APO Is The Way To Go: Friendship, Leadership & Service

APO Is The Way To Go: Friendship, Leadership & Service

Joining Alpha Phi Omega was the best decision I have eery made, and here's why

When I joined APO, I had no idea that I was about to find my home away from home.

Spring 2017, I was a person that was in a sorority that didn't feel like I belonged in anymore. I won't bash them, because they gave me three amazing years filled with community service, friendship and memories that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. However, after some drama, I felt like I was just pushing to get to graduation so that I could just say I was done. Then, a coworker took me to a recruitment event for Alpha Phi Omega.

We made Valentine's Day cards for a local nursing home. I sat down feeling all kinds of awkward, but as the night went on I felt like I could connect in some way with just about everyone that was there. I had a gut feeling about them that I was going to be friends with these people from here on out. I just clicked.

After that night, I became a pledge and went through the process. I went on to hold many positions in APO such as the pledge class president, pledge educator, 1st Vice President of service, and my current leadership role.

Alpha Phi Omega is more than just another student organization, it truly is something that I have come to rely on as much as it relies on me. I take my leadership roles along with the skills I have learned and use them in my daily life and working career. Learning communication, time-management, active listening, problem-solving and team building skills will benefit me in any position that I am in; whether it be professional or just within a group. I consider my brothers some of the best friends I have ever had. They are genuine weirdos just like me.

Through APO, I feel that I have been able to give directly back to my communities in which I live. I have volunteered at local homeless shelters, elementary schools, and even helped plan a relay style run for autism awareness that stretches almost 80 miles long.

I have learned how to work within a group of diverse people towards one common goal–– doing the best that we can to give back to others. APO has taught me how to become an understanding and caring person for the community, someone that can take on any task thrown at her and lead with confidence, and also how to be a good friend to those in need.

If there is a chapter on your campus, please give them a shot. You could possibly find your home, just like I did.

To all my brothers across the United States and over seas,

Here's to Alpha Phi Omega, may we always be.

Cover Image Credit: Leah Schoolcraft

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.


To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.


A third-year nursing student who knows

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.



I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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