Friday, June 23, 2017

Striving for Success

by Phaedra Manning

PTK will help me move on forward to pursue my career in Criminal Justice. It will allow me to be more of a leader than I already am and will help me to lead others in the path to success. With the help of my peers and faculty, I will be able to make connections and get different scholarships that will allow me to pursue my bachelor's at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. I am a first generation college student and this is my freshman year. This opportunity to be a part of PTK will not only show that an immigrant like me can achieve her goals but motivate and push my limits to become even more successful in life.

This organization is not only one for scholars to overwork themselves or go to their full potential but ia one that allows you to make connections. It also enables you to become a well rounded person and offers lifelong learning skills and voluntary opportunities that will be encountered at some point in life. For me, the skills that I will gain will allow me to become a much better person than I am today. It will also develop my way of thinking and communicating with people from different backgrounds that I have probably not have had a chance to really understand.

With all of this comes great responsibility and so I will be able to lead not only my peers from this organization but also my peers that are outside of this organization. I will be able to take what I will learn from PTK to encourage, nourish and nurture others to build a better future for themselves. Encouragement does a lot. So instead of having negative influence from elsewhere, the positive will have an impact as I will be able to connect with whatever is important to that certain individual.

Overall, I know that PTK members will be there for individuals through thick and thin. Whether it means finding resources for different individuals or marking them look at the bright side of things. You never know what a person situation is unless they open up to you. You also never know the story one hundred percent, even if they open up to you because life is complicated and there is always two sides to a story. So with PTK being for Scholars, it is also for uplifting and trying to connect the dots. I hope my journey with PTk will be life changing as it will help me correct some of my flaws.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Benefits of PTK

By Manjeet Chapagai

For most of the students of the today’s world, what holds more importance in their life is going to the college regularly, getting good grades and graduating with a dashing GPA. But being a graduate with good grades is not the end of the struggle, rather is the beginning of the real struggle as one must present oneself in the real world and compete with the real expertise of that field. For that, one must have good communication and a leadership skills and most importantly can work as a team with the different people having different opinions. So, to develop such skills from this stage of life itself, one can’t get better opportunity than becoming the member of the prestigious society like Phi Theta Kappa which already has four hallmarks of leaderships, fellowship, scholarship and service.

To be one of the member out of three million people of about thirteen hundred colleges is itself a matter of great honor for me. Moreover, being the member of such society will help me communicate with not only people from United States but with the people from all around the world. Becoming the member of such society and actively participating for the society will help me discover the wide range of the scholarships provided by its member colleges not only in United States but all over the world. This can prove as one of the greatest platforms for people like me, who came as an international student with the hope of developing the good career in United States. Being the member of the society will help me meet with the people who went through same struggling phase like me. Also, I will get an opportunity to communicate with them about all the problems and get the possible solution which could be important in providing motivation and help me to put a step forward in achieving my goal.

There are whole lot of benefits one can experience being the member of PTK and achieving one's career goals. However, what holds more value in your life is more important than anything and when it comes to me developing my communication and leadership skills, these are the most important. I think PTK is one of the best platforms for me to develop that communication and leadership skills. So, I want to be the part of one of the prestigious and prominent society, the Phi Theta Kappa. 

Making Sense of Our Personal Identity

By Tsewang Rinzin

It was a truly amazing experience I had at the Regional Convention at Albany from March 3rd to 5th hosted by Fulton-Montgomery Community College. Among many activities, I had the most fun and experienced great learning outcomes during the poster presentation. Part of the reason is because of all the hard work that we put in for the Honors in Action research project, I was finally able to showcase what we learned from our project to all the honor students present. And most importantly I was able to experience great intellectual conversation about other chapters’ poster presentations.

Kingsborough Community college’s project in particular, I found their poster to be very engaging. Although both Kingsborough and my college chose the same theme of Individualism and Collectivism and learned that understanding our personal identity is extremely vital in order to understand how our actions or ways of life impact our society. While we chose to do True Colors as an activity to discover our identities, Kingsborough chose to analyze racial identity which I find interesting. I think their project was unique was because of their action aspect of their research. America is one of the most racially divided nations on the planet. Kingsborough named their action as ‘profiling’ where they were joined by their fellow PTK members and other students to explore how they are profiled based on their racial identity. The bottom line is that through the exploration of theme two of individualism and collectivism, I learned that it is not only important to know our true identity but also we have to understand our racial identity to fight against racism, prejudice and discrimination.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

PTK member’s Benefits

by Bilal Hassan
The Alpha Theta Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is an International Honor Society at LaGuardia Community College. Becoming a member of the prestigious society of the Alpha Phi Theta Kappa is not just an incredible step, but also a great honor for me. It is the society of high academic achievers of college students. The purpose of the society is to promote the awareness among the members and students about Scholarship, Leadership, and Fellowship opportunities.
The society of Phi Theta Kappa is not only organized to benefit members but also the students of the respective colleges. Being an active participant and volunteering for the society would allow me to explore more opportunities of scholarship in different Colleges and Universities in the United States of America and including many other countries that provide a generous scholarships to the members of the society. The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society will definitely guarantee my access to all benefits that will recognize my academic accomplishments, and will provide me with the competitive edge that will help me to ensure my success in future.

I anticipate that the society will improve my interpersonal skills while working with peers and other fellows. This society inspire its members and students to be motivated and outstanding in every part of life. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.” (Zig Ziglar, positivity blog). Hence, the Phi Theta Kappa Honor society does its best to organize students by improving their leadership skills, and that’s why I want to be a part of it.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Developing Leadership Skills Through PTK

by Annie Liu

The straightforward path of getting an A in a college course requires you to attend class, do your homework and ace your exams. By doing so, you will gain a lot of knowledge and understanding about the world, however very rarely do you get to apply the things you learn from your professor and your textbooks in real life. Sooner or later, we all will need to be able to communicate with people, have leadership skills, be able to work in teams, etc. These are things that being a member of Phi Theta Kappa can help.

Phi Theta Kappa underlines four hallmarks for its members: leadership, service, fellowship and scholarship. All four hallmarks are very beneficial to any member who seizes the opportunities that Phi Theta Kappa offers. Personally, I am excited to improve my communication and leadership skills. I believe that it will not only be helpful towards reaching my career goals, but also to grow as an individual.

One big opportunity that Phi Theta Kappa offers for its members is to be able to participate in projects that help our school directly through the College Project. Doing so requires development of creativity to think of ways to solve the problems, diligence to persevere and accomplish the goal, and interpersonal skills to work with not only the other members on the team but everyone in LaGuardia Community College and the community.

Likewise, the Honors in Action project is another opportunity that Phi Theta Kappa offers for its members to develop great communication and leadership skills. It is a project where us members choose a topic as a team and research it throughout the summer. Then, we plan events to showcase our learnings from our research. This project allows us to actively cultivate and display our leadership skills that we need to apply in our academics, career and life.