By Gaoli “Chamomile” Moua, Staff Writer and Copy Editor
A number of alumnae may feel that they have outgrown the sorority because graduating from college may mean that the sorority no longer has any valuable lessons and experiences to offer.
But it is only those outliers who continue seeking discover that the more lasting opportunities embedded within the sorority are at the driver’s seat of the organization.
Like a lot of other alumnae, Gyn “Tweety” Wei thought that she could not take the things she had learned from being an active sister and secretary for her home chapter at Purdue University into her professional career after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in linguistics.
While juggling three jobs after college, Wei served as vice president of records on Delta Phil Lambda’s National Board (NB) for three years, where she honed her time management skills and was able to focus on magnifying her organization skills.
It was after her term on National Board began when she realized that the sorority “taught me a great deal, actually.” Wei said, “Being in college, I didn’t think that being in DPhiL or being on [National Board] would benefit my professional career at all. Working in the food service industry, I definitely didn’t think that I could apply anything that I learned.”
Wei said, “After I had started my position in the sales and catering department at the [Hyatt], I realized all that I did as vice president of records was coming into play.” Although her title at work was catering coordinator, Wei often found herself playing the role of sales coordinator as well and was grateful that she had had the experience of record keeping, using spreadsheets, taking minutes and organizing to make her jobs easier.
Now that Wei has lived through the uncertainty of finding a job as a recent college graduate in an unstable economy and has settled in Virginia and become a catering manager, the significance of the sorority continues to be a cornerstone in her heart.
Wei admits that she would not have grown as attached to the sorority were it not for having a hand on National Board. Taking on the challenge to help guide the sorority in a positive direction on the national level, Wei was able to take advantage of the opportunities the sorority offered to grow personally and professionally.
Because the sorority is young, serving on the regional and national level is more accessible for DFL sisters. But many sisters are intimidated to run for National Board because they fear the uncertainty of the workload and the scrutiny they might encounter from other sisters.
Wei said, “[being on National Board] definitely does take up a good amount of time although, I think [that] depends on the person. Even though each position has its own amount of responsibilities, I’d recommend maybe starting off as a governor or holding a chair position. I think if the individual is up for the challenge and would like to be on the front lines of steering our organization and sisters in a positive direction, I’d highly recommend signing up for NB.”
For Wei, being a part of the sorority has inspired her and encouraged the roots of her ambition to grow. Wei may not have reached her goal to become an entrepreneur just yet, but she is still developing the means of which to harness success.
DFL alumnae are young, and though they may not have achieved prestigious careers as CEOs of big corporations or dreamed up multimillion dollar ideas yet, graduation is only the beginning of the road to reaching their ultimate goals.