Amy Uhl ’13
Stepping Outside her Comfort Zone
By Kristen Manieri
Amy Uhl ’13 couldn’t have known as a six-year-old Girl Scout that years later she’d once again be contributing to the organization’s mission. Uhl started weighing her sorority options in spring 2010, and the deal was sealed when she learned that Kappa Delta’s national philanthropy was the Girl Scouts. “I believe in growing girls into strong women,” said Uhl, who thinks working with the troop of local girls furthers a sense of sisterhood among the KDs.
Kappa Delta doesn’t raise funds for the Girl Scouts, but they give something even more important: their time. The women interact with the Girl Scouts throughout the academic year—from designating a sister as a troop leader to facilitating workshops on confidence and inner beauty to inviting troops to the sorority house to trick-or-treat at Halloween. “We’ve even created a Kappa Delta badge for them to earn,” Uhl said.
Uhl has a strong appreciation for the relationship between sorority life and community engagement. “Sorority life provides opportunities to get involved and also makes creating those connections easier because all the events and relationships are already in place. We believe in the causes we support, but it’s the feeling we are involved in something so much bigger than our chapter that calls to many of us.”
She also believes service is critical to getting Rollins students to step outside their comfort zones—which is exactly what she did during the 2010 winter break when she participated in a human rights field-study trip to Thailand. Uhl, along with 13 other students and two faculty members, studied the plight of Burmese migrant workers over a two-week journey that brought them face to face with political prisoners, aid workers, farm organizations, and monks.
“I was reminded every day that all the rights we have as American citizens are something we really take for granted,” said the international relations major, who participated in the trip again in December 2011. “In Greek life—as well as Rollins life in general—it’s really important to remember to step out of our bubble,” Uhl said. “These opportunities let us see how our actions and lifestyle can be used to make the world a better place.”