Alumnae Spotlight – June 2017

June’s Alumnae Spotlight highlights what our soror, Supreet Kalsi, from the Gamma Line of Pi Colony has been up to!

What are you doing today and how did joining Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc. prepare you for this? service director

When I joined Kappa Phi Gamma, I was sure that I wanted to be a doctor. To me, that was the best way I could help someone else. After crossing into this sorority however, I saw there were multiple ways to help others. By being service chair of my colony, I was able to use my connection with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to land an amazing summer internship opportunity that fulfilled one of my Masters’ program requirements. The best part, was that while I was fulfilling a school requirement, I was still able to help those affected by cancer. I am currently getting my Master’s in Health Administration and Financial Management, and now I can say confidently that I want to work for a non-profit organization or hospital. That is why I started my job now as an office manager of a small mental health clinic. I get to use my  strengths to keep the office running, and to keep the patients as happy and as comfortable as possible. KPhiG truly showed me how much I enjoy making others smile, whether it was my line sisters on process, or any of my 11 kiddies from being a rush mom. This is what I now plan on doing for the rest of my life and I think I am well on my way! I have one year left of grad school before I can get out there and start helping those who truly need it when it comes to healthcare. I am also continuing my love for service by volunteering for an organization called ROSE: Research OutSmarts Endometriosis. As a personal sufferer of the disease, I can’t wait to host walks in the NYC area to raise money for research. I can confidently say that the event planning, service events, and networking aspects of KPhiG have helped me become a stronger and more confident woman who now has a goal thanks to the experiences of this sorority.

What were your biggest challenges and struggles?

Getting here was not an easy task and I feel like I still have a long way to go before I fully reach my goals. I had to tell everyone that I wasn’t going to be a doctor anymore, which of course hurt some of my family members. I also had no administrative experience as a pre-med student and had to find creative ways to build up my resume. Eventually, I put hours into calling non-profit organizations and offered to intern with them for free just so I could get any experience at all. It worked, and I still remember the day NYU emailed me to let me know that I was admitted! There is never a straight forward or easy way to achieve your goals, but I do believe that where there is a will, there is a way!

What is your favorite part of your position/career/field?

I love love love the patient aspect of my career. I look forward to going to work, because the clinic sees a lot of children. They are so bubbly and energetic, even when they might not have had the best day or week. And if they seem down I get to start conversations with them about superheroes and princesses to bring a smile to their faces. It just makes me feel like I’m doing something right when they smile and ask if I’m going to be there again next time they come in. Even while helping adults, I know they have busy lives and if there is anything I can do to help them, I will. Seeing the appreciation on their faces and even on the face of my boss when I exceed her expectations makes the job so worth it.

What is your work/life balance?

I only work part time so balancing life and work is pretty easy. It is hectic around finals week, but that is only to be expected!

What do you perceive are the benefits of joining Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc.?

It is honestly the best decision I have ever made. I gained a family when I was away from home during my time as an active. I was able to choreograph and perform dances with some of my favorite people. I have someone to go to at any time and I get to be a big sister to my little, who I didn’t even go to school with. I’ve made connections and formed bonds with some of the greatest people ever. Plus, I really found my passion for service and was able to help others in so many ways. I have also learned to speak up more and be more professional when needed.

What advice do you have for women that are attempting to follow your career path?

DON’T GIVE UP! I know it is probably is as cliché as it can get, but it is true. If you have a goal, don’t let ANYONE tell you that you can’t do it. No friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, family member, co-worker, etc. has the right to tell you that you can’t do something. You have to try your hardest and it might not go as smoothly as you expected the first time or second time, but what does? All we can do is try and know that everything will work out in the end.

How do you measure your success?

Success to me is being healthy, happy, and wanting to help others to achieve the same thing.