How Zeta Gave Me SkiLLz ThAt KiLLz
Adulting; a three syllable slang word defined by Urban Dictionary as, “to do grown up things and hold responsibilities such as, a 9-5 job, a mortgage/rent, a car payment, or anything else that makes one think of grown ups.” To me, “adulting” is one of the scariest words in the world. When I hear the world “adulting” it reminds me that in just one short year all of my friends and the beautiful world that I have created in my beloved college town will slowly disappear as we all go off into the world and try to survive. What comforts me is that I know every step of the way the skills and friends that I have acquired through Zeta will stick with me through it all.
I am a firm believer that everything you involve yourself with in life is what you make it. When I joined Zeta freshman year I was determined to get as much out of it as possible, I wanted this organization to stick with me far after my four years at the U of A. I decided immediately that I was going to be involved, and because of my involvement with Zeta I was able to meet so many girls, not just within my pledge class but also within the organization. My participation also helped me to boost my resume and create talking points in interviews. During my sophomore year I applied to be part of the “New Member Team,” a decision that I will forever be thankful for. Not only was I able to grow so much as a person (PC 2015 you taught me a so much), but I also got to do things that I loved. There were three girls on the New Member team, each with very different strengths and weaknesses but we worked together like a well-oiled machine. I was able to do most of the creative aspects for bid day, like designing the tanks, the theme, all while keeping everything within our budget. Weirdly enough this fun task was something that I talked most about during my interview for my now current internship.
Fast forward to summer, I am living in Chicago right off of Michigan Avenue having the absolute time of my life. Not only is this one of the best cities in the world, but I have an internship I am obsessed with. I honestly do not believe I would not have achieved my goal of interning in Chicago if it wasn’t for my positions in Zeta. Not only was my involvement of planning bid day the topic of discussion during my interview; I also gained countless skills because of my positions within Zeta. You learn a lot about yourself when you push yourself to do things you don’t think are possible.
This summer is teaching me a lot, I have learned how to expand my cooking skills further than the microwave, my sense of direction has gotten better, and I have an enhanced sense of what I actually want to do “when I grow up.” It’s not always easy but it’s always worth it, everyday brings new lessons. The thought of leaving Fayetteville in just about a year is still terrifying and when people say the word “adulting” I still shudder, but I know that when it comes down to it and I graduate and say goodbye to everything I have been comfortable with for the last four years, I can do it.
-AliBD (Alison D'antonio) PC 13