Every chapter has some sort of “bragging” ritual or tradition that they take part in. My chapter has a Snap Cup (#TotalLegallyBlondeMove) where girls give shoutouts to the amazing things they (or another sister) accomplished that week. It was usually something like, “Snaps to Emily for landing an internship in NYC!” By the end of the semester, it got pretty ridiculous (“Snaps to Kelsey for throwing up at the bar and still going home with someone!”), but at least it started out with good intentions.
The University of Alabama Psi Chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta started an Instagram page where they share some of the amazing things their members are doing. Whether it’s pursuing higher education, sharing their talent, or even just giving wise words of wisdom, their page is full of incredible quotes from the girls in their chapter. It’s like the sorority version of Humans of New York. They spotlight a different girl doing something amazing on campus or in their community every couple of days and it’s so refreshing. Not only is it a brilliant recruitment strategy (an incoming freshman actually tipped us off to this account), but it’s also just a good way to let sisters see some of the remarkable things their sisters are doing. In a huge chapter, it’s hard to memorize everyone’s name, let alone know what their goals and aspirations are. It’s definitely worth a follow. Every girl has a unique job, talent, or passion but together they are Alpha Gamma Delta.
Take a look at some of the inspiring stories below.
#HumansOfAlphaGam | "I may not be the coolest person ever, but I do speak Bulgarian! It was actually my first language and I try to speak it as much as possible to keep up my skills. I believe that the country has a lot to offer the world in the future. Someday, I hope to represent Bulgaria in the United Nations.” –Sophia Warner, Freshman, Blackburn Institute Member
#HumansOfAlphaGam | “My team and I are working to optimize the synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles that are in the core of the drug delivery system. Essentially, our goal is to eliminate the damaging side effects that accompany chemo treatment today. Knowing that the work I am doing in the lab could potentially revolutionize cancer treatment is what attracts me to the laboratory and motivates me to continue.” – Kaylee O’Connor, Sophomore, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering double major on the Pre-Med Track.
#HumansOfAlphaGam | “My favorite part about being Jewish is the community that it creates and the sense of home you find no matter where you go! Before the holocaust my family left Europe and settled in South Africa. As an 8th generation South African, I left to move to the states when I was 6 years old. The huge Jewish South African community in Atlanta made it feel as if I grew up South Africa.” -Bianca Levy, Sophomore, Member of Hillel International's inaugural Student Cabinet
#HumansOfAlphaGam | “The key to success for women in the business world is to not consider the fact that you are a woman as a hindrance. To be successful, women should recognize the value of their own skill set and be unafraid to participate in the conversation in the workplace to gain respect, help drive change, and demonstrate to superiors (and colleagues) your unique perspective and value. I set myself personal standards, and will do anything it takes to achieve them.” – Corinne Jenkins, Senior, Recipient of the Economics, Finance and Legal Studies Department Chair Award and future Goldman Sachs Equity Research Analyst
#HumansOfAlphaGam | "Every time I walk on and off a field I walk on and off the same way as if I won or lost. Being successful in the sport has also given me a lot of confidence in other areas because it was a constant reminder everyone starts from the bottom somewhere, but with patience and hard work you can achieve a lot of things. I mean I started from a small little all-girl catholic school, I didn’t think much of it. I never would have thought I would be shooting in college at such a high level." -Julia Stallings, Sophomore, 2016 Professional Sporting Clay Association ACUI Collegiate Championship Lady Champion
#HumansOfAlphaGam | "I started singing in the sixth grade. I got the lead in my church musical and refused to share the microphone. Everybody in my family sings, enough to where we had to make a rule that no one was allowed to sing at the dinner table. I joined my first a cappella group when I moved to Nashville my junior year and have loved the camaraderie of it ever since." -Molly Shuster, Senior, President of No Strings Attached a cappella group
#HumansOfAlphaGam | "I wanted to apply for Teach For America because I wanted to do something meaningful with my time after graduation, before I apply to medical school. I was very fortunate to receive a strong education growing up. Sadly, there are huge inequalities in education based on race, class, and gender. I believe all students deserve the chance to receive a quality education. By joining Teach For America, I hope to help bridge some of these gaps for students." -Megan Lyons, Senior, future Teach For America teacher
#HumansOfAlphaGam | "One thing about playing the french horn that most people probably would not know is how much it translates to everything I do. As a student, the horn has taught me discipline and the steps I have to take in order to achieve my goals. As a part of the community, the horn has taught me to be in sync with others, actively listening to the parts others play. As a friend, it has taught me harmony in relationships and to value each part of a person. As a Christian, the horn has taught me to follow the path the Lord has planned and to use my talents to praise Him. Being a part of an ensemble is a special experience that truly shapes an individual and her perspective on all things in life." -Caitlin Baggett, Member of University of Alabama Symphonic Band and future Masters of Nursing student at Augusta University
#HumansOfAlphaGam | "Optometry was never a career that anyone told me I had to do. Ever since I can remember I’ve been saying that I want to be an optometrist when I grow up. I’ve always had that end goal in mind. I think if you want something badly enough, you give it everything you’ve got until you achieve success. Getting into SUNY Optometry was more than I ever expected and I am grateful for the opportunity to move to such a vibrant city and attend such an incredible school." – Natalie Pare, Senior, Future Student at SUNY College of Optometry, one of the top programs in the nation
#HumansOfAlphaGam | "My biggest motivation for being a Young Life leader is my passion for kids and Christ. I know as a high school student myself, my YoungLife leader was a big influence in my life as I struggled with typical high school problems. I hope to be able to do the same thing for kids in the Tuscaloosa area, as they embark on their walk with Christ throughout changing times. I get to help them, but I also get to learn new things from them everyday." -McKinley Reid, Freshman, Young Life Leader
#HumansOfAlphaGam | "I would tell anyone who is taking a risk or putting themselves out there to not compare themselves to others and keep their eyes on their own personal goals. It is so easy to get caught up in comparing what you are doing to others. Be confident in your abilities and don't be scared to take risks to pursue your dream!" -Michaela McLean, Freshman, Member of Crimson Cabaret
AGD at Alabama has some exceptionally talented women. Keep it up, ladies..