Hard Work, Opportunity, and PTK

Emily Ann Tauschek
Mid-State Technical College
Business Management Student

When I first heard about Phi Theta Kappa, and received my invitation letter in the mail, I was not sure what I was getting myself into. How did I get so lucky? Was it because of my GPA? Was it my honor status? I didn’t have a clue. I opened my letter from my college president, and sure enough I got the answer. My GPA was at 4.0, and I was one of the highest standing students. I was in complete shock, not realizing what was about to happen once I hit the accept membership button. I was let into a world of amazing opportunities, making tons of new friends along the way.

Host Chapter

My first conference was the spring leadership academy which my chapter hosted. I was excited to see new faces and meet different chapters. All the hard work put in by the regional team was phenomenal, from the workshops to the roll call competition, so much fun. It was a jam packed two days of fun, and I couldn’t be prouder of everyone. After the conference concluded, my advisors came up to me and asked me if I would like to become an executive board member because of all the hard work I had put in. I gladly accepted and have become the face of my chapter.

Transfer Opportunity

This led to an amazing opportunity when a Lakeland University representative sent me an email. It described what Women’s Leadership Institute was all about. It is an institute where you learn all about how women lead. I thought that it sounded interesting, so I emailed the representative back, and she told me there was a huge opportunity with being a part of this. I could take a class tuition-free. I did not want to pass that up because, face it, who wants to pay for a class. I thought it over, then gladly accepted the offer. I was in shock because Phi Theta Kappa had given me this amazing chance to show what I was all about as a leader.

The Branch

Besides Lakeland, I also attend Mid-State Technical College. I am currently studying Business Management. As I am sitting in class, I hear about an amazing opportunity. It is a program called The Branch. It is where students from various colleges get together and present a project to corporate businesses within the area. It is held on Tuesday nights beginning in March and ending on demo day which is in May. It didn’t cost a penny. Upon completion, each student is awarded a $500 scholarship. Who passes up free money? Working that into my schedule was not easy.  Juggling two schools, along with working a 40 hour a week job as a chef added to the chaos. It made my life difficult to keep my priorities straight, but with a plan in mind, anything is possible.

Thank you

Wrapping up Phi Theta Kappa has given me lots of ways to advance and make new goals along the way. I want to personally thank this year’s regional officers for doing an outstanding job of keeping our region five star. That is not easy to do when everyone of them have personal lives and school as well. A huge thank you to Jennifer for allowing me the opportunity to share my experience with everyone. It has been a pleasure, keep up the great work everyone.