As a Freshman in LAS we are asked to join at least one registered student organization. As you can imagine, a lot of us join more than one. Actually, most LAS kids end up joining way too many than they can possibly fit into one schedule and end up having to narrow down their choices. As a freshman I also joined many RSOs here at CMU. One organization that I joined and have already gotten so much out of is Kappa Delta Pi.
Kappa Delta Pi is a a national honors society for future educators. I am currently an honorary member in KDP because you cannot be a full member until you are in your sophomore year. In Kappa Delta Pi, we are given opportunities to do free professional development, discuss with other future educators about the field of education, and work hands on with students and in schools to gain more experience in the field.
Kappa Delta Pi is so rewarding because it reminds you that education is fun. In today’s society, education is almost always thrown in the heat of things — and not in a good way, usually. Being in an organization that is focused on the positives of education and how we can make a difference in the classroom before during and after our career is so refreshing. I am constantly surrounded by people who are just as passionate about the same things as me and I think that this is something that is very important for a college student. Kappa Delta Pi does service events to help the community while simultaneously building out skills as future educators.
The event that I find so fun and beneficial is Literacy Alive. Literacy Alive is a week long event that Kappa Delta Pi puts on in the local schools around Mount Pleasant. Members of Kappa Delta Pi can go to the schools and read with the students. This is a really awesome thing because kids love it. Kids read every day in school but think back to when you were six years old and just learning to read; when new people come in your class you want to show them everything you can do. You were so excited to show off your skills. During Literacy Alive we are getting students excited about reading while also gaining skills in the classroom and getting hands on experience with the students. Being able to promote learning in a way that gets students excited is what education is all about and this is one of the really great things about Literacy Alive.
Another cool aspect to Kappa Delta Pi is that like Greek Life we have a Big-Little program. As an honorary member you cannot be a little yet, but you can be a mentee and receive a mentor. My mentor’s name is Michaela. I’m really excited that I got Michaela because Michaela is on the executive board as Treasurer of Kappa Delta Pi and I would eventually love to run for an executive board position. I hope that I can learn a lot from Michaela as an executive board member.
I am so excited to continue my experience in Kappa Delta Pi over the next few years here at CMU. Kappa Delta Pi has already given me so much knowledge and experience and I can only imagine the things that I will take away from KDP in the years to come.