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Why APO Matters and Why you should join - Brenden Kelly
Why you should join APO:
This question is a difficult one to answer because everyone has a different reason. Initially I planned on using APO as a platform for my resume. While I still plan to use it as such it has become a lot more than that in the brief time I have pledge with them. As I talked to many of the more senior members they revealed that many of their original brothers still keep in contact. So, to some the network is more
important than the experience gained by doing volunteering or even the fact that it is the largest student run fraternity. Regardless the relationships you make here will certainly carry you in your former most years after you’ve retired and I only hope I can continue to keep the bonds I have with not just APO but everywhere as strong as humanly possible.

Why groups like APO matter:
This question seems to have a trivial answer: to serve the community of course! One may say but besides the networking and brotherhood there is a selfish reason that many may overlook. Before you say why should I ever do something selfish in a service fraternity like Alpha Phi Omega? I implore you to at least hear me out because there is nothing wrong with being selfish, at least some of the time. This question should possibly be stated differently because community service although beneficial to the community, can be invaluable for people just getting out of college. As the population increases jobs are just going to keep getting more and more competitive. While a network is nice to keep you ahead of the competition, experience through volunteering I feel is more beneficial and definitely understated. Upon writing this I am a Junior in the Engineering Science degree here at Penn State, I just got my first
internship this year and personally that pretty pathetic, at least in my major. I just recently got an internship at University of Penn and most of my experience (besides prior job experience) came from volunteering. I don’t claim to be better than anyone else in my field but at least not getting paid and getting the skills helped open a career changing path I never thought possible at an Ivy league school.
Posted by Rachel Blackburn on April 9, 2018 at 7:46pm
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