Many of you know Analeigh Horton as the Collegiate Relations Coordinator for our Delta area, but what many of you do not know is that Analeigh is a J. William Fulbright scholar! Appointed by the President of the United States, the Fulbright Board selects very few individuals to conduct research, lecture and consult with other countries and their scholars. As a Fulbright scholar, Analeigh will be given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to teach in Spain while being an ambassador for the United States.
“As a recipient of this grant, I will be spending a year in Madrid as a cultural ambassador for the United States. I leave in September and will spend the academic year lecturing at a secondary school as part of a project on second-language acquisition. I am fluent in Spanish and dabble in other languages, so I am excited to spend extensive time in a cultural capital of Europe.”
Analeigh began her Phi Mu journey at Samford University with our Alpha Gamma Chapter. When speaking to Analeigh she reflected on her first day at Phi Mu:
“My family does not have a particularly extensive background in Greek life. That said, I didn’t know much at all when going through recruitment. Phi Mu was the first house I went to and when a girl came to bump, the sister with whom I was speaking introduced the girl as “her sister.” I looked up and said, “Wow, but you look nothing alike!” Once they explained to me Greek sisterhood as opposed to biological sisterhood, I thought I had really messed up my chances of getting a bid from Phi Mu. But hey, look where I am now – working for our National Headquarters! I certainly didn’t expect that to happen as a nervous freshman. I look back at that moment now and laugh, partly at my naïveté, and mostly at all of the good memories I’ve shared with my Phi Mu sisters since then.”
We are so proud of Analeigh as she sets out on this journey! We are excited to share in her experience and most of all the life and love she will be sharing with others.
“Phi Mu taught me how important it is to be a part of something. I very much have an independent spirit but am constantly amazed by how much support can be offered, laughs can be had, and dreams that can be accomplished when people, especially Phi Mu sisters, spend time together. You can do a lot on your own but there is a reward in working together and an unmatchable spirit that you feel when walking through life alongside sisters.”
As we close out an extremely busy week at Headquarters gearing up for our 2016 National Convention there is bittersweet joy in the air. We are so excited to share Analeigh with the world but sad to say farewell. As many of us know, “This is goodnight and not goodbye.”
Best of luck in Spain, Analeigh, we cannot wait to see the amazing goals you set forth and accomplish!