The Best Member Benefits Of Joining Phi Theta Kappa

I Asked Phi Theta Kappans For Their Favorite Membership Benefits And These Were The Top 19

Leadership, scholarship, service and fellowship are the hallmarks of Phi Theta Kappa, but there's so much more.

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Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of two-year colleges. I could go on about the benefits I've gained from being a member, but why take just one person's word?

I decided to ask other Phi Theta Kappans for their favorite membership benefits — and let me tell you, if the responses don't make you want to become involved in Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), I don't know what will.

Here are the top 19 PTK membership benefits according to PTK members themselves!

1. Everyone is welcome

Alexis Kornacki

"It's a breath of fresh air — Quirky is our right of passage." — Dante Flewelling

"A feeling of belonging. The welcome is beautiful and honest!" — Dante Flewelling

"[The] sense of community" — Tamara Miles

2. Fellowship

Dr. Mitch Stimers

"I joined for the fellowship of successful friends and advisors — this is my motivation." — Serena Clarkson

3. Scholarships

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

"The abundance of scholarships." — Zachary Stites

"As a parent, the scholarships were fantastic!" — Norman and Suzanna Session

"Rewards for hard work." — Kristen Crane

"Scholarships are opportunities that have opened limitless doors for me to access education." — Héber Bibang

4. Resume enhancement

Alpha Zeta Kappa Chapter

"You get skills from 5-star Competitive Edge to help you in life as well as in school." — Breanna Hobbick

5. Service

Evea Morrow

"Leadership and community service opportunities are by far the most rewarding parts of being in PTK." — Sarah Elizabeth Vargas

6. Opportunity

Dr. Mitch Stimers

"Opportunity is one of the greatest benefits Phi Theta Kappa provides for its members." — Jason Hanson

"It's a great opportunity for people to join and be able to experience the opportunities available when joining PTK." — Breanna Hobbick

"New opportunities that can come towards one's way that are unimaginable." — Peggy Wunderlich

7. Support

Tammy Johnson Fuentez

"The people who you meet throughout your time in PTK become family and we support each other." — Breanna Hobbick

"[There's] strength of combined talents." — Tamara Miles

8. New adventures

Chey Huston-McCrea

"With PTK you are able to broaden your knowledge and experience new adventures." — Breanna Hobbick

9. Friends

Alexis Kornacki

"Everyone who is in it wants to strive for success and make a difference." — Zachary Stites

"I'd definitely say the friendships formed and connections made. About two weeks ago I was laid off from my job that I've worked four years at because they are temporarily out of business. In that time, my PTK advisor helped spread my name around campus and she actively helped me look for a new job. If that's not friendship, then what is?" — Kaitlyn Drollinger

"[One of] the great rewards I have enjoyed from PTK is the diverse friendship community one makes." — Héber Bibang

10. Family

JaelAnn Hoover

"The family you create when you join." — Zachary Stites

"Inheriting an extended family who supports one another to succeed." — Peggy Wunderlich

"The people who you meet throughout your time in PTK become family and we support each other." — Breanna Hobbick

"The bond with my fellow Phi Theta Kappans forms a family." — Nicole Day

11. Leadership

Tammy Johnson Fuentez

"For me, the opportunity to serve as an officer on different levels is what makes PTK stand out. While the society needs officers at regional and international levels, it also needs the individual chapters to be successful to stay strong.

"By serving as a chapter officer, I was able to serve my chapter and feel like a welcomed member of the family even though I only serve on the local level." — Jared Homishak

12. Networking

Tammy Johnson Fuentez

"Networking opportunities." — Peggy Wunderlich

"Social connectivity of like-minded people." — Dante Flewelling

"I feel like PTK, in a sense, has to do with networking." — Jacob Head

13. Travel

Rebekah Morris

"Don't forget about traveling opportunities: visiting new places or places you haven't seen in years is amazing!" — Jared Homishak

14. Discounts

Caitlin Haddan

"My Bank of America debit and credit card discounts on purchases and cash back on purchases like Starbucks. They also donate 1% of your purchase back to PTK!" — Lesa Gibbs McCanick

Check out this page for other discounts that PTK members receive!

15. Advisors

Tammy Johnson Fuentez

"[One of] the great rewards I have enjoyed from PTK are our supportive advisors." — Héber Bibang

16. Self-discovery

Amanda Karpinski

"PTK is a platform that helps you discover what's inside of you. The process it takes to get to this goal shapes you to become a better and a positive individual." — OB Demian

17. Honesty

Evea Morrow

"Just to be a more transparent world that is seeking more truth from all people. That is what a good civic organization does." — Mike Ceranic

18. Respect

Lynn Tincher-Ladner

"There's a lot of love and respect for one another in this organization." — Nicole Day

19. The experience as a whole

Alpha Sigma Zeta Chapter

"I would say the experience as a whole. I made new friends, traveled to new places and learned how to be a leader. I may not have applied for as many scholarships as others would, but I've learned a lot and still am." — Jacob Head

Even if you don't meet the GPA requirements or aren't a college student, you can still become involved in PTK. Find a chapter near you and ask how you can become involved!

Note: responses have been edited for length/clarity.

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Again, as I talk about his message, keep in mind that this is his unique narrative, and it is different from other narratives out there--both on the Palestinian and Israeli side. He does give a very factual talk, though, due to the nature of his job. He essentially takes all the narratives of everyone else to craft a blanket-statement narrative; however, we should keep in mind that blanket-statements are almost never 100% accurate.

In addition, because he is able to write the questions being asked in his polls, there could be certain narratives left out. Of course, if you've taken any statistics class, you know about nonresponse bias and other biases that come out of censuses and samples. To my knowledge, Dr. Shikaki's polls are only in the West Bank, so Gazan Palestinians aren't even included here.

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Over the last 10 years, the percentage of Palestinians who support a democratic political system (because they are dissatisfied with the current corruption, as the current system is not giving them a very high standard of living) rose to over 80%.

Some liberal social values are not as widely accepted because many of these liberal values are a very Westernized way of living, and Arab culture differs from Western culture in many ways; neither is better than the other. However, Palestinians do want the freedom of press and less corruption in political parties. Currently, they do not think they have an independent judiciary.

Dr. Shikaki explained that Palestinians can be split, for the most part, into "nationalists," who are mostly secular, and "Islamists," who are mostly religiously observant and non-secular. Nationalists believe in a separation of the church and state, and they are first and foremost Palestinians (compared to Islamists, who are first and foremost Muslims--and Palestinians second). Fatah is the largest political faction within the nationalists.

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