AXΩ Beta Xi Alumna Spotlight - Laura Fidler

One of the most rewarding things about the sisterhood of sororities is the friendship that can transcend generations. Once you're an Alpha Chi, you're always an Alpha Chi. Recently one of our active members had the chance to meet with an Alumna member and interview her for a spotlight. Below are her paraphrased responses to our spotlight questions.

Where did you grow up?
Montpelier, Idaho.

What is your favorite food?
Outside of chocolate, sushi.


What has changed since you were in college?
Laura said that the biggest thing that has changed since she was in college has to be technology. She remembers how in the AXO house there was one house phone out in the hallway and how if you needed to work on a computer you would have to walk to the library.


What is your favorite memory of AXO?
A favorite memory of Alpha Chi was living in the house, because it was always a hub of activity and there was always something happening.


What came after AXO and college for you?
After college, Laura worked in Salt Lake City before getting married, having kids, and then later obtaining her real estate license. 


What’s something you've been really excited about lately?
Laura is excited to travel, and she will soon be visiting her daughter who is living in Washington, DC this summer.

How has being a parent changed you?
It has given her unimaginable and unbelievable love; and taught her how to be completely selfless.


What are your dreams for your children?
To be healthy and happy above all else, and that she can provide a foundation for them to do whatever they want and whatever they dream in life. Especially because her children's generation is more apt to choose to follow there dreams, and the boundaries between them and what they wish to achieve have been lessened since Laura was their age.


Do you have any favorite stories about your kids?
Laura didn't have any specific stories, but she has especially loved to watch them learn, grow, and form their own opinions. She has loved watching them on their journey and continues to wish that they conquer the world and do what they love.

How did you meet your husband?
Laura met her husband when they realized they had mutual friends while she was at work, they then ended up playing on a co-ed softball team together.


Do you have any favorite memories about your husband?
All of Laura's favorite memories of her husband come from when they're traveling together, because it's sort of an escape from reality and day-to-day life.

Who are your heroes or inspirations?
Ellen DeGeneres, because of her amazing kindness and the service she always is involved with for others.


What is the best advice you can give someone or that you have received?
To never stop pursuing your dreams and to not let people dissuade you from working towards them.

How would you like to be seen or remembered?
Laura would like to be seen as a good friend, someone who is enjoyable to be around, and someone who had a positive influence. She would like to be seen as someone who puts service to others and others needs before herself.


What has AXO meant for you in your life?
In college Alpha Chi was a safety-net for Laura, there was always someone there for whatever you needed, and it also meant good friends. After college it means lifelong friendships, yearly dinners with sisters, and ties with a great organization that supports women.

"Before I met with Laura to interview her, I was terrified. She was the first alumna member I would meet and I felt like a meddling kid interrupting her adult life. But as soon as we started talking, I knew that I had no reason to be nervous. Laura was so sweet and probably asked me as many questions about myself as I asked her! It was so awesome to have someone I had never met previously take such a genuine interest in my life. She truly has a kind soul. I came away from our interview feeling like I could take on the world, and even more excited about my dreams. I am so grateful that this sisterhood gives me the opportunity to have an immediate connection with women like Laura, it's an opportunity Greek life presents that I had never realized before rushing." - Alex Bullock