Editor’s Note: This post was written by Obinna Muoh, International Vice President for Division 3.
When you receive an invitation to join Phi Theta Kappa, maybe you doubt the organization. You feel it will be a waste. You think that the membership fee is not worth it. And you may say, “I am too busy already with work and school combined.”
In response, I want to share stories of some Phi Theta Kappa members and how Phi Theta Kappa changed their lives.
Karma Pfeiffer, Kappa Nu Chapter, College of Central Florida:
“Growing up, I always struggled with learning in school. I was diagnosed in third grade with processing disorder. Processing disorder means that I learn slowly and have anxiety. Because of this, I never felt smart or that I could be an honor student. I was never asked to be in middle/high school clubs, but now I am.
“When I received the PTK letter in the mail, I felt a great sense of accomplishment. (Former International President) Yanik Etan then encouraged me to take on a leadership role as a chapter officer. I did, and it opened up so many opportunities. I learned to overcome most of my fears.
“PTK has changed my views on the person I am. I am PTK!”
David Alex Ortiz, Mu Delta Chapter, Kansas City Kansas Community College:
“When I first joined Phi Theta Kappa, I was a completely different person. I was very shy, didn’t have many friends, and had no extracurricular activities. As time went on I made some friends who were a part of the Mu Delta officer team, and they asked if I could participate in some events for Phi Theta Kappa.
“Fast forward three semesters, and I have grown into a leadership role because of Phi Theta Kappa, which wouldn’t have been possible if not for my advisor, officer team, and the members of PTK.
“I would work on my own a lot of the time, but with PTK I feel as though I’m never alone on campus. I’m starting to see myself become a mentor to the newer students joining the college. I have experienced more than I ever thought I would: whether it be volunteering for an amazing cause, helping with my first induction, or traveling to Tennessee (for PTK Catalyst 2017) and growing with my region.
“Currently I’m an officer for Phi Theta Kappa and a Five Star Competitive Edge member. I help organize events and am working on Honors in Action. I’m eligible for many transfer scholarships, but, most importantly, I am PTK.”
Hope Timoll, Rho Beta Chapter, Harford Community College, Maryland:
“PTK truly means family to me. When I began at my community college, I was new in the state. I didn’t know anyone in the area. I went to classes and came home. I was not involved at all.
“It was the officers and advisors of my PTK chapter who reached out and truly made me feel welcome to the campus. It is truly due to their influence that I am so involved in college now.
“I began as a PTK member and am now chapter president. I am also an orientation leader and learning assistant on my college campus. My involvement with Phi Theta Kappa has connected me to so many other people that I would not have met otherwise.
“I am so grateful that I did not ignore my invitation to be a PTK member. It has much such an enormous difference. I am PTK.”
Phi Theta Kappa wants to open your mind to the fact that our deepest strength is not when we are apart, but only when we come together in ways that we uniquely can. Remember that you might be the only one standing when everyone else is seated; you might be the only one speaking when everyone else is silent; and you might be that voice that kindles what is needed for everyone to get going.
Be the reason that people have hope in this world.
Dr. Jennifer Arnold spoke at PTK Catalyst 2017 and said, “Never forget that sometimes, great things can happen when you are willing to throw caution to the wind a little bit. Take the risk and just go for it, because today is the day.”
Join PTK today.