How to Connect with Alumnae
When you joined Alpha Phi, you weren’t thinking about what you’d do when you left college; after all, you worked so hard to get to college, you were focused on making the most of it. But Alpha Phi isn’t just for four years; it’s for life. And as an Alpha Phi, you are part of something bigger than your own chapter. You’re part of a network that extends around the globe, and Alpha Phi can be a source of lifetime value to you.
While you’ll always be a member of your collegiate chapter, when you graduate you can also be part of an alumnae chapter—there are more than 130 worldwide. If there isn’t an alumnae chapter near you, just remember, with more than 250,000 Alpha Phi members, you have a built-in sisterhood of outstanding, successful women who are happy to assist you in all kinds of ways.
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There are 3 main ways to connect with Alpha Phi as an alumna:
1. Join an alumnae chapter. On the Alpha Phi website (alphaphi.org), navigate to the Chapters page where there’s a list of all the alumnae chapters in every state and country. There’s usually a contact and email address listed, so reach out! A traditional alumnae chapter is for women of all ages, while the Ivy Connection chapters are geared toward women who have graduated within the last 10 years. Some cities have both. Find out about any events coming up, mark them on your calendar, and you’ll have an instant circle of new, supportive friends, from a variety of collegiate chapters. Each alumnae chapter is different, but many host philanthropic activities, social events, business networking lunches and opportunities to support a local collegiate chapter.
2. Social media. Some of the easiest ways to connect with alumnae are through social media platforms. Make sure to join the Alpha Phi LinkedIn group, as well as the subgroups that are targeted toward specific professions, allowing you to connect with other Alpha Phi alumnae professionals in your field. On LinkedIn, you’ll also be able to communicate with people about job posts and apartments for rent. Don’t ignore Facebook. Ask to join a group that’s in your area, and you’ll find it’s a goldmine for making connections.
3. Volunteer. Consider volunteering for Alpha Phi in some capacity, and you’ll be automatically connected to a larger network of Alpha Phis. There are a multitude of opportunities, from low-commitment levels to larger involvement. Whatever you do, Alpha Phi appreciates you, and you’ll be opening yourself up to more connections and a resume-builder to at the same time.