Memorable Experiences as a PCA: Phi Theta Kappa NerdNation 2015

nerdnation1As a community college student, it can sometimes be difficult to relate your experience to that of your peers who attend traditional four-year schools. Due to their nature, community college attracts a vast variety of students from all walks of life: adult learners, high school graduates looking to transfer, or workers trying to reenter the college system or increase their skill levels. The class experience also differs as auditorium classes are not seen at my college and practical skill levels are emphasized at a higher level than what my classmates at traditional schools have told me. Additionally, as a PTK member, it can sometimes be hard to really understand the magnitude of the community you belong to.

Two weeks ago, I had the chance to meet a whole community of people who shared the same experience as I did at the Phi Theta Kappa 2015 NerdNation Conference in San Antonio, TX. I was lucky enough to attend the event for the first time as part of the Pearson Students team. By working at the booth, I had the amazing opportunity to meet people from all over the country with great stories to tell about their experience, both as community college students but also as PTK students. It was definitely one of my most memorable experience as a Pearson Campus Ambassador.

Beyond meeting so many wonderful students and advisors, I also got to partake in Pearson’s amazingly packed schedule which included what was probably the most fun event of the convention: the scavenger hunt. Grouped by chapter, PTK members explored San Antonio taking specific pictures as they related to different tasks. With creativity being the name of the game, students amazed us with their ability to come up with the craziest poses for the hunt. Going over the photos submitted was an absolute blast. I know selecting winners was not an easy task for our judges! Beyond the hunt, other amazing events took place such as our free professional headshots, our One Professor video campaign, and the forum hosted by our very own Cory Geary and Taylor Bell, all of which were really successful. I was so pleased to see so many people take advantage of those opportunities (as I did).

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Icing on the cake included our chance to listen to John Legend give a great speech and serenade the night away, a meet and greet with famed theoretical physicist, Michio Kaku, and the presentation of the Pearson/Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship. Overall, I am so happy and so blessed to have attended this amazing event. I found it both inspiring and well-rounded in what it offered and I would definitely not mind attending next year’s 😉

Syntiche_headshotSyntiche is a second year student at Guilford Technical Community College. She is currently studying computer programming. Fascinated with technology at a young age, she hopes to soon transfer to an engineering college and become a computer engineer. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the STEM club at her school, and a math and science tutor. Originally from Paris, France, she is fluent in French and conversational in Spanish. She is a hardworking, self-starter and a fervent reader.