"Um...I don't think I'm going to be any good at this." (How I was pressured into marketing by 60 women)
READER NOTE: A lot of negative perceptions surround "sororities" and "fraternities", and for good reason. First, they make a hell of a plot for a horror movie--so they're "bankable" in the entertainment biz. And second, a lot of them--depending upon university and members--can be very elitist. But the one I was involved with was a strong, supportive community, nothing like you see on TV. But if thinking that makes this post more interesting...go for it!
So I'm in college, in my sophomore year and my sorority is electing the next year's "Executive Committee". They're voting on different positions like President, Treasurer, etc. And they come to me as I was elected for some odd position titled "Membership."
To be sure, I did NOT nominate myself, nor did I really care such a role existed. I was enjoying my studies, crushing on college boys and loving everything about the undergrad experience, save the food.
And l reply, "You want me to be a 'Membership Chairperson'?" You need
to understand, this was a role of
honor, and it carried quite a bit of responsibility. And another thing to understand is that the women in charge of delivering this news were the "Seniors" so of course we looked up to them...after all they had two more whole years of college experience than we did (in college, two years is a lifetime being it's only a four-year experience).
And they explained, "You'll be in charge of creating all the programs to bring in new members; like all the events for rush week, our annual retreat, and the formal event."
And I'm looking around the Executive Suite that was plastered with huge composites of the last 50 years' of graduating classes--yes, this part was exactly like you'd see in a movie--and I'm thinking, "How in the hell am I gonna get out of this one? Are they on drugs? Is this a joke? Nothing...not a single thing...about this is good."
And then they said, "All the members have agreed it's the right decision. So you'll be in charge of marketing us!"
My concern in answering them was not so much the time commitment; I was 19/20 at the time so I had tons of energy. My concern was that I was going to be in a position where I had a responsibility to "create" things. What's more? While these were supportive friends, I promise you, be you male or female, you do NOT want to deal with the wrath of 60 ANGRY women if you screw up the membership role.
Especially being you live on the same campus with them.
So I went back to the committee a few days later, full of nerves and explained, "I am so sorry, I know this is an honor...but, um, I don't think I'll be any good at this."
And they explained,"We're not at all worried, you'll do us proud!"
And that's how it happened. All of a sudden I was tasked with this odd role and responsibility.
So that's when and how I figured out that I could actually "do marketing stuff." More to the point, I learned that I loved doing it. That said, I guess if they had elected me Treasurer I would have wound up an accountant.
PS: Yes, that is me in my sorority picture beaming like a total geek. Excuse the big hair but we were just coming off the 80s (taken in either 1989 or 1990).