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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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Think You're Ready to Be an Officer? Six Things You Should Know
Incoming officers, I would like to be the first to thank you for accepting a leadership opportunity at your chapter! Year after year, I have witnessed students take the reins at chapters and guide their members to incredible success. This year, I can’t wait to see what wonderful things you will do as well!
Today’s blog post will help you be the best officer you can be. Armed with answers to the six questions below, you will be ready to have an incredible year!
- Can you access your Officer Admin page?
Try to access it with your Psi Chi login, right now. If you can view the webpage, then that’s great! If not, please send your local advisors an e-mail asking them to update the current officers online via their special Faculty Advisor Admin page.
Your Officer Admin page includes special resources available only to designated officers. This is sure to give you a leg-up throughout the academic year. Being listed online as an officer will also grant you access to a special monthly Advisor/Officer e-mail with specific advice throughout the academic year.
- Are you aware of your specific duties throughout your term?
Yes, specifically you! Do you know your officer duties? Psi Chi has an Officer Guidelines document available on your Officer Admin page. Download this file to review the specific suggested responsibilities for 15 unique officer positions. All chapters are somewhat unique, but this should get you off to a great start!
- Do you have specific chapter goals to look forward to?
Chapters that identify concrete goals at the beginning of the year are more focused and more likely to excel! We’ve got a special Chapter Goals Worksheet that is again available on your Officer Admin page (starting to see a trend here!?). Print out a copy and suggest that your chapter complete the worksheet together at the start of the year. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did!
- Do you have adequate support?
Our smallest chapters have accomplished some incredible things! However, take a moment to consider this: if a chapter with 10 members can raise $1,000 for some great cause, then imagine the potential for a chapter with 20 members.
The more students you have who are engaged at your chapter, the more your chapter will be able to accomplish! So, don’t try to run your chapter all by yourself. Instead, ask yourself if your chapter needs more members, and then ALWAYS say “Yes!” Chapters can ALWAYS benefit from additional members. Therefore, your natural course of action is to start your recruitment drives as early as possible in the fall.
Psi Chi is here to help you with this! We have downloadable posters, advice for identifying and approaching potential members, and even template letters you can choose to send. (You guessed it. These resources are on the Officer Admin page!)
- Can you identify any personal passions or interests?
Bring those with you to Psi Chi. Our Honor Society is a unique opportunity for you to pull together a group of people with similar interests. Are you are interested in helping the homeless, conducting a particular research project, or finding out about careers for when you graduate? Discuss this with your fellow members! You may be surprised by just how many people will share your aspirations and want to learn more about your passions as a group.
- Any other questions about leading your chapter?
We at the Psi Chi Central Office are always glad to help out. We’ve seen A LOT in the past 88 years, so please let us know if you need any advice or assistance. Contact us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
Best wishes as you go on your journey with Psi Chi this year! Soon, your members will thank you for stepping into a leadership position at your chapter. Members of your community will thank you. Your resumé will thank you! And you will thank yourself too!
Conduct a Lab Experiment
Psi Chi members, what is your officer role for this year? What accomplishments do you look forward to? What challenges will your chapter need to overcome to do great things in your community? I would love to hear from you in the comments below (member login required).
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