Hi, everyone! Thank you for following the AUA blog series! My name is Melanie and I’m from Toronto, Canada. In January 2009, I started my journey in Antigua at AICASA. A couple of weeks ago, I started my third semester at AUA.

The beginning of the semester is always a hectic time. Not only do classes start right away, but so do all of our extracurricular activities. I am a member of Phi Delta Epsilon, the only fraternity/sorority on our campus. We are a co-ed medical fraternity that also has chapters all across North America.

Since I was a part of the fraternity’s Recruitment committee, the beginning of the semester was a busy time for me. We set up a booth at the student fair, encouraging students to join the fraternity. We tried to educate people on what our fraternity was about, namely “philanthropy, deity, and education.” We then held interviews for prospective pledges. This was the first time I got to be a part of the interview process. To be honest, it was nice to be on the other side of the desk for once! When all was said and done, we ended up with a good number of pledges and I’m happy to have them in our family.

Fortunately, my duties have alleviated recently and I’m able to focus more on my studies. Hopefully, the rest of the semester continues to go well!

by Melanie Chan, Class of 2014