June 6, 2010 - 11:30 PM
This last Thursday, I said goodbye to Alpha Kappa Psi and became an official alumni of the chapter. This was done through a formal ceremony that initiates all new members and graduates all the seniors.
Alpha Kappa Psi has been such an amazing experience for me. I rushed during the fall of my junior year and became an official member in the winter. Coming into the fraternity, I knew only one other member. Leaving the fraternity, I now know over 100 members who are either fellow alumni or current members. Alpha Kappa Psi has helped me in so many ways. Academically, Alpha Kappa Psi has helped me network with students in the business school and get to know people in all of my classes. This is really helpful when it comes time to study for finals or to work on group projects. Professionally, I have had the opportunity to practice my interviewing and networking skills, as well as gain hands on experience as a member of the Advertising and Marketing Committee and the Silent Auction Committee. I have worked to design fliers, bulletin boards, invitations, and helped to organize an event to raise over $1200 for the Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Valley. Through our weekly meetings, I have had the opportunity to meet some great professionals who have shared their advice and their experience in the working world. Some of our guest speakers have included advertising professionals, financial advisors, and CEOs. I have learned so much as I start to focus on my career search.
Probably the best part of Alpha Kappa Psi for me is the social aspect. Through this organization, I have met some of my best friends. Some of these friends (you all know who you are) have been with me through thick and thin. College is tough-there is no doubt about that. For the first time in your life, you are out on your own and struggling to balance your life socially, academically, and financially. You are completely on your own, and your friends are such an important part of your life. The friends I have met through Alpha Kappa Psi have been much more than the type of friends you hang out with when you are bored or that you study with, but instead are the kind of friends who come to my house for holidays and will eventually be in my wedding party.
I came into this organization simply wanted to add a line to my resume. Now two years later, it has been the best decision I ever made while in college. I would have never expected that three simple Greek letters could change my life the way Alpha Kappa Psi did. Thank you everyone who has been involved in this organization and given me the great experience that made my college career!