Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Sigma Mu Zeta - Graduate Chapter or Not?

Many times if things don’t happen for us a certain way in college we decide to give up on them, particularly when it comes to being apart of a sorority.  So, you did not get to be apart of your favorite sorority in college, however, sometimes things get better as you get older. The benefits of participating in a graduate chapter are massive, but I will list a few for your consideration.

Strong Professional Network
In college you get a professional network, however it gets stronger the older you become. Because you are already a trained professional you will already come in contact with those that are apart of the sorority of your choice easily. This will make room for even more connections that will lead to career advances as well as great connections for a particularly company or organization that you work for. Professional networks are finer goldmines that are hidden all over the world.

Authentic Friends
There are times in college where you are not being yourself. You go through so many collegiate experiences that the intake process may turn out to be a waste after college. However, graduate chapters focus on the person and engage the adult experience in a more mature way. This mature way leads to vital and comprehensive leadership development that passes on from soror to soror as well as generation to generation. It also pushes those that were involved in undergraduate chapters to enhance and sharpen their skills socially and actively as mature adults. It doesn’t make sense to go through so many obstacles and learning lessons in your early adult life in Zeta and not show off how finer you are in your later years in your graduate chapter. Graduate chapters could use those undergraduates that learned a thing or two about the world so that they can lean back and help our younger sorors.

Historical Impact
It was the year 1920 and our five pearls never would have imagined that their decision would have made an impact on generations to come. Why not become apart of history? It is never too late and Zeta can move forward with prestigious and zealous woman who are authentically embarking on improving the lives of others in a finer way. You might not have found your niche in college, but Zeta may bring it out of you in a way that will enhance the organization as well as your community. Finer in a graduate chapter pushes you to be and hone your gifts so that you are not just a number, but a quality version of yourself. Our five pearls were just that and they left a mark over 95 years ago to proceed forward int this effort. We are doing a marvelous job historically, but graduate chapters are a large part of why we have progressed even further. The journey did not stop when they graduated from college, but moved on in a proactive way even after their death. It was a legacy not only founded by familial ties (Tyler Sister founders), but by coming together to be different than the elitism that was so present in other organizations.

Consider this. Graduate chapters help you to graduate from craziness and focus more on the reason you join an organization. It digs deeper to the roots of your membership intake process, by rigorously pushing you as a trained professional to consider your gifts to impact the world. Graduate chapters all over the world thrive off of the heart that is so ever present in the work of the Zetas that took their time to understand who they are and what sorority really fit them, not what someone told them to be. Re-evaluate why you want to join a sorority and you may decide that a graduate chapter will help you push your common goals further, rather than just stopping at your undergraduate endeavors.