When it comes to college life, your four years and how you spend them on campus will either make you or break you. You either go for the easy, fun and booz-centered crazy experiences that college campuses offer, or you decide to put your $250,000 college cost to good use and exploit the resources, networks and opportunities that can be accessed while pursuing a degree.
The reason entrepreneurs and business oriented students find college a waste of time, and increasingly consider dropping out and following Jobs, Gates and Zuckerberg’s league, is the fact that college has turned from a venue to develop professionally into an opportunity to have fun and YOLO over the course of four years. Entrepreneurs and startup founders find it extremely hard to use college as a breeding ground for their ambitions, as a platform to build their business canny or as a ground to form lasting support systems and powerful networks of like minded hustlers.
Luckily, on campuses around the globe, entrepreneurs and business visionaries are coming together to form clubs, fraternities and interest groups to support each other and incubate their ideas and startups without necessarily having to move out from campus. Today we see coding groups emerging, hackathons taking place every other hour and business competitions pioneered by college students for students. We see fraternities giving birth to accelerators, seed funds and angel investing networks. From Harvard to Bocconi, ESADE to NYU Abu Dhabi, there is no shortage of amazing amalgams of visionaries building networks and bonds that will shape the future of global enterprises and business over the next decade. One such network, the oldest in fact to pioneer the concept of business fraternities, is Alpha Kappa Psi, a multinational fraternity that spans from the US to Canada, Hong Kong, the UK and the United Arab Emirates.
Members of Alpha Kappa Psi have held almost every major political position in the United States, including the presidency and vice-presidency. Many members have gained notable positions on boards of directors and executive management teams of some of the world’s most well known companies.
You might know Alpha Kappa Psi through its most iconic members: Richard Nixon and Ronal Reagan, The Home Depot founder Bernie Marcus, K-Mart CEO Bernard Faubert, Forbes Editor-in-chief Malcolm ‘Steve’ Forbes Jr., Co-Founder of reddit Alexis Ohanian or J. Willard Marriott, Founder of Marriott International. If you scroll through global finance power players, another familiar name will come across often: ΑΚΨ! The finance industry is full of Alpha Kappa Psi members, from the President of Bank of America to various Goldman Sachs partners. If these names are not enough to get you off your feet and jumping to know more, here are some more:
- Lee Iacocca, President of Chrysler Corporation
- Benazir Bhutto, Prime Minister of Pakistan (1988–1990; 1993–1996) (Xi Chi)
Alpha Kappa Psi is not your average fraternity. Parties look like networking events, the word of the day is Business and the common greeting is “You Are Limitless”. If you’re an entrepreneur looking for the right setting to prosper, to thrive, to form solid connections and build lasting bonds with an A-list community, then Alpha Kappa Psi is the fraternity to join.
College shouldn’t be an excuse for you to waste time. College should be a place where you can build the foundations for your future success. College should be a community where you can easily find like minded visionaries who aren’t afraid to take on the world. Fraternities should be a breeding ground for world leaders, for future CEOs, for the next Steve Jobs and Warren Buffetts. If you’re intent on being the best version of yourself, and finding support mechanisms that will help you achieve greatness from the comfort of a college campus, then the fraternity to join is ΑΚΨ!
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