By Carly Waring, Beta Kappa-University of British Columbia, Adelphean Compass attendee
Ever since I accepted my bid to Alpha Delta Pi in September 2012, I have been a HUGE keener (eager individual for those not up on Canadian slang). I memorized every piece of paper I was given, got involved, and started to imagine my future as a leader in my chapter. Needless to say, when I found out that I had been selected, as Finance Vice President, to accompany my chapter President to the Adelphean Compass portion Leadership Seminar I was beyond ecstatic.
As the day drew nearer, I became more and more nervous and excited. “Will other chapters think we’re weird because we’re from Canada?” “What if I filled out my 100000 pages of pre-work wrong?” “Am I going to get along with my roommate?” were just a few of the questions running through my head when we touched down in Atlanta on Thursday afternoon, after almost 12 hours of traveling. Looking back, I probably should have been sleeping instead…
Adelphean Compass was a weekend of sisterhood, self-discovery, and- at least for me- staying up all night sharing and learning from sisters. From our eye opening core sessions on leading with self, vision, action, and relationships, to our raw and engaging small group discussions (shout out to sister Mary Simeoli!), to the meals, trip to Executive Office, and everything in between, it was truly an experience that I will remember and cherish forever.
In addition to being memorable and amazing and fun, this weekend was an incredible learning experience. Every single facilitator was able to teach me a little bit more about myself, who I am as a leader, and how I can continue to learn and grow. Although I am green to the very core, they encouraged me to reflect on who I am at the emotional level, which allowed me to gain a better understanding of how I can grow to become a better version of myself as a person, sister and leader.
Now that I’m back home in Vancouver and have the opportunity to reflect on this whirlwind of a weekend, I feel inspired, empowered, and confident in the future of our organization. Being an Alpha Delta Pi means something. It doesn’t matter if your chapter has 30 women or 300, if you’re the president or have never held a position; we are all sisters. As it says in our Creed, Alpha Delta Pi is a way of life, and if there is one thing I took away from this weekend it is just that. We have the same values, the same high standards, and most importantly We Live for Each Other.
As the summer wraps up and we begin to prepare for recruitment and another semester of ADPi, I urge every one of you to keep your participant guide near by. Open it up every few weeks and be motivated by what we had the privilege of learning this weekend: to lead with SELF, and be conscious of what your strengths and weaknesses are; lead with VISION and RELATIONSHIPS, motivating your entire chapter to be the absolute best it can be; and last but not least lead with ACTION, because what good is all of this inspiration if you can’t put it into practice?
I am so incredibly proud to be an Alpha Delta Pi, and thankful to have had this unbelievable learning opportunity. See you at Convention!!