Sigma Kappa

Alumnae Experience

Alumnae Experience

Find out how Sigma Kappa has changed girls' lives forever from some of our College of Charleston SK alumnae!

 

Erin Doyle:
What was your favorite SK memory?

Choosing one memory is very difficult! The first that comes to mind was participating in the 2016 Pep Supper. This was the chapter’s first pep supper dance, so we wanted to really impress! We practiced over and over again, which built a great  comradery! Performing the dance was an absolute blast and I can still do every move 4 years later! ... I also loved getting to go to Sigma Kappa Convention with Alicia Chapman!

What was one of the most important things that being in SK taught you?
The most important thing that Sigma Kappa taught me is that giving your all and getting as involved as possible is absolutely worth it. Heavy involvement in the sorority lead to great confidence, growth, and the most fun opportunities that I would not have gotten otherwise. I am so thankful that I chose to involve myself as much as possible!

How has your experience is SK influenced your post grad experience?
My experience in Sigma Kappa has greatly influenced my post grad experience! I was so lucky to have gotten to serve on executive council for two years. In these positions I was able to practice professional skills such as communication, public speaking, organization, event planning, and delegation- all of which I have used since graduating!

 

Alicia Chapman:
What was your favorite SK memory?

My favorite Sigma Kappa memory isn’t easy to immediately place and just thinking through this question brings me back to countless happy times and memories with my sisters. But if I had to pick one specific event, it would definitely when Erin Doyle and I got to attend Convention in 2018! We had a nice 4 hour road trip down to Florida just the 2 of us full of endless laughs and conversation, I swear there wasn’t a silent moment the whole ride. We were randomly paired with 2 other women from another chapter as our roommates at the hotel who were both awesome and it was so nice to bond with other Sigma Kappas and see just how much we all had in common. The entire experience of attending Convention was something I will never forget and will always be grateful to have had. 

My favorite chapter event would definitely have to be Pep Supper. The funny memories of learning a dance with everyone and the hard work put in before the event was one of my favorite things every year. It was such a great experience to bond with sisters you may not have been close with and to really come together as a group. 
More than either of these things though, my best Sigma Kappa memories are the days spent making impromptu trips to brunch and the beach with sisters, going on spring break and summer trips together, and the time we spent just being there for each other. The best friendships of my life have come from Sigma Kappa.

What was one of the most important things that being in SK taught you?
Sigma Kappa taught me so many important things during my time as a collegiate, but most importantly it was to believe in myself and challenge myself whenever the opportunity presents itself. Personal growth is the value I resonate with most since Sigma Kappa brought out sides of me I never knew I had. I was extremely shy and reserved in high school and was always someone who went with the flow and didn’t want to stand out. I would have never been a leader or put myself out there in any way. I felt so supported and comfortable in Sigma Kappa that I was confident to take the risk of applying for an executive council position and that even if I didn’t end up getting it, I wouldn’t feel embarrassed or remorseful. Taking that leap was one of the best things I ever did for myself and I went on to serve a term as VP of Membership and President of our chapter! Those were 2 of the best experiences and opportunities of my life thus far and I am forever grateful for my sisters supporting me and encouraging me throughout it all.

How has your experience is SK influenced your post grad experience?
My experience in Sigma Kappa has impacted my post grad life tremendously. Being in this organization taught me so many valuable lessons and provided me with so many experiences that shaped me into being successful in and ready for the professional world. Things as little as knowing the meaning of “business casual” and how to send a formal email, to understanding different backgrounds and knowing how to take criticism. These are all things I am certain I would not have known had it not been for Sigma Kappa. Beyond that, my Sigma Kappa friends are lifelong friends that have been there to support me as life has moved on past college; the support system of my sisters is something I am confident will always be there to keep me going when things get tough. Although we may all be spread across the country these days, I know all of my sisters are just a phone call or text message away. 

I have also had the experience of serving on the advisory board for the Theta Theta chapter the past few months as the VPM advisor for their chapter. This has allowed me to connect with even more sisters and spread my knowledge and experiences with them to help their chapter grow. It is amazing to get to work with these women and give back to Sigma Kappa for all it has given me.