1. What is your position & how do you help out Delta Zeta?
In the position of Recruitment Advisor, I facilitate on choosing Day themes. I help the day chairs choose colors, outfits, decorations, props, drink of the day and flowers for each round of recruitment. I also help with the flow of each round, as in how to get the potential new member (PNM) into the house and to their “spot”. If need be, I help with conversation tips and lead our actives on how to stand or sit while having a conversation with a PNM. I connect the chairs or the VP of Membership's team with vendors in town to insure Delta Zeta has the best items you need to recruit PNMs. I coordinate with our kitchen staff and all kitchen volunteers on how to achieve the drink of the day and get it out to the PNM. I keep up with all purchases we must have for each party. I attend all Panhellenic meetings so DZ is up to date on all rules of recruitment and any changes from APA or NPC. I am required by Nationals to be on all phone conferences that are now every week regarding recruitment. My role as Recruitment Advisor has evolved this year. I am now part of retention and have been asked to step up our COB process.
2. Who are the girls you advise & work with closely?
I advise the VP of Membership (Katie Beth Rice), Recruitment Chair (Skylar Zembla , Assistant Recruitment Chair (Alyssa Hajos), and all the Day Chairs (Olivia Paciga, Sophie Radetic, Megan Waldorf, Maddy Malloy and Marilyn Clark).
3. Why did you decided to become an advisor?
I decided to become an advisor when I moved back to Tuscaloosa almost 4 years ago. Plus, I was asked! Back in the day, I was the equivalent to the Recruitment Chair position, so I am very familiar with recruitment.
4. Why have you chosen to continue being so active with DZ after your collegiate years?
The reason I choose to help and participate with the active chapter is so simple...
DZ is more than 4 years!
Hi everybody! I’m Bri, a rising senior! I just got back from a whole semester abroad in Sorrento, Italy. Studying abroad is an amazing experience but it was definitely hard leaving all my sisters for an entire semester. I’ve lived in the house since my sophomore year and let me say that living with roommates that are not your sorority sisters definitely took some getting used to. My dog, Nala, lives in the house with me and I’m sure she missed getting snuggles and pets every time she walked through the house or when someone stopped by our room to say hi. One thing I was really sad to miss was Greek Week. Everyone was so dressed up and it looked like the best time, most of my best memories from freshman year are from spring semester - specifically Greek Week. Another thing that took some getting used to was not having an incredible staff preparing 3 meals a day for me like I have at DZ. Our kitchen staff consists of some of the most kind-hearted and considerate people and the food is REAL good. I had to learn to cook which is probably a good thing but I did burn a dinner or two before I really got the hang of it if I’m being honest. What really was hard, though, was being away from all of my sisters. Normally, if I need advice or just to talk I’ll see what my little Morgan, or my best friend Marcy is doing and that always helps because not only do they give really good advice but they provide the most reliable support system. I know if I ever need anything I can call them or really anyone in Delta Zeta and they’ll be there to help ASAP. Of course I was able to talk to them while I was abroad but between the time zones sometimes it was pretty hard to be away from my people. Something that I thought was really cool was actually meeting a Delta Zeta alumna while I was in Sorrento. Sorrento is a TINY little city on the Amalfi Coast so I certainly wasn’t expecting to meet any alums but I did! She worked for a company that coordinates abroad programs and I was asked to help show her around which was lovely because even though we hadn’t met we knew we had similar values and we were able to joke and laugh and it just felt authentic and organic - truly a heartwarming and special day for me. I’m really excited to be back in t-town to see all my beautiful sisters and of course to welcome the PNMs! I’m so happy I get to go back in time for recruitment because it’s really fun meeting new women, seeing them go through recruitment but especially because recruitment is such a bonding experience for women who are in the house. I’m sure Nala is just as (if not more) excited to see all her friends and preside over the castle like the queen she seems to believe she is. Studying abroad gave me some of the best opportunities and experiences of my life but it would have been way sweeter if I had some, or all, of my sisters there with me. I met some incredible people during my time abroad and I hold them all dear to my heart but there simply is nothing that can compare to sisterhood. I would definitely recommend studying abroad to anybody and everybody but my advice is take a sister with you because it really helps with adjusting to a place that is so foreign, as well as the FOMO and of course you’ll always have someone to take your Instagram photos! Thank you from the bottom of my heart to read about my experience away from DZ for the semester! Have you traveled anywhere cool? Leave a comment with your experience overseas - I love hearing about other experiences/cool things people have done abroad! Maybe one of your experiences will help me convince my parents to let me travel overseas again (a girl can dream).
Bri Spence- PC '15
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