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!
In another unlikely combination, we have a few words from Childish Gambino or Donald Glover and some guidance/tips on rushing a professional business fraternity.
If you haven’t yet, check out what Drake has to say on the topic here and here, they’re oldies but goodies and we don't want to hurt Drake’s feelings by skipping over him. Cover the basics, then come back.
I know I’m not perfect, but I am original.
We don’t have a rubric you must follow or a shape or mold you must fit in, there is no perfect or ideal rushee. The most common question I get is something along the lines of “what do you look for in a rushee?” ...YOU! In the time we interact, I am looking to get to know you and understand you in order to determine if I want to call you my brother.
Tip: You should have an answer to the (dreaded) question, “tell me about yourself” that expands to cover more than your name, major, and where you are from.
What do a cappella, business and South Africa have in common? Taylor Brock of course! Taylor is one of Alpha Kappa Psi’s most compassionate and kind-hearted brothers. She came to the University of South Carolina from Inman, S.C. to pursue a degree in public relations and rushed AKPsi in the spring of 2015. She is also a part of Dance Marathon and Alpha Delta Pi and spent a summer abroad in South Africa!