In an effort to highlight the young leaders who are leading undergraduate chapters across the nation, we at Watch The Yard reached out to the sorors of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.’s Sigma Upsilon Chapter at Florida Gulf Coast University and did an interview with Megan Page the Basileus/president of the chapter.
The position of president of an undergraduate chapter of a Black sorority is a highly respected role and there is a special pride that one takes. 21-year-old Page has used the position to gain new leadership experience, improve the lives of other students on campus and help the community around her.
We interviewed the Communication major and talked about her position, goals, future and what it means to hold a leadership on campus in the digital age.
Read the full interview below.
What does it mean to be a chapter president to you?
A chapter president is someone who serves the chapter and organization completely. They hold the chapter’s responsibilities on their back with the help of the chapter members. A strong chapter president should be bold enough to speak on behalf of their chapter and uphold the standards of their organization at all times even when no one is watching.
What made you decide to attend the Florida Gulf Coast University for undergrad?
As the oldest sibling, I wanted to stay close to my family. FGCU is about an hour and a half drive from home. I still wanted to know what it felt like to have an “independent” college experience. FGCU has an immersive education program with a high rate of job placement after graduation.
What specific initiatives is your chapter heading up this year and how do you think they will improve the campus/surrounding community?
We are focusing on our targets as on organization. This semester we will implement each target by hosting unique and interactive events that draw students out of their rooms and encourage them to become active throughout the community. Our Women’s Healthcare and Wellness target is home for many of our signature events.
What made you want to pledge Alpha Kappa Alpha?
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is an illustrious organization with over 100 years of trailblazing actions with service at its center. Several prominent women in my life are women of Alpha Kappa Alpha. Their grace, poise and standards were ingrained in me.
What is it about your specific chapter that makes it so unique?
Sigma Upsilon continues to break barriers on our campus. As a minority organization on a PWI we strive to uphold the standards of our organization. We maintain the highest GPA out of all Greek Life.
We now live in a digital world, what do you think undergraduate chapters across all orgs need to do to represent themselves online in 2019?
Remember that your chapter is your brand. We must always conduct ourselves in a positive light. What we do represents not only our chapter but our entire organization.
What does leadership mean to you?
Leadership is more than a concept. Leadership is a way of thinking. It is a character trait. A leader is someone that makes choices unapologetically with integrity and wisdom.
Why do you think Watch The Yard is important to Black greekdom?
Watch the Yard uses its platform to highlight the positive and informative aspects of greek life in the Black community.
What does sisterhood mean to you?
Sisterhood to me is an all encompassing term that essentially means love. It is a bond shared between women who share a common goal. Sisterhood is the loving, acceptance and cherishing beyond what the eye can see.
What do you plan on doing after graduation?
After graduation I plan on beginning my career in education while pursuing a Masters degree.
We at Watch The Yard would like to commend Megan Page for her work as the president of Sigma Upsilon Chapter which has a long legacy that spans back to 2006.