9 September Traveling Solo, Making Waffles and PTK HQ’s Visit September 9, 2019By Jason Quick General 0 Traveling Solo, Making Waffles and PTK HQ’s Visit Joining PTK is more than scholarships. It is about recognizing academic achievement and to engage in the many opportunities to grow as a leader. As an active member and Regional Officer, I have been able to put my membership opportunities into full gear! In August, I experienced one of the most epic journeys of my life. For the first time since coming to the USA, I traveled by myself to Jackson, Mississippi! Though I was extremely nervous about flying solo from Pittsburgh to Jackson, this experience alone, gave me confidence that I never knew I had. MSROTeam19 couldn’t get to PTK HQ’s fast enough on the morning of our visit, we were beyond excited as this was a dream come true for all of us. We even arrived 30 minutes early and took the opportunity to take a thousand photos before going into the building! Doing a power-pose on the steps of the Center of Excellence will remain as one of the many highlights of the day for me and my fellow officers. When we finally went into the building we were greeted by HQ’s staff and took a tour of each of the departments. Each department shared with us their important roles with the staff. We learned how they work and we gained more knowledge about PTK. They are all hard-working and very nice. Our last stop on the tour was getting to meet Dr. Lynn and she was wearing our regional t-shirt! That was a big surprise! Meeting with her is a thrilling experience. Each of us received a special pin from her as recognition of our visit. Our training sessions focused on Chapter Engagement, Reaching Workforce and STEM students, Competitive, Transfer and Employment Edge, which are topics Team19 has centered regional programming on. Each session was lead by PTK Staff and presented in the Shirley B. Gordon Boardroom which was such a great setting because it made us feel that we were important and that our work and training mattered. We discussed ideas, brainstormed on how we could implement what we learned into meaningful regional projects with high impact for our chapters and members. Last but not least we had our leadership training presentation with Susan Edwards, Associate Vice President, Honors Program and Undergraduate Research. That was a blast for us. We were able as a team, talk about what our weaknesses and strengths are and discussed how we could turn our weaknesses into strengths. In addition, individually and as a team we discussed which leadership values are most important using value sort cards. Moreover, our headquarters tour helped us make good connections with our team. It provided us with first-hand experience of what PTK stands for and what to expect. It was an amazing experience for us which we will cherish and receive benefits forever. We left Mississippi with tons of pictures, great learning experiences, and new friendships...and I made waffles for the first time, too! Related Posts What college means to Belle Tran Comment (0) Comments are closed.