By: May “Mosaic” Advincula, Editor-in-chief

As sisters of Delta Phi Lambda, we are instilled with the seven virtues of loyalty, honesty, respect, dedication, integrity, discipline, and academic excellence and vow to execute them in every endeavor the sorority undertakes.

Ideally, the embodiment of our virtues should extend beyond our sorority activities and should be something that we exemplify in everything that we do from personal to professional. In reflecting about my own summer seven list, I realized that much of what I do or aspire to do can be represented by a virtue.

It is my hope that my list, as well as the lists from my fellow staff members, provides you with new perspective and allows you to find various ways that you can demonstrate the virtues in your routine.

Loyalty: Sisterhood is everlasting.

Once a sister, always a sister. When your priorities naturally shift, it’s easy to lose touch with your chapter and sorority events. However, if you make an effort, there are ways that you can make sure that you are still in the loop.

Social networking provides so many opportunities to keep in touch with sisters from your chapter and across the nation, so this summer when you sign online, take the time to organize an event and get your sisters together. Whether it’s a lunch or dinner, group activity, taking the time to meet up does wonders in sustaining relationships.

For those sisters who are too far away to meet up with, send them a message and say hello. After all, you’re only one post/tweet away.

Honesty: Twelve Commandments

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin explores a woman’s journey to find happiness in her life. As part of her project, Rubin pledges to make resolutions and to keep them throughout the entire year. Since resolutions often have a tendency to fizzle, the author takes a step back and first creates a list of overarching principles, as she dubs her“Twelve Commandments,” that allow her to keep her resolutions in perspective.

She also creates another list, “Secrets of Adulthood” which summarizes much of the things she has learned in her lifetime.

This summer, take the time to reflect on your personal commandments and your personal life lessons. What are some of the values that are important to you? What do you need to improve on? What do you enjoy?

Check out Gretchen Rubin’s list here to get some ideas for your own list.

Respect: Find a mentor.

It’s always important to respect the work of people who have come before you. Whether it is the work of older sisters at your chapter or senior-level professionals in the workplace, it is important to respect the work they have done to get to where they are today. A great way to acknowledge and leverage their expertise is by establishing a mentor/mentee relationship.

Learning is key to success, and so is networking, so reach out to someone you admire and take the time to learn about their experiences and ask for their advice.

Dedication: Practice makes perfect.

Whether it’s nurturing a talent such as playing an instrument, singing, playing a sport or a hobby, sticking with an activity on a frequent basis provides a sense of personal accomplishment and enjoyment.

Reserve 15 to 30 minutes of your day everyday to one activity that you enjoy.

Integrity: Golden Rule

Treating others the way you want to be treated may sound grade-school, but this simple truth often goes neglected; one small rude moment can damper anyone’s day.

The next time you’re out and about remember simple manners and be courteous to others. Include a smile and you are sure to brighten someone’s day.

Discipline: Mind over matter.

Physical activity is an important facet of a healthy lifestyle. This summer, aim do something outdoors. Whether it is running, biking, swimming, or joining a fitness camp, there are a multitude of activities to get your blood pumping.

Though the thought of exercise can often be intimidatingespecially when it is not part of your routine, finding and activity you enjoy increases the chances of getting your mind out of the grumble.

Academic Excellence: Never stop learning.

Learning something new can help you break away from a monotonous routine and can offer you stimulating challenges that can enhance your skills and perspective. Whether it’s learning a new language, skill, or subject, find something unfamiliar and take the time to learn more about it.

You never know when your newly acquired skills will come in handy. Not to mention, it’s a great stride in personal development.