When you joined your Fraternity or Sorority you might have heard, “it’s not four years, it’s for life”. However, many people stop being involved after graduation. You paid hundreds to thousands of dollars to belong to this organization during college; why not stay involved when most likely they’re only asking for donations from you as an alum?
- Join an alumni/alumnae association. These often do come with dues, but depending on how big the association is will most likely determine the cost. They often focus on the local area and support chapters nearby. We often have meetings that help people get to know each other and spend time doing something besides work. You don’t have to be an officer, but it’s a great way to get out and do different things. Some also have philanthropic opportunities as well. You most likely joined during college to make friends, so why not stay involved to make friends post grad?
- Stay up to date in Facebook groups. I would go to say almost every organization has a private alumni/alumnae group where members from all over the world can chat. Stay active and respond to people in the posts. You can also post in the group when you need something. I’ve gotten some of the best recommendations from my chapter’s group! Your specific chapter probably has one, too!
- Volunteer for your organization. Many chapters have tons of volunteer opportunities, and this doesn’t necessarily mean holding a volunteer position. It could mean acting as an advisor for a chapter, or just giving support as needed for specific things or research opportunities.
- Read your newsletter and email! Stay up to date on what is going on specifically within your organization. I mean actually read these, don’t just skim! They often have important information like new committees or new legislation that can affect you!
- Volunteer for your philanthropy. This is a great way to stay connected to the philanthropy, and you’ll often find other sisters that volunteer there as well. They also tend to have more options now that you aren’t a collegiate.
- Keep in touch with your chapter. Often times, your home chapter will ask for pictures or information to help the current members or post about you and your successes on their social media. This is a great opportunity to connect with current members and share your expertise in a specific field. Your chapter also has great events that you might be able to help with (even virtually if you live far enough way you can’t get back to campus).
- Go to conventions. Typically, the most important conventions are not every year, and you don’t need to go to every single one. You can pick one in a location where you could get a vacation out of it, too. This is a great way to make new connections and experience more of your chapter’s traditions. It’s also a great way to stay informed because these business meetings tend to have a ton of useful information. These might be expensive, so if you’re like me and on a budget, save up for it, and don’t plan on going to every single one.
- Use the resources available to you. A lot of organizations provide additional resources or personal/professional development to all members of the organization. This might mean a PR bootcamp where you can learn more about all things social media or it could be a finance course. Most likely these are being provided to you for free by volunteers or people at your headquarters that are paid to do it. Take advantage of such a great opportunity because you can always connect with the person running it later.
- Reach out to your college chapter brothers and sisters. Even if it’s just to say hi or that you’re checking in with them because it’s been a while. Often times, this is the jump that other people need to start doing the same thing.
- Donate money. Typically, you can chose where you donate within your organization. This way, you are staying financially involved and helping the chapter as a whole. I always chose to donate to my chapter’s scholarship fund and to our international philanthropy endeavors.
- Be willing to fill out recommendation forms/write letters for Potential New Members. This is a great way to stay involved and is often pretty quick and easy. It helps out the collegiate chapter, and it gives the PNM a feel for your organization ahead of time.
How do you stay involved or wish you could be involved in your organization post grad?