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!
It’s the revival tour. But if you haven’t yet, check out my first post on Rushing a Professional Business Fraternity 101 (as told by Drake).
Back now? Here’s five tips on rushing a professional business fraternity, straight from VIEWS.
1. “The only thing I did to get here was put the work in.”
Rush is effort. Rush is work. Just like any class, you are going to have to put in work. Do your research; check out who we are nationally and at USC, what our core values are, what we have been up to, etc. You put in what you want to get out, and it is easily recognizable when a rushee puts in the time and effort to learn more about us.
Traditional Fraternity and Sorority recruitment is one thing. Networking is another. Put the two together and you get some weird hybrid that could only half explain what rushing a professional business fraternity is like. So in the same spirit of combinations I took my own experience from rushing in the spring of 2015, being on the other side of the rush process in the following fall, and the wise words of Drake in order to help provide some insight on this week.
1. “Think before you come for the great one”
Alright. We get it. Alpha Kappa Psi is pretty great. Just check out the rest of this blog to see why. But really evaluate why you, you specifically, are rushing this week. Rush is a big commitment. Alpha Kappa Psi is a big commitment. Why do you want to be a part of it? What do you hope to gain, to give?
This semester I am in Charlotte, North Carolina, interning for Grant Thornton LLC. I can honestly say that I wouldn't be here if it were not for Alpha Kappa Psi.
I am in my second week of my internship and have been receiving feedback about myself when I went through interviews. Many of my interviewers mentioned my strength in holding a conversation. As someone who is naturally shy and super uncomfortable with speaking in front of people, I would have never guessed that talking would have been a strength of mine.
One of the best feelings is walking into a room and seeing familiar faces. It’s an even better feeling to walk into an interview and have an automatic connection with the hiring manager. This past semester, I handed my resume to a recruiter who then stated, “oh, I’m an AKPsi too!