Holding a sorority office is a great experience that is both challenging and rewarding. That goes the same for the election process. Running for a sorority office is a valuable experience, regardless of the outcome. However, we have pulled together some steps you can take to make for a beneficial process.
- You must evaluate yourself to ensure that you have the necessary credentials to be a strong candidate. There are numerous offices that you can apply for. Some will require more time than others and have more responsibilities. Ask yourself these questions to make sure you are truly prepared for the responsibility:
- Do I have the time available to focus on all of the obligations related to the office?
- How much time do I need to invest to be successful?
- Will I have assistants I have to manage?
- Why do I want this office?
- To gain experience?
- To execute my great ideas?
- To lead my sisters?
- Because I feel somewhat obligated or forced?
- Am I seen as a leader?
- Do I have the passion for a specific office? Often members like to run for an office that pertains to their major and will help their resume. On that same note, Don’t pigeon hole yourself into one office just because it relates to your major. While it’s a good idea and something to think about when deciding which office to run for, it should not be the only deciding factor in choosing an office. Quite honestly, holding any office is going to add to your responsibilities. It will give you something to talk about in some of your early job interviews as well as give you experience, regardless of the positions title.
Also, keep in mind that executive board offices are more competitive than others, but that doesn’t mean the others aren’t just as important. An office wouldn’t be an office if it wasn’t a critical part of the chapter. Every office has an extremely important role to play. So though the one you run for may not be the one you are chosen for, remember it is an honor and speaks highly of your talents and leadership.
What offices do you hold or want to hold in your chapter?
Casey, Kate, and Rachel
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