Kappa Delta in the Spotlight: Payton Schenck

1. Name: Payton Schenck

2. Year in school: 4th Year

3. Major: Criminal Justice

4. Hometown: Seattle, WA

5. When did you join Kappa Delta? Fall 2013

6. Why did you join Kappa Delta?

I joined Kappa Delta because they were the chapter where I felt the most at home when I walked in their recruitment room. My mom is a Kappa Delta too, so I felt a special bond to the values and beliefs being discussed by my future sisters each night of recruitment. When I joined Kappa Delta I felt that this was a chapter of women who would challenge me to learn more about myself every day while giving me the support and comfort of life-long friends as I grow.

7. Tell us about being Panhellenic President! What does it mean to you?

Being Panhellenic President is such an amazing experience. It's crazy to me that I get to lead such a powerful group of women in my position. I couldn't be more honored to get the chance to help move our Council forward and continue making Greek Life on campus even stronger. To me, this position means a lot because I'm representing the women that I admire and look up to; it's truly a privilege to serve my community in this capacity.

8. What else are you involved in on campus?

I'm the Finance Event Lead for Relay For Life this year, so I manage all fundraising and sponsorship efforts for Northeastern's event while helping to plan the event year-round. In addition, last semester I was a programming chair for the Homecoming Committee, where I got to plan our Homecoming Festival and the surprise Tees and Cheese event. I also am the secretary for Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honors Society at Northeastern.

9. Have you been on any co-ops? If so, where?

I've co-oped at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the DEA.

10. What's your favorite class you've taken at Northeastern?

My favorite class that I've taken at Northeastern is probably Juvenile Justice, taught by Professor Zimmerman. The class focused on topics related to juvenile delinquency and the juvenile criminal justice system in the United States. I was really interested in the causes, control, and prevention of juvenile delinquency and this course really helped me to develop that interest and learn a lot more on the topic.

11. What advice would you give to younger girls who are considering coming to Northeastern and joining Greek life?

I would encourage women to keep an open mind about Greek Life at Northeastern. At first, I was really hesitant to go out for recruitment because I focused on the stereotypes behind Greek Life and not what Panhellenic had to offer me. I've become more a part of Panhellenic than I have at any other point in my life. I've gained some of my closest friends from being a part of a sorority. I'm so grateful that I went out for recruitment because it truly changed my life in ways I never thought possible and I don't think I would have gotten as much out of my college experience without being a part of Greek Life.