Many of you are about to graduate. It is a huge accomplishment to set out on a journey to discover how best to navigate coursework, mentor relationships, research, and then to finally see the light of degree completion beckoning you from the shore.
We are hopeful here at Psi Chi that your membership with us has helped you navigate those waters. We hope that you took advantage of publishing in our Journal, that you read many of the helpful articles in our magazine, the Eye on Psi Chi, or perhaps you won a travel grant or a scholarship from Psi Chi.
Now as a reminder from us at the Psi Chi Central Office—your membership is a lifetime one. So as you continue your proverbial journey toward perhaps graduate school or a career, remember that Psi Chi is still here for you. We have many benefits for Psi Chi alumni members such as:
- Psi Chi Connect—a free app that facilitates mentor relationships and provides linkage with other Psi Chi members. https://psichi.vineup.com/
- Our Psi Chi Job Board—a free job board on psichi.org that will help connect you perhaps with your first, professional position. https://jobs.psichi.org/
- Faculty Awards—if you move into a faculty position, remember that there are many awards offerings to faculty each year. https://www.psichi.org/4_faculty_main
- Continuing Research Opportunities—in particular, NICE: Crowd invites researchers to participate in a large crowdsourcing project each year in order to help gather and publish cross-cultural data related to a particular research question. https://www.psichi.org/Res_Opps
- Our 90th Anniversary Membership Directory—a first-of-its-kind project for Psi Chi. We hope to bring this directory to all those who wish to participate.
We at Psi Chi are also now accepting donations for member programs such as our scholarships, research grants, Membership Assistance Fund, and to help students in need after natural disasters such as Hurricane Maria. This is what we call the Give Back to Psi Chi campaign. By encouraging those able to “Give Back to Psi Chi,” we can better serve our current student members who are still navigating through school so they can achieve what lies beyond for them.
Now, as your graduation is imminent, what will it mean for you to Give Back to Psi Chi? Will you become a faculty of psychology and influence new generations of students? Will you become a mentor on Psi Chi Connect and help those who may need some guidance? Will you pursue another career that your psychology background will support? Finally, will you consider giving back to Psi Chi when you can, financially?
The concept of “paying it forward” is very prominent in the field of psychology. Many students say their main reason for choosing to study psychology is their desire to “give back.” As you graduate and begin to pursue new goals, what will it mean to you to give back? How will you choose to stay connected?
Although there are many ways in which we at Psi Chi already support members, perhaps there is a way you have discovered that we could show better support? Will you share that with us? Will you keep in touch with Psi Chi and let us know what you continue to pursue and let us know of your successes?
We would like to think that any of you, our graduating Psi Chi members, will go on to write articles for Eye on Psi Chi. We would like to hope that you’ll serve as a mentor or a mentee and benefit from relationships began during your time as a student member. We hope that you’ll be in touch with us and let us know how we can begin to better serve alumni members.
Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, we make a lifetime by what we give.” In that same vein, may I impart to you that Psi Chi will be here for you for the entirety of your career and beyond. With your lifetime membership, we will support you and provide resources however we can. May we also encourage you, as you strike out toward making your living, that you consider the value of giving back. Those words of Churchill are visionary and profound. When we give, we increase the value of our own lives and pursuits.
Won’t you consider Giving Back to Psi Chi? Help us move toward growing our professional society to benefit all who join. Help us grow as you grow.
Visit https://donate.psichi.org/ to easily make your gift.
Thank you for your membership with Psi Chi. We wish you continued success and smooth sailing.
Please reach out with any comments to:
Cynthia Wilson, MPA, CFRE
Director of Membership & Development
Eye on Psi Chi is a magazine designed to keep members
and alumni up-to-date with all the latest information about Psi Chi’s programs,
awards, and chapter activities. It features informative articles about careers,
graduate school admission, chapter ideas, personal development, the various
fields of psychology, and important issues related to our discipline.
Eye on Psi Chi is published quarterly: