Meet Caroline Floyd, house director at South Carolina. Caroline’s plans to attend graduate school at South Carolina were put on hold due to the COVID pandemic. She decided to relocate to the area anyway – applying to the University to become a “house mom”. Caroline applied for the job directly through the University so she was uncertain which chapter she would ultimately land. “I am thrilled to be joining the Tri Delta sorority, an organization whose values I hold in high esteem. As a former member of AEPHI from Towson, I have never encountered an unkind Tri Delta.
Why did you want to become a house director?
“I’m also thrilled to announce that I’ll be starting graduate school in the fall to begin my Master of Higher Education Student Affairs program! Being a house director is the perfect job to balance work and my grad school studies. The position fosters independence while pursuing my passions.”
What does a typical week look like?
“Being a house director is an ever-changing role and an exciting mix of responsibilities, experiences, and challenges and no two weeks are the same! Some weeks are more relaxed, where I spend time with the students and enjoy meals together in the dining room, run errands, and ensure everything is running smoothly. Other weeks are more fast-paced, with repairs, meetings with the staff, or working on projects for the house. During recruitment, my focus shifts to supporting the students emotionally and providing whatever assistance they need. It’s a fantastic experience that requires both physical and emotional commitment. I love planning special events! For holidays like Valentine’s Day, I hosted a cookie decorating event and made goodie bags. I also created the House Member of the Week Award to recognize students who go above and beyond. Members nominate someone who did something special, and every Friday, I announce 1-3 winners who then get to pick a prize out of the prize box. It sounds silly, but the women love it.”
How has this position contributed to your growth and development?
“A career in Greek life has allowed me to hone in on my direct path. I’ve experienced different sides of Greek life – from property management to chapter operations – and connecting with students. I’m able to get involved with a range of responsibilities from interior design to risk management to university projects. Tri Delta also gives me the opportunity to connect with other house directors and members of our community through monthly meetings, mentor pods, and quarterly coffee chats. I love that I can pull ideas and learn from house directors of all different backgrounds and ages.”
What advice would you give to others about this role?
“Don’t get stuck in the 9-5 framework – be prepared to go with the flow and make yourself available to those who need you. Some days, there may not be any meetings on the schedule, but as long as I’m there for my students and available to them when needed, I’m doing my job.”
HOUSE DIRECTOR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
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