Hi, everybody! My name is Catherine Vaughn! I am a junior studying Public Relations and Promotions, and I rushed Alpha Kappa Psi in the Fall of 2020.
This semester, our chapter started doing a “segment” at our General Business Meetings (or GBMs) called “Brocase”. Since our chapter is so big, it is a great way to learn more about the experiences and identities of individual bros.
I recently presented a Brocase in front of the chapter at one of our GBMs, where I talked about my hearing journey and experience to give bros a chance to get to know me better. For some context, I am deaf in my right ear and wear a hearing aid. I felt like a lot of members did not know I was hard of hearing, so I wanted to let them in on an important part of my identity.
It was pretty nerve wracking standing in front of my bros, especially considering I was opening up about something that does not come up in conversation that often. However, when it came time to present, I soon realized I had nothing to be nervous of. Everyone was super supportive and engaged throughout the whole presentation. I felt super safe talking about my disability and letting my bros in on a tiny part of me that often goes unnoticed. Many bros even came up to me afterwards to offer their words of love and support.
I am grateful for the opportunity to present my Brocase, but more importantly, I am incredibly grateful for the community that is the Phi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi. This club has given me the gift of friendship and professional and personal development.