Monday, January 27, 2014

Becoming a PTK officer in 2013

My name is Ross Adler. I was born in Washington D.C. and spent most of my childhood and teenage years in the Philippines. Upon coming back to the States (in Texas) after graduating high school, I realized that my passion lies in politics and history so I decided to go to college and hopefully pursue a degree in political science. When I moved to New York City, I decided to enroll in LaGuardia Community College.
In 2013 after a few months of being continually active, I was appointed as a media officer for Phi Theta Kappa. I’ve always wanted to have a leadership role since I enrolled in LaGuardia Community College because I know that it’ll open up new opportunities and benefit me in the long run. When I was offered the position, I grabbed it almost immediately.
            At first, it was challenging to adjust to the loaded schedule. On top of full time coursework, I had to make sure that I constantly updated the official PTK Facebook and blog, I had to make sure that I had flyers and posters for events made and printed out on time, and I had to make a presentation for one of our general meetings (among other responsibilities). I slowly learned to juggle my work and manage my time. Procrastination has always been an issue for me but having a steady flow of responsibilities helped me realize that it is unacceptable and is something that I need to overcome.
            All in all, becoming an officer was one of the best things that happened to me in 2013. I became more responsible about the work that was given me, my network of advisors, professors, and peers in school greatly expanded, and I felt that I was actually making a difference in the lives of other people through every little work that I do for PTK. I still have about half a year to improve myself in this position and I am excited for the possibilities that lie ahead of me.

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