How becoming a PTK member changed my life

student accepting an award from PTK

Two years ago, I received an e-mail invitation to join Phi Theta Kappa. I didn’t know what it was and, after I Googled it, I was still not convinced, until I mentioned it to my sister who instantly said, “join!”
Many students are not aware of the benefits of Phi Theta Kappa and think it’s not worth it or it won’t make a difference in their lives. And while some might be right because they won’t be as involved, those who are willing to be part of PTK can enjoy the resources and benefits this Honor Society has to offer.

Starting with the biggest attention grabber: scholarships. Phi Theta Kappa offers 37 million in scholarship opportunities for members only. This is mainly through their CollegeFish website which is an amazing tool that members should use.

Five star competitive edge is another fantastic tool. As the website describes this program, “The Five Star Competitive Edge is Phi Theta Kappa’s exclusive online professional development plan designed just for you to practice and strengthen your soft skills. The activities, readings and videos of our self-paced course allow you to strengthen key areas that will give you a competitive edge in achieving your personal and professional goals.” I am currently working on it and all I can say is that all the resources provided by competitive edge are truly helping me in strengthening my soft skills, including but not limited to interpersonal skills and professional etiquette.

One of the most fun parts is participating in your chapter’s activities. This can be a fantastic college experience depending on how active your chapter is, and if it isn’t very active, what are you waiting for? Take control and start up an awesome chapter, work on a college project and Honors in Action, and participate at the annual conference NerdNation!

Before I joined Phi Theta Kappa I limited myself to going to class and that was about it. I didn’t participate in any activities on campus, I didn’t talk to many people besides those sitting next to me, and I never intended on leaving a mark at my school; everything changed the moment I walked across the stage at my induction ceremony to receive my certificate and shake hands with the Dean. I walked down the stage not knowing that at that instant, my life was taking a significant turn.

Two years later I’m president of my chapter, I’m getting ready to transfer to a 4-year program, and I have learned so much, met so many people, and I’ve been able to touch so many lives and spread awareness and knowledge. I can’t thank Phi Theta Kappa enough for this wonderful opportunity. So what are you waiting for? If you meet the criteria, then you should receive an invitation: join and let Phi Theta Kappa help you shape your future!

Lia_Machado-LiaMachadoLia currently attends Georgia State University where her major is marketing. She is president and PR of the Phi Theta Kappa chapter (Alpha Zeta Mu) at the Dunwoody Campus. She is also PR of the SPACE club at her school which is a science and engineering club and although is not really related to her major, as demonstrated by my astronomy teacher, science is awesome! She recently changed majors from Fine Arts to Marketing and even though she doesn’t take any art classes anymore she loves art, it is her passion, and she does art when not at school or work. Lia was born in Colombia and moved to the U.S. 10 years ago.