phi Mu things to do everyday.  With all of this in the back of my head, I took a leap of faith and applied to work for our national headquarters next year as a chapter consultant.  Chapter consultants travel the United States working with chapters to help them with anything they need help with from recruitment to philanthropy events and to ensure they are operating properly.  Some chapter consultants even get to live in a town where Phi Mu has just come onto campus and help that particular chapter understand how our sorority functions.  I didn't really think that I would even get called for a phone interview, but I applied with high hopes in November.

To my surprise, I was called for a phone interview. I was so nervous, but so excited.  I thought that I would certainly not make it past the phone interview round.  I knew that so many wonderful leaders across the United States were applying for this same position and I didn't know if I would even stand out.  In January, I got a phone call saying they wanted to fly me out to Peachtree City, Georgia for in-person interviews.  I was ecstatic!  I have never been to our national headquarters and I was just excited for the opportunity to go.  So two weekends ago, I got on a plane and headed for Georgia.  I had a mixture of excitement and nerves.  I clearly wanted to get the job but didn't want to get my hopes up and not get it and be devastated.  All of the girls at the in-person interview were amazing.  This made me even MORE nervous.  After meeting the headquarters staff and the girls that I could possibly be working with next year, I wanted the job more than ever.  Everyone was so friendly and it just felt right for me to be there.

I knew that I would be finding out sometime within the next 2 weeks, but I just didn't know when.  I was constantly glancing at my phone whenever I could to see if I had a missed call from headquarters.  Finally this week I did.  On Thursday, the kids had just gone to recess when I looked at my phone and saw I had a missed call and voicemail from them.  I immediately started to freak out.  Did I want to know then?  Could I wait?  My heart was racing.  My teacher told me to listen to the voicemail and call them back.  I did and I was so happy that I did.  I found out that I GOT THE JOB!   I couldn't believe it!  Not only did I get the job, but I found out I would be moving to Arkansas for the fall semester to help with extension and start our brand new chapter at the University of Arkansas!

I feel so honored to be selected to do this.  It means more to me that I can even put into words.  I can't wait to help with extension and help all the wonderful women who will join Phi Mu understand the values and bond that Phi Mu has.

Here are a few pictures from headquarters when I was at interviews:


Phi Mu's National Headquarters in Peachtree City, Georgia 


Beautiful floor


Lindsey and Shelby are some of the wonderful girls I met from JMU and USC- They got the job, too!  I am so excited to work with them.  So happy that Shelby will also be with me at the University of Arkansas in the fall!

I am so thankful for this opportunity I have been given.  I am so excited about being able to give back to a sorority that has given me so much <3 LIOB 

6 comments:

Its Official said...

Congratulations!! Sounds like so much fun!! Love your outfit in the last picture! :)

Brittany said...

congratulations!!!

Beth B. said...

That's great!!! I just joined Alpha Chi Omega because we started a new chapter at High Point University, and as a senior graduating in May, obviously I feel like I need more time with A Chi O. I thought about applying to be a chapter consultant, but I have to teach for 4 years after I graduate because of my scholarship :/ I hope you have lots of fun though! I have a few friends who are Phi Mus. They are great people :)

Haley said...

Congratulations, April! They are so lucky to have you and I'm sure you're so excited!

Hailey Henderson said...

Hey April!! Can't wait to start our new adventure together! I have started a blog myself; however, I may need to get your help your page is just precious. :) See you in July at convention. LIOB, Hailey

April said...

Of course I'll help you, Hailey! So excited for convention :) LIOB