Joining a Professional Fraternity
Professional Fraternities, or honor societies, in agriculture commonly recruit students that perform well in the classroom. Often when students join, their participation is goes only as far as including it on a resume. For Kylie Rose (Sophomore; Agribusiness Management; Cicero, IN) it was different. She joined her sophomore year as a source of involvement and engagement within the College of Ag. Rose said, "it has been a great experience. We are a relatively small group of people, about 30 members from all different majors in the school of agriculture."
The fact that the organization is comprised of members across all areas of the College of Agriculture is one of the biggest strengths of the organization. It can be fun to know people within your major, but for Rose it has been beneficial expand her network and get to know people outside of her department. The experience, as with most organizations, is correlated to the time put into it – or better said, you get out of it what you put into it. Therefore, the time commitment is proportional to the experience desired.
Since being initiated, Kylie has attended bimonthly meetings, done several community service at places like Natalie's Second Chance and Colombian Park Zoo. Alpha Zeta is active at College of Agriculture sponsored club events such as Ag Week, Ice Cream Social and Hot Chocolate Social. The have social gatherings outside of chapter meetings, service events and recruiting.
Rose concluded, "I would recommend this club if you were looking for something small to get involved in. Overall, I think it is important to get involved in extracurricular activities, but don't overwhelm yourself with too much to do."
To learn more about the organization, check out the Alpha Zeta national website or the Purdue chapter's Facebook page and Boilerlink.