By Liam Blakeway, Lone Star College-Cyfair, International President
Embarking on the journey of being an International Officer in Phi Theta Kappa may feel like stepping into uncharted territory – a thrilling yet overwhelming prospect. Picture this: You’re running for International Office, and you’ve made it to the semi-finals. You are standing before a crowd of enthusiastic Phi Theta Kappa members at Catalyst 2024, thousands strong, each with unique dreams and ambitions with a chance to join the group. The mere thought might stir up a blend of excitement and nervous energy, enough to make even the bravest hesitate and contemplate blending into the comforting shadows.
Yet, here’s the thing – being at the forefront of your community is no small feat. It requires a special kind of courage. It’s like standing at the edge of a grand stage, the spotlight eagerly waiting to cast its glow on you. Sure, it might be a bit intimidating at first, embarking on a journey when you don’t know what the destination is.
Now, imagine not just as a pathway, but as a vibrant journey of personal and leadership growth. It’s like a magical adventure, winding through unexplored territories, filled with twists, turns, and unexpected surprises. Each step you take echoes with the excitement of new challenges and the promise of remarkable achievements.
As you step into the unknown of Phi Theta Kappa, envision your journey as a grand adventure, like taking a rocket ship or a submarine to explore places never seen before. Your fellow PTK members, your newfound allies, will surround you with camaraderie, shared laughter, and collective support, propelling you forward through uncharted territories. Watch as the fear that once draped you like a heavy cloak begins to dissipate, replaced by an overwhelming sense of strength and empowerment.
But here’s the magic – you’re not in this alone. Four eager international officers stand beside you, transforming potential competition into a united force. Though you may enter this adventure with your own set of priorities, you’ll soon discover a common goal, bridging initial gaps to solidify as a cohesive unit. This unity is dedicated to the uplifting of those around you, creating a synergy that transcends individual pursuits.
Don’t fret initially if you feel like the scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz, seeking great ideas through a brain, or the timid lion, desperately in search of courage, or the tin man, yearning for humanity through a heart. Together, as a collective, you will conquer the challenges along the way. The journey might seem daunting. However, with the support of your team and the guidance from the Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters, you’ll achieve all you aspire to be.
So, if you’re ready to embrace the fear – to step into the spotlight and let the magic unfold – know that discovery awaits. It’s not just a path. It’s a journey that can alter the trajectory of your life in ways you never imagined. The International Officer positions can become a ticket to a world of fun, growth, leadership, and a legacy that echoes far beyond the shadows you once considered your refuge. The stage is set; it’s time to take center stage and let your Phi Theta Kappa adventure begin!