2013 Winner's Essay
When I first took over my position as president in 2011, our chapter was struggling. The psychology department had recently moved into a much larger building, which resulted in a loss of community within the chapter. Our member involvement was at an all-time low, important Psi Chi forms such as the end-of-year chapter report and the annual financial report did not get submitted, our chapter did not participate in the Societal Psi Chi elections, and there were no submissions made to Eye on Psi Chi. Worst of all, there was no active eligible senior to take on the role as president. This is why I stepped up to take on the presidential leadership role when I was a junior (continuing in that role as a senior as well) not with a vision of what our chapter was, but rather with the dreams of what our chapter could be.
Within 2 short years, those dreams became a reality. Together as a chapter, we worked hard and made tremendous accomplishments. We restored and strengthened our sense of community by increasing our chapter member meetings to twice a month and by planning eight socials a year that included fun events such as game nights, ice cream socials, and themed parties. We strengthened our members’ involvement by hosting kick-off events at the beginning of each semester and by keeping them informed through weekly chapter e-mails, our Facebook® and Twitter® pages, and also our Psi Chi bulletin boards around the department. We were finally a chapter to be proud of and were even honored with five Psi Chi chapter awards: two Model Chapter Awards, the New Member Recruitment Award, the Most Improved Recruitment Award, and the Regional Chapter Award.
I could continue to dote on our chapter because I am just so proud of how far we have come and how much we have achieved. I could also continue to brag about all the work I have done for my chapter and how much I have made a difference, but in reality this leadership role has changed me. It has allowed me to grow as a person and gain valuable lifelong skills. I have learned that the best way to lead a group is to take the time to know your fellow leaders and members, encourage communication, set goals, strive for excellence, welcome new ideas, and always be up for a challenge. I can truly say that my role as a Psi Chi leader has made me into the strong confident woman I am today.
What does being a leader mean for you?
Belmont University, TN
"This leadership role has allowed me to grow as a person and gain valuable lifelong skills. I have learned that the best way to lead a group is to take the time to know your fellow leaders and members, encourage communication, set goals, strive for excellence, welcome new ideas and always be up for a challenge.”
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