As I come upon the sunset of my college career (I’m graduating in May 2020!) I find myself frequently thinking back to my college experience thus far. And when I do, I would have to say one of the best decisions that I made was joining the business professional fraternity I am proud to be a member of: Alpha Kappa Psi-Chi Sigma Chapter.
Saying that now, my first-year self would definitely be in a state of misbelief. Me? Join any type of Greek life? Unfathomable. I used to view Greek life as collectives of cliquey individuals with some frivolous agenda. Alpha Kappa Psi proved me wrong. Stumbling upon rush promotion material, I was intrigued by the fact that this fraternity was open to all majors, emphasizing professional development and ambition. That summer I was talking to friends about “expanding my horizons” and challenging myself with new experiences, especially with respect to professional development. One of them mentioned giving Greek life a try. As I click ‘Going’ on the Facebook Information Session event, I would have no idea this organization would become a critical part of the next four years of my college experience.
Alpha Kappa Psi is “recognized as the premier developer of principled business leaders.” Our core values are integrity, service, knowledge, unity and brotherhood. The foundation of the fraternity exists on creating a network of motivated individuals not only invested in pursuing successful careers, but seeing others succeed and helping the community. The diversity of majors and individuals that make up the Chi Sigma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi provides a multi-cultural and interdisciplinary lens to the meaning of success.
From rush to being a senior brother, becoming a part of Alpha Kappa Psi has given me evolving valuable experiences on a professional and personal level. With rush and pledging, the ability to talk with multiple brothers and practice my networking techniques (elevator pitch, proper attire, “reading the room”) are valuable skillsets that I have taken with me into professional settings. In addition, learning how to craft thank you letters, understanding emotional intelligence, learning about public speaking were all lessons built into the Alpha Kappa Psi experience.
One of the biggest experiences that Alpha Kappa Psi has given me is the opportunity to have is the ability to practice leadership. If you have not had the opportunity to engage in some sort of leadership role, whether it be as a representative of some sort of club or part of an executive board- I highly urge you to do so! It is one of the most rewarding yet trying experiences that you’ll ever receive. You’ll learn about your strengths as well as weaknesses as a leader. For me, I learned about the importance of delegation, and understanding how to perfect my approach as a leader with respect to servant based leadership. I personally value understanding where my committee members want to grow and why they are invested in the goal or project that we as a collective are working towards. Everyone makes mistakes in leadership and there is no better way to grow than to try!
Lastly, but most importantly (yes, here comes the cheesy part), Alpha Kappa Psi has given me friends that I consider family. These people have seen me through some of my toughest days, have supported my ambitions and successes. I am so incredibly grateful to meet some of the most ambitious and hardworking people that I know. My college experience would not have been complete if I did not take the risk of coming alone to the first information session, truly wondering why I even bothered in the first place. I have laughed with these people, and I have cried with these people. I would not be where and who I am today without meeting these people.
So go to that first information session, walk out of your comfort zone. You never know what you may find, who you’ll meet, or what’s there waiting for you.