By Caroline Washnock, Centre, 2014–2015 Leadership
Picture this: you just graduated from
college. Your first post-graduation home is two suitcases and a tote bag; your
preferred method of transportation is an airplane; your address changes weekly;
your daily schedule is determined by someone you have never met and you have
limited control over where you sleep and eat. You are entirely dependent on
these strangers to make sure you are housed in a safe place and fed regularly.
All the while you are working your first big job. While these strangers may be
your incredibly remarkable sisters and you have the chance to meet many people
and travel, the life of a Leadership Consultant can be challenging and lonely.
So who would choose to do such a
challenging yet rewarding job? Me! My name is Caroline Washnock, and I am a
Zeta Gamma from Centre College in Kentucky. I served as Marshal and Nominating
Committee Chairman for my chapter and I also spent a fantastic summer working
at Fraternity Headquarters as the Catherine Schroeder Graf Heritage Museum
intern. After my experience learning about Kappa history and meeting so many
wonderful Kappas that summer I was eager to return to my chapter to share my
knowledge and passion with my sisters. This inspired me to apply to become an
LC so I could share my passion with more of my sisters and help them as they
work to better their chapters.
As road warriors, my LC teammates and I
have already experienced wonderful visits to many chapters. However, there are
times we feel lonely and overwhelmed by our schedules. Below are seven tips for
planning our visits so you can ensure that your LC has everything she needs for
an enjoyable and successful visit.
1. Healthy food: We eat out. A lot. While we love
trying the best local restaurants or fast food restaurants (we are looking at
you, In-n-Out Burger), we do need to eat healthy food, too. Fresh fruit,
yogurts and healthy breakfast items are easy ways to help us get the nutrition
2. Time to work out: LCs appreciate time to work
out, especially if we are eating out frequently. Have a chapter member who
loves to run? Have her partner with the LC for the week. Starting to get cold
outside? Most schools have the option to purchase a temporary gym pass.
3. Free time: Our schedules do not have to be
completely booked, and in fact, we really appreciate when time off is built
into our schedule. Since we typically work from morning to evening, having an
hour to work on reports or presentations, watch Netflix, or call a friend gives
us a much-needed mental break.
4. Invitations to do things with chapter members:
Are you going Target? Grabbing some candy and a soda from the local gas
station? Going to a movie? Invite us! Don’t forget, we are all recent graduates and enjoy
socializing with women our own age. Plus, doing fun random activities with
chapter members allows us to get to know you and your chapter better!
5. Tour of campus/surrounding area: One of the perks
of being an LC is seeing so much of the United States (and sometimes Canada).
Be sure to schedule a tour of campus for your LC. If time allows, a tour around
the surrounding area is appreciated, too!
6. Meals with non-officers: During many of our visits,
we only get to know the officers since we have meetings and meals with them.
Consider scheduling meals with chapter members who do not hold positions. This
allows us to get to know more women in the chapter, plus it allows these women
to ask questions about Kappa and get to know us.
7. Officer meetings outside of meals: Officer
meetings are a really important time for an LC to learn about the officer’s initiatives,
offer assistance and gather ideas to share with other chapters. Be sure to not
schedule these meetings during meals, as it is often hard for us to take notes,
actively listen and eat at the same time. Remember, meals are a great time for
LCs to meet chapter members outside of Chapter Council!
Editor’s Note: The
Leadership Consultant application is now available. Deadline to apply is
December 1. Visit the Our Team page to learn more about the position and apply