As a first-generation college student and member of fraternity and sorority life, I was in search of a path that would allow me to learn high ideals and standards of how to become a well-rounded individual. I found my new home in Alpha Sigma Alpha, Zeta Sigma Chapter, and serving my community with my sisters was an opportunity that allowed me to expand my horizons with other organizations. From raising money to creating items that would be donated, my time as a collegiate member allowed me to learn from others. Serving as an alumna, I have the chance to continue expressing the creed and displaying my personal commitment and accountability.
As someone who decides to continuously give, the value of serving now has a different meaning. I have the opportunity to teach. Currently, I volunteer for Girls on the Run as a coach. I have also facilitated twice for the Emma Frost Coleman Leadership Institute and facilitated five times for The Academy as well as being an active donor to the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation. These unique ways of giving are how I express my thankfulness for the opportunities and experiences I was awarded during my collegiate years. Our service component has helped instill in me that giving back, freely, sets a positive example for those in our city and nationwide.
It’s not four years, it’s for life. My collegiate experience would be a distant memory if I did not continue to give. In the years to come, I look forward to finding a more defined meaning of service for myself and sharing that with others while continuing to find ways of teaching that can change the world of someone. Just like our personal growth, giving never ends.
Mercedes Moreno, ZΣ, San Antonio Alumnae Chapter