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Posted On: Thursday, November 6, 2014 08:05 AM, by Ashley Freeman
ELC, Ashley at Delta Kappa/LSU with Mike the VI. Their campus mascot lives right across from the football stadium!
After accepting my position as an educational leadership consultant during my senior year of college, I quickly learned how difficult it was to summarize my job and explain it in a short sentence to other people. I stumbled over different explanations when talking to my professors who were wondering what I would be up to next, explaining it to my loving grandparents who knew very little about Greek life, and at my graduation parties to friends and families. At summer training in 2013, the incoming consultants quickly learned some great ways to explain our job. We each have our own explanation, but mine usually goes something like this: "I travel to different college campuses to work with students in Greek life on organizational and leadership development."

Though this brief explanation leaves out so many wonderful facets of my job, it highlights one of my favorite aspects: visiting college campuses. College campuses are such a fun place to be. To start, they are filled with energy and spirit. Something about having anywhere from hundreds to thousands of young adult students around makes me feel like I can take on the world. Their spirit is contagious - I feel inspired seeing all of the ambitious students bustling off to class or work knowing that the futures ahead of them are bright and filled with endless opportunities.

Secondly, college campuses are beautiful. Most campuses work to create a wonderful community filled with green grasses, trees, and plants as well as carefully designed buildings, statues, and more! Some campuses even have animals living on campus to see. I was lucky enough to see Mike the Tiger (Louisiana State University) while visiting the Delta Kappa chapter in fall of 2013.

Finally, they are rich in history and traditions! Probably my favorite part of visiting campuses is hearing about their unique campus traditions. Hearing students talk about rubbing their mascot's nose on game day (University of Connecticut) or yelling out their fight motto, "sic'em bears" when prospective student tour groups go by (Baylor University) is so fun to hear!

What is one of your favorite campus traditions from your campus or alma mater?

Ashley Freeman, Educational Leadership Consultant, Eta Rho/James Madison University

Posted On: Monday, October 6, 2014 03:30 PM, by Maddie Intfen
ELCs Sarah and Maddie hiked and climbed Horsetooth Rock in Fort Collins, CO.
One of the perks of being a based ELC is that you have the opportunity to explore the city and state in which you currently live. ELCs that are based at a university for a year get to learn about the culture and way of life in a new city and state in which they did not grow up or attend college in. With both ELC Sarah Kindscher and I being from Kansas City, we have loved every minute of being at CSU in Fort Collins (FoCo) and learning about the Colorado way of life. Here are the top five things we have learned while living in Colorado:

1.Bicycles rule the road. It's true, you can't drive anywhere around Fort Collins without sharing the road with a biker. Bike racks are located near every public place and on every corner of campus. In fact, so many students at CSU own and ride bikes, that each bike must be registered through CSU!

2.Snow is a real September. Our first day of recruiting the charter members of the Beta Gamma chapter, September 11th was spent outdoors on CSU's campus in 30 degree weather and sleet. While it may not be as chilly now, it won't be long before the snow boots and winter coats are pulled out of the closet again. Typically, the first big snowfall hits Fort Collins around Halloween weekend.

3.Broncos are life. On a typical Sunday afternoon orange and blue can be seen everywhere. Colorado residents are proud of their Broncos and schedule their weekends accordingly. Many travel to Denver each weekend to watch the big game in the Mile High Stadium.

4.Fort Collins is a foodie town. There are so many local and "hole-in-the-wall" restaurants in FoCo. We have never been disappointed from a restaurant that was suggested to us. No matter what food you are in the mood for, Fort Collins will have a place to satisfy your hunger-- especially if you are in the mood for Mexican or Italian cuisine!

5.Fort Collins is an active city. Residents are constantly out-and-about trying new things and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. With the mountains just west of the city, students and residents alike take advantage of the mountains to go hiking and biking during their free time. If you are looking for a place to visit with many outdoor activities available for travelers, FoCo is your next vacation destination.

Maddie Intfen, Educational Leadership Consultant, Delta Eta/Kansas State University

Posted On: Thursday, February 13, 2014 10:30 AM, by Maddie Intfen
Those who know me, know that I love Diet Coke. It's a true addiction of mine that cannot be broken. Nothing compares to a nice sip of carbonated goodness to get my day going. While soda is my go-to caffeine fix, I do every now and then find myself craving a coffee to rev me up and keep me energized throughout the day. When the coffee craving begins, nothing is better than finding a local coffee shop in the area to feed my caffeine craves. Below are the top five reasons you should explore the local coffee shops in your area and while you are traveling!

1."It's where the locals go": As cliché as the saying goes, sitting down at the local coffee shop allows you the opportunity to know more about the community. You get a sense of the culture and people in the area by simply sipping a coffee and soaking in the environment around you.

2.Seasonal Options: Local coffee shops like to offer unique flavors to quench your thirst. Whether it is a pumpkin spice option for the fall season, a splash of peppermint to bring in the holidays, a fruit smoothie to cool you down in the summer or a chocolate creation for sweet-toothed fans - you can be sure to find a drink just for you (even if you are not a fan of coffee)!

3. Space: Coffee shops are the best place to have a meeting for work or with friends, study for a test, or even to spend time alone. The space and ambiance of coffee shops allow for one to relax. Something about a coffee in hand and light music in the background, allows for productivity to occur.

4. Delicious Snacks: Does your drink leave you unsatisfied and hungry? Local coffee shops offer a snack or two for those who need a bite to eat! Local coffee shops often offer homemade treats of cookies, muffins and cakes to leave one happy and content. The treats are baked with love that many chain coffee shops lack.

5. People Watching: Let's be real, who doesn't like to people watch? Local coffee shops are the perfect place to sit back, relax and learn about the human culture.

The next time you are off exploring a new city or you simply just need a new place space to study, try out a local coffee shop. Local coffee shops are the perfect environment to de-stress, get a boost of energy to stay productive and immerse yourself within the culture of the community!

Do you have a favorite local coffee shop?

Maddie Intfen, Delta Eta/Kansas State University, Educational Leadership Consultant