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The life of a…Sorority Sister
“I got into it because I wanted to take more of a leadership role in the Quinnipiac community and my friend really enjoyed being in a sorority, so I decided to go out for this new one that came to QU last fall,” said senior Jennifer Napiorski.
Napiorski is involved in many aspects of QU life. “Besides having three majors and being the service chair in Kappa Alpha Theta, I am a Resident Assistant in Commons Residence Hall,” Napiorski said. “I am also in Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society for History, and Psi Chi, the national honor society for Psychology.”
Kappa Alpha Theta is one of the newest sororities offered to students on campus. It first came to QU in fall 2006.
“Since I am a founding sister of my sorority the process is different than one would go through during formal recruitment in the spring,” Napiorski said.
Applying to a sorority means meeting the sisters of all of the sororities on campus. The process lasts for days along with a selection process. The potential new member “selects where they think they fit best and the sorority picks numerous people who they think will complement our sorority well,” Napiorski said.
Since Kappa Alpha Theta is the newest sorority on campus they are able to lay their own foundation to QU by actively deciding how they want to portray themselves and be different from the other two sororities.
“The people within the sorority are what make us different; along with the philanthropy events,” Napiorski said.
Kappa Alpha Theta is involved with Kicks for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) which is their “signature event.” They also actively contribute in many community service events including “a thanksgiving food drive, a blanket drive, making cards for the elderly around Christmas and making goody bags for the children in the CASA program,” Napiorski said.
Recently Kappa Alpha Theta raised money for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer through a ‘pink’ bake sale. Moreover, around finals they do candy grams to raise money for CASA.
Being in so many activities leaves little time in a day.
“It is extremely hard to find the time to do all of my homework and find time to fulfill my responsibilities as an RA and as service chair for Theta. It always seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day to finish everything that I need to get done,” Napiorski said.
In particular, Napiorski has set days for certain responsibilities she has.
“On Monday’s I have an RA meeting and on Thursdays and Sundays I have a Theta meeting and on various weekdays I am on duty which means I must be in Commons from 6:45 p.m. to 12 a.m.,” Napiorski said.
Napiorski has become an expert at managing time since her freshman year at QU. Gradually each year she has become more involved in the Quinnipiac community, all the while having a tough course load.
“I feel like being busy helps me learn to manage the amount of school work I have with my activities which will assist my teaching career. Getting involved and staying busy is one of the most successful ways to have a great college experience,” Napiorski said.