Abbey Van Nostrand
VP of Accounts Receivable
Hometown: Auburn, AL
We hear you love accounting! Why are you passionate about it?
As we all know I am very passionate about accounting! (go debits and credits!!) I really enjoy being able to figure out how to solve a problem and making sure that it is following the correct rules and regulations. Accounting makes me so happy because it correctly displays your financials. Financials are the back bone of everything we do. We need to know how to correctly use and protect our finances to be successful in life!
What is your favorite memory from being on exec?
Wow, I have so many! Well I have a lot of wonderful memories with these girls but my favorite memory is probably when Victoria, Colleen, Bonnie (our fabulous advisor) and I got to wear Alpha Chi crowns at our alumni dinner! It was a great time if you ask me.
How would you describe your position?
As the VP finance - Accounts receivable I bill all of the members for dues, fines, and miscellaneous items. I get to help the members of Alpha Chi learn how to use BillHighWay and to pay their bills in a timely manor.
What is your favorite thing about Alpha Chi?
My favorite thing about Alpha Chi is that we have some of the most genuine and talented ladies in Auburn! The sisterhood is real here!
If you could be any food, what would it be and why?
If I could be any food it would be probably be Amsterdam lobster egg rolls. They are so fabulous. It is a must have if you go to Amsterdam Cafe.
VP of Intellectual Development
Hometown: Hunsville, AL
Why did you decide to run for this position?
I decided to run for this position because academics are very important to me and I love encouraging and supporting others in their academic endeavors. I have always loved helping others and even chose a career that is dedicated to serving others. After watching the previous Executive Board lead the chapter, I knew I wanted to serve the chapter in some way. I chose Vice President of Intellectual Development because I find genuine joy in helping others succeed in their classes and watching members achieve their academic endeavors and goals.
What things have you learned since being in this role?
I have learned several things since being in this role, but in particular I have learned how dedicated our members are in their academics as well as campus involvement. We have the best members who do it all! I honestly do not know how these girls lead so well on the Student Government Association, campus ministries, Freshman Leadership Programs, etc. and still make time for their academics. Our members are very well-rounded individuals and academically driven. It is a pleasure to serve such smart, talented girls.
What has Alpha Chi meant to you these past two years?
Alpha Chi Omega has been such a blessing by providing me with some of the best lifelong friendships. I have met friends who encourage and challenge me daily to be the best version of myself. These girls constantly listen to me and support me in everything. I am so thankful Alpha Chi provided me with a community of girls who strengthen and inspire one another.
What is the best thing about your job?
The best thing about my job is seeing others be successful in their academics, internships, and future careers. It is so cool to see a member achieve their academic goal or to receive the grade that they were hoping for. Our members are very academically driven and it is a pleasure to serve such dedicated women.
Where is your favorite place to study and why?
My favorite place to study is the fourth floor of the library. Some people find this floor to be scary, but I love it. I found my spot on the fourth floor shortly into my freshman year and have been faithful to it ever since. I am a very dedicated person, but I also love to talk, so the fourth floor is perfect for me with few distractions. The best part about this floor, is all the people I have met on the fourth floor. I know it seems crazy since it is the quiet floor, but I have met several friends who faithfully study on the fourth floor. It is always nice to take a break and go visit with them quietly!
What tips would you give an incoming freshman trying to receive a 4.0?
There are several tips I would give an incoming freshman trying to achieve a 4.0. First, it is so important that you make academics a priority. Your future is so important; therefore, you have to take it seriously from day one of Freshman year. Also, use all the resources on Auburn’s campus and never be afraid to go see your teacher in office hours. Auburn offers a lot of resources to help their students, so take advantage of things like the Miller Writing Center and Supplemental Instruction (SI). Finally, never let a single grade define you. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed by all that college has to offer, but everything will work out. These are the best years of your life, so enjoy them!
If you could have any super power what would it be?
If I could have any super power, I would be able to get enough sleep, studying done and spend time with friends all in one college day. When I went to college one of my high school teachers told me that it was impossible to get enough sleep, study enough to keep your grades up and spend time with friends all in one day. She told me I would have to choose two out of the three every day. I didn’t believe her at the time, but since being in college I've realized how true her statement was. A superpower that allowed me to do all three would be nice, but until then balance is key!
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
What has been your favorite event from Alpha Chi?
My favorite Alpha Chi event has been being a part of recruitment over the past two years. Each year, I've had the opportunity to meet so many new people and it's cool to see how we grew closer as a chapter throughout the week. It's a long and emotional week, but when I look back on it I am very thankful for the friendships I have made through Alpha Chi. Recruitment is such a sweet reminder of that!
What are your positions in Alpha Chi?
I am the T-Shirt Business Chair and the Recording Secretary. My role as the T-Shirt Business chair is to help out the T-Shirt chair with ordering all the items everyone wants and to make sure everyone has what they ordered. As for my role as Recording Secretary, I take the attendance for each event Alpha Chi holds. Basically I make sure everyone is up to date on chapter happenings, because as we all know- everyone is crazy busy!
What have you learned since being in Auburn?
Over the past three years at Auburn, I have learned so many things. The main thing that I have learned is that hard work pays off. If you strive your hardest to reach your goals, everything is going to work out in your favor. All it takes is hard work and dedication!
What is one of your most proud accomplishments?
The accomplishment I’m most proud of is getting accepted into Pharmacy School here at Auburn. It has been my goal since high school to go to Pharmacy School so I have been striving to achieve that goal since the beginning of college. Finding out I got in was one of the best days ever because I knew that everything I worked so hard for finally paid off!
What is a fun fact about yourself?
I am in the top 100 celebrities in the Kim Kardashian video game! If you see me I’m probably playing it whenever I have free time, which is a lot recently!
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