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Flashlight 12-06-2013 06:02 PM

New graduate interested in AI
 
I've read this section pretty thoroughly over the past few months, and now that I've graduated, I'm interested in pursuing AI.
There is one organization that I'm interested in and I'm starting to inquire with that organization and see where it goes.

ThetaPrincess24 12-06-2013 06:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Flashlight (Post 2251730)
I've read this section pretty thoroughly over the past few months, and now that I've graduated, I'm interested in pursuing AI.
There is one organization that I'm interested in and I'm starting to inquire with that organization and see where it goes.

Why were you not able to go Greek in college?

Flashlight 12-06-2013 06:19 PM

Financial reasons.

pbear19 12-06-2013 09:04 PM

Good luck to you! But I would refrain from posting anything else about this on GC. Each organization has its own perspective on alumna initiates, some being relatively friendly and open. From the GC perspective, total discretion is your best bet. If you have questions or concerns, you are welcome to message me or find some other active member who is an AI. :)

Flashlight 12-10-2013 11:50 PM

Thank you pbear.

mlanderson 01-11-2014 12:57 PM

Feel free to message me as well. My group is very passionate about alumnae initiation. I've been a sponsor for a women in the past and it was a very rewarding experience.

owlette19 02-13-2014 05:12 PM

I'm in the same boat as Flashlight, so good luck to you!

alumniguest 03-27-2014 07:31 PM

Just wondering if flashlight has any updates?? It's been a few months since she said she was pursuing AI.

Flashlight 03-27-2014 07:56 PM

I'm waiting to hear back from the organization that I am interested in. So far, no news.

ThetaPrincess24 03-28-2014 09:05 AM

Do you know anyone in the organization already? Do you have any sponsors?

Titchou 03-28-2014 10:22 AM

Keep in mind that just because the national org may be very receptive to AIs, the local alums may not be so much so. And usually that's who you go thru for AI - not the national org.

andthen 03-28-2014 10:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Titchou (Post 2267516)
Keep in mind that just because the national org may be very receptive to AIs, the local alums may not be so much so. And usually that's who you go thru for AI - not the national org.

This. And sometimes there might be lack of awareness on the part of local alums, or depending on how active local alums might be this can also present a challenge. For those who I have known that joined as AI's it seemed in many cases it was a lot of hurry up and wait.

ASTalumna06 03-28-2014 11:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Titchou (Post 2267516)
Keep in mind that just because the national org may be very receptive to AIs, the local alums may not be so much so. And usually that's who you go thru for AI - not the national org.

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Originally Posted by andthen (Post 2267519)
This. And sometimes there might be lack of awareness on the part of local alums, or depending on how active local alums might be this can also present a challenge. For those who I have known that joined as AI's it seemed in many cases it was a lot of hurry up and wait.

A big yes to what these ladies said.

Our national organization is actually holding a webinar soon regarding this exact topic. I actually wouldn't have known about AI at all if I never visited this site. It's not exactly a common occurrence. And while collegiate members are focusing on recruiting undergraduates, alumnae are focused on their lives/alumnae chapters, and the last thing they're thinking is "We need to recruit more members!"

A lack of understanding/knowledge of this option by the GLO's members is a huge hurdle to overcome when pursuing AI. This is why an AI is usually someone that the GLO's members know well and/or someone that has contributed to the sorority in a big way. Rather than having a "stranger" approach the sorority and be honored as an AI, it's more likely that the members recognize a person's dedication to the community, philanthropic work, and/or the sorority directly, and that they're a good friend of the members, prompting at least a few members to think/say, "I wish she was a sister..."

Flashlight 03-28-2014 01:58 PM

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Originally Posted by ThetaPrincess24 (Post 2267512)
Do you know anyone in the organization already? Do you have any sponsors?

No to both questions.

DeltaBetaBaby 03-28-2014 02:02 PM

Guys, we tell PNAI's to be as discreet as possible. Coming on her thread and asking for updates is hugely unnecessary. If/when Flashlight has news she is comfortable sharing, she'll share it.


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