Success Story: Mark Svennson

Mark Svennson
Alpha Phi Sigma Chapter
Rockland Community College
New York
Phi Theta Kappa Students at the White House - Mark Svennson, middle

Phi Theta Kappa Students at the White House - Mark Svennson, middle

The Community College Times

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When I reflect back on my successes over the past two years, one of the greatest moments was my admittance into Phi Theta Kappa's Alpha Phi Sigma Chapter at Rockland Community College.

Fast forward three years, where I am now a rising senior at Georgetown University. To this day no other organization has influenced my development and pushed me to do more and become a better individual than Phi Theta Kappa. Phi Theta Kappa empowered me to succeed.

When I enrolled at community college in fall 2008, I was hesitant, unsure, and unwilling to fully embrace my potential both inside and outside the classroom. After becoming a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the personal character transformation I underwent was nothing short of remarkable.

There is no doubt that the values, support, and collaboration fostered through my involvement in Phi Theta Kappa helped guide me on the path to success. If you are skeptical, picture this: In less than a year after joining Phi Theta Kappa, I went on to be named by Phi Theta Kappa, in collaboration with USA TODAY, to the elite 20-member 2010 ALL-USA Community College Academic Team. In addition, I was named New York State's New Century Scholar. Furthermore, I was selected as student speaker at my college's commencement.

The most rewarding experience for me, which really made me appreciate the greatness of Phi Theta Kappa, came when I received my acceptance letter to the university of my dreams—Georgetown. If that were not enough, the icing on the cake came this past fall during my first semester at Georgetown. As the result of my academic and extracurricular successes in Phi Theta Kappa, I received a personal invitation from Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States, and participated in the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges in October.

I truly believe the best investment one can make in life is through education. Phi Theta Kappa's commitment towards ensuring student success is nothing short of inspirational. When you ask yourself 'How does Phi Theta Kappa Empower Others?" simply look and you will see it all around you in the faces of the millions of lives touched by Phi Theta Kappa.