The pledge process at Alpha Kappa Psi is unlike any other preparation you could experience. It is strategically designed to expand your knowledge of the business world and become a more active member of the University and business community. Each pledge class journeys through a series of tasks that both challenge and enhance their professional, communication, and time management skills. I crossed in Spring 2010 with a more passionate understanding of Brotherhood, deeper regard for tradition, and more self confidence than I could ever imagine. Through the entire process I always felt I was doing something much greater than myself. One of the best parts of our process is the ability to express your individuality and use your diverse skills to create the best possible outcome, not to create a group of identical people. While some may rush for the professional aspect, others for social, pledging creates lasting bonds that disbands all preconceived notions, leaving you with what Alpha Kappa Psi truly stands for. It’s more than a network. It’s a family.
Zeta Class, Spring 2010
I have learned a lot about what it means to be a leader during my two years in Alpha Kappa Psi, and have had the chance to put those lessons into practice. Alpha Kappa Psi doesn’t just have a few leaders at the tops of its ranks; it’s a fraternity of leaders. Every brother has a position and a responsibility within the organization. As a new member I had a chance to work with and learn from some great people, and after gaining that experience I’ve been able to do the same and pass my knowledge on to the younger classes. The difference I’ve seen in the roles that I take in other groups and organizations has been huge. Instead of waiting on the outskirts for someone else to take charge, I’m now confident enough to take the initiative. In today’s world being a good worker will only take you so far; you need to be a leader to stand out. Alpha Kappa Psi has given me the both the confidence and ability to step up and be a leader wherever I am.
Gamma Class, Fall 2008
Alpha Kappa Psi is the oldest and largest business fraternity in the country, but what does that mean? It means we have a network of over 228,000 brothers worldwide. That’s 228,000 people that see Alpha Kappa Psi next to your name and know that you are a driven, interesting person who they immediately share a connection with. The name Alpha Kappa Psi brings to their minds every quality they see in themselves and every brother they have ever met, whether they’re still attending college or graduated many years ago. In summer of 2008, I randomly met a brother who had been out of college for twenty years; he had belonged to a chapter down south. He was the CFO of a major company in Syracuse, New York, and he promptly asked me if I wanted a job. That’s what Alpha Kappa Psi is. Not just the bonds you form with the brothers of your own chapter, though that alone makes it worth it. It’s a bond you share with a few hundred thousand people around the world, and everything that they have they have to offer. And in the future, it’s knowing that you’ll able to continue that tradition for the new brothers that will come after you.
Beta Class, Spring 2008