Contrary to popular belief...
(1) I am not a travel agent
(2) nor do I have time (or the interest) to go on a "witch hunt".
Oh don't ask how these stories intertwine but they're on my mind and one day I WILL write a book about NOT having all the answers and perhaps these will make an appearance.
Being a sorority advisor has its ups and downs, but in the end you just know the juice is worth the squeeze (can I use that in this situation?) so you keep going and hope for the best.
Some of my favorite moments are when "the advisors" are accused of being on a "witch hunt" - you know, looking for every single member who has ever broken a rule or a part of the standards code that the sorority stands on, so they can be "punished".
I am always so very flattered when chapter members assume this attitude, because quite frankly it's nice to think that they actually think even if I had the time to go on a witch hunt, that I actually would...ahem, nope.
Unfortunately (or really probably, fortunately, for many), I do not have the time nor the interest. And neither do my fellow advisors. Contrary to popular belief, we too like to think of ourselves as having "lives" outside of the sorority...
As an aside, however, if you do get "caught" doing something you know you shouldn't be doing...well, chances are you weren't very good at "hiding" what you shouldn't have been doing in the first place - and remember, we too, were chapter members at one point in time.
And please, trust me, no one goes LOOKING for anyone to screw up. At least not these advisors.
In today's world students find it appropriate to contact you with official business through the facespace. Especially when you are not "friends" on the social network. Yes, they have your email address, but that might not be INSTANT in eliciting a response from you.
Once a student asked for the details surrounding a change they wanted to make to their return flight, about a week out. Within the inquiry there were no details - when, from where, to where, etc...things a travel agent would need to know. I did not ask for these details in my response because? I am not a travel agent.
So instead, I explained they would need to be in touch with the agent and to include some additional details, to learn the specifics. Easy enough, I even included the travel agent's email address (because they are not on the facespace).
The student responded to say in not as many words that their professor directed them to me (correct thing to do) since I booked their flight, but if I was unable to and refused to help, could I please pass them the contact information for the Director of the program, so they could be in touch him instead?
Dear student. Unfortunately, I am not a travel agent, nor is the director. Furthermore, neither of us booked your flight, nor did our office, we pay people to do that. You selected a group flight through your application, but that information goes to the travel agent, who books the ticket, not us, we're not the travel agency. The ticket is in your name, you paid for it, you must take care of whatever changes you are interested in pursuing. I am deeply sorry that I cannot be of further assistance, because if I could help I would, but I can't. So do, please, call the airline and take care of this yourself. And have a fantastic time traveling the continent.
PS - the office is CLOSED!