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“I hope I get this job. Otherwise, I have no idea what I’m going to do with my life.”

My exact thoughts as I pressed send on my Field Representatives application. A bit of an exaggeration, but a very real thought in my head.

Rewinding just a bit, I had been dreaming of becoming a Leadership Consultant since my sophomore year at the University of Arizona. That being said, I was feeling a whole lot of pressure when the time came to actually submit my application. If I’m being completely honest, I was so anxious about applying that I actually downloaded the application a year early just to brainstorm some ideas for when it was finally my turn.

Just like any undergraduate student, I was always thinking about my future and what I wanted to do with my life after college. Even to this day, I’m constantly changing my mind. But the one thing I knew for sure during my undergraduate experience was that I wanted to be an LC. I couldn’t think of a more perfect job. Traveling the country while working for an organization that I love — what more could I ask for?

Despite my thinking that college would last forever — spoiler alert for all of you undergrads out there: graduation day is real and will be here sooner than you think — the time had finally come for me to submit my application. Becoming an LC was no longer just talk. I had to walk the walk. I spent my entire winter break working on and trying to perfect my application. No matter how many times I read over it or had my mom and friends read over it for me, I was still a nervous wreck. So many thoughts were running through my head at that time. Was this something I could really handle? What would it feel like to be constantly traveling? Could I actually live out of a suitcase for months at a time? Was I really the right person to be providing chapter women with the advice and support they needed?

These were all questions I kept asking myself as I continued the application process. As I advanced on to the different phases, everything became much more real — as did my nerves. It wasn’t until I arrived at Kappa Kappa Gamma Headquarters and met all of the other amazing applicants that I realized this job was exactly what I was looking for. We were only in Columbus, Ohio, for a few short days, but I left feeling motivated and inspired by everyone I had met that weekend. Luckily for me, I had all of the time in the world to overthink everything I was already overthinking as I played the waiting game to hear if I got the job. I spent the next five days constantly refreshing my email and checking my phone to see if I had any missed calls even though I never put my phone down. Although I was 50 shades of anxious that week, I realized how lucky I truly was to have made it this far in the process. Kappa had become something that changed my life for the better and now I was possibly going to have the opportunity to give back to the organization that has given me so much more than I could have ever dreamed of.

Fast forward to now and I’ve realized there were so many things I didn’t even think about when I applied. Things that have made this position even more amazing than I could have ever possibly imagined. The things I didn’t think about? I didn’t truly think about the impact that meeting all of these amazing Kappas would have on me. I didn’t think about the genuine friendships I would form with the chapter women I met at each university. I didn’t think about how much I would grow as a person and how much confidence I would gain in myself through all of these experiences. I didn’t think about how meeting the other Field Representatives would change my life and would become not just the most amazing support system I could have ever asked for, but also my best friends.

While there were many things I did and did not think about, applying for this job was definitely the second best decision I’ve ever made — the first one was going Kappa, of course. It’s impossible to describe exactly everything this job entails because no two days are ever the same. Each day, I wake up and get to experience something completely new. Even if I had all the answers to the questions running through my head when I applied, nothing could have truly prepared me for the adventure ahead of me. My biggest piece of advice to those who are even just thinking about the idea of being an LC? Just go for it. Apply. See what happens. Get ready for what could possibly be the most rewarding and adventurous year of your life.

It’s been a wild ride and I’m loving every second of it.

Morgan Agster_Headshot Morgan Agster, Arizona, is a 2016–2017 Leadership Consultant. Interested in joining our Field Representative team? Find out more by visiting www.kappa.org/field_representatives today!

Success Story: Applying the Skills

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How does it feel to tell a potential job that, no, you can’t make it to an in-person interview because you currently live out of a suitcase and are 3,000 miles away? How does it feel to have a favorite breakfast joint at the good ole’ Chicago O’Hare International Airport? How does it feel to say you’ve tried 32 university’s “BEST. PIZZA. EVER!?”

It’s quite odd. Well, odd isn’t the word. It’s quite … once in a lifetime. The Leadership Consultant experience is unlike any first-year job you can acquire. You’re fresh out of your active years as a Kappa — full of date parties, Homecoming, and late-night movie-watch parties at the chapter house. All of a sudden, things like “full-time job” and “insurance” and “retirement funds” start popping into conversations with your parents, teachers and even friends. Cue emotional freak out.

Maybe you want to try life in a suitcase. Maybe you feel you’ve got much more to give to our incredible sisterhood. Maybe you’ve met a Leadership Consultant in the past who taught you a lot about life and you want to see just how she did it. For me, it was all of the above as well as an untamable desire to simply do something crazy.

Fast forward 15 months, 39,876 miles, 28 states and a few too many wears of a jean jacket and here I sit in the real world with a real closet and an actual city to call home. I now understand that serving as a Leadership Consultant for Kappa Kappa Gamma was the best real-world training I could have asked for.  Yes, others will call you a full-time sorority girl and you may get sick of Recruitment by your eighth school, but learning to handle 10 reports at a time, manage a corporate credit card, and work with just about any personality you could possibly imagine gives you the skills, knowledge, and most of all, flexibility to take on the real world with grace, charm and the Kappa class we all so dearly love.

Why apply to be a Leadership Consultant? Because as your friends jump into 9–5 desk jobs, you take weekend trips to Boston and then spend a week at a beautiful New England school. You learn about their culture and problem-solve some of life’s biggest issues. In the end, you become more of an adult and leader than you ever thought you could be. As you make a year-long transition into the real world, you learn what it means to be an independent adult and what it is like to work with a variety of personalities. Juggling new names, issues and reports weekly — yes, that is what we’re doing as we type away furiously after your meeting — is challenging, stressful and requires a lot more attention than any Chapter Council position or campus leadership role I took on in my college years. But in the end, a joyous Bid Day, successful Initiation or even — dare I say it — smooth election process and the Kappa pride that comes with it allows you to see our organization in a whole new light. Your purpose as a leader in the real world is validated. The free campus food, airplane miles and incredible Instagram follower gain are just added perks.

Another thing that a lot of Kappa’s don’t realize? You’ve got a team behind you that is there when you break down at 4 a.m. over broken clickers or when you just really need a Galentine’s Day weekend in Denver. My teammates are my best friends and you better bet we are scraping by through the real world together.

This is all to say that if you have ever had an interest in communication, leadership, trying new foods, problem-solving, higher education, team-building, sprinting through airports, Kappa Kappa Gamma, seeing the United States and Canada, or truly learning what it means to trim down your closet, serving as a Leadership Consultant could be the perfect fit for you. By the 2016 General Convention, each member of the 2015–2016 Leadership Consultant Team was either employed full-time or headed to graduate school. Most importantly, we had each grown enormously in our presentation, people, and crisis-management skills.

This job is an asset that I use daily in the real world. Ask the teacher, the law student, the filmmaker, the recruiter or any of the other positions that my incredible team ended up in and they will tell you the same. If you have the energy, curiosity and go-get-‘em attitude to see the world in just a wee-bit bigger way, I highly encourage you to take the chance and apply! Life will be there when it’s over. The chance to gain a lifetime of experience in just 10 crazy, sleepless and ultra-amazing months will not. 

Carly Wooldridge Carly Wooldridge, Missouri, was a 2015–2016 Leadership Consultant. Interested in joining our Field Representative team? Find out more by visiting www.kappa.org/field_representatives today!
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