My student organization that I have been honored to be able to be a part of is Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity. They have brought many amazing opportunities friends and experience my way in the past two years. The organization has challenged me and inspired me to strive for excellence. It has provided myself with two large experience that have been some of my proudest accomplishments of my time here at central.
My first, and not as “physically large“ of an opportunity was to develop a leadership development lesson for our incoming members. Our organization prides itself on developing principled business leaders, and leadership is something that I am passionate about. Leaders grow in many ways and I saw that statement as somewhere I could impact our membership while doing something I love.
The specifics of the lesson change every semester as I try to gear it to the need of the group as a whole. The core topics that I work to make a point at covering is answering the questions of “what kind of leader am I”, “how can my leadership style impact others.” and “in the areas that my leadership style is challenged is there others who can support me”. I supplement these questions with activities where the group has the chance to work together with the awareness of who they are as leaders as well as who their peers are as leaders.
The second, and larger opportunity that the fraternity has brought me was the opportunity to plan the Central Michigan University College of Business Administration Career Fair.
Where myself and a co-chair work tirelessly in partnership with the Central Michigan University Career Services office to bring roughly 140 business to our campus to recruit CMU students. Career Services and Alpha Kappa Psi has a strong relationship as their role is to help student find jobs, and my fraternity’s goal is to uphold our 100% full time job placement after college. My co-chair and I plan the agenda and set up times with Career Services to coordinate responsibilities, expectations, and materials. The tedious planning of the event takes months, but at the end it is truly something.This special relationship between Alpha Kappa Psi and Career services gets to both reach their goals and bring jobs and opportunities to our students.
Being able to plan this event for two semesters in a row and to watch our impact as a team grow and number of students and companies in attendance increasing i have been encouraging and getting information together to relocate the event. Which may not seem like such a hard task, but there are many many moving parts to consider. This coming semester we were able to make it happen!
Alpha Kappa Psi has impacted my life personally and professional like none other could.
Through my college experience thus far I have had many volunteer opportunities. Just this year I have found my favorite volunteer opportunities to be that benefiting the younger generations. Some of my favorite are listed below:
Being a CMU Cheerleader we get multiple opportunities to volunteer our time to teach younger generations the skills and training methods to be a college cheerleader. We partner with Champion Force an organization with young girls and boys ages 8-18, from across the state that compete in all-star cheerleading. These teams come to us to enhance their skills. We get to work with these teams through five stations: tumbling, stunting, private coaching, baskets, conditioning. Working with these young girls I have had the opportunity to share my passion for cheerleading while teaching them the skills and
technique to be safe in this dangerous sport, as well as teach them exciting new skills.
This opportunity is hard work and you most definitely have to utilize patience, and strong clear communication. Yet, the reward is beyond what you could ever ask for. They end up looking up to you as a role model as they ask to get pictures with you after, come give you hugs, or even tell you verbally how much you helped them. To be able to share a skill you have and love, and coach them through it as well is extremely rewarding.
Joining Alpha Kappa Psi, I have had the opportunity to participate and help elevate their new philanthropy Stand Up For Kids a non-profit organization that works to end youth
homelessness. We also work with other organizations that stand for youth advocacy. My first event that I participated in was decorating lunch sacks with inspirational quotes or happy pictures. As I got more involved in the Fraternity we have also volunteered our time and made tie blankets through an organize where they take donated tie blankets to liven up children’s hospital beds before they arrive.
The beginning of my sophomore year was the beginning of a new chapter I had decided. I changed my major and enter in to the business school and was ready to get involved in an organization that would enhance my professionalism to be better prepared for the business world. Human resources being my chosen major I looked into SHRM the Human resources group on campus and every time I tried to make it to a meeting it would never work. The pieces weren’t falling in to place. Then one day as I walked through Grawn the Business College building there was a student booth setting up handing out lanyards, sunglasses, and handing out candy (honestly the original reason I stopped was for a jolly rancher). The poster board they were presenting said on the top in big bold letters ALPHA KAPPA PSI- Professional Business Fraternity – Next Generation of Principled Business Leaders. It really caught my eye, I wanted to be a part of the next generation of principled business leaders, and that started it all.
Next thing I knew I was in full swing of the AKP pledging process. Learning their traditions, resume critiques, presentation skills, interviewing skills ect. All preparing me to be more prepared for the business world. The process was long and a lot of work but right in front of my very own eyes I saw change in myself. I was learning more and figuring out more what I want to do for the rest of my life, my values, how the organizations alumni base and collection membership experiences will benefit me, and how I wanted to make a difference in the organization. Not even mentioning the friends I have met through this process and being able to have the best Big ever, I am never short of people to ask for help and advice.
This Spring being my first active semester as a member I was given one of the most important positions in the fraternity. I was corporate relations co-chair, I worked with my chair and CMU Career Services to put on the Alpha Kappa Psi Career Fair. Where this year we hosed 145 companies and over 1500 students. This opportunity to plan an event of such magnitude, and to work with employers was an experience of a life time. Now as I was a co-chair this coming Fall of 2016, it will be my turn to head up the event, which I am very excited about.
Another area within the fraternity that I am very excited to be heading is implementing actual leadership development practices into the fraternity. Leadership education is an area as a leader advancement scholar and in my everyday life that I am very passionate about. We, AKP say we develop principled business leaders, which we do with business etiquette and experience, but with no formal leadership training and education. As I make head way with this implementation and partnering with the Leadership Institute it has sparked my passion in Human Resources as I want to pursue employee training and development.
Alpha Kappa Psi is another very exciting family that I have joined and am very excited for the opportunities and doors that it will provide me in the years to come.
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