Previous Phi Beta Kappa Liberal Arts Fellows
During my term as a Phi Beta Kappa Fellow, I was able to engage with the Wesleyan
community on a whole new level. As someone who is interested in joining Academia professionally,
it was exciting to have first-hand experience with promoting student-faculty collaboration
and with implementing and developing co-curricular, interdisciplinary programming
for the student body. Additionally, as a Phi Beta Kappa Fellow, I have received many
opportunities to spend time with some of Wesleyan's most prestigious guests, which
has truly been an honor. Overall, I have had an extremely positive experience with
the program and would recommend my fellow Phi Beta Kappa members to seriously consider
taking advantage of this opportunity to enrich their experience here at Wesleyan.
It was an honor to spend a semester in the Phi Beta Kappa Fellows program. This program
afforded me many new occasions to build upon my leadership, event-organization, and
technical skills (such as creating and formatting websites) and to participate in
the Illinois Wesleyan community and other academic communities in new, meaningful
ways. Especially enjoyable for me was the chance to learn more about social justice
and nonprofit organizations in the local area through the “Unraveling Inequality”
course cluster, and to put this knowledge to use in workshops that brought topics
of social justice to light for other members of the IWU and Bloomington-Normal communities.
Meeting people from nonprofit organizations and scholars from around the globe offered
me a fresh perspective for which I am grateful. I would sincerely encourage fellow
students to participate in the PBK Fellows program!
As a Phi Beta Kappa fellow I had the unique opportunity and privilege to collaborate
with students and faculty of varying disciplines. This experience not only taught
me about the awesome things already going on our campus and sharpened my technological
and communication skills, but also opened my eyes to the power and possibility of
interdisciplinary student-faculty partnership towards the goal of "Unraveling Inequality".
SPRING 2014 PBK FELLOWS
I find the Phi Beta Kappa Fellows experience very worthwhile in my senior year, as
I am actually promoting real student participation here at Wesleyan. In organizing
a Course Cluster Open House, I got to talk with many professors and learn about student
engagements in inequality issue, and we are planning to build a shantytown in front
of the Ames Library for every student and faculty to see and learn. How cool is that?
And organization skills, webpage management, communication skills are some extras
to pick up along the way.
Working with Professor Gearhart as a Phi Beta Kappa Fellow has enhanced my experience
as a senior by giving me the opportunity to demonstrate the values and skills I have
gained throughout college, such as responsibility, communication, and how to work
independently as well as with others. Helping coordinate everything for the course
cluster has allowed me to work with faculty and staff on campus in a capacity that
goes beyond what one might get to experience as simply a student. Being a fellow on
this campus illustrates that I have chosen to take my education to another level and
that I now have the experience and abilities that are applicable in my future career
and life. Ultimately, it has been one of the most valuable opportunities that I have
been able to engage in during my college career.