I feel like we all know someone who is always involved, works hard in everything they do, and still somehow makes sure to find time to hang out with their friends and enjoy themselves.
For me, that person is Kate Bigger.
I met Kate when I was a sophomore in college, and I instantly knew we were going to be great friends. She joined the same sorority as me, and she's actually my little now!!
Now if you know Kate, you know she is the sweetest girl. When she first told me she was going to run for sorority president, I was so scared for her. I know she hates making people mad or upset, so I was so scared that being in charge of 200+ college girls was going to be too much.
WOW, I was wrong. Kate proved to everyone that she can be a strong leader while still being the kind girl she is. It has been so much fun watching her grow into this position, and I knew I had to have her on my blog to explain her experience as a sorority president!
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.
Hey there! My name is Kate Bigger, and I am going to be a Junior at the University of Illinois. I am studying Elementary Education in hopes to become a teacher someday. I keep busy serving as the president of Alpha Phi at UIUC and also working year-round at a local boutique.
2. What is at the top of your bucket list?
I have a lot of things that are on my bucket list, but a top few would be to travel the world, meet Taylor Swift, get married, and have lots of children.
3. What are some of your hobbies that aren’t related to school or work?
I have always loved working with children, so one hobby of mine is babysitting and volunteering in a setting with children. Some of my other hobbies include traveling, interior design, fashion, and staying active. I enjoy taking long walks with a dog (hopefully I will have my own soon) as well as attending OrangeTheory classes. Finally, I love hanging out with friends and family on my patio at home or over coffee at Starbucks!
4. Explain what made you decide to run for sorority president and what all that role entails.
The moment I joined Alpha Phi I knew that I wanted to hold a leadership position that could have a positive impact on the house. I knew that this position would be challenging, yet very rewarding. It has definitely kept me on my toes, but I am grateful for that and the skills and relationships I have gained from it. As the Chapter President, I am a leader and mentor of this organization that oversees our chapter of 200+ members! I chair all executive decisions made on behalf of the chapter, maximize all operations for brand development and fundraising, as well as oversee the well-being of each individual member. Each day of this “job” brings me great joy, but also great challenges. I have grown as a person because of it and have gained new confidence and better leadership skills in just a short amount of time. I really look forward to heading back to campus this Fall in order to continue to grow as a chapter, but more importantly as myself.
5. You are definitely a very busy girl! How do you prioritize your time and make sure you are still enjoying yourself?
Most days I feel like I do a pretty good job prioritizing my time as well as doing things I love! First, I swear by a planner. Writing out homework that is due, meetings I have planned, as well as my work schedule has been a game-changer. I am then able to see my schedule for the week and the free time I have open to spend doing my own thing. I also wake up earlier than your typical college student which I dread some days; however, these extra few hours each day allow me to get more done, so that I have time in the evening to hang out with friends and do what I want. Finally, I feel it is very important to put schoolwork aside every once in a while. At the end of the day, you will make it through college, and it is the memories you make that will stick with you forever.
6. What is the hardest part of being in charge of almost 200 college girls?
In my opinion, the hardest part about being in charge of such a large group of girls would be having the time to get to know each girl on a personal level. College can be a very difficult time for many different reasons including homesickness, mental health issues, academic challenges, and so much more. I want to build a relationship with each girl so that they feel comfortable coming to me for anything no matter if they’ve had one of their best days or worst days. This is a tough task because everyone is busy just like I am, but that is why I am grateful for events that bring the chapter together consistently.
7. If you could give one piece of advice to girls in their twenties, what would it be?
My one piece of advice would be to have confidence and have fun! Always put your best foot forward in everything you do, and have confidence that you will succeed even if it might be out of your comfort zone. A positive attitude is everything. Finally, take time for yourself to have fun doing things you love or with the people you love. These are some of the best years of your life, so make the most of them!
8. Where can people find you?
You don't have to be running a business or saving the world to be an inspiration for someone. All it takes is you always putting your best foot forward and being kind to others, just like Kate. 💛
ALSO... If you're a girl going into college and planning on going through sorority recruitment, know that we are all thinking of you!! None of us could have planned for this craziness, but remember that none of us really know what to expect! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Kate or me. We would love to help!!