PTK: Why you should join!
“I was recently invited to join Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was wondering if it would be of any benefit to me (at age 51 and going for an AS degree in Web Design) or if it would be mostly give me bragging rights.”
First of all, congratulations on being invited to join Phi Theta Kappa! Being asked to join such a prestigious organization is a complete honor. Take this wonderful opportunity. I became a member of PTK way back in 2011 and loved every second of my experience with the honor society.
Once you join, my advice would be to get involved as much as possible. PTK has many things to offer to its members but you must be an active member and participate in the events. The scholarships, in particular, are very generous and there are so many transfer scholarships exclusively for PTK members. PTK’s website says members have access to more than $37 million in transfer scholarships available at more than 700 four-year colleges and universities.
Last year, I served as the Vice President of Leadership of the Eta Nu chapter housed at the St. Pete/Gibbs campus. I got to experience the inner workings of this amazing organization. In the heart of PTK is the tradition of excellence in academics. It is, essentially, an honor society that pursues and encourages intellectual growth among two-year colleges. Its mission is achieved by embracing and taking into practice the four hallmarks: Leadership, Scholarship, Service and Fellowship. Through these hallmarks, we partake in leadership development, research and collegewide projects, and we give back to the community by partnering with charities and volunteering our time.
In regards to bragging, YES, you will definitely get bragging rights. For your graduation, you can get lots of regalia! We wear a beautiful gold stole, a tassel, and, if you get nominated, you might even sport the prestigious All-USA or All-Florida academic team medals. Aside from the regalia, it looks great on your resume. If you are looking to transfer, it weighs in when it comes to admissions and scholarships. Most importantly, by joining a community such as Phi Theta Kappa, you become a better student who is more engaged in your college.
I cannot stress enough the impact it made on my academic career. I can honestly say PTK is one of the reasons why I am where I am now. So please consider joining! And remember the motto, when you are Phi Theta Kappa, you are as good as gold!
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