(U.S.) Memorial Day Office Closing
The Fraternity, Theta Foundation, and Fraternity Housing Corporation offices will be closed Friday, May 27, and Monday, May 30, in recognition of the (U.S.) Memorial Day holiday.
Striving to be high achievers as both collegians and alumnae is a part of who we are, and a large part of why Theta chose us to become members. Unfortunately, many of us are no longer satisfied with simply doing our best, instead holding ourselves to impossible standards that contribute to stress, anxiety, depression, and countless other negative medical, emotional, and interpersonal consequences.
As Mental Health Awareness Week (May 11-17) comes to a close, it's a good time for us as modern women to recognize that this balance between perfectionism and achievement has become an all-too-common problem and a barrier to effective leadership. Essentially, it’s a confidence-killing cycle of self-doubt. First, we attempt a task with the standard of perfection, and when that impossible goal isn’t reached, we take it as confirmation of our insufficiency. If you count yourself among perfectionists, you’ll likely notice it playing out in a sequence of procrastination (a result of our fear that we don’t have what it takes), stress (as we scramble to complete the task and wait for the evaluation of our performance), and burn-out (when we can no longer keep up with the cycle). Sure, the results are often of a high caliber, but perfectionists are unlikely to acknowledge the quality of the final product, instead focusing on the minute details that didn’t meet their standards.
In contrast, substituting a standard of realistic high achievement rather than a standard of perfectionism allows us to finish with a sense of satisfaction in our work and an improved, leadership-building sense of self-efficacy that encourages us to take on greater challenges in the future and execute them well. The question is, how does one begin to make such changes in their ways of thinking?
With the numerous roles Theta women take on, the demand on our time, skills, intellect, and emotions is higher than ever. If you feel overwhelmed with your current commitments and the high standards associated with them, you are not alone. Take the mental health screening on the Kappa Alpha Theta website to assess if you may need help, or visit your campus counseling office or local mental health professional.