Philosophìa Krateìto Photôn, “Let the love of learning rule humanity.”
The motto for the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society is about putting education at the forefront and to always be willing to learn. New members admitted into the WOU chapter of the Honor Society last Wednesday, April 16th, agree that this willingness to always learn is the key to their success.
Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 and is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. To be invited to join the society, students must be in the top 7.5% of the junior class, or the top 10% of the senior class.
Last week, I had the immense honor of being inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. The initiation ceremony was held at the Werner University, where inspiring speeches took place followed by entertainment, light dinner, and conversation.
After receiving my certificate and pin, I had the opportunity to talk to a couple inductees about their achievement. As I’m sure you know, success does not always come easy. It takes hard work, commitment, and dedication.
So how do the top students of the class manage to balance it all?
Well, Taylor Grauer, a junior majoring in Business, told me to “always try to keep your mind open and try to learn something new every day.” I couldn’t agree more. Attitude is everything! If you go into your classes wanting to learn, your brain will soak it up like a sponge.
Another inductee, Adiana Ramos, suggested that you “prioritize your classes and break up assignments into chunks so they are easier to handle.” Procrastination seems inevitable for college students. But it couldn’t be more true that if you try to do a little at a time every day, the assignments won’t seem nearly as daunting.
If I were to pick one idea that has helped me the most through college, it has probably realizing that college is about becoming smarter, and not necessarily about finding a career or pleasing my parents or doing it “just because I’m supposed to”. Knowledge is power. Every day I go into class wanting to learn at least one new thing. When I’m always learning something new, I know I’m becoming a smarter person every day. I’ve found that once I became aware that school is not just about getting good grades but about being a smarter person, my grades started to express that.
Phi Kappa Phi has a code of ethics designed to guide it’s members to successful decisions throughout life. One of the principles for Phi Kappa Phi is “I will let the love of learning guide my life.” I believe that attempting to live this principle will yield positive, successful results in anything you do.
To see the full photo album of the initiation ceremony, visit the WOU Facebook page.
By Tia Jay