Phi Beta Kappa at Oregon State University

Phi Beta Kappa at Oregon State University


The best thing about PBK is that is has kind
of given me a platform to kind of realize what my potential is, you know. You see who has become a member of PBK and
what they’ve done in the world and how they’ve changed it, and how they’ve become a voice
for others. It does give me a lot of hope. It gives me a lot of inspirations, and it
says you’re capable of doing this as well. All of the qualities that we wanted to recognize,
we found here at OSU. A wide breath of classes, distinguished faculty,
and students who are eager and willing to learn and excel. Our most exceptional students are going to
be recognized with Phi Beta Kappa status, and that’s something that every employer around
the country and arguably around the world knows how significant that is. So, it’ll make our students more competitive
in terms of jobs, but it also recognizes the excellence of their work here at OSU. Many students earn the honor as they’re graduating. So, it’s not necessarily something they’re
deeply involved with on campus, but it’s something that serves them as they go forward into their
career and the rest of their lives. There are alumni chapters around the country
so you can network, meet other folks, go to lectures or talks. So there are a lot of ways to be involved
while you are here if you have time at Oregon State, but also once you go on. It’s the organization you should join in college. I think that it’s always going to be on your
resume, and there’s those distinguished people in society are Phi Beta Kappa, and I think
that’s just one more connection that you then have with them. I think the recognition of something like
Phi Beta Kappa helps you have that sense that you’re here because you deserve to be here. You earned it. You belong there, and I think that encouragement
carried over to the rest of my career. “Today is a day for congratulations.” “You’re going to make Oregon State University
very very proud. Thank you.”

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