Here at Alpha Xi Delta, we take pride in our dedication to academics. For Fall 2017, our chapter average GPA was a 3.384. The women of Alpha Xi Delta support each other to succeed and we have an extensive tutoring program in many different subjects. Alpha Xi’s are involved in academic honor societies, study abroad opportunities, internships, and Order of Omega, a Greek honor society, in addition to regular classwork.
“Value education because its power frees us to achieve any goal”
-The founders of Alpha Xi Delta
STUDY ABROAD STORIES
MADDIE ROCKS IT IN IRELAND
Coming into college, I never would have pictured myself becoming a sorority girl or falling in love with the house I ended up in. Fast forward to my sophomore year of college and that very thing I never imagined myself doing, was the thing pushing me to realize my potential and be my best me. If it weren’t for the women in Alpha Xi who believed in me more than I believed in myself and always reminded me that they would be here for me when I returned, I don’t think I ever would have had the courage to hop on a plane and fly half way around the world to study in Ireland for a whole semester.
While abroad I was able to visit ten different countries and learn all about their cultures. I literally felt like I was in the Lizzie McGuire movie every time I went to a new place and saw the buildings and places that I had always read about in history books. I didn’t know a single soul who would be with me while I was in Ireland, so I had the incredible opportunity of making new friends, both from the states and from Europe. Let me tell ya, you learn a lot about people when you travel with them and miss a plane or train or end up lost in Barcelona with no cell phones, but all that aside, these are some friends that I will never forget.
I came home from my time abroad completely overwhelmed with all the things I saw and got to experience, but there’s nothing like coming home to the group of women who supported me the whole way. I’m beyond blessed with the women in AXiD who gave me the wings to fly, but didn’t let me forget my roots.
ERICA LIVES LIFE TO IT’S FULLEST IN EUROPE
This summer I spent three weeks studying at the Richmond University in London England as well as spending weekends in Paris, France and Munich, Germany. While in London, I took a class on the History of London, which was the quintessential study abroad class because almost half the time was spent going on field trips to places like the Tower of London, Greenwich, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Once I finished class (which was every day at noon) I got to spend the rest of the day exploring London. I visited Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, saw Big Ben, went on the Eye, went shopping on Oxford Street and so much more! My weekends were spent going to places outside of London. My first weekend was spent at the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Leavesden. This was a dream come true and after the three and a half hour tour, I feel like even more of a Harry Potter expert.
Another weekend was spent visiting Paris! I was only there for 48 hours, but I was able to accomplish a lot in that time! I visited the Louvre and saw the Mona Lisa, went inside Notre Dame, saw the Arch de Triumph, toured the Palace of Versailles, and climbed the Eiffel Tower! Once my program was over, I had one more stop: Munich. I spent one day touring the city and two days exploring the Alps nearby. Studying abroad has been an amazing and eyeopening experience. While I missed everyone back at home, I wouldn’t trade this month in Europe for anything!
MELANIE STUDIES AGRICULTURE & CULTURE: FRANCE & SPAIN
To kick off my summer, 12 other CASNR students and I studied various agriculture topics abroad in France and Spain. We started in Avignon, a town in southern France. While there, we visited vineyards, a fruits & vegetables center, a lavender distillery, a goat farm where they made cheese, and went truffle hunting! It was very cool to get to shadow the professional truffle hunter and see a process that is kept very secret, because of the value of truffles.
Next, we traveled by bus to Girona, Spain where we stayed in a hostel. We were lucky enough to be in Girona during the famous annual Temps de Flors (Flower Festival) and see all of the beautiful flower displays set up around the city. Our tours in Girona included more wineries, a sausage plant that produced pork and turkey sausages, a world-renown food science center [IRTA], an olive oil farm, and cooking show of a traditional Spanish dish, paella. We also took side tours to Besalu, a medieval town, and to Costa Brava and the beach!
Our tours then took us to Barcelona, Spain. While there, we got to visit the Museu de Xocolata, a chocolate museum, where we learned about the history of chocolate and had a tasting of many different types of chocolate! The last bit of the trip was spent exploring Barcelona, and ended with two free days in Paris, where we got to see many historical and famous monuments, like Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and the Pont des Arts “love lock” bridge!
OUR SISTER HILLARY IS TAKING THE ENTIRE WORLD BY STORM
Last May Hillary trekked off to New York City on a study trip through the college of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design. She met with representatives from designers such as Armani, Anne Klein and Saks Fifth Avenue. Through these experiences she learned precisely what it takes to be successful in the fashion industry.
Hillary also studied abroad last summer in none other than France. The beach was just a 10-minute walk from her apartment! Hillary, the world traveler, went to see all of France on her study abroad trip. Even better, she visited Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Paris and Venice. To top off this epic summer adventure, Hillary will meet up with her parents in the stunning Prague after her study program is over, and then continue on to visit family in Germany. We’re proud of you, Hillary!
MORGAN TALKS ABOUT HER EXPERIENCE IN CHINA:
We spent over 42 hours getting to Yangling, China, which is in central China. We traveled by plane, sleeper train, and van. While there I attended agriculture and culture classes where I learned calligraphy, tai chi, kung fu, paper cutting, and of course the history and current state of Chinese agriculture. My favorite parts of the trip were staying at a hostel for a weekend in Xi’an. We got to meet backpackers from all over the world and it makes me excited to go backpacking in a few years! In Xi’an there was a wall around the city that I rode a bike around and we also got to explore the markets where I spent way too much money and even ran into Harvey Perlman (Chancellor of UNL) randomly because he was doing business there. At night, we also bumped into a group of 5 UNL Jazz musicians. It was wonderful.
Yangling, where we stayed for three weeks was a “small village” of 250,000 people. The town is filled with street vendors, fruit stands, and tall apartment buildings, no houses. After studying for three weeks we traveled by bullet train to Beijing. We took a ski lift to the Great Wall and then rode a toboggan down. Seeing the Great Wall was like a fairy tale. The structure is the coolest thing I have ever seen in my life. In China we also visited the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, Tianamen Square, and the Forbidden Palace. Now that I am home, I still use chopsticks and already miss having cute Chinese children run up and take pictures with me!
SOPHIA IS IN WASHINGTON, DC!
I am currently spending my summer in the greatest city in America…. our Nation’s Capitol, Washington DC! Chasing my dreams amongst many of the smartest people I have ever met. As a research intern for the NRSC (National Republican Senatorial Committee) based in Washington, D.C., my day-to-day tasks include and are not limited to formatting news articles, compiling daily morning front news pages, clipping and transcribing televised news segments, and updating our trackers, all for rapid news alerts on all upcoming senatorial races for the 2016 election cycle. It’s incredible to have face-to-face time with with ‘big name’ politicians you’ve seen on TV, but never dreamed you would hand them a diet coke on their lunch break. Other than my busy, 40 hour work week, I have been spending time covering as much historical ground in the tri-state area (Washington, Virginia, Maryland) as I can. Mentally preparing myself & getting wildly excited for the upcoming 2016 election!
ABBY IS ENGINEERING NEW OPPORTUNITIES
I am working for a company with 10,000 employees and I was lucky enough to be one of the 81 interns Black & Veatch hired internationally. All summer I’ve been working on a project titled Jordan Cove Liquefaction plant. It is the first of it’s kind on the west coast. This increases the efficiency with which natural gas is transported. My responsibilities were to analyze the entire plant (which is MASSIVE) and gather all information. The plant has been being designed for 10 years! My group is in charge of things like roads, piping, fire protection, earthwork, and seeding. I also compiled all of our data into organized binders that will travel to Oregon and be used on site to reference while they’re building. I was “the lead on the Material Take Off Binders” project.
I was also the project manager for a service project all interns were required to complete. I researched charities in the area and organized a group of 10 to volunteer at the Boy and Girls Club. We then presented about our experiences in an auditorium for the higher-ups of the company.