Jessica Chi, Gamma Tau-Columbia
The Alumnae Programming and Engagement Committee is excited to continue our series spotlighting Sigma Delta Tau’s wonderful volunteers!
This month we are introducing you to Jessica Chi. Jessica has been volunteering for SDT since graduating from our Gamma Tau chapter at Columbia University in 2015. Her love for SDT is shown throughout her multiple volunteer roles. Currently she is an advisor for our Gamma Rho chapter at Ramapo, and a member of our Housing, Alumnae Programming, and Strategic Planning committees. Read our Q&A with Jessica to see why she is so passionate about volunteering for SDT!
Q: Why do you volunteer for SDT?
A: SDT played a hugely important role in my college career and has continued to bring so much joy and pride to my life even years later. I volunteer because I want to give back to the organization in a meaningful and impactful way, and help ensure that we continue to offer a best-in-class sorority experience for generations to come.
Q: What keeps you busy outside of SDT?
A: I work in Marketing and Product Development at L’Oréal USA, and also serve in a few different volunteer roles for my alma mater, Columbia University (Roar, Lion, Roar!). In my free time, I love traveling with family and friends, seeing live theatre, and binge-watching trashy reality TV!
Q: What skills have you developed while volunteering that are applicable in other areas of life?
A: My SDT volunteer work has definitely helped me develop stronger project management, time management, and coaching/mentoring skills, all of which have proven especially relevant and beneficial to my professional career.
Q: What advice would you offer someone interested in volunteering for SDT?
A: Don’t be afraid to raise your hand for volunteer opportunities early and often! I know from experience that it’s sometimes easy (especially as a soon-to-be-grad or young alumna) to feel intimidated by SDT’s huge, superstar-filled volunteer base–but the reality is that our entire community is very welcoming, and you’ll always have the support and resources you need to achieve your goals. And once you’ve begun volunteering with SDT, be sure to explore any and all areas of the sorority that interest you–that way, you’ll gain a solid understanding of our organizational structure, ways of working, and national initiatives.
Sigma Delta Tau would not be successful without the time and effort put forth by our volunteers. Every alumna has the ability to make an impact. Whatever your interests may be- programming, service, scholarship, or recruitment- there is an opportunity for you! If you are interested in finding your passion within SDT, fill out our volunteer interest form: http://sigmadeltatau.org/volunteer-interest-form/
Author Bio: Tara Olson is a recent graduate from The George Washington University and works as an Mechanical Engineer at WSP. Tara was a member of the Collegiate Leadership Team and is currently serving as a volunteer on the Mid Atlantic Region Recruitment Team and the Alumnae Programming and Engagement Committee.