“Shining Through My Tears”

Have you ever doubted your purpose? Have you been trying to beat the depression and escape the deep end of the pool? It’s that little piece of hope and faith that’ll pull you through. Life’s all about being open minded, honest, and willing. It’s about knowing there’s a power greater than yourself. This poem was written on a darkened mind racing night full of self hate and a dash of hope.

Let me show you the good, so I can hide the bad

smile real big so you want see me sad

sometimes I can’t take life, I get so mad

I suffocate, then I remove the bag.

 

I have too much to see to give up just yet

I have to keep breathing, so I catch my breath

I know everything that comes my way is just a test

I pass them one by one and plan to do so with the rest.

 

I’m staying in school and have to finish this degree

even though life’s a struggle and shit don’t come free

we to often try to face too much alone and we lag to get on a knee

God I pray that you please don’t give up on me.

 

There is reasoning behind each and every thing

you just have to figure out what’s worth the pain.

 

Figure it out and that’s what you fight for

the things that aren’t you walk out and shut that door

along the path to success, trust me, you’ll again fall to the floor

that’s when you find it in yourself to fight some more

put back on that smile and never show if your hearts sore

and to keep you lifted up is what friends are for.

 

Love all people and show them respect

the ones that don’t, sooner or later will regret …

 

… Because feeling all alone is no fucking fun

so be nice to others and deliver them some sun.

 

I want a good job, a family, the American Dream

but sometimes I wonder what if that’s not what’s meant for me

until then I’ll keep my head up, in order to see

because I have too much potential to give up in a world with endless possibilities.

 

By: Seth June

2017 Carolina’s Region Leadership Conference

Did you miss the Carolina’s Regional Leadership Conference? Well here’s what happened!

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L-R: Seth June, Teresa Echeverria, Don Koch, and Ricky Swing (Carolina’s Regional Officers – Seth, Teresa, and Ricky; Division 1 International VP Don Koch)

Over 150 leaders from the Carolinas Region swarmed Sumter, SC November 10 through 12 for the 2017 Phi Theta Kappa – Carolinas Region Leadership Conference. Central Carolina Technical College hosted this distinguished event in a first-class manner. Early Friday evening students and advisors who had already checked into the conference took advantage of learning to judge both Honors in Action and College Project entries. Friday night after all attendees arrived, is when the real fun began.

 

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L-R: Amber Ford and Alli Lash read the children’s book they wrote for the regional “Read to Succeed” service project during one of the workshops

 

We held back to back concurrent workshop sessions for attendees before the first general session. During the first general session, the one and only Carolinas Region Superstar, “Papa” John made the call to order and introductions to get the evening started. It was quite the task but John passed over the spotlight to Dr. Michael Mikota, President of Central Carolina Technical College.

 

 

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Dr. Michael Mikota, President, Central Carolina Technical College

 

Dr. Mikota shared a great message about the four forces of flight. He compared these to life and how people live it. The four forces of flight (or acting forces of an airplane) are Lift, Thrust, Weight, and Drag. In regards to people, there are those who “lift” others up, those who “thrust” others to push themselves harder and further, those who “weigh” others down, and those who “drag” others backwards. Following the motivational welcome by Dr. Michael Mikota it was time for members of the Carolina Region to get active.

 

 

 

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Leila Rogers builds a machine

Leila Rogers, Advisor and Faculty Scholar from Horry Georgetown Technical College had members from the crowd volunteer to help with an activity. These volunteers didn’t know what they were getting themselves into and it led into an entertaining experiment. These volunteers were told to build a machine. They were all different parts to the machine and all played a vital role in making sure the machine ran properly. Without every part working properly and in sync with the other parts, the machine couldn’t function properly.  It was a great team lesson. Everyone has their role when it comes to working as a team and when one person doesn’t do their portion, somebody else will have to pick up the slack.

 

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Group 2 led by Seth June

Saturday was a day full of fellowship and teamwork. Students were split into mock chapters where they went through the process of electing chapter officers and voting for who would work on either the Honors in Action or the College Project committee. Following this step, students worked together to decide what they were interested in researching, discovering community and college needs, and how they could put their research into action. All who participated learned the step to step process in completing and writing a successful project.

 

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Alpha Nu Sigma Chapter performs Summer Night’s from Grease in the Lip Sync Battle (L-R: Amber Ford, Alli Lash, Myisha Webster, Jason Hanson, Seth June, and Steve Luse)

Following a long day of work, it was time for a little entertainment. Saturday night was full of laughter and cheers as chapters participated in a Lip Sync Battle. Sunday morning was the third and final general session. During the session, mock chapters regrouped to review the judges’ feedback from the previous days’ work. The region then received a Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters Update from Division 1 International Vice President Don Koch. He also got everyone involved in an exercise to increase membership by asking small groups to work together to discuss what works and what doesn’t when it comes to increasing membership. The leadership conference was an eventful learning experience shared by all. The fellowship and discussion between members was astonishing. Get to Myrtle Beach for the Regional Convention. It’s going to be a blast.

By: Seth June