Thinking about rushing and wondering what we are looking for? Rush can be intimidating, but some of the most important advice can be to just relax and be confident in yourself. Below are some quotes from brothers about what stands out to them in a rushee!
“The rushees who stand out the most to me are those who express a willingness to become comfortable with the uncomfortable. We grow the most as individuals when we push ourselves to achieve more than we think we are capable of, and as leaders, the best thing we can do is empower others to embrace that mindset.” – Elisabeth Beall, initiated Fall ‘14
“As a non-business major myself, I always look for rushees who will bring a diverse perspective or skill set from their field of study or personal interests. AKPsi can offer a lot of exciting opportunities and knowledge to new members, and we want that relationship to be mutual. I like to hear how someone has already utilized their unique talents for something they’re passionate about, and how those abilities can be translated into contributing to the fraternity.” – McKenna Porter, initiated Spring ‘15
“I want to talk to someone who strives to leave their mark on the world in some way; someone who, whether they’ve done it yet or not, wants to impact not only Alpha Kappa Psi, but all of society. These are the people who will provide legacies for the brotherhood and the University at large, and these are the people with whom I want to become brothers.” – Thomas Nesbitt, initiated Fall ‘17
“In many ways, actions speak louder than words so tell us about times you have seen a problem and then sought to initiate change. We want to seek leaders that are confident in themselves and their own individual passions. I want to walk away from each conversation remembering how that rushee was unique.” – Taylor Morrow, initiated Fall ‘15
“When rushees are able to articulate their ideas and interests in a clear way under a tense situation it demonstrates, in a snapshot, their ability to conduct themselves in a professional manner not only in business but in every day life, which is something we value in our prestigious organization." – Justin Beldyk, initiated Spring ‘16
Each semester, the Beta Upsilon chapter of AKPsi says farewell to a number of our brothers while they study or work across the world. This spring, 28 brothers have pursued their international interests by studying abroad in a variety of different continents, countries, and cities. We have 22 members living in Europe, two in Asia, two in Australia, one in South America, one in Africa, and one in our very own Greenville, SC for an internship with BMW. That's six out of the seven continents (sorry, Antarctica)! But it’s not a goodbye… It’s a see you later. Good luck this semester to each of you, and we’ll see you in the fall!
Savannah Cooper American Business School of Paris (Paris, France)
Grace Deng The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
Elle Durbin The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
Allie Elliott Vesalius College (Brussels, Belgium)
Luke Emery Freie Universität Berlin (Berlin, Germany)
Jarrett Evans University of Economics, Prague (Prague, Czech Republic)
Emily Fordice Université Paris-Dauphine (Paris, France)
Taylor Hall Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros (Madrid, Spain)
Sam Jacques Stellenbosch University (Stellenbosch, South Africa)
Jessica Jaramillo Universidad de Sevilla (Sevilla, Spain)
Anna Magiafas University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Zachary McAfee University of Stirling (Stirling, Scotland)
Ryan McLain Erasmus University Rotterdam (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Adam Miller University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Rachel Mummau Florence University of the Arts (Florence, Italy)
Elizabeth Perez Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Madrid, Spain)
Meghan Peterson John Cabot University (Rome, Italy)
Ryan Pickett l'Université Grenoble Alpes (Grenoble, France)
Madison Prichard Zurich University of Applied Sciences (Zurich, Switzerland)
Katie Rudnik Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane, Australia)
Brandon Samples Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Rachel Simmons Florence University of the Arts (Florence, Italy)
Jeff Smith LUISS Guido Carli (Rome, Italy)
Molly Springer Lorenzo de’ Medici (Florence, Italy)
Michael Thorsen Bond University in Gold Coast (Queensland, Australia)
Justin Walker University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Joel Welch BMW Intern (Greenville, South Carolina)
Zachary Winch American University of Rome (Rome, Italy)
Sam Zaritsky BI Handelshøyskolen University (Oslo, Norway)
Q: What is Kiva?
A: Kiva is an online, international nonprofit based in California. It’s mission is to connect people by lending money in efforts to reduce poverty. This is accomplished by providing loans to the underprivileged who are typically excluded by financial service providers. By lending as little as $25, anyone can help a borrower start a business, go to school or even to access to clean energy.
3 Language Barriers
Interning abroad can come with a few challenges, a main one being the language barrier. Surprisingly, while I interned abroad in Melbourne, Australia, I encountered more language barriers than I was expecting. They speak English, right? So there should be no problem communicating... I learned I was wrong to expect that.
As we’re transitioning back to school it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Here are some tips to get you started on the right foot!
Khris McGill, a May 2017 Moore School graduate, wanted to find a way to channel his passion for healthy living into his role of Chaplain within the brotherhood. Chaplain functions similarly to a human resources role, ensuring satisfaction within the chapter as well as assisting the VP of Risk Management by searching for ways to minimize risk. The Chaplain must serve as an impartial party so that brothers can feel comfortable voicing their thoughts and opinions. Khris decided to develop a program called Chaplifts, where he invited brothers to join him in his weekly workouts.
South Carolina Business Week is held each July at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC. South Carolina Business Week’s mission is to contribute to the preparation of young adults for the business environment by introducing them to the principles of leadership, teamwork and the American free enterprise system while promoting self-reliance, individual responsibility and entrepreneurship.
“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It's always our self we find in the sea.”
― E.E. Cummings, 100 Selected Poems
The flow of water is resistant, patient and ever flowing. Alpha Kappa Psi teaches its members just that: to flow like water. Being a member of AKPsi encouraged me to be daring and just step into the waters. Literally, I travelled over 4000 miles across the North Atlantic Ocean and decided to gain unique work experience doing an internship in London.
We know it can be strange to start working in the professional world as a college student. The people you work with may have more years of experience in your field than years you’ve been alive. Crazy, right? It may seem overwhelming, but we’re here to help! Check out these tips to make the most of your internship.
Ask questions. You’re not expected to know everything, but hey, you’re in the right place to learn! Applying what you’ve studied in class to the real world can be challenging. That one slide your professor casually mentioned in lecture may be the base of an entire summer’s worth of work. Never be afraid to clarify what something means or how it works before getting too deep into a project.
The title says it all. Alpha Kappa Psi has quite the collection of notable alum. Here are 10 of our favorites:
Leonard Firestone. You’ve probably heard the saying from their commercial: “Whatever you drive, drive a firestone.” But, before the President Leonard Firestone created the company, he was a part of the Alpha Zeta chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi.
J. Paul Austin. Chances are you have been asked, “Pepsi or Coke?” And who can forget about all those Polar Bear commercials? Well, another Alpha Kappa Psi alumni, J. Paul Austin, is the former President of Coca Cola!