As Miss Black and Gold 2017, Kaylin Whitaker was honored and more than happy to share her experiences in her new current position.
Q: How does it feel to be Miss Black and Gold 2017?
A: Being Tau Nu’s Miss Black and Gold 2017 is an honor. I absolutely love being a queen for this chapter.
Thankfully, most of the men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. the Tau Nu chapter I have known before they were even Greek.
It feels amazing when other women and men come to me with questions, and also getting to do things like this. Representing Tau Nu and my campus is such a rewarding feeling. This is truly more than a crown and sash.
Q: What does it take to be a leader like yourself?
A: Being a leader is also learning how to follow. I have been under great leaders such as Brittany Henderson, who was my previous supervisor, and Lydia Hall. For myself, faith in God is major, also being selective of who I allow in my inner circle - having a strong support system, which includes my family, boyfriend, and the Tau Nu chapter. I stay to myself, and I always remember that I am my own brand and that others are watching me.
Q: What advice would you give anyone trying to be in Miss Black and Gold or any leadership position in general?
A: For Miss Black and Gold, do not get caught up in the idea of being around Greeks. They are normal people with three letters across their chest. Stay focused, you are winning this to share your platform (mine is Building House Not Playing House) and to give back to your community. As far as other leadership positions, learning how to balance responsibility. I am Miss Black and Gold, but I am also a part of PRSSA, which is the Public Relations Student Society of America, where I hold two executive board positions. Learning how to delegate assignments and to remember not everyone learns and moves like yourself - so, practicing patience.