Our Gamma Iota President Ben Kilberg reflects on what he loves about Alpha Kappa Psi, and where he sees our chapter going over the next year. Get to know Ben a little better with this Q&A:
Major - Information Systems
Minor - Spanish Language and Information Technology
Year in School - Junior
Hometown - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Pledge Semester - Fall 2014
What are your other activities/hobbies outside of AKPsi?
Outside of AKPsi I love to ski, explore Chicago, try new restaurants, and spend time with family/friends.
Why did you rush AKPsi?
I rushed AKPsi because I was looking for a community on campus that aligned with my personal and professional goals. I was also looking for a tight knit family that I know would always be there to support me and push me to grow.
How as AKPsi shaped your professional life?
Since I rushed as a freshman, I have developed my professional skills exponentially, and I'm still growing. An AKPsi brother helped me secure my internship this past summer, and the countless networking opportunities have allowed me to nail down my professional brand. Before AKPsi I had barebones resumes, cover letters, linkedin, etc. Now, I feel comfortable in my ability to tailor these things effectively in my job/internship search.
What is your favorite AKPsi event?
My favorite event in AKPsi is our fall brotherhood retreat. Getting to know brothers on a more personal level and learning about their motivations is one of the most valuable experiences that I've had to date.
Has studying abroad strengthened your professional soft skills?
Definitely. Studying abroad in Spain pushed me far outside of my comfort zone, which I feel is so important to experience in order to improve your global-awareness as a professional. Learning to work with individuals across cultural and language barriers is increasingly necessary and valuable in the workplace.
What are you excited about for the coming year?
From new faculty member initiations to exciting alumni events, this semester is already looking promising. I look forward to a year full of continuous growth and improvement on both the individual and chapter level.
Where are we currently, where do you want to go, and how are we going to get there?
Our chapter is at a pivotal point. Over the past year, our focus has been on working with Loyola to make sure that we are a conforming organization free from policy violations. Our new and improved relationship with the school has already opened doors to countless opportunities, but has proven to be quite a challenge as well. While we are still finding our balance, my focus this semester will be to empower all of the leaders and brothers in the chapter to achieve at their highest potential, yet have a memorable and enjoyable experience along the way.
Why should other people rush AKPsi?
If you are looking for a brotherhood that can offer you unrivaled benefits on campus, AKPsi is for you. We are the only co-ed professional fraternity open to all majors. We are the largest and oldest professional fraternity, and we currently have over 90 brothers. This enables us to have a diverse network that is bound by underlying personal and professional goals. Brothers enjoy countless professional development, service, networking, and social activities throughout the semester. Words on a page are one thing, but I invite anybody to come meet our brothers and see what we are all about.
President, Alpha Kappa Psi - Gamma Iota
Loyola University Chicago '18