Pledging was such a great time for me. After the two to three months experience I definitely felt like a changed person. I used to be a shy, stick to the corner kind of person. Now I am learning to take charge by running for positions. I also have the experience of working with 14 other people by creating an on campus business. It may sound "cheesy", but I felt strong and assertive by the end of the pledge process.
Along with being more assertive I feel my communication and professional skills developed greatly. Before pledging I would never be able to be go up to a person and introduce myself, but now it has become a habit to go up to strangers, start conversations, and ultimately network.
I have to say, pledging was time consuming and stressful. But looking back I miss spending day and night with my pledge brothers who were always there to make me smile. I am so happy and proud to be part of Alpha Kappa Psi.