When I began my freshman year of college, I was overwhelmed by all the opportunities on campus and ended up not finding an organization that I really loved and wanted to be part of. I had heard about APO but I was never really interested in it because I thought it would require too much work. However, at the end of my freshman year, realizing that I hadn’t really gotten involved with activities on campus, I decided that I wanted to join APO, no matter how many requirements I had to fulfill. When sophomore year began, I was determined to go to all the rush events and I’m so glad that I did. I threw myself into it and began meeting so many amazing people. After every event, I would walk away having met a handful of people I had never ever seen before. I was amazed by how friendly and accepting everyone was. In addition to all the great people I met, I got to attend some really awesome events. I got all my pledge requirements done super early because I was just so excited to be a part of everything. Before joining APO, I struggled to find ways to get involved with community service, but APO instantly solved that problem. All of a sudden, I was aware of a ton of service opportunities in Lexington that I hadn’t known existed before. Every APO event that I went to, whether it was leadership, fellowship, or service, left me feeling that I had done something truly productive with my day. Being in APO gives me a sense of belonging and encourages me to be a better version of myself.
Written by Becca Higdon