April 2015 Newsletter
USF aKDPhi, Alpha Alpha
[ SPRING 2015 GRADUATION ]
#64 Nicole "aRietTy"
#65 Jennie "JAWBREAKER"
#66 Dani "Sonadolce"
#68 Jessica "eL*LunAR"
#69 Melissa "AMEthyst"
#74 Nikki "A'veRiTaS"
#76 Monique "JeMmeRi"
We can't forget about those who went above and beyond in their studies as well:
#3 Carines "True Heart," RN BSN
#17 Thi "Bubble," PharmD
#19 Jennifer "Dutchez," RN BSN ARNP
#26 Maggie "cRescenDo," MBA
#31 Maureen "Vintage," MD
#35 Tisha "JamanT-E," OD
[ SISTERHOOD ]
[ HAPPY BIRTHDAY! ]
[ 25 YEARS, 50 CHAPTERS ]
Big shoutout to Judy "X.E.N.A." for being UT - Arlington's New Member Educator, as well as to Ate Ro and Cindy for putting together a good show! Congrats to Maggie and Jenny supporting their Charter littles. No matter where USF sisters are, they always put in work for aKDPhi. USF takes over!
[ ALUMNA OF THE MONTH ]
#4 Melissa "Limelight"
We love our Charters, don't we?! Here is another Charter who we are very grateful to have. Without her, we wouldn't be here as well. We admire Ate Mel's involvement with PhilFest and sisters are always excited to see her when she is in town. Once again, thank you for starting an eternal sisterhood and still showing such passion to the organization!
What are you favorite memories of aKDPhi? One of the big sisters I interviewed during the process said that one day I will miss those days. I didn't believe her then, but she was right. My favorite memories of aKDPhi are when I got to know my line sisters and later my kids, the Beta Beauties, during the process. They were tough times, but that's when we were strongest as a class.
Why did you join/start aKDPhi? I was a freshman when Janice, Lerissa, and Angela asked me to join what I thought was an Asian philanthropy group. I told myself in high-school that I would never join a sorority and "pay for friends" so when we got a Bid at University of Houston, I was shocked when they explained to me that we needed to go there for an interview to join a sorority. I almost dropped out, but when I was told we had to be 12 and saw how hard these girls worked, I was inspired by their passion for how much they wanted this and decided to stay for the long haul. And I'm glad I did because it changed my perception of what Greek life is and showed me what true sisterhood can be.
What did aKDPhi teach you? aKDPhi has taught me so much and helped shape me into who I am today. Because of aKDPhi, I gained confidence in myself to pursue my goals and become a leader in my endeavors. I also learned what true sisterhood is and that it is a bond time and distance cannot break. Even with sisters you just meet, there's a bond that has already been formed in our common experiences, and that's one of the wonderful things I admire being a sister of aKDPhi.
What is an interesting fact about you? I started Filipino folk dancing when I was 9 and it's still something I love to do whenever I can travel back to FL. Also the first thing I ever wanted to be was a big sister. I prayed for a sister every night before going to sleep and although my parents were told they were going to have a boy, God must've listened to me because He blessed me with my little sister (who is pictured with me) and I wouldn't trade her for the world.
Words of advice for sisters: Though life can be challenging at times, learn to live life in appreciation and give time to those you love because you never know what life will bring so live it happily.
[ THROWBACK ]
Can You Guess Which Sister is Which? The first one to answer these correctly will get a small prize! Enjoy some throwback music while you're guessing. Have fun.
13. You'll get double points for this.
14. Legacy. You'll get double points for this as well.
15. She used to wear hair bows. Now she has black belts.
[ MEET OUR CAA BOARD ]
#67 Marsha "Encorre"
It was a pleasure being on CAA Board as Secretary and the editor of the monthly newsletters. Being on CAA has been an enjoyable experience as it gives me the opportunity to still be connected to other alumnae as well as the active house. I want to thank all of CAA Board for a great experience, your passion and dedication. As always, sisters are an inspiration! I hope our connection continues to grow. GO USF!
Term Crossed: Spring 2012, Lambda Class
What have you done since college: I continue to travel and learning to settle back home while spending time with my family. I've had the opportunity to intern as a Recruiter at Quicken Loans in Detroit then eventually gained a direct position as a Talent Specialist. After that, I moved to Minnesota to be closer to family and currently work in the Buying Operations team as a Region Coordinator for Novus, a media company. Of course, during my spare time, it's sorority stuff - National Board Midwestern Governor and CAA Secretary.
What aKDPhi taught you: aKDPhi has taught me to build relationships. Everybody has a story and you never know until you take the time to know them. It's empowering to be around a lot of strong women who have their own sacrifices. Those effortless relationships are always the best. These are the kind of people you want in your life and to grow with. This organization has also taught me that if you set your mind to it and really want it, you can achieve as well as excel in it.
Random fact: I took my nephew's bike and my niece's helmet to do a 30-mile bike ride in Detroit, not realizing how intense it would be.
Favorite quote: "If it doesn't challenge you, it can't change you."