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

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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Every Time I See A College Tour Group Walk By I Just Want to Scream 'It's a TRAAAPP!'

The tour guide is good - they're just a liar.
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It's officially that time of year - anywhere you walk on campus, there's bound to be a gaggle of parents and befuddled high school students winding their way through building after building. In front of them stands an overenthusiastic tour guide, spouting off statistics about the school so fast they'll make your head spin.

Unfortunately, what the tour guide says doesn't exactly line up with what goes on at the school. Oh, the things we students wish we could shout out to the parents as they pass by.

1. "You'll get sick of the dining!"

It may look like there's something new to eat every single day, but by the end of the semester, you'll be sick of everything except the things closest at home.

2. "I'm only here for the free t-shirts!"

Seriously.

3. "IT'S A TRAP!"

Seriously, part two. You get two of three things: a social life, sleep, or good grades. Whoever said you could have all three is lying.

4. "Welcome to the real world, suckers!"

It's got confrontation, taking care of yourself, and formal emails. (Which, of course, your professor will respond with 'k thnx bai' sent from their iPhone.)

5. "Say goodbye to sleep!"

There are three types of people on campus: tea drinkers, coffee drinkers, and people with energy drinks running through their veins.

6. "THE MODEL DORM IS A LIE!"

Check all of your housing options before you move in. The dorm they're showing you might be the worst housing area on campus.

7. "THE FINANCIAL AID IS A LIE!"

You're getting squat. Free tuition? Try the tune of $13k a year. Or more. Depending.

8. "The library is NOT the best study place."

Depending on your major, there are several places for you to study that aren't the library.

9. "The health center sucks!"

True fact: word through the grapevine is that someone once got antibiotics for a sprained ankle.You may as well sell that leg on the black market to cover the costs.

10. "Believe the roommate horror stories!"

All random roommates are horrible unless proven otherwise. (But be wary of everyone.)

11. "SI (student instructor) sessions are useless."

You will learn nothing . Chances are you'll end up correcting the instructor.

12. "The freshman fifteen is optional."

Some people don't gain it at all, and some people really gain it. It's up to you.

13. "You'll need a car!!"

If, for some reason you can't pay for the overpriced parking pass, find a friend who can.

14. "Hookup culture is real!"

But it's not for everyone. Just because everyone is doing it doesn't mean you have to.

15. "Campus jobs are a myth!"

Campus job? What's a campus job? Do you have work-study? No? No job for you. Have you tried the local coffee shop?

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