Getting involved on campus or through KU is a huge part of being a Tri Delta. We believe this is where leadership is developed and opportunities are provided. We are proud to say that our members are involved in and passionate about many different organizations outside of Tri Delta. Meet a few of our members and read about what they are involved in!
Tri Deltas on Campus!
Abby Zwetzig, PC '13, Semester at Sea
"Hi! My name is Abby Zwetzig. I am a senior at the University of Kansas, studying Special Education. This past semester I went on a study abroad program called Semester at Sea. Semester at Sea is a 104-day program where 700 students circumnavigate the globe traveling from North America to Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa, and Europe. While I was on the ship I took classes, emerged myself into different cultures, and learned how to be a world traveler rather than a tourist. I traveled to a total of eleven countries while on Semester at Sea and three after I got off the ship.
Over the span of four months I snorkeled with turtles in Hawaii, went to a monkey park in Japan, visited the Great Wall of China, went four-wheeling down sand dunes in Vietnam, went to an elephant sanctuary in Myanmar, visited the Taj Mahal in India, went snorkeling in Mauritius, went skydiving in South Africa, visited orphanages in Ghana, rode a camel in Morocco, saw Big Ben in London, visited the Eiffel Tower in Paris, visited the Coliseum in Rome, and visited Greek Islands. Semester at Sea was the best four months of my life and I am so thankful for being able to see parts of the world a lot of people will never see and the relationships I built along the way."
Claire Branstetter, PC '13, Willow Domestic Violence Center
"Hi! I’m Claire (Senior, majoring in Political Science, Economics, and Global and International Studies) One of the most rewarding ways I’ve gotten involved here in Lawrence is becoming an advocate at the Willow Domestic Violence Center. I stumbled into it a bit by accident, not having any personal experience or particular interest in domestic violence. It was the beginning of my junior year, and I’d just returned from a seven-month study abroad program in Costa Rica. I was looking for a way to continue practicing Spanish, but I did not feel like taking any more classes (I don’t care for analyzing literature in English, why would I want to do it in Spanish?). Volunteering seemed like a much more meaningful use of my time. A friend of mine was working at the Willow and mentioned a need for bilingual volunteers. I decided to check it out. The only catch was the 40 hours of training needed to become an advocate, but it was well worth it.
Seeing the realities of domestic violence in my own community changed me. Although I had no idea I would ever be involved with a domestic violence center when I first came to KU, I now feel passionately about it. Even after I graduate, addressing this issue is something I will continue to stay involved with, one way or another. One of the most beautiful things about this university is that it is a place where passion is developed. For me it turned out to be addressing domestic violence; however, there are so many worthwhile opportunities here. Whether you have a passion already or not, there is always something new at KU, waiting for you to discover it."