My name is Shaileigh St. Clair and I am extremely blessed to be serving as the current chapter president. I’m 21 years old and from Colorado Springs, Colorado. I am the oldest child in a family of five and spend a lot of time with my family. When I am at school, I spend my time studying Hospitality Management in hopes of becoming successful in the wedding industry someday! Aside from my studies, I am involved with some other clubs on campus too. I love to be as involved as I can, so I am often times seen making various lists and writing in my planner.
My Delta Gamma journey dates all the way back to four years ago. I remember when I was touring schools, I knew that I wanted to go to a school that had fraternity and sorority life. At the end of my tour at DU, my dad heard where a lot of the sorority houses were, so on our way out from the tour we drove down the road. I distinctly recall driving past the Delta Gamma house and seeing the anchor in the front. I jokingly turned to my dad and said, “That’s the one that I’m going to be in”, but didn’t think anything of it. A few months later, I was getting ready to go through recruitment but was determined to keep an open mind. Sure enough, after a few short days I opened my bid card and saw my invitation to become a Delta Gamma. In the following couple of years, I got to know all of the amazing women of Delta Gamma, live in the chapter house, become the VP of Social Standards, and now serve as President.
My time as a Delta Gamma has been a whirlwind so far, and I can’t believe I am already half way through my junior year. It seems like just yesterday I was taking a deep breath as I entered the first house during recruitment. For anyone looking for their special fit during the recruitment process, my best advice is to be your authentic self and allow the process to fit you. Form your own opinions and allow yourself to follow your heart. I know that the process can be confusing and stressful, but just trust that you will end up where you are supposed to be, and even if you don’t understand it at the time of your bid, allow your organization to create purpose for you as time goes on.
As I reflect upon my time as a DG, I am so incredibly thankful for all of the amazing people who have helped me thus far in my life. I am first and foremost thankful to my parents for encouraging me to push through the hard times, and for being the first people to cheer me on. Without you two, I can’t imagine that I would have had the courage to pursue being a leader and I can’t thank you both enough. To my amazing advisors, thank you so much for your endless patience and compassion towards me as I continuously learn how to be a better woman and leader. Finally, to the women of my chapter, thank you. Thank you for allowing me to try new ideas and still loving me when they don’t work, for listening to my tangents at chapter with a smile, and for being my support system at all times.
I am so eager and excited to see what the women of Delta Gamma will accomplish this year. We have amazing women in our chapter, and can’t wait to add more! I wish the best of luck to everyone going through recruitment and I share your excitement in finding your home. Congratulations on the journey you are about to, or have already began.
Shaileigh St. Clair