Aug 8, 2012
By Oanhie “Shinsen” Pham, Editor-in-Chief
Name: Jaleesa “Aspire” Reed
Chapter, class and number: UGA, Psi Class, “Enduring Eight” #120
Major: Fashion Merchandising
How is the student life on campus? What are some of the best things about your campus?
UGA is a big university so we have a very active student life. If you’re interested in something, you can probably find a club or a group of people that share your interests. The diversity and flexibility of student life are probably some of the best attributes of my campus.
What is the most exciting thing you experienced since you crossed? Why?
I’ve experienced a lot of things but crossing Alpha Alpha Class was probably my biggest accomplishment. I think all Mamas can understand what I mean by the amount of work you put into a class and all the emotions that get tied up with that. It’s an experience that never stops giving because now I can watch them grow as sisters. Knowing that I played a big part in 10 girls becoming sisters makes it exciting.
Describe a time when you were most happiest.
Being with my line sisters makes me happy. We’re all so different and we come from different places but somehow we all fit.
Any advice for a successful semester as a student and active sister of DFL?
Being an active sister and a successful student is all about balance. Learn your limits. Push yourself but don’t overwork yourself. Trust me, those are two very different things.
What are you majoring in for school? Why did you choose that major?
My major is Fashion Merchandising. I love details and I notice them the most in apparel. Merchandising is all about those things.
What is your dream job and why?
My dream job is to be the Fashion Director or Design Director of a magazine.
What inspires you in your journey to success?
Success is a journey. Every time I see the benefits of my work, it pushes me to go further. It’s almost like, “If I can do this, what else can I do?”
If you were to describe your line sisters in one sentence, what would that sentence be?
Eight Enduring Elephants. I don’t think that’s a sentence but it describes us perfectly.
What are the top three goals you want to accomplish while being an undergraduate sister of DFL?
When I came into DFL, I didn’t really have any goals. Since then I’ve done so many things that I was interested in – I’ve been Papa, Mama, Philanthropy Chair, and now I’m President. Fortunately for me, sisters believed that I had the skills for all of these positions. In my last year as an undergrad, I just want us to have a successful semester, broaden our horizons a little, and continue fulfilling our mission.
A quote you live by:
“Even after all this time, the Earth never says to the Sun, ‘You Owe Me’. Look what happens with a love like that – it lights up the whole sky.”
I love this quote because I always tell people to do things because it’s the right thing to do – not because you want recognition or attention. If you do things from the right place, good things will come of it.