Delta Sigma Pi - San Jose State University - Theta Chi Chapter
America's Foremost Co-Ed Professional Fraternity
Brothers of Delta Sigma Pi
Brother Marilou Alejo crossed into Delta Sigma Pi in Spring 2006 with the I.C.H.I.B.A.N. pledge class. She graduated one year later with a degree in Hospitality Management. Before transferring to SJSU, Brother Alejo was attending UC Davis for Biology. While she was there, she had internships with the health center on campus. After moving back to the bay area, she also worked at the Marriot downtown at the front desk. She currently works at Cisco Systems as the Product Manager Academy and supports other initiatives under the Internet of Things organization. In her free time, she loves trying new things, attending paint nights with her friends, keeping up with fantasy football. This bay area native is a huge 49ers, Golden State Warriors, and Oakland A’s fan!
Reflecting upon her time in DSP, Brother Alejo loved her experience as a brother. She was V.P of Community Service, alumni advisor, and district director for the Gamma Xi Chapter at Santa Clara University. Aside from that, she gained many close friends, which she still stays in contact every day. Her professional and social life blossomed from her close ties with brothers. Within her network, she is able to help and mentor other brothers. If it wasn’t for DSP, she would not have been able to build her own professional life to be where she is today.
One of her biggest accomplishments was to move abroad to Japan and teach English. She was, not only able to experience a different culture, but also had a chance to help people grow professionally and personally. She still keeps in contact with some of her students to this very day. However, even having such a fulfilling and successful career, Brother Alejo had some hiccups along the way. She mentions that her biggest struggle was always wanting to do multiple things at the same time. Balancing family, school, DSP, and volunteer work tired her out. Fortunately, by setting herself up and working hard, she has able to overcome this struggle by choosing a job that could mold all of the things she valued and cared together.
Advice Brother Alejo would like to pass to young adults entering the professional world is to stress how important an individual’s professional network is. Also, work on developing a network, building your “board of directors”, and providing mentorship. She wholeheartedly believes in paying it forward, everyone is being given a gift of talking and learning so we should use that to help others.
A few quotes she would like to share are, “Don’t be content with being average. Average is as close to the bottom as it is to the top.” – Unknown. She adds that this is a good reminder to never settle and to always strive to be better than you are or think you can be. Another quote she loves is, “Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” - James M. Barrie. Brother Alejo shares that when you are helping others, you are also helping yourself.