First Person: “I’ve learned a lot about who I am”

Editor’s Note: This post was written and submitted by Jason Moeck, a member of the Alpha Lambda Zeta Chapter at Asnuntuck Community College in Connecticut.

I became a member of Phi Theta Kappa during my second semester, but I chose not to engage in the meetings because my belief was that it was “just another group of people talking about issues instead of taking action.”

At the beginning of my fourth semester, our advisor, Michelle Coach, encouraged me to participate in a meeting and see what I thought of it. My assumption couldn’t have been more wrong.

The members were very friendly and welcoming.

They came from diverse backgrounds, each with different majors.

They all shared a common goal — they wanted more, not only for themselves but also for each other, for the school and for the community.

They worked together as a family.

Phi Theta Kappa was an organization I wanted to be a part of.

Through Phi Theta Kappa, I have met wonderful people who challenge me everyday to be the best I can and push me to the limits of my abilities. I’ve learned a lot about who I am though my interaction with PTK.

My Alpha Lambda Zeta brothers and sisters have played an enormous part in my journey at Asnuntuck Community College and helped to make it the hallmark of my college experience. Thank you.

Being part of Phi Theta Kappa gave me opportunities that I feel have prepared me and given me an edge for transfer to a four-year university. I was able to develop and use leadership skills, to fine-tune my organizational and communication skills, to build soft skills, and to develop critical thinking beyond the realm of the classroom.

But it goes further.

At a job interview this past January, my membership with PTK came up, as my interviewer was a member himself. He told me that while my grades spoke for themselves, interest in being a part of something much bigger than myself was something that is highly valued in the workplace today and ultimately separated me from the rest of the applicants.

Phi Theta Kappa has been a life-changing experience. It is something I will be forever grateful I became a part of. My only regret is that I didn’t embrace the opportunity sooner.