As Chapter Secretary, I am responsible for taking, filing, and posting minutes and attendance of all general meetings. I preside over the Finances Committee, establish a system to keep accurate financial records of chapter activities, prepare a year-end financial report, and be available to help create agendas for meetings. In addition to my many duties, I also create and maintain a database of the current, provisional, and alumni members of the chapter from which to draw a mailing and telephone list.
“One of the biggest challenges I believe a first generation student faces is called the UNKNOWN. And one of the greatest achievements that individual can conquer TRIUMPHANTLY IS OVERCOMING THE UNKNOWN!”
After I graduated high school, I had no intentions in enrolling in college as soon as possible. It was because of some advice from a friend that I made the decision to enroll myself at Mesa Community College. The Fall semester following graduation, I was enrolled in ONE course and worked 2 part-time jobs. After testing the waters I was ready to enroll myself in two courses the following Spring semester. Soon after that, I felt confident enough to become a full-time student.
It is incredible to say that I began as an individual placed in developmental math class (082 MATH). I gave it my all in every class, studied, and maintained a part-time job. It wasn’t long before I began to desire more out of my college other than the four walls of my classrooms, but I had no idea where to start and shied away from looking for any resources on campus. With my hard work, I obtained the requirements to be a Phi Theta Kappa member received an invitation to join. I wasn’t sure what Phi Theta Kappa was all about, other than it is an honors society for two year colleges. I decided to join assuming it would look good on my transcripts. It was on the day of the induction ceremony that I decided to accept Duane’s challenge of getting involved by attending the general meetings. This is the moment I can say was the beginning of my college experience!
Since I was inducted, I have familiarized myself with the campus more than I ever would have imagined. I was able to connect with the Center for Service-Learning and have had one of the greatest opportunities to hold a position as an assistant for Dawn Rhodes,program specialist, through the federal work-study program. I have made many friends and have grown a lot as an individual. Through my involvement in Phi Theta Kappa, I have assisted in many community and campus projects, and have acquainted myself with staff, faculty, and administration. My involvement was well appreciated and I was recognized as the Most Distinguished Member for the Omicron Chapter, Arizona state region, and internationally. Phi Theta Kappa has shaped my future for the better; I’ve gained the respect, confidence, and knowledge we all strive for in life. I plan to transfer to the University of Arizona pursing my goal in the medical field as a Cardiologist. Always remember, just because you may not be on top right now, does not mean you’re incapable of ever reaching life's climax.
“Don’t underestimate your own potential!’”