A year ago, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I was trembling in my boots (dress shoes) and on the verge of passing out. When I first started my speech on Beauty and Vulgarity, just my hands were shaking. About 45 seconds in, my back began to rattle. I thought I was a dunner. Not only was there a couple hundred of the brightest students and advisors from along the Carolinas in attendance, but the President and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa, Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner was present and sitting front row. I was afraid my sweat was going to bounce off the floor and splash her she was so close. I was beyond nervous. Running for regional office for the most prestigious honor society was terrifying and I commend all that are campaigning this year. Win or lose, you all have accomplished something big. You have stepped out of your comfort zone and you’ve gained a much larger support group than what I knew was even possible. Welcome, this is your PTK family.
Working through the fears spoke on above turned out to be a great learning experience and turning point in my life. As I have told my chapter members many times before, I used to have mini panic attacks just having to introduce myself but Phi Theta Kappa and becoming a Regional Officer sparked a new confidence in me. I learned to laugh at myself and I learned that life really isn’t that serious. Life’s meant to be enjoyed.
The fellowship of this program has brought me so much joy and love. I’ve made a lot of extremely uplifting friends from the Carolina’s Region and beyond. I always look forward to seeing everyone at events and in the mean time I enjoy keeping up with everyone through social media.
It’s clear that I love Phi Theta Kappa, the Carolina’s Region, and the Regional Officer team I had the pleasure of serving with, but my chapter has been the biggest blessing of all. Everyone has kind of taken their own role in the group. I’m the old, over protective, grumpy man of the group. I can give them crap but no one else can. I’ve seriously never wanted other people to succeed so badly in my life and I wish I could protect them from all the bad experiences and failures in life that they will have to face. I deeply love my Alpha Nu Sigma family and I hope they would call on me if they ever needed anything. Now and forever.
It’s been great learning to be better leaders with the rest of you. Throughout life and even more so this past year, I’ve learned that great leaders know how to work with others as a team. One of the most meaningful acronyms a good friend and mentor has helped install in my head is, “T E A M – Together Everyone Achieves More.” This is true for life in general and I’m glad you all have played such a huge role on my team. I love you all and thanks for a great year.
I am Seth June and I am PTK!