Delta Zetas are lifelong learners.
We are, first and foremost, students.
While college is filled with many leadership, philanthropic, and social activities, earning a degree is the most important reason why we’re here. Through rigorous classes and experiences each of has, or will, discover a passion we want to turn into a career. Delta Zeta pushes us to achieve our academic goals and be the best students we can possibly be.
Delta Zeta holds our chapter leaders, active members, and potential new members to a high standard of academic excellence. We require our members to individually meet a required GPA, as well as set these same standards for our chapter GPA as a whole. This past semester, our chapter had 49 sisters who made President's List (4.0 or higher) and 154 sisters who made Dean's List (3.5 or higher).
I can give a big credit to my Delta Zeta sisters for helping me achieve my goals. In the past year I have had 2 surgeries, multiple hospitalizations, endless doctors appointments, IV injections and medication after medication but I found strength in my sisters to help me stay on top of my goal to go to Medical School/Physician Assistant School. Whether it was helping me stay on top of my school work, dealing with the stress from my grueling workload and unsteady health, or just being a shoulder I could lean on when it all got too much. They have also helped me realize the importance of comfort, empathy and support when it comes to dealing with patients of my own. Going into my senior year, I am on track to reach my goal and am now confident that I will be an amazing doctor who will be there for her patients like my sisters were for me! - Courtney Zacharias, Senior, Biology Major, PC’ 13
Through programming and planning done within our own chapter and on the national level, we present a multitude of resources and opportunities to help our members achieve and maintain these academic standards. We want our members to exceed in all areas of their lives and being able to provide academic support is one way we do this. Below are just a few of the academic programs we implement in our chapter.
Study Hall for New Members: The transition from college to high school can be an overwhelming experience. However, we’re here to make that transition as smooth and stress free as possible. We require our new members to complete 8 study hall hours a week during their first semester. These study hall hours are crucial in teaching our new members how to manage their time, set academic goals early on, and adjust to college coursework. These study hall hours have proved to be extremely beneficial in giving our new members the skills needed to succeed academically.
Major Mentor: Having a mentor to look up to is important for personal growth-- and we realize that. Because of this, we’ve implemented a successful major mentor program within our chapter. Soon after pledging Delta Zeta, our new members are paired with active members who are in their major. These active members provide our new members with study tips, teacher and course recommendations, opportunities and groups to become involved with, and general advice in how to succeed in their major. These major mentor pairings not only introduce our new members to older active members, but also foster academic growth and guidance.
Tutoring: Our Academics Chair and her assistants are always an email or text away from finding a sister a tutor on campus. Last year, we implemented an incredible tutoring program run through a company on campus. Each week, our members can request tutors for any subject that meet with them one-on-one or in groups at the Delta Zeta house. We also make sure our members are aware of and have access to the numerous tutoring programs the University offers.
Being More: A nationally-created program, Being More seeks to prepare our members for the challenges we’ll face throughout our time in college, as leaders of student organizations, and as we transition out of college and into the workplace. Led by members of our chapter, each grade participates in a part of the program that best benefits them. Members attend monthly meetings for Being More and learn about communicating effectively, balancing personal life, valuing and maintaining relationships, confidence, thinking critically, and resolving conflict, and more.
Being a member of the Million Dollar Band Colorguard has been one of the most incredible and rewarding experiences of my life! When I’m all done up and in my rhinestones for game day, though, I doubt many people stop to think about the countless hours I have spent that week at practice, completing homework and projects, or attending meetings/events for different organizations. I know Delta Zeta is beyond proud of me for being able to do all of this and maintain over a 3.5 GPA, but I am proud to have so many resources available to me through DZ! I credit the major mentor and study hall programs, sisterhood bonding events, new member workshops, my DZ sisters through MDBCG, and even just reading our creed each day to my motivation and success. I love that Delta Zeta is dedicated to bringing out each member’s potential, achieving academic success, and best of all, creating lifelong learners! - Caitlin Sizemore, Sophomore, Interior Design, PC ‘15
We support our sisters in all of their academic endeavors and strive to do all we can to help set and achieve their academic goals. In Delta Zeta, there will always be a sister to study with, to sit with in class, to go on much needed coffee runs during finals week, and to encourage you when you’re feeling stressed. Delta Zeta’s are lifelong learners and we are truly committed to that.
Studying abroad was one of the best experiences of my life. I learned so much about myself and my heritage while studying in Italy. I could only speak Italian while I was there, and it was challenging, but it helped me become more fluent. Delta Zeta gave me the confidence to step out of my comfort zone and achieve my academic goals in a unique way. - Ashley Azato, Junior, Advertising, PC ‘14
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