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Networking with sorority sisters

I was fortunate to pledge a wonderful sorority while on campus and I am now completing my degree online in an apartment far from campus with a different school. What is the best way to stay active as an alum and maintain my sorority contacts? #July20 #college-life #greekalum

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Anne’s Answer

One way is the join the alumni chapter in your town. Many larger communities have sorority and fraternity alumni chapters and if there is a college in that town that has your sorority, that's even better! I graduated from college in the early 1980's and I still participate in the alumni chapter in my town. Social Media is of course a great way to stay connected with your sorority sisters. It's difficult during this pandemic, but scheduling regular get togethers is a great way to stay connected. For several years after graduation, there were 6 of us sorority sisters who met somewhere every year and it kept us connected. Due to growing family commitments, we stopped doing that annually, but we do still try to get together at least every five years.
Thank you comment icon Thank you! I have joined the Alum Chapter and have been asked to be involved in membership. I am hoping to make connections with some more recent graduates and encourage them to connect as well! Emily
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Lisa’s Answer

LinkedIn is a great way to stay in touch with your classmates and sisters professionally. If you don’t yet have a LinkedIn profile, it only takes a few minutes, and there are lots of great tutorials on how to set it up online. Many sororities also have groups on LinkedIn that you can join to stay in touch with your sisters and share information/posts/job opportunities. This is something you can easily search for when you log in by using the main search bar. You can also do this for your college - they typically have groups as well.

If you want to stay in touch with the chapter of your sorority at your school in a more formal capacity, you can become a chapter advisor. Many chapters need advisors for things like honor board, philanthropy/fundraising, member education, recruitment, and more. I think the best way to find out about these opportunities is to contact your sorority’s national headquarters. Also note that in my experience, these positions are volunteer-based and can often be remote.

If you are looking to stay active as an alum of your school in general, I would recommend getting in touch with alumni relations. They are likely looking for alum to serve as guest speakers, mentors, donors, etc. I am personally on my school’s alumni email list, and I really enjoy finding out about opportunities to volunteer as well as regional alumni events.

Lisa recommends the following next steps:

Create a LinkedIn profile (if you haven’t already)
Search for sorority sisters and groups on LinkedIn and connect with them/join.
Contact your sorority’s national headquarters to inquire about volunteer opportunities, like advisor or speaker positions.
Get on the email listerv(s) for you college’s alumni relations office.
Thank you comment icon Thank you for your sage advice! Emily
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