Diary of a CDC: Reflecting on My First Semester
By Haleigh Swenfurth, Eta Kappa-North Carolina State
As I am sitting in the airport waiting to board my flight home after my last visit of this semester, I am overwhelmed with a multitude of feelings. A year ago, I was gearing up for finals and about to graduate from college. I did not know what direction I wanted to go professionally but I knew I had to apply to be a collegiate development consultant (CDC). I had been drawn to the role because of the CDCs who I had worked with during my time in chapter leadership. They pushed me to be the best version of myself while helping me navigate what being a chapter officer really meant. If it were not for the women who came before me seeing my true potential, I would have never applied for this job in the first place. When going through the application process, I thought I knew what this role would provide me if I was one of the ones chosen to serve… I truly had no idea.
Even though I was able to take on my first visit with CDC Katie, I was nervous to show up to a chapter I had never been to and be one they would look to for direction. After that, I started to gain confidence in myself that I didn’t have before. I started to feel like this job was truly for me. With my newfound confidence, I started to feel that I was able to do the work and do it well. Being able to work through challenging situations with collegians and watching them grow in their leadership abilities as well has been one of the most rewarding parts of this job. It doesn’t just stop after leaving a chapter, hearing from those who I have worked with after my visit is done makes it even more worthwhile.
Despite the challenges that have occurred while on the road, I have had such a fulfilling first semester. From flight delays, luggage issues and other unforeseen circumstances we all have had to adapt to. You never know what the day will present until you are in it! Waking up and being able to meet new collegians, advisers and campus partners is an experience like no other. Even after the most tiring days my cup still overflows with joy. I am looking forward to what this next semester will bring myself and the rest of the team!
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