Xi Omicron held elections last week and the next executive board has been chosen! It’s been one hell of a journey up till now and it seems like Alpha Kappa Psi is in good hands for the next year. I was elected as the chapter’s next Vice President of Marketing and I could not be happier. I joined this fraternity as a marketing major and I’ve had my eyes on this position for a long time. To win this position, knowing that a brotherhood of over 50 people supports me, is very fulfilling. I just can’t wait to get started.
I’ve been in Alpha Kappa Psi for a year now and this will be my first leadership position in the fraternity. That doesn’t mean I haven’t stepped up in other ways. I found plenty of work to keep me busy and involved within the fraternity. The first thing I did as a newly initiated member was run for pledge instructor. Unfortunately I didn’t get the position, but the experience taught me a valuable lesson. Life Isn’t always about winning, it’s about finding out who you are.
The next semester, I decided to find out a little bit more about myself and join men’s lacrosse. There was a time when I was so involved in lacrosse that my time with the Alpha Kappa Psi was very limited. Instead of choosing between the two organizations, I managed my time efficiently enough to be involved in both. Lacrosse requires me to be physically present, but a lot of what happens within the fraternity, happens behind the scenes. I thought the fraternity could benefit from one of my other skills, so I formed my own committee. I’ve always enjoyed writing so I offered to write a monthly newsletter. This is a job for at least three people, but I managed just fine by myself; and with much success! I love this fraternity and I’m very passionate about my role here. I was happy to step up for Alpha Kappa Psi before and now it’s my time to step up again.
It will be my pleasure to represent and promote Alpha Kappa Psi for the Xi Omicron Chapter.
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Today is UTSA’s infamous Diploma Dash. Put on by the Alumni Association, the Dash streaches just over 3 miles and takes the runner on a rather scenic route around the campus. Many of my friends from Alpha Kappa Psi are in attendance today, unfortunately I’m unable to go.
Hundreds of miles away there will be a lacrosse game. Not only today, but tomorrow too. Good old college level, division one lacrosse. The entire UTSA lacrosse team is staying in Denton, TX over night and it’s farthest game from home we’ve had to play. Needless to say, these two games are going to be tough. We play Texas Tech tonight at 6 and North Texas tomorrow at 1 pm. And then the inevitable drive back.. If we can clutch a win in either of these games, we’ll consider that a job well done. We’re definitely the underdog going into these games, but we have talent to get it done. Lets go Runners!
This is the University of Texas at San Antonio’s official version of the Harlem Shake. The man dancing in the beginning is UTSA’s very own President, Dr. Ricardo Romo! What an amazing school to be apart of! I hope you enjoy.
For some reason these Harlem Shake videos are sweeping the nation. Maybe it’s the catchy beat or the fact that people just want to go crazy around each other. Either way, the videos themselves are hilarious. This is UTSA’s first official Harlem Shake. Notice, I said first because they’re actually going to redo it. Don’t stare into the middle!
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It’s another big year for Alpha Kappa Psi and all of us here at the Xi Omicron Chapter. Right now, Rush is in full swing as we prepare for another promising semester. The Xi Omicron Chapter at UTSA offers a unique experience and the opportunity to enhance your college and business career. With every new year comes new opportunity, and these are literally the opportunities of a lifetime!
Before Alpha Kappa Psi, I was a real nobody. I lacked direction and focus, but I didn’t want to be that person anymore. I knew something had to change. I wanted to get involved, but didn’t know how or where to start. By some miracle, I had a meeting with Mr. Julio Ramos from the Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD) and he told me the benefits of joining an organization such as Alpha Kappa Psi. I am forever indebted to that man because rushing for this fraternity has been one of the best choices I’ve ever made.
I rushed a year ago and can tell you all of the benefits first hand, but I’ll just keep it brief. For one: my grades increased which is great because who doesn’t like good grades? I’ve also managed to meet a number great people along the way and I owe it all to the fraternity. College is an unforgettable experience and it should be enjoyed with others. That’s exactly what AKΨ provided for me and I’m very grateful for that. The picture on the left was taken at one of our community service projects last year!
Alpha Kappa Psi has a lot to offer its members, but it’s up to us to help educate the public and pass on the legacy. It’s not exactly a walk in the park, but there’s nothing as rewarding as challenging yourself. If you believe in yourself then I believe that you have what it takes. RUSH!
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Next on the agenda for the Career Action Program was the group mock interview. I took this event very seriously, as I do all my interviews. Being a member of Alpha Kappa Psi has allowed me to develop my interviewing skills, which I am very proud of. The most important component of any interview is merely being prepared. So I prepared by reviewing common interview questions. At the Conference the students were actually given a binder with a list of interview questions. I put two and two together and decided it would be best to study those questions. I’m able to
I made sure to arrive at the event 15 minutes before it was scheduled. In my experience, it is much more advantageous to be early as opposed to just on time. Being early allowed me to gather myself, as well as get to know some of my fellow students. We are all enrolled in the same Management class at UTSA, so I politely initiated conversation that we could all relate too. I saw the time before the event as a great opportunity to network and practice my elevator speech.
This event consisted of about 50 students in all and about 10 separate tables. Each table was assigned 5 students and a table captain who was volunteering from a local company. The day before the event, each student was emailed the representative that was assigned to their table. I was assigned to table 8 with Shawn Morris from Service Uniform. At that point I researched the company my representative worked for. Like I said, preparation is the key to a successful interview. I don’t expect to work for Service Uniform, but at least I have a general idea of the company and can bring that knowledge to the interview.
I had a great interview with three of my fellow students. Mr. Morris held a very constructive interview. He allowed all of us to give each other feed back on our answers. I have actually had experience interviewing individuals, so I think I was able to pass along some useful advice. The only criticism Mr. Morris specifically gave me was the fact that I was very straight forward and professional with my answers and examples. He asked me if “I was a fun person to be around?” to which I replied “I’d like to think so.” He told me that I should relax and let my answers flow more smoothly. I completely understood his point and I actually see it as a compliment. Being a member of Alpha Kappa Psi has ingrained this professionalism in me and I am proud of that.
After the interview we were asked if we had any questions for our interviewer. None of the other students really had anything to say, but I had tons of questions. I only got to ask one. I asked,”How has your degree in marketing lead you to where you are today?” He literally said “That’s a very good question” and he continued to tell his story of working his way up through several companies. I felt a very strong connection with Mr. Morris. He helped me very much in his interview and his story was very inspiring to me. I gave him a copy of my resume and told him to expect a connection from me on LinkedIn. He recommended a book for me to read, which I’m glad to say is on the way. I learned very much in the hour and a half this event lasted and I’m looking forward to the next event: Speed Networking.
I’ve been following several of the events at UTSA’s Career Week and I’ve already learned a lot of useful information. These events are designed to prepare college students for the professional business world. So far, I’ve been to two panel discussions with employees of several local companies including; Tesoro, VisionWorks, H-E-B, Rackspace, USAA and many more.For attending these events I will receive extra credit, but I really think Career Week is good for students.
Ever since crossing over into Alpha Kappa Psi, I’ve felt exponentially more confident about my marketability. Last year, who knows if I would have gone to these events, but now I want to take advantage of all the opportunities I’m given. Several of the panelists stated that GPA isn’t always a deciding factor in getting the job. They want to see devotion and self motivation. I know I can bring these qualities to the table, but I still need practice.
I know I’m not perfect, so I know there is always something new to learn. In order to develop my professionalism even further, I have volunteered for Junior Achievement and CAP. These programs will help me network and perfect an elevator speech suitable for me. Alpha Kappa Psi has really helped me see and take advantage of these opportunities and I am very grateful. I’ll see you at the Career Fair 9/20
“I Can Do All Things Through Him Who Strengthens Me” Philippians 4:13
I recently got a tattoo at The Collective Gallery and Tattoo Studio here in San Antonio where I attend UTSA. Why? Why not? Tattoos are a choice and I am very satisfied with my decisions. As long as a tattoo has meaning in some way it is art. Everyone was very professional at The Collective. I very highly recommend this tattoo shop for providing this service.
When I walked in the door I laughed at a sign on the wall. It said “Good tattoos are not cheap. Cheap tattoos are not good”. That pretty much sums it up. I got exactly what I asked for. Couldn’t ask for better service. This is my second tattoo so I know what I’m talking about. The equipment was very clean and the needles were fresh out of the bag.I plan on getting a couple more tattoos at this establishment alone. Touch-ups are complimentary so you know I’m going back.
If you are considering getting a tattoo, I highly suggest you think hard about what you want and where you want it. Tattoos have become acceptable in today’s society which is great, but where you get it matters. Be sure to consider if the tattoo is appropriate for the job you are pursuing. That is my best advice when it comes tattoos. Tattoos are art and we have the right to express ourselves by any means.