When life gives you a suitcase … “Do Good.”
By: Laura Gavula, Alpha Iota-Oklahoma
When life gives you a suitcase … you make 50 lbs. of your belongings fit inside. I remember arriving at the airport after meticulously making lists, packing, weighing, re-packing and finally pulling my suitcases up to the check-in desk at the first of many airports I’d encounter this year.
Uncertainty. Anticipation. Excitement. The emotions I felt during that first flight that began my CDC journey now feel like a lifetime ago.
The past year spent traveling has taught me so much more than I imagined it would. Exploring the mountains in Montana, navigating the streets of New York City, hiking in California up to the Hollywood sign, soaking up the sun in Florida, seeing Niagara Falls in Canada, and everywhere in between. Each place I’ve visited has taught me something different about myself and the world around me. I’ve learned that having a plan is great, but sometimes the unplanned things are the most memorable. I’ve learned that kindness truly is a universal language, and a single smile can make everything better. I’ve learned that I’m so much stronger than I ever thought I could be, and I owe it all to those who support me.
The people I’ve encountered and the places I’ve experienced have deepened my love and appreciation for Delta Gamma. They’ve shown me that women from all over North America can truly be united in the bonds of sisterhood we share. Although my suitcases are put away now and my time as a CDC has come to an end, my Delta Gamma journey won’t end here.
Confidence. Fulfillment. Independence. The emotions I feel after this journey will remain with me for a lifetime, as will the memories and friendships I’ve made along the way. When life gives you a suitcase … go out and “Do Good.”
ITB, CDC Laura Gavula