For anyone who does not know, each year Alpha Chi Headquarters hosts a three-day, intensive seminar for three members of the chapters exec board. For the 2017 Leadership Academy, the President, VP of CRSB and the VP of Risk Management were lucky enough to go. This meant that I, as Risk Manager, had the great opportunity to attend this event with about 430 other collegiate members from chapter throughout the country; And let me tell you, I was scared beyond belief. When I first heard that I was selected to go my only thought was why? I had just been elected to the position and still had NO CLUE what I was doing. I thought I was going to get to this seminar and be so lost and worst of all thought that I was going to make our chapter look foolish. Boy was I wrong! Throughout the weekend I had the opportunity to meet sisters from throughout the country who were in the same headspace as me. The first day of the academy was overwhelming. And our trip did not exactly begin smoothly. The academy was set to start at 5 p.m. with dinner, and we didn’t leave Muncie until about 4:15, plus the traffic gods were not in our corner that day. So imagine, it's now 5:50 and the three of us are running into the hotel trying to make it to the opening speaker at 6 p.m. But all was well; we made it to the opening speaker just in time. Personally, the best part about day 1 was that all 430 some attendees opened chapter according to custom. This was hands down one of the coolest moments of my life. To see women from all across the country doing the same rituals and traditions that we do every week was an unexplainable experience. It reinforced the idea in my mind that no matter where we go in the world, Alpha Chi’s are all linked together through the same rituals, beliefs, and values. The second day was our long day; we were in sessions from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. While the day was long, it was full of great information and ideas that we were able to bring back to our chapters. It was during this day that my fears about my position were put at ease. This day was filled with many small group discussion about our specific chapters and ways to make sure our members are staying safe and healthy. What stuck out to me on this day was how well our chapter was doing. I realized that tunnel vision was an incredibly real problem happening with our exec board and it was great to step outside of Gamma Mu and take a look at the big picture. It made me realize all of the amazing things my chapter is doing. And sure, maybe we have some small problems here and there, but we also have the biggest philanthropy on campus, and we have leaders who want to lead, and sisters who respect and love the chapter and organization. This day renewed my faith in not only my chapter but also in the organization that brought all of us together. It was a fantastic reminder of why we were all there. We finished the leadership academy with a couple more small workshops about how we could actively apply what we learned at the academy to our chapters. Then as a whole group, we formally closed chapter. Overall, Julia, Makayla and I had several takeaways from the weekend. 1. If you’re ever stressed out remember to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. 2. When in doubt eat a snack. 3. Women can do anything they put their mind to and to never let someone tell you you’re not good enough. 4. You can’t do everything alone, no matter how hard you try. 5. Coming together as sisters from across the country is probably one of the most humbling experiences of your days as an Alpha Chi.