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Thoughts from an Airport...

Posted By Ben Fournier, Asst. Director of Member Services, Monday, February 1, 2016

Hi everyone, I hope that the start of the spring semester has been going well for you on an individual on a chapter basis. With the start of the new semester comes the excitement of getting back to campus and back to the brotherhood. For staff comes the excitement of going out and visiting chapters and colonies again.

Personally, the start of this semester was very exciting for me as I was out in Pullman, Washington to work with the Beta Psi Colony at Washington State University.  That was until I left Pullman and had an eight hour layover in Seattle, where I am currently sitting. The purpose of this blog is to walk you through a day in the airport as a staff member. My layover started a little over an hour ago when I walked off the plane into a classic Seattle day of rain, from there I went into the terminal and found my way over to the nearest restroom. Great that’s out of the way, now I guess I’ll find where my flight is scheduled to take off from and get some work done (my consultant blog). The best part about being at the airport several hours before your flight takes off is that you can find a spot to post up at and plug in your electronic devices.

It’s been about two hours now and I keep finding more work to do. So far nothing too exciting is going on except for a baby is crying. Another hour or so goes by and I am thinking that this blog from the airport may be a bad idea. But wait, I’m in a pretty large international airport so I may as well walk around and see what cool places people are flying too. I walked around and saw some pretty cool destinations, Hong-Kong, Alaska, Miami, and where my next connection is Charlotte. Seeing some of these destinations leaves me day dreaming of the cool stuff in each city, such as fishing in Alaska, working on my dad-bod in Miami, and eventually getting home to my fiancé and puppy in Georgia. As I’m walking around I stopped to talk a few people. I met this nice older couple going to visit their grandchildren in Phoenix, an amateur hockey player, and a group of Sigma Kappa sisters heading to a conference in Los Angeles. All in all there were some pretty interesting people hanging around.

It is now about an hour before my flight is supposed to take off and my gate changes, awesome right? It really wasn’t that bad I moved from B9 to B7, but I did lose a spot near the outlets. My flight is about to board so I’m going to grab a diet coke and get ready to head home. The point of why I wrote this is to say that time is what you make of it, I could have had a bad day just sitting and waiting, but I didn’t. I talked to a lot of cool people and made the most out of being somewhere different. During this semester push yourself to try something different, talk to new people, and enjoy yourself. You never know who you’ll meet or what you’ll experience if you don’t put yourself out there. 

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