FROM THE EDITOR: Involvement enriches college life

By ANDREW PAXTON

During my time at Pima Community College, I have been privileged to be involved with several dynamic groups that have enriched my educational experience and helped me advance as a leader and an individual.

After my first full semester at Pima, my GPA made me eligible for an invitation from the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

I had never heard of the group, so I did my research like a good journalist should. After deciding they were legit, I paid my membership fee and joined.

It turned out to be one of my best decisions.

The opportunities afforded to me by Phi Theta Kappa have enriched my life, and hopefully the lives of others.

Accomplishments included leadership building workshops in Philadelphia and organizing a commitment drive resulting in more than 500 Pima students pledging to get their degrees.

Shortly after joining PTK, I signed up for the Aztec Press student newspaper. Getting to meet so many people, to hear their stories and share them with others, has opened my eyes. I’m not alone. Check out other staffers’ experiences on Page 7.

As editor, I’ve had the pleasure of working with a talented staff. We continue to make an impact, and are winning awards while doing it. Read about our latest accomplishment on Page 3.

I have also been involved with Honors Club during my time at Pima. The work they have done the last few years is truly amazing. Our piece on Page 5 spotlights their hard work and selfless efforts to enhance the community around them.

You don’t have to be an honors student or journalism junkie to get involved at Pima. There are literally dozens of organizations, all with a specific focus or goal, to suit every student’s needs and interests.

The most rewarding part of being involved with these organizations is getting to help others. Seeing smiles on people’s faces makes the volunteering hours well worth your time and energy. Knowing that you are making a difference is a uniquely satisfying experience.

In addition to growing as an individual and having opportunities to travel and meet new people, getting involved also makes you a better candidate for scholarships and grants. A little monetary incentive never hurt, right?

Whatever your reasons, get involved at Pima. Head to your campus student life office and tell them I sent you. They will take good care of you and tell you everything you need to get started.

Enjoy the issue.

Paxton

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