Hello! My name is Gabby and I am a senior Health Sciences major here at Drake. Within my chapter I currently serve as our New Member Chairman and serve on the Standards Committee. I cherish the moments in my sorority, however I've had some amazing opportunities here on campus as well.
Since my senior year of high school, I have been involved with the Drake Relays. Going on four years now, I have been able to work with so many people through the event and help put on one of Drake's biggest events. My duties include organizing the meals for over 500 officials and volunteers from Wednesday through Saturday the week of Relays, coordinating the awards tent during the meet, helping develop content for the Drake Relays app, and other tasks that the Assistant Director needs done. I've also helped out as necessary with other events like the Grand Blue Mile and Pole Vault at Capital Square. I was even in the front row when the Relays hosted an exhibition High Jump event in the produce section of Hy-Vee!
Despite the horrendous weather that Relays week seems to be cursed with, it is hands-down my favorite part of the year. The atmosphere surrounding the event is contagious. There are so many fun things for students going on around campus as well. However, to me the best part is being able to watch Olympians compete here in Des Moines first-hand. Meeting the athletes has been some of my favorite Relays memories. How often can you say that multiple Olympic medalists are on your campus all at one time? Honestly, not very often.
Working with the Drake Relays has provided me with so many professional connections, not only within Drake Athletics, but also with members of the community that help make the event possible. Making these connections has helped me develop my skills for whatever comes after graduation, while setting up recommendations and connections that will help me get started on the next step after I leave Drake.