Name: Alexandria Herrera
Pledge Class/Year: Spring 2011
Officer Position: Legacy Rep 2010s
As a prospective officer & leader of the ODPAA, what do you consider your greatest strengths? Weaknesses?
I consider my strengths to be communication, I also consider passion to be a huge one, and truly caring about Omega. I think that with passion and good communication skills anything is possible. I also believe that I’m ambitious which can help in getting things done. My weakness is sometimes I get a lot of ideas and get too far ahead of myself. But it can be a positive thing as well, it’s good to be creative.
If elected or re-elected to the position you seek, what is your commitment to serving out the full term?
I am fully committed to dedicating time to the ODPAA, I will always make time so that my obligations are fulfilled.
Please describe accomplishments in your career and personal life that would benefit the ODPAA.
I have a few accomplishments after graduating, I starting online fitness coaching, I have over 180 clients and I help them to reach their fitness goals, by creating meal plans for them, and helping guide them to the right program for them. I also check in with them daily using online accountability groups. I recently, opened a restaurant & market in July of this year. I think that with my skills in business and being in a leadership role in those business’ it will help me create a good team environment. I like to run my restaurant like we are all a big family and that we work together as a team because not one role is more important than another and without even the smallest roles things can fall apart.
What is your vision for the future of the ODPAA? What changes would you advocate and why?
I have huge dreams for the ODPAA I think that it can continue to thrive, I think that every sister has something to offer the association and I think if we work together we can continue to grow. The changes I would like to advocate are to build a better relationship with the actives as well as helping to preserve 51 Elm and getting more alumni involved in events. The reason why is because one day those young women will be part of the association and 51 Elm has so many memories near and dear to our hearts. I would love to continue for us all to have our home away from home. I think all alumni no matter what generation can work together to achieve something incredible. I think change can be a positive thing.
If elected or re-elected, please describe what you seek to accomplish:
- Within your first 90 days
Within the first 90 days I would like to continue to get more of the 2010s ladies involved and paying dues!
- Within your first year
Within the first year I would like to see more young alumni attending events and getting involved in the ODPAA.
- Within your full term
Having 80-90% of the 2010s ladies involved in the ODPAA, and bridging any generational gaps that there may be. So that all of the generations can work cohesively together.
What does Omega Delta Phi mean to you? Please describe your experience as both an active member and an alumni.
Omega to me, means love, sisterhood, loyalty, without having pledged Omega I would not have stayed in Potsdam. Omega got me through many hard times, and I cherish those friendships I made as an active which have continued on as an alumni.
How would your sisters describe you?
My sisters would probably describe me as ambitious and vivacious. I am not a shy person by any means, but when I want something I work hard for it until it’s realized but in doing so I follow my heart and my morals.
Please describe your approach to communicating and working with the active membership.
I would love to have an open communication with the actives, I am closest to their age range so I would love to be able to communicate with them via, video chats, Facebook chats and making a few trips up to Potsdam a year to see them!
What are the top 3 things you would like the ODPAA and active membership to accomplish together?
I would love for the ODPAA and the actives to work together on preserving 51 Elm, and working together to help get membership up on both sides. I think so many can be accomplished. I want us to act as sisters no matter what generation we’re from.
How do you deal with difficult people & situations? Please describe a situation in which you took a position that upset someone else, and explain how you handled it.
I think there are many different ways to handle difficult situations and people. I think that in order to make the best judgment it’s to listen to both sides and opinions in order to make an educated decision on a situation. But I also truly believe in standing for what you believe is morally right. There are times in business or friendship where someone may feel or think differently that you. I think handling it respectfully is most important but still getting your opinion out there. I have been confronted in that past and there have been times where I stand my ground but I still try to make it not personal on any level. I also try to make my opinions and choices based of logic and not emotions many times emotions can cloud our judgment.
How do you motivate others?
I motivate others by trying to live by example, in order to have “followers” or people that look up to you, you have to live by example. I try to be my best version of myself and continually try to grow as a person. I reach out to others regularly to try and help them and inspire them with words of encouragement. I want everyone to feel included because every person matters.
How do you handle criticism?
I handle criticism well, as long as it’s constructive. I think it can be very healthy and leaves a lot of room for personal development and growth. I like to listen to what the person has to say and than try to learn from that and make the necessary changes.
What top 3 qualities do you think a leader should have?
I think a leader should have good communication skills, I also think a leader needs to be fair and act with good morals. Lastly I think a leader needs to be humble and inclusive to all.
Would you rather be liked or respected?
Personally I think there’s a fine line between the two, I think in order to be respected you have to look at all facets of a situation some may like your decision and some may not. But I think in order to be respected you have to somewhat be liked. Maybe not by everyone but I think both are important.
How do you spend your free time?
When I have free time, I like to spend it with friends and family. I own two businesses so I’m busy but I really cherish the time I have with those that I love. I also love to read, so when I have some down time I do that as well.
For Fun: What’s your ‘superpower’ or ‘spirit animal’ and why?
I would say my spirit animal is a Lioness, I feel that the lion and lioness represent courage, and strength and overcoming difficulties. I also believe this means I am a fighter; I am not someone who ever gives up no matter what the situation is, I believe there is a solution.
Is there anything else you would you like to share with your sisters?
I truly love Omega and that’s my biggest reason for getting involved in the past and wanting to stay involved. I love what sisterhood stands for, I am an only child so having ‘sisters’ has been a blessing for me. I’m also extremely lucky to be in an area where there is a lot of Omega and I can truly say that the support and friendship we have for each other is unparalleled compared to anything else I have ever experienced.