I have officially been in Boone, NC for a few weeks, though it seems like a lot longer! I am honored to be able to help start a brand new chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta at Appalachian State (our 119th chapter!) and meet all of the incredible women who will start our colony here. There are five Leadership Consultants here and about 10 other IHQ staff members and volunteers who have flown out for our interview weekend. App State has been absolutely wonderful so far! The campus is beautiful, and the leaves are just starting to change. We have been hit with a little bit of rain (luckily only sprinkling) a few of the days we have been here, but overall we have gotten pretty lucky so far. I have been getting mixed responses on whether we will see snow here in the next few weeks, but supposedly Boone gets snow from October to April every year (Ah!). We have been able to try some amazing restaurants during our time here so far– everything from local pizza joints to sushi to burgers! My two favorite places so far have been Lost Province, where we had amazing pizza and got to listen to live music last weekend and Red Onion, where we got our steak fix in! Some other favorites were burgers at Come Back Shack, cinnamon rolls at Macado’s, authentic Italian food at Casa Rustica, comfort food at Our Daily Bread, and pulled pork sandwiches at The Boone Saloon.
Last weekend, we had a little bit of free time and got to celebrate one of the other consultants’ (Katelyn) birthday by going hiking! Hiking and most outdoor activities are really huge at App State, so we had to go to the classic Rough Ridge trail we had been hearing so much about. Alex and I also went zip lining on the longest zip lines east of the Mississippi, which was amazing! I’m really glad we got the chance to explore the area a little bit before the craziness of Interview weekend began.
The students at Appalachian State are very friendly, passionate about community service, and active in their communities, which is really beneficial for the colonization team. We have been working hard for the last two weeks to recruit the true change-makers on campus who are interested in new leadership and service opportunities, and I think we have found a lot of them! A large part of my role is to meet those women on campus, which has been really fun for me. I have been tabling in the Student Union, walking up to strangers on campus, and meeting with potential members for coffee, so I have met hundreds of women here! All of our events so far have been extremely successful, especially our Diabetes Awareness Walk, Zumba and our Colony Life events. We had 70 women join us for our Walk to raise awareness for a cause that impacts so many people, which was awesome. After the walk across campus, we had a speaker from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) tell us how her two-year old daughter being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes has affected their family. After the speaker and a short video about our philanthropy, we facilitated some intentional connection time and ice breakers with the group. It was amazing to see how a large group of strangers connected so well with each other, and it got me even more excited for Bid Day. Our other events throughout the last week have been even more successful!
This weekend has been very busy with interviews. Luckily, we have a lot of help with our Extension Committee and some of our International Council and staff members here. One of my chapter sisters and past roommate, Taylor, just got appointed as a member of the Extension Committee, so it has been great to see her at App State! It just goes to show that membership in Alpha Gam really is lifelong. Yesterday, I interviewed 18 potential members, which was extremely exhausting but also exciting to get to know the women more personally. I have one more interview today, then we will be preparing for our Invitational Event tomorrow and Bid Day, which is on Monday. I am so excited to see who will be a part of our new colony! I head to San Diego State on Thursday, then I will be visiting Miami University of Ohio. I posted some pictures below from the last few weeks!