Meet Angela Cobos, Southwestern, alumna advisor of Gamma Alpha Chapter at Texas A&M. Angela recently served as the President of the Junior League of Bryan-College Station, actively volunteers with Destination Bryan and served two terms on the SU Alumni Association. Angela’s passions include learning, gardening, dancing, reading and every movie on the Hallmark Channel. We had the opportunity to sit down with Angela to discuss why she loves Tri Delta and volunteering. We hope you enjoy getting to know her like we did!
What made you want to volunteer with Tri Delta?
“Tri Delta has played a significant role in shaping who I am today. Giving back is an essential part of my life. I was fortunate to have incredible advisors during my college years, and I aspire to be that kind of mentor for other students, just as they had been for me. I spent 13 years working in higher education, advising college students, and it’s been an incredibly fulfilling journey to be a part of every student’s growth and development.
“My passion lies in working with college students and six years ago, when the opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance to advise at A&M. Getting to know the chapter members fills me with hope for the future. These young women are true leaders, problem solvers and the ones who will shape the next generation. I’m grateful for the privilege of walking alongside them on this incredible journey.”
Angela humorously refers to herself as the “adultier adult in the room,” acknowledging “these women are all capable adults. They really just need a little backup!”
What has been your favorite or most memorable experience as a volunteer?
“One of the best memories for me is always at the end of each year when the women express their gratitude during Circle Degree. As I hug them goodbye, sending them off to the next stage of their journey, I always cry! The Pansy Brunch is another great experience as I am able to meet their moms, which is so wonderful after years of watching over their daughters and witnessing their growth.
“And then there’s the fall of 2020, which was unforgettable. Those four months of shared experiences forged an unbreakable bond among the women and, out of adversity, the chapter became closer. We even found out we won the 2021 Margaret Paddock Haller Award for most outstanding collegiate chapter—over Zoom, of course!”
What skills has your volunteer role helped you develop that you’re able to apply in other areas of your life?
“Learning to delegate! I’ve evolved from a solo act to leading a team of dedicated advisors. It’s about training and empowering others, showing them where to find resources and offering support. This skill has also proven invaluable in my work with Junior League. I’ve also learned to appreciate the power of listening. These remarkable women bring such unique perspectives to the table, constantly teaching me new things, from mastering Google forms and new technology platforms to the newest fashion brands and fresh insights on the world.”
What advice do you have for anyone considering volunteering?
“DO IT! Whatever your role, you will learn so much from these women. Do it because it’s an opportunity to take a group of women to the next level and support them through the process of growing and maturing.”