New students to MCC-Longview this fall may be looking for ways to get involved and groups to get join on campus. For people who love academics and excel in classwork, Phi Theta Kappa might be the perfect fit. Phi Theta Kappa does a lot of good in our local community.
For example, Phi Theta Kappa is hosting a Hot Dog Day on Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the cafeteria behind the Campus Center.
“Hot dog day with Phi Theta Kappa is about raising money for the United Way foundation, raising awareness for the United Way’s cause, and also introducing students to Phi Theta Kappa’s involvement with such organizations that want to help with positive changes in our community,” said Jessica Scott, vice president of correspondence Longview’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.
United Way is an organization that works to better the lives of humans by improving their education, financial well-being, and health.
“It’s important for students to help out because United Way is a good cause, and they can learn more about what Phi Theta Kappa has to offer,” said Britni Nelson, president of Longview’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.
“You can even choose where you want the money to go. From the Student Emergency Fund here on campus, to local areas, or even nationally you have the choice of who you want to help,” said Jessica Smith, vice president for service, who is organizing Hot Dog Day.
Hot Dog Day is also an opportunity for students to talk to Phi Theta Kappa leaders and get information on the qualifications and benefits. Only a few standards need to be met to become a member of Phi Theta Kappa: a 3.5 or higher GPA, full-time enrollment (at least 12 credit hours) in level 100 or above classes at the MCC-Longview campus, and be a good community member. Once students gets into Phi Theta Kappa, they must maintain a 3.0 GPA. Students must fill out an application, and upon joining, pay a one-time $85 fee, Nelson said.
The benefits to being involved in college clubs are almost endless: meeting new people, good resume builders, and a great way to network. It can be very beneficial for a student’s future, Scott said.
“As students, we have so much untapped power to grow and change the community around us. We need to start taking advantage of our position and make a difference,” said Scott. “You are handed the keys to leadership and cooperation, which are vital parts of maturity and success, which will serve you long after college.”