I have been lucky enough for the past few months to be a part of an amazing sisterhood, Alpha Delta Pi. While going through formal sorority recruitment in August I was amazed by the diverseness of the sisters of ADPi and their caring and outgoing personalities. After receiving a bid and going through the new member process I was finally initiated into the sisterhood that meant so much to me. Our open motto is ‘We live for each other’. It is a simple yet so meaningful motto, that is very true. There is not a day that goes by where one of my sisters isn’t there for me, or I for her, it is truly what we live by.
In the collage I have many pictures of our hand-symbol which is the diamond, these photos were all taken by myself and some were given to me by sisters who had heard about my project and thought they had a photo that would work. There are pictures from the week before recruitment, sisterhood events, vacations, and philanthropy events showing that no matter where we are in the world or what we are doing we are always representing Alpha Delta Pi and our sisters.
In the center of the diamond shaped collage there is an image of our crest I found this image on another chapter’s tumblr (http://uwadpi.tumblr.com/). I chose this version of our crest because it was very colorful and when I added the black and white effect and colored what I wanted to stand out, like I did with all the photos, it would look amazing! I decided to go with the black and white with a splash of color because I could then direct the focus of each photo, mostly on the sisters or symbol in the photo. I am quite proud of the work I have done, and I hope you enjoy it!
For Com 210 we as students were asked to pick a topic that would be the basis for all of our work for the entire semester. When I saw that it was encouraged to pick yourself as your topic I was really excited. I figured I know more about myself than anyone else in the world and I already had all the information I would ever need and that the only research I would need to do was basically just thinking!
Another reason I was excited about picking myself as a topic was that I know that I am a more complex topic than something more fact based such as science research topics and topics that do not leave room for much emotional connection. I also think it helps me work more productively when I can connect with the topic of the work emotionally and on a level that requires a deeper understanding of the topic. I have learned since coming to college that it is always best to put yourself in a position that allows you the best shot at being successful in all aspects of life, especially in the class room.
When I first started brainstorming what the heck I was going to say in my first post as to why I decided to pick myself as my topic I had to do a lot of thinking. Obviously it makes sense to work with a topic that I know more about than anything else in the world. I then realized I also have a lot to say about myself and how I have become the person I am today.
A large reason I am the person I am today is because the influence boarding school had on my life. I spent my four years of high school at a boarding school in the mountains of Virginia. The most influential aspect of the experience didn’t necessarily come from the books I read or the courses I took. The most influential part of boarding school was the relationships I had with my fellow classmates. More than 70% of my fellow students were either foreign born students or American kids who were living abroad with their families.
Having my best friends come from places like Ghana, China, Spain, and Switzerland made for a very diverse friend group. The most interesting thing is that yes we all went to the same school, took similar classes, ate the same food, and lived amongst each other yet we were all so different. This made not just tolerable of other cultures but it made me curious about other cultures and the way that my friends backgrounds affected how they interacted with and saw the world. This is also a large reason I want to study communication, because even people living in the same society communicate differently and learning to communicate with people from all walks of life will help me become successful from a career standpoint as well as make me a more accepting and better citizen of the world.