Greeks Fight Back in Michigan (even though it’s cold there) !

First, I just need to say how proud I am of myself! I know it’s totally selfish to start a blog about my own awesomeness, but it has to be said- I have become an expert traveler. People who know the “old traveling Megan” are probably laughing at this, but the tables have turned my friends. I can pack all needed belongings in the smallest of carry on bags, get through security in record time and finess my way to better seats once on the plane! Then the best part, when I arrive to my destination and get my rental car- I don’t get lost! It’s truly amazing and I’ve lost all fears of traveling and/or not knowing where the heck I am. Ok. Moving on…

Michigan is not warm this time of year. I’m super glad the coat won out in the “should I bring a coat” debate. I did the Greeks Fight Back Program at Albion College and it was awesome! I don’t get to do this program a whole lot, so I was really excited to have a room full of Greek leaders…and there were a lot of them! One of the important messages we stress in this program is being a good bystander. I think this is important for everyone, especially this community. Greeks can have a big influence on their campus community and I reminded them, a la Superman, that with great power comes great responsibility. They were a pretty great group, so I  imagine they already take the message to heart, but I hoped learned some valuable ways they can help keep their campus safe.

Thanks to Jason(anyone from Pittsburgh is an automatic buddy of mine) and Lisa from Kappa Delta!

Let’s end with my not so strong quality (to even things out), which is taking pictures. They never come out! WHY!!? I need a new camera…perhaps as a reward for being an awesome traveler?? Still love this though…

NACA and NGLA

Wow. That’s really all I can say after spending a week traveling to conferences. Erin spent time talking about NACA and all of the amazing people there, so I won’t get too detailed about that. Her showcase was awesome and preceded and followed by equally awesome speakers.  They had me at “Hello”. I cried the whole time. It made me so grateful to be in this unique “club” of people where everyone is working to make a difference and spread their message. It also made me realize how fortunate GFB is to be so successful…there are A LOT of options for students to bring speakers to their schools!

My next stop after NACA was NGLA (Northeast Greek Leadership Association) in Hartford, CT. It’s been a long time since my Alpha Xi Delta days and I was overwhelmed (in a good way) by that many letters being in one place at one time. I was presenting Greeks Fight Back at this conference. I love this program for many reasons, but mainly because no matter what your personal thoughts might be about the Greek system, I believe they are one of very few organizations on a college campus that can shift the balance of their school.  If the message they choose to send is positive, then there is no telling what can be achieved.

Of course, I was again in good company with some great speakers. Mike Dilbeck was the keynote speaker, discussing his Response Ability Program and as Erin mentioned previously…he is wonderful and his message powerful. I got the opportunity to watch Mark Sterner present his program DUI: A Powerful Lesson. I actually have no words for that and will let you do your own research. I think that program should be required at every school in the country! There were also great programs from Jessica Pettitt, Travis Apgar, Brian C. Johnson (thanks for letting me borrow your speakers) and T.J. Sullivan among others.

I also got the opportunity to meet and have lunch with Alpha Xi Delta leaders from all over the Northeast. I had such a great time and learned the valuable lesson that the vegan option is never the way to go. Thanks ladies!

 

It was a great trip from Boston to Hartford and back! Thankfully the weather stayed clear and sunny with no snow! I’m hoping for the same in South Dakota next week!!