I watched my friend Suzie Hicks when she was in her New Member Education Process during Spring 2016. Hearing from her how much she loved Zeta and how she was growing so much made me want to be a part of something like that. I wanted a family on campus, but I also wanted a chance to grow my network and achieve my professional goals.
What are you involved in on campus besides Zeta?
Noteworthy, em Magazine, Your Magazine, American Marketing Association, Survivor Boston, Orientation
How do you think Zeta has helped you professionally and personally?
Professionally, Zeta has helped me not just create new goals but actually achieve them. My dream internship for a long time was HubSpot. The first time I applied (Spring 2017) I didn't even make it past the first round of applications. A year later, I had reached out to Zeta alum Melissa Obleada who works at HubSpot. She got my foot in the door, and I made it past three rounds of interviews to secure a spot as the Blog intern. Zetas will always stand by each other because we know what we're all capable of. Personally, Zeta has given me a family at Emerson. From day one of recruitment, I knew these were the people for me -- kind, funny, loving, and weird, yet also hard-working, confident, and dedicated. Zetas have supported me through the good and bad times. Zetas show up for each other -- they're at every Member's concert, show, presentation, and event. Nothing makes me happier than seeing Zetas in the crowd, rooting me and others on.
What are you the most proud of out of your time at Emerson?
I'm most proud of getting cast in Hamlet, directed by Emerson Shakespeare Society and Mercutio Troupe, during the second semester of my sophomore year. I did musicals throughout my life, but I was never the lead. Coming to Emerson, I never thought I would get cast, seeing as there are so many talented people studying theatre here. However, not only did I get cast in a student theatre production as the only non-performing-arts major in the whole cast and crew, but I also got cast in my first-ever play (and a Shakespeare one, at that)! I never thought I could be put in a role like that and succeed, but I did. And, I learned so much from the talented, gripping, all-female cast and my amazing directors.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
I see myself living in New York as a C-level executive of a socially and environmentally responsible company, whether it be non-profit or for-profit. I care so much about brands that give back to the world, and I'd love to be a part of a team, such as Patagonia or LUSH, who gets to make that magic happen.
If you had a message to get someone through the day what would it be?
Your past does not define you. You are in charge of creating your own future. Don't let perceived mistakes deter you from laying out the path you deserve.
What's something about Zeta you would tell someone that could change their view on "American Greek Life"?
As a professional, gender-inclusive fraternity, Zeta could not be further from the stereotypical "American Greek Life." We are rooted in developing and furthering each other's professional skills and goals. We never include hazing; our New Member Education Process involves meaningful work that helps New Members learn about its current Members, the history of Zeta, and professional skills --such as time management and working with people of different personalities -- that can be beneficial in the future. In addition, we are gender-inclusive, so we support diversity and acceptance of all. Zeta has always been a safe space for me, filled with people who accept me for who I am but also push me to be the best person they envision I can be.
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