Lessons and Experiences from APO

For the second blog post of the year, I thought that I would continue with a personal anecdote of sorts.

When I joined APO in the spring of 2014, I was a second-semester freshman who didn’t know which direction to take her college career. I joined APO on a whim, tagging along with a friend who had heard about a rush meeting from an RA in our dorm. I had been a part of service organizations before and I felt that it would be a good opportunity, so I went with it.

Let me preface this by saying I have always been the quiet person in the room, especially when I find myself in a new situation or around people I have never met before. And I guess this is something that many people can relate to, whether they’d like to admit it or not, because we tend to stick to the people and things we are familiar with. So when I first joined APO, I was a bit intimidated by the size of the chapter. I had never been a part of an organization that big, nor had I ever been quite as involved. I didn’t know what to expect, but I quickly learned that this was something I wanted to stick with. With this, I want to emphasize some of the ways that APO has helped me grow as a person.

I learned to be more self-aware, I joined committees that I truly liked and wanted to make a difference in, and discovered skills that I didn’t even know I had. Everyone was encouraging and welcoming, and I was happy that I found a great organization to be a part of. Something that I wish I had realized sooner is that it’s okay to feel a little lost, and it’s ok to be uncomfortable in new situations. I spent too much time worrying about things that I wouldn’t give a second thought to now, so I want to share this in the hopes that anyone in a similar situation can potentially benefit.

Here’s to a successful semester!


Kristen Buetow