Katie Alder is a sophisticated junior at West Virginia University. She is studying child development and family with an AOE in pre-school special needs. When Alder is not studying, she is the president of the Omega Phi Alpha chapter at West Virginia University. Alder is a fabulous president for this sorority. When she is not assuming the role as president, Katie likes to watch Netflix, hang out with friends and eat her favorite Chinese food! CL was given the amazing opportunity to sit down and talk to Alder about her role as president. Fun fact about Alder: She is actually a founding member of the chapter at West Virginia University.
College Lifestyles TM: When you first found out about Omega Phi Alpha, what made you want to join and what academic year were you?
Katie Alder: I joined OPA when I was a freshman. At the time, I really didn’t feel like there was a place at WVU that was 100% for me. When I learned more about Omega Phi Alpha and its emphasis on service and sisterhood, I finally felt like I found something worth being a part of that could make this place feel like home.
CL: How do you like being president of Omega Phi Alpha?
KA: I truly love being president! It is definitely a lot of responsibility and a lot of behind-the-scenes work, but my sisters’ love and support motivates me to do my best. I am super thankful for that.
CL: What is one part of your job as president that you like the most?
KA: I think my favorite part about being president of Omega Phi Alpha is the connections I’ve been able to make with other chapters across the country. Being president gave me the opportunity to travel to Chattanooga, Tennessee for the national convention. I got to meet executive board officers from all of the other chapters who gave me great advice and strategies. It’s just really cool to have connections with inspiring, hard-working people who share the sisterhood of Omega Phi Alpha with me.
CL: What do you think you are most excited about this semester coming up for actives as well as the new members that your chapter just received?
KA: I am definitely the most excited about our retreat in December. I think it is going to be a great bonding experience for everyone and I couldn’t think of any other group of 50 plus people that I would rather be locked in a church with all night.
CL: If you could give any piece of advice to the new pledges as well as the active sisters for upcoming projects and upcoming semesters, what would it be?
KA: My advice to the new members would be to be passionate about everything they do in this sorority. We all have so much going on in our lives besides Omega Phi Alpha like classes or work or relationships; sometimes it is easy to think of our service projects as just another thing you’re required to do. But I encourage the new members to take the time to realize why they’re taking the time out of their busy schedules to do these service projects. They should try to view every service project as their own personal mission to make a difference. That’s what Omega Phi Alpha is all about!
Omega Phi Alpha is an amazing organization at the West Virginia University. Here at CL, we like to find vibrant organizations at different campuses as well as the leaders of those organizations. We would like to thank Alder for her time. We wish you the best of luck with Omega Phi Alpha for the rest of the year as well as upcoming years!
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Images courtesy of Katie Alder.