Convention: A Defining Moment

by Brittani Fry, Beta Upsilon Collegian

I stepped off the plane onto the Southern soil of Atlanta with zero expectations for my stay, but I left with a creative mind and an over-flowing heart.  During the Panhellenic Dinner, we talked about defining moments. I think the typical sorority woman’s responses would be: bid day, big reveal, initiation, and her first convention.  While all those things are defining moments in my life and my sorority experience, I wondered what details about these moments would help make them defining moments?

The 40th National Convention was my first convention, so I definitely would call it a defining moment.  The catch is, it isn’t just a defining moment because of the business meetings that were conducted, the cute letters I bought at the Emerald Boutique or the educational programs I attended.  These events impacted me for sure, but what made Convention a defining moment for me were the smaller moments sparked by these larger events.

It was hearing someone on Headquarters Staff saying, “I’ve heard great things about you.”

It was my conversation with a sister of the Phi Chapter about the results of our True Colors Test.

It was late night talks and advice from Beta Upsilon and Delta Phi’s advisors.

It was Education Specialist Sarah Wild taking time out of her day to hear me ask 1000 questions and listen to how stressed I am about this upcoming year.

It was discussing with a sister about my chapter’s weaknesses, getting her advice and doing the same for her.

It was listening and watching the Rachel Hale concert while hundreds of sisters gave her their full support.

It was Delta Phi, another chapter, welcoming me, truly, as their sister.

We all left Convention with the information and motivation we need to execute and help our chapters succeed, but I also left with so much more.  I left with encouragementmentorshipsisterhood and connections.  I left with my heart feeling full and my mind racing with ideas.  I left with support from women, my sisters, across the country ready to jump the moment I need them most.  And I left with one last thing…a defining moment in my life.

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

J’adore ΑΣΤ.

J’adore ΑΣΤ.

The Emerald Boutique, the official store of Alpha Sigma Tau, will be making it’s debut at Convention! Before the store’s online launch, Convention attendees will have an opportunity to purchase the latest ΑΣΤ apparel and accessories and learn more about the Emerald Boutique’s online launch later this summer! #ASTATL

The Emerald Boutique, the official store of Alpha Sigma Tau, will be making it’s debut at Convention! Before the store’s online launch, Convention attendees will have an opportunity to purchase the latest ΑΣΤ apparel and accessories and learn more about the Emerald Boutique’s online launch later this summer! #ASTATL

More chapters are sharing graduation photos! New alumnae, be sure to update your contact information with Headquarters so you don’t miss a thing! #ASTalumna #anchoredforlife

More chapters are sharing graduation photos! New alumnae, be sure to update your contact information with Headquarters so you don’t miss a thing! #ASTalumna #anchoredforlife

Congratulations, grads! We look forward to seeing you become involved alumnae! To connect with an alumnae chapter near you, visit www.alphasigmatau.org/alumnae.  #anchoredforlife

Congratulations, grads! We look forward to seeing you become involved alumnae! To connect with an alumnae chapter near you, visit www.alphasigmatau.org/alumnae. #anchoredforlife

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ΑΣΤ Core Value of Excellence - not settling for mediocrity. Challenge the status quo. Be bold. Be courageous. How are you living Excellence today?

ΑΣΤ Core Value of Excellence - not settling for mediocrity. Challenge the status quo. Be bold. Be courageous. How are you living Excellence today?

Alpha Sigma Tau welcomes Olivia Hilton, Alpha Lambda, and Bethany Yost, Beta Delta, to Headquarters Staff as Educational Consultants for the 2014-2015 academic year!

Alpha Sigma Tau welcomes Olivia Hilton, Alpha Lambda, and Bethany Yost, Beta Delta, to Headquarters Staff as Educational Consultants for the 2014-2015 academic year!

This morning @astnjit volunteered with Habitat for Humanity! What’s a site build without a group selfie?

This morning @astnjit volunteered with Habitat for Humanity! What’s a site build without a group selfie?

This looks delicious! What’s your or your chapter’s favorite go-to ΑΣΤ treat?

This looks delicious! What’s your or your chapter’s favorite go-to ΑΣΤ treat?

Exciting Convention announcement: Rachel Hale, Delta Eta, will perform at the 40th National Convention next month! Rachel was a contestant on Season 12 of American Idol, and now she will share her music and talents at Convention! Visit www.alphasigmatau.org for more information.

Exciting Convention announcement: Rachel Hale, Delta Eta, will perform at the 40th National Convention next month! Rachel was a contestant on Season 12 of American Idol, and now she will share her music and talents at Convention! Visit www.alphasigmatau.org for more information.

Congratulations to @astbsu for becoming Alpha Sigma Tau’s newest chapter on Saturday! Help welcome these sisters of the Epsilon Sigma Chapter with comments below!

Congratulations to @astbsu for becoming Alpha Sigma Tau’s newest chapter on Saturday! Help welcome these sisters of the Epsilon Sigma Chapter with comments below!

This past weekend @ast_umd volunteered to build a playground for a local elementary school - a project that has been undergoing fundraising efforts for more than 6 years! #ContributingOurShare #ASTgraciousness #service

This past weekend @ast_umd volunteered to build a playground for a local elementary school - a project that has been undergoing fundraising efforts for more than 6 years! #ContributingOurShare #ASTgraciousness #service

This weekend, @alphatauuca, @alphasigmataueiu, and @ASTBSU are contributing their share as they participate in Relay for Life!

This weekend, @alphatauuca, @alphasigmataueiu, and @ASTBSU are contributing their share as they participate in Relay for Life!