Leading The Way Through PTK

Thu Sep 2, 2021 at 10:45 PM

Trey Sheffer, a member of Blue Ridge Community College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), had the honor of adding his name to the Virginia Community College System’s PTK All-Virginia Academic Team this year.

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society, specifically for two-year colleges. The organization symbolizes excellence in higher education, promote scholarships, develops leadership and service, as well as cultivates fellowship among its members.

“PTK was the first club I joined at BRCC. Once got into PTK, I was introduced to the Regional Convention, which was the first thing I did in PTK and it was eye-opening to see how college is more than assignments, it’s about getting involved in the school community,” said Trey. “At first, it’s adding another thing to your plate, but once you’re introduced to it, you want to get involved in the school community rather than just completing the coursework and blending in. Many students plan goals for themselves, but PTK allows you to form a connection with your school that goes a long way in helping to complete those goals such as transferring and finding your why.”

As a high school student, Trey was nervous about starting any college. He chose BRCC and was pleased to learn that several professors at Blue Ridge also teach at James Madison University (JMU), which is where he transferred this fall to pursue a major in Computer Information Systems (CIS).

Through his involvement in PTK, Trey is excited to continue participating in the clubs JMU has to offer. He has also been awarded a scholarship through PTK and will be the recipient of the Madison Award for Academic Excellence upon his transfer to JMU.

“Aside from scholarships and awards, the things I’ve taken away is that a lot of times people just focus on turning in assignments,” said Trey. “Joining PTK makes you want to do more than just the coursework. It goes back to getting involved in your school and community. The biggest takeaway is that you don’t realize all you are capable of, until you take yourself outside of your coursework and become uncomfortable in ways you’ve never been exposed to before.”

As a new transfer out of Blue Ridge Community College, Trey looks back at how the college helped him pursue his goals of attending JMU. After completing his studies at JMU, he looks forward to coming back to Blue Ridge to help other students obtain their goals such as transferring.