Top 12 Things You Find While Interning for Phi Kappa Tau
When Greek organizations with strong national ties talk about their group’s community at large, as well as the personal opportunities for growth afforded by that community, it can sound like a lot of hot air. Of course every group has history, but what sort of community is actually out there? And is it really worth the effort of getting involved?
The Kenyon Phi Taus happen to have a pretty great national organization. One of our main hopes when we decided to found the chapter was to have a national organization that we could rely on for support. We also wanted an organization that would strengthen our chapter and which our chapter could help strengthen in the years to come. Phi Kappa Tau is one of the best groups out there for student leadership education and alumni engagement, and we’ve enjoyed a great fit over the past year and a half.
Peter Granville, rising senior and our chapter president, is spending the summer about as deep into the Phi Tau community as an undergrad can go. Since mid-May, he has been working for the Phi Kappa Tau Executive Offices as the Conference Intern, helping to plan Conclave, our biennial “homecoming” held in lieu of the National Convention. Although we are only expected to send one member, Matthew “Ya Boy” Christopher, Hanning “the Meritorious” Wong, and recent grad Conor “Chapter Eternal” Dugan are all planning to join Peter at Conclave.
So what has Peter found, over the past two-and-a-half weeks of his internship? Certainly a lot, but here’s his Top 12 (so far).
#1: the Beauty of Oxford, OH – hover over images for captions
#2: the Beauty of Miami University (particularly when there are no Miami students)
#3: the Most Beautiful Creed in the World
#4: this Phi Tau flag WHICH WAS LEGITIMITELY IN SPACE
#5: the Heritage Room – hover over images for captions
#6: Phi Tau Circle
#7: Heaps of Alpha Houses
Miami is the birthplace of five major fraternities and sororities, including…
Much interfraternal love to our friends in Beta Theta Pi, founded here in 1839! Phi Kappa Tau was founded at Miami 67 years later.
#8: that Cincinnati food is… different.
#9: That there really is no shortage of Phi Tau holidays
In fact, there is no shortage of cake around the Executive Offices.
#10: the Jackpot of Stress Balls
#11: Awesome Fellow Interns
#12: and a pretty awesome community.
What has Peter learned from this? That the deeper you explore your national history, community, and opportunities, the more there is to be found.
Look out for more blog posts to come this summer!