Way back in February, I found out about an internship opportunity on the Omicron Delta Kappa website. It said “Are you interested in a career in event planning!?” And since I am interested in such a career and am an ODK member, I thought this would be perfect. The position would entail an intern to arrive at the ODK summer convention in Lexington, Virginia a few days early to help set everything up and run the events throughout the conference that lasts four days. I applied and found out in April that I got the position! This opportunity has been a long time coming, and it finally happened way too quickly.
The three days before everyone else showed up for the convention, I was in Lexington to help prepare, along with two other interns. Starting at early hours and ending late in the evening, I spent most of my time at ODK headquarters. I worked a lot with the registration packets, goodie bags, programs, meal tickets, and name tags. Another one of my responsibilities throughout the week was to be an RA for all the people that would be staying in the resident hall. Therefore, I prepared room assignments and the linens for each room. Also, I tried to become familiar with the campus as much as possible so that I could show people where to go for each event/meeting. Washington and Lee University is a beautiful campus and very historical (it was founded in the 1700s by George Washington and Robert E. Lee). This is also the school where ODK was founded in 1914. This year marks the centennial celebration for ODK’s founding. The little town of Lexington was very nice as well. All the residents were extremely friendly and the green hills and trees everywhere are so pretty.
It was very exciting when everyone else began to show up. I love meeting people from all across the U.S. I was extremely busy throughout the convention, always leaving things early to set up for the next event (and then actually run it). But I get a thrill out of being busy, especially for a setting like this. There were multiple workshops, guest speakers, delicious meals, service projects, and a 5K race. Some of the fun activities during free time were a brewery tour, concert, comedian, ghost tour, and drive-in movie. There was a formal ball to end the convention.
It was very hard to leave Lexington. My time there went by too fast. I had such a great time making so many new friends and professional connections as well. In just one week, I learned so much about ODK and about myself. I am eternally grateful for this experience and can’t wait to share my stories with my Fontbonne ODK circle.
The interns at the Centennial Ball celebration
Washington and Lee University
The Department of Leadership, Education, and Student Activities. Whoa, that’s a mouthful. Better known as DLESA, this department hosts a few major campus organizations at Fontbonne, one of which I’m a part of. Omicron Delta Kappa falls under the DLESA umbrella. As we near the final days of the semester (yikes), the department was kind enough to throw the bundle of student leaders on campus an End of the Year Party. This just happened to be a trip to Busch Stadium for a Cardinals Game, complementary nachos, and Ted Drewes after.
It was an enjoyable night! Although it rained off and on, the Cardinals ended up losing, and the game ended significantly past the closing of Ted Drewes, it was still a great night with fellow students. I can’t fathom to think that this time next week my junior year of college will be basically complete, and just a few weeks after that I’ll be boarding a plane to London for the entire summer.
Monday night was a night full of memories, but that is what my entire year has been, thanks to Fontbonne. It’s nights like Monday that I’ll look back on and cherish. I just have to hang on for another week. Let the finals begin!
Ready for the game to start!
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This past Thursday, Omicron Delta Kappa had the pleasure of collaborating with Student Government Association on the first installment of a very exciting, important series of events at Fontbonne, a Last Lecture Series. This was an idea of some student leaders in the beginning of this year. ODK and SGA saw it as a perfect opportunity for collaboration.
We chose the retiring President Dr. Golden to give his “last lecture” to the university. This consists of his final words of wisdom to students, faculty, and staff. You can find out more information on Last Lecture by viewing this link: http://www.fontbonne.edu/studentlife/activitiesorganizations/last-lecture-series/.
As Vice President of ODK, it was my duty to plan the reception following the Last Lecture. Dr. Golden is particularly fond of ice cream sundaes. I decided to call upon the local Strange Donuts in Maplewood for a special donut for the reception. We had ice cream sundae donuts made, along with hundreds of donut holes, fresh fruit, coffee, and hot chocolate.
Overall, it was a great evening. Dr. Golden delivered a memorable lecture, and everyone seemed to have enjoyed the night. I look forward to many Last Lectures ahead!
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Two weeks down, fourteen to go. This has become my countdown, and it is yet still early in the semester. I absolutely love my “busier than busy” lifestyle here at Fontbonne, but coffee and caffeinated teas have become my best friends.
This week, I was particularly busy with one of my favorite and most recent involvements, Omicron Delta Kappa. ODK is a national leadership honor society. After being chartered last semester, we are more than excited to start participating as an established organization on campus.
To help promote ourselves to students, we set up at the Activities Fair this week to provide everyone with a little information of what we’re all about. ODK also has a Facebook page! You can check it out by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/FontbonneODK. We post daily, with #MotivationMonday, #TriviaTuesday, #WebArticleWednesday, #ThrowbackThursday, and #FBUODKFanFriday.
Omicron Delta has many events planned for this semester, including an “End the R Word” campaign, Service Day project, and a collaboration with Student Government Association with the Last Lecture series.
FBUODK at the Activities Fair!
Let the semester begin! It’s going to be a struggle, but why not tackle everything now while I’m still young? Deep breathing, caffeine, and support from my family and very best friends are all a girl needs to get through anything!
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