A few weeks ago, I was purchasing some Tech themed fabric at the local fabric shop to make a pillow. Feeling pretty good that I had finally mastered the art of making a pillow, my spirits were high.
As I was chatting with the sales associate, she said something to me that immediately made my heart sink.
She told me they were discontinuing the Tech material because not enough people were buying it.
My thoughts automatically reverted to this meaning we are losing school spirit. Looking back, the more apparent possibility is sewing is just not as much as a valued skill as in decades past.
But, this got me thinking that Tech students aren’t as spirited and involved on campus as they should be.
There are numerous organizations on campus, events and sporting events for students to choose from, yet, many students don’t take advantage of what they have to offer.
These opportunities are an easy way to better yourself and the university.
Not to mention you meet new people, make connections and can have fun doing it.
Besides joining my sorority freshman year, I hadn’t really become involved on campus or even very active in Tech since the beginning of my junior year, and I completely regret it.
I can’t get back the time that has passed since freshman and some of Tech’s history that I chose to exclude myself from as a younger student.
I wish I would have realized freshman year what I know now about how much fun I would have going to events besides sorority ones and getting involved in organizations I am involved with today.
Not that my sorority hasn’t been wonderful and beneficial, I just didn’t have much motivation to branch out past that to make myself a more well-rounded individual on campus.
But, by being in Kappa Delta, it has given me the skills I need to become more involved and successful on campus and gives me the initiative to attend other events at Tech with my friends.
One person comes to mind when I think of bettering Tech’s campus and myself: Corre Stegall. Stegall is by far one of the most inspirational and influential people that I have gotten the pleasure to meet. She is the vice president for university advancement at Tech. In addition to this, she is a Kappa Delta alumna.
Every so often she comes to our lodge and talks to us about how we can impact this university and that as individuals we need to strive to reach our full potential.
Stegall reminds us that we have the tools we need to become successful in all aspects of life and at Tech but we must utilize them and create opportunities for ourselves.
She encourages us to be well-rounded members of the community as well as to be spirited students for our alma mater.
We are role models for future and current students. We are the future of Tech.
The inspiration she instills in our members is what allows us to blossom as a chapter and individually.
She is one of the reasons that I have pushed myself to gain leadership positions in my sorority as well as on campus.
Becoming involved in different areas of Tech allows students to meet new friend groups and have a variety of experiences outside your normal routine.
So next time you see that Union Board is hosting a masquerade or a mixer, don’t hesitate to stop by for a few minutes because it could end up being one your favorite memories at Tech.
Molly Bowman is a junior journalism major from Shreveport who serves as editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to mmb...@latech.edu.