Up Up and Away! Lisa and I were on a flight to Chicago for our first (and definitely not our last) AOII International Convention in June. When we arrived in the airport we were immediately greeted by three women of various ages wearing AOII letters! Although we did not know them, we got so excited to see each other and meet new sisters! We knew this was going to be the beginning of an awesome and unforgettable weekend. The first luncheon at the hotel was in a ballroom with 1,000 Alpha Omicron Pi sisters. This included the International President, the Executive Board, Past International Presidents, and over 975 AOII's from all over the country and Canada ages 18-95. Looking around the room, the only people I knew were Lisa and our adviser, but felt so proud to have a connection with 1,000 people in a split second because we were all sisters.
The weekend would consist of multiple luncheons, dinners, a semi-formal, a formal, and fun free time exploring Chicago at Navy Pier and an Indians game. When we first got to the hotel, we eagerly awaited for the arrival of our two roommates. When they walked into the room we got so excited and ran up to hug these two strangers, but two new sisters! Kiki and Megan were from the University of Oklahoma, and we instantaneously became friends. They were there with four other girls from their chapter, so we spent a lot of free time with all of them and two girls from Michigan. Along with all of these girls we also spent a lot of time with the new sisters of the newly re-installed Alpha Chapter at Columbia University. Lisa had been there for the girl's recruitment and had met them a few months back so it was nice to get acquainted with girls who live really close to us.
Not only did we create new friendships with sisters in such a short amount of time that would last forever, but learned so much about ourselves and the wonderful organization that we are part of. Lisa and I were so excited to come back and tell our chapter all of the new things we learned and encourage them all to go to Convention if they can. I knew that my life had been changed as soon as I became a new member and sister of Alpha Omicron Pi, but these four days just completely solidified my decision and realization. I would be so fortunate to attend every Convention from now until I am 90 years old. I am such a proud panda to be a part of such an incredible organization and fortunate to have such amazing sisters.
Blog Post by: Adena Ershow '14