When you think of the word scholarship you normally think of an organization or person giving you a particular amount of money for education. In most cases this is true. My house has scholarship grants girls can win or apply for to help them pay for school. But in this instance that’s not what I am talking about. In this case I’m talking more based off the actual definition of the word scholarship. Scholarship is defined as an academic study or achievement. This having nothing to do with earning money for school, simply making an educational achievement of some kind or spending time on studies.
My house has a scholarship program that is required of our girls every year. This is a plan to make sure each girl in the house is on top of their studies. Tonight at chapter one of our members of the Chapter Management Team explained our new plan for the scholarship program. I think it’s brilliant and simple. What each girl has to do is for the rest of the semester they need to make sure they have three scholarship achievements that they can log into a binder. Each log can be anything from doing well on a test to studying for multiple hours at the library. There is a binder for each grade level where the girls can individually log their own achievements. This allows of Chapter Management Team to be aware of how amazing our girls are, as well as make sure we are all being scholarly. It’s really cool that we do this because it contributes to this fact…“At MSU, the sorority average GPA is higher than the all women’s average GPA and the all student average GPA.”
If I were to attempt to explain all the politics that go in to maintaining my sorority chapter, I could right a novel. So, in that case I will attempt to keep it much shorter.
The main points you need to know for this story include:
1. I’m the current house manager
2. Positions for my chapter run on annual year
3. My position is required to live in our house for their entirety of the position
As all Michigan State students know simply from reading those simply facts, this can cause a problem with who runs for the position. Since the school year runs from August to August the requirement to have the position live in for the entirety of their term as the position holder (December-December), deters people from running for the position.
This year I was selected by a nomination committee to hold the House Manager position. I accepted on the condition that I would not have to live in our house Fall 2015 due to the fact that I had already signed a lease to live else where. Now, with my sorority house we have people from our own chapter who are in charge who can make executive decisions like that. But we also have collegiate alumni who hold positions in our nationals that advise us on how to run our chapter effectively, and by the rules. Now we have one advisor from nationals that works with us quite frequently, and once she caught wind of the fact that the House Manager position was switching after the end of the semester, she was not happy.
Tonight, a group of my peers and I all get to discuss with our advisor a solution to the problem and further discuss how to solve this issue for the future. We’ll see how it turns out and I’ll update you once I know the results!